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Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of March 23.

Pet Project

The Friendliest Pet-Friendly Hotels

The opportunity to travel will come again, but until then — now is the time to sit tight, daydream about future journeys, and look at cute animals on the internet. We can help you with two of the three.

COVID-19 Update

Information About Hotels and Travel

Travelers are rightfully worried about how the coronavirus will affect their travel plans. In a situation that continues to rapidly develop by the day, we want to share with you the information we have now.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of March 9.

What Dreams May Come

The Intoxicating Nature of Patagonia

Patagonia is a place of unmatched splendor and magnificence. Unmatched, that is, by everything but its own hotels.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of March 2.

Cave Inn

The Incredible Cave Hotels of Cappadocia

Once upon a time, the cave dwellings of Cappadocia were hidden. Not anymore. The ancient residences have been restored by hoteliers who believe the best way to enjoy the odd geology of the region is from within it.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of February 24.

Saline Solution

The Growing Popularity of Saltwater Pools

Compared to traditional pools, saltwater pools are friendlier to the environment, healthier to splash about in, and more sustainable in terms of maintenance and cost. They’re also popping up at many of the world’s coolest hotels.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of February 17.

One Giant Leap

How to Make Travel Meaningful for Children

For many parents, traveling with children is intimidating. Especially daunting are the exotic adventures that were commonplace before the kids were born. Heidi Mitchell, journalist and mother of three, explains how she manages to make it all work, and make it worthwhile… most of the time.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of February 10.

Pioneertown

New Life for a Piece of Old Hollywood

Pioneertown was built in the 1940s as a backdrop for Hollywood Westerns, with the idea that it would eventually become something much grander. Cameras stopped rolling decades ago, but the greater goal is finally being realized.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of February 3.

Sweet Lodge

The Wild and Wonderful World of Lodge Hotels

When you hear the word “lodge,” what’s the first thing you think of? You’re probably picturing something a bit different from these hotels, each of them lodges in their own unique way.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of January 27.

L.A. Confidential

The History of Secrecy at Chateau Marmont

Shawn Levy literally wrote the book on the Chateau Marmont. The author checks in with Tablet to explain how the legendary hotel became a haven for celebrity mischief almost immediately after opening its doors.

Frugal Gourmand

The Best Inexpensive Restaurants in London

The MICHELIN Guide is famous for its star ratings, awarded to the finest restaurants in the world. But diners should pay equal attention to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, recognizing the best inexpensive places to eat.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of January 20.

Arrival Date

The New Destinations You Should Visit in 2020

When a location gets its first Tablet hotel, it sends a signal that the place has arrived — that a destination has been born. So when it came time to give our picks for where you should travel in the coming year, it was only natural that new Tablet hotels drove our selection.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of January 13.

Unhidden Gem

Dissecting the Transformation of Tulum

Tulum grew from a remote outpost of counterculture to a global hotspot of tourism. We were curious about how that transformation happened, and what was sacrificed along the way.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of January 6.

Inconvenient Truth

It’s Too Difficult to Travel Sustainably

Travel is imperative for a healthy planet — it helps us better understand the world and its boundless diversity. But ‘sustainable travel’ isn’t just a contradiction in 2020, it’s damn near impossible. And that has to change.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of December 30.

Endurance Test

The Highest-Rated Hotels of the Decade

The boutique hotel revolution that launched in earnest in the aughts all but exploded in the 2010s. There are now options to meet every taste and budget, and more competition for your stay than ever before. To be one of the best boutique hotels of this particular decade is something special indeed.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of December 23.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of December 16.

Spirited Away

The Best Hotel Bars in Paris

A hotel bar that only attracts hotel guests is fine. A hotel bar that also attracts locals — that’s a sign that somebody did something right. There’s a lot going right in Paris these days.

Under the Radar

Les Batignolles Is Laying Low in Paris

Few Parisian hotspots remain exclusively for locals. Les Batignolles, however, a former village in the northwest of the city, is heating up and staying a secret from the sightseers. For now.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of December 9.

Off the Rails

The True Cost of Train Travel in America

Train travel in the United States is notoriously difficult. Is that a symbol of stagnation and political gridlock, or a small price to pay for progress in other aspects of American life?

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. This week, we’re diving into the best hotels in the wine-famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California.

La Isla del Encanto

Lighting the Way Forward in Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria and a disastrous federal response in the storm’s aftermath, help has come from an unlikely source: the island’s first luxury hotel.

Black Friday Sale

Up to 50% Off the World's Finest Hotels

For this year’s Black Friday Sale, we reached out to some of the best hotels in the world and asked them to provide extra-low rates for Tablet guests. They didn’t disappoint.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of November 25.

Invisible City

Dreaming of Venice Before it Disappears

Due to rising sea levels, repeated flooding, and a dwindling population, it’s no longer alarmist to worry about the future of Venice — or wonder how much of one it has left.

Frugal Gourmand

The Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York

The MICHELIN Guide is famous for its star ratings, awarded to the finest restaurants in the world. But diners should pay equal attention to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, recognizing the best inexpensive places to eat.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of November 18.

Far & Away

Our Favorite Hotels for a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding can take place virtually anywhere — it’s all relative, of course. But you’re not here to see just anywhere. You’re here to see a list of spectacular hotels in exotic locales, so that’s exactly what you shall have.

Long Haul

The Good, the Bad, and the Destination Wedding

Are destination weddings the best or the worst? We can lay out the facts and the figures, the pros and the cons, but that’s a question you’ll need to answer. And you’re going to get your chance.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of November 11.

Presents Requested

A Global Gift Guide from Tablet Plus Hotels

What do you get the world traveler who’s seen it all? This holiday season, we decided to branch out. Instead of giving you our own gift recommendations, we asked some of our favorite Tablet Plus hotels around the globe for theirs.

Home for the Holidays

The 3rd Annual Tablet Travel Story Contest

Do you have a great travel story? Send it to us and you could win $300, a lifetime Tablet Plus membership, and a celebrated place in Tablet history. The deadline is December 15.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of November 4.

Strange Currencies

Gothic Hotels (and Songs by R.E.M., Part 2)

It’s Halloween, so we’re taking a look at hotels with Gothic architecture, a style synonymous with the mysterious and macabre. Why did we also include songs by R.E.M.? The answer may shock you.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of October 28.

Ghost Town

The Remarkable History of Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton was founded in 1885 as an unincorporated mining town, and soon became a ghost town — then it was transformed into Dunton Hot Springs, one of the most remarkably creative hotels you’ll ever see.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of October 21.

Family Activity

Cool Hotels Where Kids Will Never Be Bored

You might find it surprising, but there are hotels out there that meet Tablet’s high standards of design and individuality, and are also incredibly welcoming to children, hosting a smorgasbord of exciting activities just for kids.

Garden Party

A Moment with Chef Abram Bissell from The Modern

There’s great excitement surrounding the Museum of Modern Art’s grand reopening on October 21, so we spoke with Chef Abram Bissell, whose two-Michelin starred restaurant — The Modern — not only sits inside the legendary New York museum, but looks out onto its sculpture garden.

In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

Tablet Plus hotels are truly exceptional, providing seamless, VIP-level hospitality to our Tablet Plus members — and “In the Spotlight” is a regular series dedicated to celebrating them. Enjoy the top ten Plus hotels for the week of October 14.

Last Frontier

Inside the Battle for Alaska’s Wilderness

Alaska is a wondrous sliver of the natural world. It’s also another stage upon which the battle between environmental conservation and industrial development is being fought. Ilona Kauremszky followed in John Muir’s wake and sailed up Alaska’s Inside Passage to see the situation for herself.

Don’t Be Alarmed

Travel Advisories v. The United States of America

Foreign travel to the United States is slumping. Travel advisories issued by other countries can give a clue as to why. They can also be a bit ridiculous.

Big Night Out

Live From a Michelin All-Star Dinner

Michelin’s All-Star dinners are a chance for Tablet Plus members to enjoy unique culinary events at the finest restaurants in the world. Below, our own Lucy Lieberman shares her experience from a recent dinner in Washington D.C.

Key Wrecked

The Florida Keys You Never Knew

The Florida Keys of the 19th century were nothing like they are today. Before tourism dominated Key West, several adventurous professions made it one of Florida’s most booming industrial cities.

Court of Appeal

The Eternal Charm of Morocco's Riad Hotels

The courtyard, that noble architectural effort to bring the outside in, is a simple endeavor that never fails to uplift. And nowhere is its use more impressive than in the riad hotels of Morocco.

Without Men

A Women-Only Search for Gender Equality

Jamie Sims Coakley reflects on women’s rights both at home and abroad, and shares her experience traveling without her husband to a country that’s still struggling with gender equality.

Spa Day

Interview with the Hot Stone Massage Model

There’s no shortage of transcendent spa hotels, but when it comes to spa photography, it can be a struggle to capture the euphoric feeling a spa provides. We spent some time with the woman most responsible for helping spa photos rise to the challenge — plus a look at eight of our most enchanting spa hotels.

Up and Down

Of Ceilings and Sustenance in Spain

Photographer Jane Hu recently visited the Spanish cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Barcelona, where she found her lens drawn up to awe-inspiring ceilings and down to mouth-watering meals.

Rushing to Ruin

The Worrying Rise of Doomsday Tourism

If climate change has taught us anything, it’s that nothing lasts forever. As ice caps melt and coral reefs die, tourists are rushing to see the world’s most precious treasures before they’re gone. Those visits can raise much-needed awareness, but the extra attention isn’t always for the best.

Stilted Lover

Elevated Hotels That’ll Never Let You Down

There’s a lot to love about hotels on stilts. Unlike your past romantic partners, when your hotel room leaves you high and dry, it’ll leave you with nothing but positive memories.

The Hippie Trail

Once Upon a Time in the Middle East

Imagine a teenager deciding to hitchhike their way from London to Kabul. Now imagine thousands of them. What sounds crazy for 2019 was happening with surprising frequency in 1969, on a route known as the Hippie Trail.

Death in the Vatican

The Story of a Pope and His Elephant

The Vatican is no stranger to scandal. And one shameful legend in particular epitomizes the religious, political, and economic realities of a 16th-century papacy. Hilary Bockham, expert guide with Context Travel, tells the twisted tale of Leo X and Hanno the elephant.

Treasure Underground

The Bounty Beneath the Streets of Rome

The more you burrow down beneath the surface of Rome, the more history you unearth. Theresa Potenza, expert guide with Context Travel, plunges the depths to show us a city that’s eternal both above ground and below.

Where the Bungalow Roam

Freedom Is a California Cottage Hotel

The American West has always represented a certain freedom of movement. It’s no wonder then that California has so many hotels that offer freestanding accommodations: bungalows, cottages, cabanas, or full-on houses that give guests more privacy, more space, more independence — in other words, more freedom.

March of Progress

How the Vacation Came to Be

Martin Luther King said that “the line of progress is never straight.” When it comes to the history of tourism, the line swerved past 99% of the world’s population before it finally delivered the vacation as we know it today.

At the Crossroads

Georgia Comes Out From Behind the Curtain

Laurent Vernhes, Tablet’s co-founder and CEO, recently visited the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where he discovered unique wines, incredible mountains, and a country that is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Citizen Twain

A Quintessential American Finds Ugliness Abroad

Mark Twain wrote one of the 19th century’s most popular travel books. But the ugly ways in which he described the world say more about him — and perhaps America — than the places he visited.

Pride

A Father and Son Celebrate Self-Love in NYC

After Paul Fishman came out, his relationship with his dad wasn’t quite the same. So he decided to take him on a father-son trip to Pride NYC for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and to learn the history of LGBTQ+ rights.

Long Walk Home

Magnus Nilsson Prepares His Next Steps

What do you do after closing the world’s most interesting restaurant? If you’re chef Magnus Nilsson, you go back to where you came from.

Into the Wild

Struggling With Our Social Media Obsession

One of the most talked-about trends in travel today is how the pursuit of beauty, or, more baldly, the pursuit of social media cachet, might be destroying the world’s most amazing places.

Raw Power

Concrete Isn’t Just for Brutalists Anymore

The Brutalist architecture movement of the 1950s and 60s grew out of “béton brut,” the French idea that concrete in its raw, unfinished form is a powerful expression of beauty. Quite a few modern hotels agree.

Killing It

200 Years of Tourism in the Catskills

Twice the pinnacle of American tourism, the Catskills have ebbed and flowed in popularity over the past couple of centuries. But the cradle of modern comedy is standing up once again — for the same reasons as always.

It Takes All Kinds

The Year’s Most Singular Hotel Designs

As we near the halfway point of 2019, it’s a good time to look at the hotels that have gotten us the most excited so far this year. Since January, we’ve added a crop of thrilling new hotels to the Tablet selection that are especially remarkable for their diversity and range of styles.

Easter Island Enigma

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Moai

For centuries, explorers and archaeologists have tried to solve the riddle: how did Easter Island’s tiny population build the massive, big-headed stone statues known as moai? And how did they move them?

Five for La Playa

A Mexican Beach Holiday with Tablet Plus

Margaritas, sailboats, dolphins — the beaches along the various coasts of Mexico aren’t a hard sell, so we won’t waste your time. We’ll just say that the only thing that improves on paradise is the perfect hotel to frame it.

Lost Generation

The Forgotten Women of Hemingway's Paris

Ernest Hemingway’s time in Paris is the stuff of legend, but key players in his story are often overlooked. Samuél Lopez-Barrantes sheds light on a group of pioneering women who had a lasting influence on the young writer.

The Future We Were Promised

What Ever Happened to Space Tourism?

News of an upcoming space hotel obviously got our attention, but it also got us thinking: will space tourism ever live up to expectations?

Rule of Three

Sydell Group Is King of Their Corner

It’s hard enough to find success with one line of boutique hotels. To be responsible for three of them, like the Sydell group, is extraordinary.

Rural Legends

Portugal’s Cutting-Edge Countryside Hotels

Portugal is one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations, due in no small part to the number of exciting new hotels opening throughout the country.

Lisbon Light

How to See the City in 24 Hours

It’s not uncommon for our memories from a short trip to be stronger than those from a long one. When a vacation is brief, we want to fill it with as much action as possible. It’s a whirlwind, and it’s how Erika Suban first experienced Lisbon.

Five for the Ages

Tablet Plus in the 17th Century

When a place survives 400 years and people are still clamoring to get on the grounds, it’s no coincidence. Sometimes it’s the building, sometimes it’s the architecture, sometimes the location just never went out of style. And sometimes, it’s a Tablet Plus hotel.

Five Aside the Seine

Tablet Plus on the Left Bank of Paris

The stereotype about Paris’ Left Bank — the six arrondissements south of the Seine — is that it’s where the city “learned to think.” Smaller than the Right Bank, it’s still remembered as the haunt of Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway, where you can still enjoy the timeless Paris of old.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Art Deco Quietly Returns Again

Art Deco has been back in fashion before, most recently in the 1980s, but its latest return to visibility is quite different from its last.

The Mad King

Ludwig II Was Crazy for Castles

If Neuschwanstein Castle looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it at Disneyland. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s palace was the obsession of a 19th century king whose untimely death is still debated today.

Outside In

The Shinola Hotel Puts Detroit on Display

Detroit is as much of an icon as the brands that built it. Since the Seventies, it had been a city in steep decline, but hotels like the Shinola are helping to lead a dramatic revitalization by celebrating their surroundings.

Shangri La

The Real Heaven on Earth in Hawaii

In 1933, James Hilton introduced the world to Shangri La in his novel Lost Horizon. Not long after its publication, the “richest girl in the world” decided that it wasn’t good enough for heaven on earth to exist on the page, it also needed to exist in Hawaii.

Art Time

2019's Most Desirable Art Events

Consider timing your travels for the purpose of attending a major art festival or biennial exhibition. These events are a unique chance to be truly immersed in the local art and culture, and 2019 features an impressive slate of opportunities.

Five for Miami

Tablet Plus Takes Over South Beach

In Miami’s most iconic neighborhood, our five favorite Tablet Plus hotels can’t help but riff on the history of the place, building on the omnipresent Art Deco style with smart renovations and modern sensibilities.

Heat Check

When Tablet Plus and Michelin Stars Collide

In basketball, a heat check is when a player takes an extra-difficult shot in order to show off how ‘on fire’ they are. These nine hotels are the hospitality equivalent.

Five for the Islands

Tablet Plus Relaxes in Indonesia

When you think of Indonesia, the island nation that welcomes some millions each year, your thoughts may drift to scenes of raucous partying on an idyllic beach (especially if you’re picturing Bali). You’re not wrong. But there is another, more relaxing side.

Action Items

Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 2)

All throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions designed to help inspire your next big trip. Volume 2 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in Colombia, Japan, Iceland, and California.

Five for Tea

It's Tea Time in London for Tablet Plus

At five of our favorite Tablet Plus hotels in London, afternoon tea means menus packed with gourmet sandwiches, inventive, guilty pleasure cupcakes and the finest imported teas from around the world.

National Bird

The Overwater Bungalow: At Home in Maldives

The overwater bungalow is one of the most impressive hotel species in the world. The very first were found in Tahiti in the 1960s, but the islands of the Maldives are now their dominant habitat.

Scenic Route

Discovering the World Through Cinema

Cinema can take you where you’ve never been. On the eve of the Academy Awards, we’re taking a look at six classic films with powerful perspectives on the towns where they take place.

Five for Amalfi

Tablet Plus Hotels of the Amalfi Coast

The picturesque, cliff-hugging hotels of the Amalfi coast region are already some of the finest hotels in the world. These five hotels are made even finer by the fact that they’re Tablet Plus.

Five for the Family Business

The Family-Owned Hotels of Tablet Plus

When a hotel boasts that they’re family-owned, it guarantees a certain attention to detail, a certain personal touch.

The Empire Strikes Back

Angkor Wat Is Having Another Moment

In the early 13th century, Angkor was the monumental focal point of one of the world’s most astonishing empires. Eight hundred years later, it’s taking center stage all over again.

Pig Beach

A Test Case for Responsible Tourism

Pig Beach is exactly what it sounds like. It’s one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in the world. It also raises some serious questions about how we travel.

Go Forth

Four Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 1)

Throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions to consider visiting on your next big trip. Volume 1 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in New Mexico, Australia, Chile, and Zimbabwe.

Automatic for the People

Southern Hospitality (and Songs by R.E.M.)

For our hotels that sit south of the Mason-Dixon line, “Southern Hospitality” isn’t a cliche, it’s a fundamental expectation (like having a bit of heat in your fried chicken). We’ve decided to spice things up a bit ourselves by pairing some great Southern hotels with songs from a great Southern band.

Why I Love Hotels

Liz Lambert Writes About Her Passion

One of the world’s most important hotel developers explains why hotels are so important.

Breakout Season

The Most Exciting New Hotels of 2019

These eleven new hotels are breaking new ground with their service and design, and they’re set to break out big in the coming year.

God Is in the Details

The State of Hospitality in 2019

Hotels have figured out that specificity is the key to success in the modern world of hospitality. As a result, the state of the industry has never been stronger.

Out of the Past

Seven Enduring Destinations for 2019

Our favorite destinations for 2019 each have long and lasting histories. They’ve humbled travelers for many years — and they deserve a visit during the upcoming one as well.

The Future Is Written

Our Staff Imagines the Hotels of Tomorrow

Here at Tablet, we’ve seen just about everything that the hotel industry has to offer — and we also know what it hasn’t thought to try yet. That’s why we asked our staff to imagine the hotels they hope to see in the future.

The People Have Spoken

The Highest-Rated Hotels of 2018

We take a look back at the best-reviewed Tablet hotels of the past year — which would place them high in the running for best hotels in the world.

Lost in Translation

How Not to Piss Off a Japanese Chef

Japan is a country where the people go to great lengths in the name of hospitality. But there are lines that can be crossed — especially in restaurants. Tokyo-based chef and food blogger Marc Matsumoto outlines the five rules you need to remember if you don’t want to run afoul of a Japanese chef.

Make Your Presents Felt

12 Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

It’s important that your holiday gifts make an impact, but what do you get for the world traveler who’s seen it all? We’ve assembled a list of gadgets and artworks that will bring warm feelings to even the most jaded traveler in your life.

Season’s Readings

Beautiful Books Make the Greatest Gifts

No one makes better books than Phaidon, publishers of innovative volumes on art, architecture, food, travel, and even illustrated books for children. You’ll find all of those subjects and more among our picks for this season’s best and most beautiful books.

Entre Cielos Wine Hotel Mendoza, Argentina
Tablet + MICHELIN

Tablet Hotels has been acquired by Michelin, the original travel curators whose iconic guides have led the way to adventure for over 100 years.

Holier Than Thou

A First-Timer's Guide to Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole’s particular confluence of old west and new west has helped it become the wilderness escape of choice for the rich and famous.

Hot Pursuit

Catching Up with the Eclipse Chasers

Year after year, eclipse chasers traverse the globe in pursuit of a high that only comes from witnessing one of the universe’s most mesmerizing events.

A Star Is Born

Michelin's New Stars in New York City

Michelin recently revealed its 2019 stars for our hometown of New York City. We’re highlighting our favorite restaurants from the list, pairing them with a fine hotel, and taking a deeper look at the history of Michelin’s lofty honor.

Waiting For Your Return

2018 Travel Story Contest Winner

I can’t tell you where I am because I could be anywhere right now, but I can tell you I am always with you.

Island of the Gods

Experiencing the Spiritual Calm of Bali

People visit Bali for a lot of reasons: to surf or sunbathe in the south, to snorkel or scuba dive in the east, to see dolphins in the north, or see the national park in the west. Erika Suban, our Italian writer and travel specialist, had reasons more spiritual in mind.

You Can’t Go Wrong

A First-Timer's Guide to Montevideo

Smaller and calmer than nearby Buenos Aires, the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is as fascinating a center of culture and history as anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. It also has a lot of meat.

The Dark Edge of Heartbreak

2018 Travel Story Runner Up - Trisha Ridinger McKee

Heartbreak is a funny thing. It already takes you out of your comfort zone so that you’re sometimes willing to go even further into the unknown, to try something different, perhaps a little dangerous. Dangerous, at least, to a naive, sheltered young woman.

Untitled

2018 Travel Story Runner Up - Deborah Lane

My name is Deborah Lane. I am a widow, I live on my farm. My mother Areta also lives with me.

Azulik Resort Tulum, Mexico
Spice of Life

12 Different Kinds of Caribbean Vacation

There’s a certain sameness to many travelers’ vision of a Caribbean vacation: sun, sand, rinse, repeat. But there’s a surprising amount of variety available throughout the region, especially when it comes to hotel experiences.

Gastro Obscura

9 Unusual Foods For Adventurous Eaters

We’ve partnered with Atlas Obscura — chroniclers of all things odd and overlooked — to investigate nine of the most eye-catching, unusual, and fascinating foods throughout the world.

What’s Old Is New

A First-Timer's Guide to Marseille

Besides its enviable Mediterranean geography, Marseille spent the aughts building new museums and revitalizing public spaces. It shows.

Sheer Terra

13 Hotels in Precarious Positions

Forget haunted hotels, you’ve seen that list a million times. This Halloween, we’re focusing on hotels in scarily precarious locations that are not for the faint of heart.

Under the Influence

Why Hotels Continue to Love Modernism

Hotel design has been heavily influenced by Modernism for a couple of decades now, outlasting other trends along the way. It’s easy to see why.

Masters of Their Domain

16 Homes by Iconic Modernist Architects

Hotels frequently find inspiration in residential design. With help from Dwell, we’ve selected sixteen influential homes that were designed by some of the 20th century’s most iconic Modernist architects.

Infinity and Beyond

Hotel Pools with Awe-Inspiring Views

At many hotels in spectacular locations, the pools are positioned to provide the best possible views of the surrounding scenery. They’re often the star attraction of the property, and as we confirmed recently, Tablet users can’t get enough of them.

High-Value Proposition

A First-Timer's Guide to Bhutan

Bhutan only opened to visitors in 1974, and keeps their numbers limited by charging a daily fee of $250 per traveler. Is it worth the price? Yes, it absolutely is.

Road to Excess

The Pure Opulence of Palace Hotels

William Blake wrote that “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” Conversely, there are few better ways to achieve excess — the good, healthy kind — than through the incredible opulence of a palace hotel.

The Mother City

Cape Town Delivers in Three Distinct Ways

From the city to the coast to the countryside, Cape Town is the kind of place that has something for everyone.

Houses of the Holy

14 Hotels Made From Old Monasteries

Sometimes you need a little rest and reflection. Sometimes you need a little spirited self-indulgence. These monastery hotels are for when you need quite a bit of both.

Strength in Diversity

A First-Timer's Guide to Toronto

Diversity is the word to describe Toronto, both in culture and attractions. It’s a city where you can find any community of people, and almost any kind of activity.

Decisions, Decisions

Chiang Mai, Santiago or Cappadocia?

When you work in travel, you’re exposed to a seemingly endless amount of amazing vacation options, and choosing between them can sometimes be paralyzing. Our own Mitchell Friedman is experiencing this indecision quite acutely, and he needs your help. Where should he go next?

Travel Story Contest

How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

Do you have a great travel story? Send it to us and you could win $300, a lifetime Tablet Plus membership, and a celebrated place in Tablet history.

Sacred Journey

A First-Timer's Guide to Cusco

Don’t just settle for Machu Picchu — Peru’s Cusco region contains far more than that one amazing ancient ruin. It’s also got a lovely and lively capital city.

School Rankings

The Best College Town Hotels

If you’re struggling to decide which college you or your child should attend, just remember, there’s really only one factor that you need to consider: the quality of nearby hotels.

Picture Yourself

Our Most Exhilarating Hotel Photos, Part 2

The most-liked photos from our Instagram feed showcase an epic group of dream hotels and locations. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll give you more just like it. Part 2 of our series features hotel interiors.

Dream Big

Our Most Exhilarating Hotel Photos, Part 1

The most-liked photos from our Instagram feed showcase an epic group of dream hotels and locations. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll give you more just like it. Part 1 of our series features hotel exteriors.

City Improper

The Unexpected Side of Chicago

Chicago’s famous attractions are as iconic as the Midwestern reputation for niceness. But things are not always what they seem. With help from Atlas Obscura, we’re exposing a lesser-known side of the city — and its residents.

Full to the Brim

A First-Timer's Guide to Prague

Prague is 10 centuries old and full to the brim with castles, monasteries, gorgeous Gothic architecture, and of course, a whole lot of delicious beer.

Mind Your Manors

14 Carefully Converted Mansion Hotels

By paying attention to both the past and the present, the brand new owners of these grand old homes transformed them into boutique hotels that are bursting with personality.

Bound For Glory

Finding Faith in the Parklands of Utah

Utah is overflowing with glorious landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Its backcountry is blessed with numerous state and national parks, monuments, forests, and preserves — and Mark Fedeli spent his honeymoon trying to visit them all. The experience was profound.

Case Study #4

Inside the Bush, Outside of Sydney

North of Sydney, a modern house sits comfortably amidst the bushland of a valley estuary. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of hotels that will immerse you in nature, yet keep plenty of cutting-edge amenities close by.

Case Study #3

Minimalism Meets Maximalism in Iceland

Set on a ridge overlooking a deep ravine, this understated summer home in Iceland is surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, reminding us of how the best way to experience a maximalist landscape is with a minimalist hotel.

Case Study #2

Southern Modernism in Charleston

After a thoughtful revamp, this 19th century Charleston row home is now an example of “southern modernism,” a style we’re seeing more often from hoteliers who’ve rejuvenated historic structures in the United States.

Case Study #1

Traditional Chinese Cave Dwelling

A traditional Chinese cave dwelling is transformed into a chic and modern residence, providing the same exciting sense of novelty and adventure that’s on hand at our favorite cave hotels.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Proper English

The Exquisite Country Hotels of England

Perfected over centuries, the great hotels of the English countryside offer a peerless mix of service, comfort, and coziness, with a view back into the beginnings of modern hospitality.

“Mouth of Hell” sculpture at the Parco dei Mostri
Stop Wining

The Sober Guide to Secret Tuscany

Tuscany isn’t all just vineyards and wine tours. With help from our friends at Atlas Obscura, we’re shedding some light on the hidden places, mysterious marvels, and curious oddities that often go overlooked in the region.

Stranded

If You Could Only Choose One Island Hotel...

It’s hard to go wrong with an island getaway: sun, sand, surf, and the feeling that you’re basically in paradise. But don’t get too comfortable yet. When it comes to your hotel, you still have some big decisions to make.

ME Madrid
Spanish Why?

Five Reasons You Should Visit Madrid

Everyone knows Madrid. It is, after all, Spain’s capital and largest city. But when it comes to arousing the imagination, it tends to get overshadowed by Barcelona and Seville. Well, not anymore. We’ve compiled five reasons why Madrid is just as exciting as those splashier Spanish cities.

NYC food culture
This Is America

A Celebration of Immigrant Culture in NYC

The history of New York, like the history of America, is the story of immigrants arriving in search of new lives and lasting success. Inspired by the late Anthony Bourdain, we’re taking a look at the diverse cultures of our home city the same way he always did: through their comfort foods.

Coastal Elites

A Fresh Batch of First-Class Beach Hotels

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or you’ve saved for years to finally get away, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it’s hard to beat a beautiful beach hotel. Here are a dozen of the best examples that have been recently added to Tablet.

Rainbow Connection

The Ecstasy Inside India's Festival of Colors

Every year, friends and strangers alike come together in explosions of color at India’s Holi festivals. Photographer Michael Greenberg visited the city of Jaipur for an up-close look at this year’s euphoric celebration.

Coming Out

New England Hotels Are Finally Having Fun

The Lark group is subverting expectations in New England by creating playful hotels that put an irreverent spin on revered forms.

2018 Best Hotel Awards - North America
2018 Tablet Hotel Awards — Europe

The Best Hotels in Europe

If there’s one thing to understand about Tablet, it’s that our greatest joy in life is handing out well-deserved recognition to the world’s most unforgettable hotels.

The Native Hotel Malibu
Kings of the Road

Restored Motels Are No Longer a Novelty

They seemed like a novelty in the nineties, but restored motels have gone from kitsch to cutting-edge, and are now playing a key role in the future of hospitality.

Phaidon's MEXICO: THE COOKBOOK
Cocina Casera

Home Cooking and Hospitality in Mexico

Join us for a ten-region tour of the complex cuisine and exciting accommodations that make Mexico one the world’s most diverse and deserving destinations.

Fabrika Tbilisi Hotel
Hostel Takeover

The Influence of Youth-Oriented Lodging

It’s not often that a new style of hotel arrives on the scene, but when an idea gets big among the young, it isn’t long before it gets big everywhere else.

Nomade Tulum Tulum, Mexico
Call of the Wild

12 Hotels for a Different Kind of Camping

Have you ever really wanted to go on a camping trip but you have no gear and no idea what to do? Consider starting with these luxury tent hotels instead.

Saffire Freycinet Freycinet National Park, Australia
Grand Designs

Monumental Hotels and National Parks

In the shadow of unimaginable beauty, the designers of these hotels chose not to shy away, but to offer a monumental experience of their own.

Ian Schrager Boutique Hotel History
Golden Age

A Brief History of Boutique Hotels

This is the true story of what happens when a group of independent thinkers stop following the status quo and start creating a better kind of hotel.

First Class

Airport Hotels That Don't Stink

Often disparaged and rarely respected, the airport hotel is in dire need of an image makeover. Thankfully, some top-gun brands have come to the rescue.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Agricultural Revolution

Farm Hotels Are Growing Up

As the farm-to-table movement grows and travelers seek more artisanal experiences, hotels with an intimate focus on food are surging in popularity.

Highway 1 Revisited

Explorations Along the California Coast

The aesthetic diversity on display in California makes it a destination worth revisiting, especially for hotel fans. Exploring the Golden State’s best lodgings can be very easily done — just take a drive out on Highway 1.

Amanemu Ryokan
Serenity Now

The Reinvention of the Ryokan

Today’s ryokans are putting a modern spin on a dependable format, helping carry it forward into yet another millennium.

2018 Best Hotel Awards - North America
2018 Tablet Hotel Awards — North America

The Best Hotels in North America

If there’s one thing to understand about Tablet, it’s that our greatest joy in life is handing out well-deserved recognition to the world’s most unforgettable hotels.

The Lodge at Tikana
The World Is Yours

Hotels You Can Have to Yourself

If your idea of the perfect getaway is being in a stunning location surrounded by only your favorite people, then we’ve got the hotels for you.

It’s All Wood

Cabin Hotels to Cure Cabin Fever

Just like a vaccine contains the virus, when you’ve got cabin fever, the only prescription is more cabins.

Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel Oman
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Fantastic Hotels for Your Inner Child

As children, we used our imaginations to create worlds of joy and wonder. We don’t do that nearly enough as adults, sadly — but these awe-inspiring hotels might offer us something even better.

Street Life

Hong Kong From Ground Level

Hong Kong is famous for its Chinese New Year celebrations, but these streets are colorful and animated even on a normal day. Photographer Michael Greenberg captures the human moments that stand out amidst that chaos.

Dedon Island Resort - Philippines Hotel
Aggro-Tourism

Get Active for a Better Getaway

When the real world gets too heavy, some people escape to a comfortable chair on a quiet beach. Others, though, seek to release their stress via more aggressive methods. These hotels are for them.

Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool - Themed Boutique Hotel
Singular Obsession

The Passion of the Themed Hotel

Themed hotels often risk sacrificing comfort for concept. But thanks to some uniquely passionate visionaries, these hotels achieve the perfect balance.

Secret Bay Boutique Hotel in Portsmouth, Dominica
Hang In There

Clifftop Hotels of the Highest Quality

Sometimes you just want to see a bunch of amazing hotels on the edge of incredible cliffs high above gorgeous blue waves. We’re happy to oblige.

Il Salviatino Hotel Florence Italy
Book It

9 Top-Shelf Hotel Libraries

Whether you could spend all day with your nose in a book or just want some conversation pieces to accompany a cocktail, these hotel libraries all get top marks.

Boutique Hotel Contest
Name That Tune

What Do These Hotels Have In Common?

These hotels all share one uncommon thing in common. Can you figure out what it is? Whoever is first to guess correctly will win a $300 credit to use on Tablet.

Zoku Boutique Hotel Amsterdam
High Praise

The Top-Rated Boutique Hotels of 2017

Tablet users are known for being sophisticated and discerning hotel guests. So when they say these are the best boutique hotels of 2017, there’s no higher praise.

Be Tulum boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico
Time Out

2017's Best Hotels for Escaping 2017

What a long, strange year it was. We all deserve some time away to unwind. Thankfully, there are hotels designed to help us do just that.

2017 Hotel Wish List
Squad Goals

Our Annual Employee Hotel Wish List

Tablet’s own travel experts talk about which hotels they’re most excited to visit in 2018 — some old, some new, all extraordinary.

Rooms Hotel – boutique hotel in Tiblsi, Georgia
Performance Space

The Power of Interior Design, Part 2

Hotels aren’t as simple as they used to be. The best have evolved into performance spaces that allow guests to star in their own sort of theatrical production — to try on a whole different life, if only for one night.

Belize Resorts - Tablet Hotels
This Side of Paradise

Belize Lives Up To Its Reputation

You’ve probably heard of Belize. For years, adventurous travelers have championed its many virtues, speaking of it with a wide-eyed, almost mystical reverence. Well, what you’ve heard is true.

Try On A New Life

The Power of Interior Design, Part 1

A boutique hotel stay is a chance to try on a different life — to inhabit new spaces, explore new fantasies, and check yourself out against a new interior-design backdrop.

La Bastide de Marie
Sunsets & Vines

The World's Most Gorgeous Wine Hotels

Maybe it’s the pleasant climates, or the wide open spaces, or the short commute home to your room — but for whatever reason, there’s nothing quite like a vineyard-hotel getaway.

Awasi Patagonia Torres del Paine, Chile
Hard Truths

What Your Dream Hotel Says About You

The hotel you choose for your dream getaway reveals a lot about the kind of person you are. Find your dream hotel — and find out what it says about you.

Boutique Hotel Renovations - The - Wythe Hotel - Tablet Hotels
Back From the Dead

13 Old Structures Reborn as Hotels

These decaying and decrepit buildings have been resurrected from the dead, brought back to life as shockingly fresh hotels.

Best Boutique Hotel Lobbies - Aman Tokyo - Tablet Hotels
First Impressions

Unforgettable Hotel Lobbies, Ranked

The best hotel lobbies spare no expense to immediately grab your attention and make a grand statement about the experience to come.

Click Clack Hotel
D.I.Y. Design

15 Hand-Crafted Hotel Experiences

Some of the world’s best hotels were hand-crafted by a single visionary with the burning desire to have every detail be perfect. Because if you want something done right…

New Zealand Boutique Hotels - Queensland
Long Bright World

It's Adventure Time in New Zealand

Adventurers have no shortage of destinations for finding their thrills, but nowhere collects so much dramatic variety in one place as New Zealand.

Boutique Hotels for Skiing - LeCrans Hotel & Spa
Peak Performance

The Higher Standards of Ski Hotels

We used to struggle finding ski hotels as unique and full of personality as our favorite urban boutique hotels — but not anymore. The standards have gone up, and modern ski hotels are distinguishing themselves in memorable ways.

Marfa, Texas Boutique Hotels