Worst Hotel-Room Views

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Free hotel breakfasts aren't exactly a rarity, but they are usually comprised of cereals, fruit, and, if you're lucky, some moderately edible scrambled eggs. Not so at Gaia Hotel and Reserve, where the free breakfast is a gourmet a la carte affair. Menu items include Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Italian Egg White Frittata, Vanilla and Mango Pancakes, a Costa Rican Breakfast, and more.
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Andaz Fifth Avenue
We adore the Andaz Fifth Avenue for its bounty of foodie freebies, including the choice of Fat Witch Baby Brownies or C.O. Bigelow Peppermints at check-out. There are other less delicious gift options as well: C.O Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream and a tube of anti-bacterial hand gel. Other free treats include minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, wine in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening, and made-to-order barista coffee in the lobby.
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Hotel Vintage Park
This Seattle hotel's focus on wine ' particularly those grown in the 500 local vineyards ' is evident from the moment you check in: The front-desk staffer (sporting a nametag that includes his or her particular favorite vintage) will explain the varieties you'll enjoy at the free reception that takes place every evening from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Rancho Valencia Resort
The Rancho Valencia's excellent freebies, including free minibar snacks, morning juice and newspaper delivery, and free breakfast, contribute to the resort's experience of exclusive pampering. This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds.
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Villa d'Citta
After a long day exploring, it's nice to come back to your hotel to find free refreshments waiting in the lobby. The Villa d'Citta takes the cake on this one: This tiny Chicago boutique has a fully stocked communal kitchen where guests can prepare breakfast, snacks (such as sandwiches or hot dogs), and other light fare 24/7.
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Copley Square Hotel
The Copley Square Hotel in Boston, which offers free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate all day, is one of our favorites, partly because it's so pleasant to sit down and sip in its stylish, cozy lobby. There's also a free evening wine hour if you prefer something a little stronger.
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Westin Copley Place Hotel
Many hotels are thoughtful enough to provide basic refreshments in the lobby: ice water, coffee, and the like. Some properties take it a step further: the Westin Copley Place Boston has special seasonal drinks, like hot apple cider in the fall.
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Halekulani
Arriving in your room to find a delicious surprise waiting for you goes a long way toward making you feel like a guest, rather than a customer. The Halekulani's impressive display of tropical fruit, chocolate, and flowers will always be one of our favorites.
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The Caves
It's not that uncommon to get a check-in drink at nice hotels in warm-weather destinations, but that doesn't make us like this refreshing freebie any less. The Caves in Jamaica is a romantic all-inclusive with locally focused cuisine and a top-shelf bar, and its signature welcome drink is de-lish.
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Britt Scripps Inn
This romantic Victorian inn near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo has many luxurious amenities, starting with butler service. On the food front, it offers a free, delicious breakfast made to order. Free wine and cheese is served each evening in the parlor.
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Bryant Park Hotel
The cavernous CellarBar at the New York art deco boutique Bryant Park hotel not only has stunning design but a free happy hour for guests. Once you're done with your pre-dinner tipple, head to Koi, a top-rated on site sushi restaurant, or take a stroll around nearby Times Square.
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Andaz Wall Street (New York City)
Andaz Wall Street (New York City)

Andaz Wall Street (New York City)

Hoping to visit Lady Liberty on your Independence Day visit to NYC? Andaz Wall Street is conveniently located near Battery Park, where the ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty, and boasts a striking design by the Rockwell Group, topped with big, handsome rooms and stylish bathrooms. 960 1280

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Hotel of South Beach (Miami)

Hotel of South Beach (Miami)

Centrally located in a historic Art Deco building, this is a darling little hotel by designer Todd Oldham and developer/hotelier Tony Goldman. Staying at The Hotel of South Beach, and planning on celebrating the Fourth of July? Bring beach chairs and towels to the fun (and free) Fourth of July event beginning at 7 pm on 8th Street and Ocean Drive (fireworks start at 9 pm). 960 1280

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Ink48 (New York City)

Ink48 (New York City)

Ink48, (named for its location on 48th Street in New York City) is close to the Hudson River and has a beautiful rooftop that offers partial views of the Fourth of July fireworks (shown from 24th to 40th streets). Tickets to the hotel’s private Fourth of July reception include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and live DJ music. Ink48’s free wine receptions, swanky spa and pet-friendly features make it a great place to stay as well. 960 1280

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InterContinental Miami

InterContinental Miami

If you are planning to visit "America's Birthday Bash" at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, no hotel is more convenient than the InterContinental Miami. This huge, pink 641-room downtown tower has attentive service, a large pool with a great view of Biscayne Bay, a great “bottomless brunch” at Toro Toro and a fully equipped gym and spa. 960 1280

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JW Marriott Los Angeles

JW Marriott Los Angeles

The JW Marriott offers a beautiful pool, great views of downtown LA from the rooftop bar, tons of meeting space and plenty of restaurants. At dusk, head to the nearby Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a beautiful (and free) 60-minute fireworks show (Christmas Tree Lane to the east of the Coliseum and the south lawn of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles are the best viewing spots). 960 1280

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W Washington D.C.

W Washington D.C.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than catching the fireworks on the National Mall with the Capitol as a backdrop. W Washington D.C. has a location just 2 blocks from the White House and is a short walk from the Mall. Guests can also catch the show at the hotel's fashionable rooftop bar. The hotel also offers fusion cuisine from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a great spa and gym, and Whatever/Whenever service. 960 1280

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Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

The 2,716-room Wynn Las Vegas, one of the Strip's most extravagant luxury hotels, is also home to the famous club Tryst. Here you can choose to dance your Independence night away, or look out onto the lounge's Lake of Dreams with its 40-foot waterfall. The resort's meticulous design, trendy cuisine, top-quality beds, amazing on-site luxury shopping, and great spa and fitness center give it the reputation it deserves. 960 1280

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W Chicago Lakeshore

W Chicago Lakeshore

Chicago offers a hopping Fourth of July event at Navy Pier with spectacular fireworks (in fact, fireworks shows take place at the pier all summer long). The W Chicago is located on Lake Michigan right next to the pier, and a ticketed event with drinks and hors d'oeuvres is held at its 7th floor WET pool deck that offers views of the fireworks. The hotel's chic decor, stylish indoor pool, Bliss spa and absolutely stunning views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier (check out the terrace!) make it a popular upscale pick. 960 1280

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Argonaut Hotel (San Francisco)

Argonaut Hotel (San Francisco)

Pier 39 is the busiest hub for Fourth of July celebrations in San Francisco, with live music during the day and spectacular views of the fireworks over the bay at night. The nearby Argonaut Hotel, converted from an old canning factory and reopened with 252 nautical-themed rooms and suites, is a top option in the area -- some rooms have views of the San Francisco Bay. 960 1280

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Taj Boston

Taj Boston

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, held on the Esplanade along the Charles River, is one of the most famous Fourth of July celebrations in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. The Taj Boston’s location along the Public Garden is super close to the action, and the hotel is one of the most luxurious options in the city. 960 1280

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LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND

Located just 30 minutes north of San Diego in Carlsbad, CA, LEGOLAND California Resort is the perfect place to take an exciting, kid-friendly family vacation, and for you to gain a sense of nostalgia in the process. With more then 75 rides, stores and restaurants, not to mention other-worldly attractions like Dino Island and Castle Hill, the only question your kids will be asking after their visit is, "When can we go back?" 960 1280

  

Duck Walk at The Peabody Memphis

Duck Walk at The Peabody Memphis

For the last 80 years, The Peabody Memphis has provided an experience unlike any other hotel in the business – the Peabody Duck Walk. This must-see Memphis, TN, attraction occurs twice daily at 11 am and at 5 pm when 5 North American mallards climb their way out of the enormous marble fountain in the lobby, and waddle down a red carpet for everyone to enjoy. 960 1280

  

The Pearl Dive-in Theater

The Pearl Dive-in Theater

Dive into one of California's latest and most innovative attempts of bringing the silver screen to life. A boutique hotel located in San Diego, The Pearl Hotel offers a unique opportunity for patrons to enjoy their favorite movies while taking a dip in their oyster-shaped swimming pool while surrounded by California’s ambiance of nice weather and palm trees. 960 1280

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Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

Make no mistake about it, the Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis, TN, offers up a much different connotation than Elvis' lyrics displayed within the famed song. That being said, even though the "Heartbreak Hotel" was just a fictional place in his mind at the time, "although it's always crowded, you still can find some room," is one line that rings true year-round. Located across the street from Graceland, the fashionable boutique hotel features more than 120 rooms dedicated to "The King of Rock ‘n' Roll".” 960 1280

  

The Millennium Dome

The Millennium Dome

The Millennium Hotel Minneapolis offers its guests a view of the city unlike any other in Minnesota. The 14th floor of the iconic Millennium Dome offers amazing panoramic views of the city, as well as the perfect location to host the wedding of your dreams. 960 1280

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Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains

They don't call it the "Entertainment Capital of the World" for nothing! However, unless you’re dropping some major coin on the casino floor, most entertainment options in Las Vegas are going to cost you an arm and a leg. That's what makes the Bellagio's complimentary water show such a refreshing option for your entertainment. Ranging every 15 to 30 depending on the day, this unprecedented water show is synced with famous musical tunes and light features, astounding millions of tourists each year. 960 1280

  

Splash Landings Hotel

Splash Landings Hotel

Splash Landings Hotel in the UK gives its guests the distinctive opportunity to visit the Caribbean without flying the near 12 hours it would take to cross over the Atlantic. And just like a trip to the Caribbean, you would have to try pretty hard not to have a good time. Experience what life is like on the high seas during the always-entertaining Pirate Weekend, take in the sites of the popular themed-rooms and attractions, or hop a ride on The Smiler (pictured above) for some adrenaline-pumping adventure. 960 1280

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Bowling at Montage Deer Valley

Bowling at Montage Deer Valley

In most cases, snowy mountains and beautiful views are the first things that come to mind when you think of Park City, UT. – But if hitting the slopes or being pelted with snowballs isn’t your favorite form of entertainment, the Montage Deer Valley has you covered. From high-end shopping, top-notch dining options and a signature spa to nostalgic arcade games and a bowling alley, the Montage Deer Valley will make your stay one to remember. 960 1280

  

Gaylord National Resort ICE!

Gaylord National Resort ICE!

Some of the best attractions in the world are only offered for a limited time, as is the case for Gaylord National Resorts ICE! The holidays are a time of joy, and this special holiday event offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate with the whole family. Located at the National Harbor in Washington, DC, guests are given the opportunity to escape to a winter wonderland surrounded by nearly 2 million pounds of hand-sculpted ice creations as well as free nightly entertainment. 960 1280

  

Hard Rock Hotel – Universal Studios

Hard Rock Hotel – Universal Studios

Ever think you could stay at one of the most rockin' hotels in the country, while spending your downtime with Mickey Mouse and the rest of the gang? Along with Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel is 1 of 4 stunning hotels located within the grounds of Universal Studios Orlando. From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to more then 25 thrilling rides and creative nightlife and dining options, your trip to Universal Studios will undoubtedly be a vacation to remember. 960 1280

  

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Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

The elegant Milestone Hotel in London has individually designed rooms that range from period design to contemporary themes, like this black-and-white space featuring Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Indigo, London

Value: Hotel Indigo, London

The Hotel Indigo in London has a futuristic lobby and colorfully decorated rooms. Plus, it’s a great value hotel near London’s many hotspots. 960 1280

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Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

The famous Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris brims with Parisian style courtesy of Art Deco decor. The hotel also offers close access to the Dior Institute and high-end shopping right beyond its doors. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Think you can’t get the classic balcony view of the Eiffel Tower without emptying your wallet? Think again. Take in the famous Parisian vista at the minimalist-styled Hotel Palm Opera. 960 1280

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Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Known for lodging the rich and famous, the Carlyle in NYC features apartment-style rooms, classic decor and ultra-comfortable pillow top beds. 960 1280

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Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

With its unconventional vintage- and music-inspired design, Ace Hotel in NYC is not only a hipster haven but a budgetista’s dream. 960 1280

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Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

The Husa Paseo del Arte has an abundance of natural light and an inviting atmosphere. The sunny terrace and light-filled fitness center make for a cheerful stay while in Madrid. 960 1280

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Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

The gorgeous Melia Madrid Princesa in Madrid gives off a distinctive artsy vibe. Each spacious room was designed with meticulous detail and red accents. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Give your wallet a break -- and escape from the city -- at Hotel J, a quaint and country-esque hotel just 10 minutes from Stockholm. 960 1280

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Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Guests are attracted to the chic and modern style of Stockholm's Lydmar Hotel, where each room is uniquely decorated, with no 2 rooms alike. 960 1280

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Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

The iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel offers all the glamour of LA, with luxurious marble flooring, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and Rodeo Drive shopping right across the street. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Hotel Angeleno is one of LA’s best bargain hotels, with an outdoor heated pool, tidy rooms and a penthouse restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city. 960 1280

  

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

The Setai in Miami is nirvana on Earth, with a prime beachside location, Asian-inspired decor and gigantic rooms complete with a tub … in the living room. 960 1280

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Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

One of Miami’s best-value hotels, the modern Albion Hotel is located just 2 blocks from the beach and just a few paces away from popular dining and shopping spots. 960 1280

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Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

The contemporary Grand City Hotel Berlin Kudamm offers everything a traveler would want: fantastic location, beautiful and clean rooms, appealing public areas, and all for a steal of a price. 960 1280

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Hotel Duquesne Eiffel, Paris

Hotel Duquesne Eiffel, Paris

Hotel Duquesne is a comfortable 34-room hotel in the 7th Arrondissement within walking distance to Left Bank tourist sites, such as the Musee d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. Some rooms even boast exceptional views of the iconic structure, built in 1889 on the occasion of the World’s Fair in Paris. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Villa la Estancia, Los Cabos

Villa la Estancia, Los Cabos

Villa la Estancia is the high-end hotel in a cluster of 3 sister resorts, and offers a nice reprieve from the crazy, party hotels that Los Cabos is known for -- the grounds are pristine, the pool isn’t teeming with underage partiers, and the rooms are large. Some rooms look out over the crystal-clear ocean toward Land’s End, a rock formation located right where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. Seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing in the area. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole

Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole

Set in a wildlife refuge more than 700 feet above the Jackson Valley, the Spring Creek Ranch is a great choice -- during all seasons -- for an outdoor getaway. Winter activities include sleigh rides and snowshoeing across the property’s vast grounds, and summertime brings horseback riding and hiking. But no matter the season, the views from the condos of the majestic Tetons are jaw-dropping. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, Costa Rica

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, Costa Rica

One of Costa Rica’s most tranquil resorts, the Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa takes full advantage of its natural setting near Arenal Volcano. The rooms, restaurants and pool all offer gorgeous views of the volcano, which is considered one of the most activein the world, with lava flows daily. However, fret not; seismologists say the activity is calming down, making it less likely to cause significant damage anytime in the near future. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Mandarin Oriental, New York City

Mandarin Oriental, New York City

It’s not an icon like the Plaza or Pierre, but so what? The Mandarin is one of the most luxe options in NYC, offering a world-renowned spa, a chic Asian-fusion restaurant and an indoor pool with amazing views. Some rooms also have gorgeous views overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park, must-see spots in New York City. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda

Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda

This adults-only resort has a trendy, sexy vibe while still maintaining quaint touches from its history as a sea captain’s home. The hotel boasts 4 private beaches, and with turquoise waters more typical of the Caribbean than of the North Atlantic, it's no wonder the resort, and Bermuda in general, is popular among celebrities who want stay away from the crowds without having to give up the crystalline waters and the gorgeous beaches of destinations farther south. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain is a popular hideaway among celebrities and couples; as an adults-only property, its tranquil vibe is hard to match elsewhere on the island. With “missing” fourth walls, the upscale, unplugged (no TVs or radios) rooms look out onto the ocean and the Pitons, gorgeous mountains that rise straight out of the water. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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The Regent Grand, Turks and Caicos

The Regent Grand, Turks and Caicos

Location is key at this 52-room luxury condo resort, which is situated directly on Grace Bay and less than a minute's walk from the island’s best shopping and dining sites. Seen from numerous rooms, Grace Bay is frequently ranked among the world’s best beaches, with crystalline waters, golden sand and excellent snorkeling. This is also one of the most popular sunset viewing spots on the island. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe

Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe

The Resort at Squaw Creek is one of the largest in California’s Squaw Valley, an area that attracts about 600,000 skiers per season. A ski lift by the hotel transports skiers and hikers to the slopes year-round, and during the summer the resort’s plunge pool and waterslide, and golf course open. Rooms are attractive with homey décor, and many feature gas fireplace and gorgeous mountain views. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam

Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam

At the boutique Ambassade Hotel, no 2 rooms are the same, yet all feature classic Louis XVI-inspired décor and free Wi-Fi. Some have charming features such as beamed, vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers, but our favorites are those with views overlooking Amsterdam’s famous canals, which in total span over 62 miles. See Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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