My Favorite Hotels – Part One

I recently discussed our stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando. After that post, I had a few people reach out regarding my favorite hotels. I’ve put together my list of favorites, which I’ll share in two posts. I hope you find this information helpful in planning your own travels.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Last year, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai was named Best Hotel in the USA by U.S. News & World Report. This resort is by far my favorite. The service is absolutely exceptional. Staff is very attentive, the food is outstanding, the property is stunning, and the attention to detail is beyond words. I just don’t know how anyone could be disappointed with this hotel.

At arrival, we were immediately welcomed and escorted to our room. No waiting in line to check-in. Even when we haven’t stayed here, the staff has been very kind and service oriented. No detail is overlooked. The hotel has a very organic feel to it. I mean it really feels like a private retreat.

If you want to know more about our stay, visit my blog post regarding the hotel.

Turtle Bay Resort

Hawaii is my absolute favorite place to visit, so it only makes sense that many of my favorite hotels are on island time. Turtle Bay is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Located on the North Shore, it’s a quieter paradise with lots of great surfing. My husband surprised me a couple of years ago with a stay at one of their cottages. Cottage guests have a separate concierge. We were greeted with fresh juice and cookies. The room was amazing, everything you’d want in a Hawaiian vacation. I love how large this resort is and the variety of activities/amenities. You can surf, paint, go horseback riding, lounge at pool, and more.

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Photo Credit Turtle Bay Resort

Inn Above Tide

This is a hidden gem on the water. The staff is amazing and the rooms feel like luxury. It’s a very private setting, because the hotel only has 33 rooms. We like to enjoy a glass of wine on the deck at sunset. The views of San Francisco are breathtaking. Not only is the hotel amazing, but I absolutely love Sausalito. The village is quaint and coastal. The food is also amazing.

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Photo Credit Inn Above Tide

The Everett Hotel

We stayed here for the 4th of July last summer, and I just loved it. The owners are awesome and provide topnotch service. Breakfast was included in our stay, and it was delicious. The rooms are well maintained, and the rooftop provides a great spot for lounging (especially during the 4th).

The hotel was actually a bank back in the day. It’s the perfect mountain escape, only a few short hours from Atlanta. Ryan and I visit Bryson City every Christmas, and we will be staying at The Everett Hotel this year.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort‎

It has been years since we stayed at this pair, located conveniently on the strip. The room at Encore was beyond spacious, and the view was incredible. The hotel grounds are very well kept. If you don’t like the smell of cigarettes, this is the place for you. I’m always impressed by the hotels that are able to keep that smell at a minimum for nonsmokers. The pool is pretty amazing too.

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Photo Credit Wynn Las Vegas

At the very least, I recommend walking through the resort the next time you’re in Vegas.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

This has become my favorite spot in Orlando. We stayed at the Royal Pacific prior to staying at the Grand Floridian. I love the subtle nods to Hawaii and Polynesian culture. The amenities are great and the proximity to Universal Studios is priceless. The staff has always been very welcoming and quick to assist.

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Photo Credit Tripster

We were especially pleased with the staff during our recent stay and vow renewal. They went above and beyond to make our big day fantastic.

Overall, customer service and amenities are pretty important to me. That’s essentially what makes a hotel exceptional to me. Anybody can provide a clean room and bed. Although, I’ve been to a hotel that didn’t (that’s a story for another day). I also really appreciate attention to detail…I guess that’s the designer in me. Be sure to check back for part two. You don’t want to miss it!

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