The Best Hotels Our Editors Have Stayed at Recently

From budget stays to newly-renovated properties, check out our favorite hotels we've stayed at in the last year, and get inspired to plan your own getaway.

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June 28, 2019

The Quirk Hotel (Richmond, VA)

"What can you say about a hotel with a millennial pink design theme, an in-house art gallery and a trendy, scene-y restaurant, Maple and Pine, located smack dab in the center of the hotel lobby? Hipster heaven! The Quirk is a design-forward hotel located in the West Broad Street art district, within walking distance to art galleries and a must-visit ice cream shop Charm School Social Club and the craft beer/wine and chicken biscuit ground zero Saison Market. The staff is friendly and attentive, the ample displays of local art inspiring and the Quirk itself is a wonderful home base for exploring this charming Southern city." - Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor

BOOK NOW:, $209 and up

Noelle Nashville (Nashville, TN)

"Noelle in downtown Nashville is gorgeous with a capital G. It’s located in a historic building that used to be a bank (and my dad’s law firm office, funny enough!), so the elegance and charm factor are top notch. The staff was friendly and attentive. Guaranteed you won’t find a better hotel gift shop either. My husband and I enjoyed complimentary "10-minute coffee" brought to our room, which was a total lifesaver since our 3-month old was with us. I’m also a bit of a water snob, and, therefore, appreciated the option to have sparkling water for the room from the nearby "hydration station." Insider Tip: Check out the Hidden Bar downstairs. There’s always something cool and exciting happening. Follow them on Instagram to stay updated. For example, during the holidays, the bar was outfitted in kitschy Christmas décor - a total delight." - Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

BOOK NOW:, $199 and up

Hotel Riu Caribe (Cancun, Mexico)

"Sometimes you just need a week of eating, drinking and sleeping on the beach to relieve some stress. That’s why I chose Hotel Riu Caribe on Cancun’s Hotel Zone for a week-long, do-nothing anniversary trip with my husband. If I’m staying at an all-inclusive resort, having a wide variety of food options is high on my list. This resort complex didn’t disappoint - there were more than five dining options including a beachfront steakhouse and poolside pizzeria. And when you’re hangry in-between meals or before bed, the 24-hour sports bar rescues with grab-and-go snacks, from fruit to sandwiches to nachos. The best meal I had was the chicken fajitas (twice, actually) at Maria Margarita, the resort’s a la carte Mexican restaurant." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

BOOK NOW: Travelocity, $224 and up

Hotel Eiffel Petit Louvre (Paris, France)

"When booking my last trip to Paris, I was looking for a hotel that was affordable, in a safe district and of course, close to the Eiffel Tower. That’s where this perfectly quaint hotel comes in. The hotel’s website boasts Eiffel Tower views from most rooms and is just blocks away from the structure itself, and yes, it delivers. Although the rooms are small, each one has a huge window that overlooks a perfectly Parisian street. This isn’t the Shangri-La Hotel, but for the price and location, I will absolutely be staying here again." - Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

BOOK NOW:, $110 and up

The Scott Resort and Spa (Scottsdale, AZ)

"After road tripping around Arizona, I spent a couple of nights at the newly renovated Scott Resort & Spa, formerly the FireSky Resort, in Scottsdale last December. I was initially attracted to the Cuban-inspired Mission Revival design, featuring rattan furniture, tons of tropical plants, palm print wallpaper and blue-and-white striped chaise loungers, and it seemed like the perfect place to hang out and recharge before the new year. Plus, it was reasonably priced. I enjoyed a full body massage at the spa, sipped mezcal cocktails from The Canal Club and soaked in the hot tub. The service was excellent; the staff even sent a complimentary razor to my room when I texted the front desk that I forgot one. The hotel also offers free cruiser bike rentals and shuttle rides within a few miles, which came in handy for an early morning hike to nearby Camelback Mountain." - Laura James, Assistant Editor

BOOK NOW:, $137 and up

Estes Park Condo (Estes Park, CO)

"Nothing beats waking up to elk sipping water from Colorado’s Big Thompson River just off the deck. This Estes Park condo is located minutes from the Rocky Mountain National Park entrance and just as close to Downtown Estes Park. The three-bedroom, charmingly wood-paneled cabin-style home is literally located at the edge of the river with views of 14,000-foot-high Long’s Peak. The owner’s incredible amenities allowed us to cook most meals in the kitchen and do our laundry before traveling home. It was truly the best home rental I’ve ever stayed in." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor


The Ivey's Hotel (Charlotte, NC)

"This jewel box of a hotel in the center of Charlotte's downtown feels like an insider secret; it's where visiting dignitaries like Vogue's Andre Leon Talley stay when they are in town. This luxurious spot is actually the repurposed J.B. Ivey & Company department store and its ultra-glamorous ambiance including rooms and hallways outfitted with bespoke artwork, wallpaper, thick curtains, plush linens and deep carpeting all makes you feel like a guest in a very fancy private home. The Library Lounge is cozy and elegant and features refreshments all day and wine receptions nightly and room service is from locavore restaurant 5Church. With rooms this exceptionally luxurious, you'll most likely want to just nest, but this well-placed hotel is walking distance to much of what Charlotte has to offer including restaurants, museums and performing arts venues." - Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor

BOOK NOW:, $217 and up

Beach House Resort (Hilton Head Island, SC)

"Located right on Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach, this Holiday Inn boutique resort was unexpectedly charming and comfortable. For a quick weekend getaway, my husband and I chose this place based on location and travelers’ reviews. Coastal design lovers will go gaga over the resort’s modern decor with jute and sisal galore. Plus, the amenities will keep you satisfied for a few days; there are a few bars/lounges, two restaurants (one beachfront), a pool and beach access. The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar is perfect for breakfast and poolside snacks (their fried pickles and fries are no joke), while the Tiki Hut is the spot for live music and toes-in-the-sand drinking (order the Watermelon Wave)." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

BOOK NOW: Travelocity, $144 and up

Royal Sonesta (New Orleans, LA)

"This past Thanksgiving, my husband and I decided we needed to skip town and forgo traditional holiday celebrations with a long weekend in New Orleans. Since this was my husband’s first time to the city, I knew we needed to do it right. You know, stay right on Bourbon Street. The Royal Sonesta (located at 300 Bourbon Street), is a four-star hotel that offers the best of the Big Easy while still providing a quiet yet beautiful escape. There’s plenty to do outside the hotel, but with an oyster bar, Cajun restaurant, jazz club and bar (actually, five of them) in the hotel, we found ourselves hitting up these spots more than once." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

BOOK NOW: Travelocity, $149 and up

Aloft Asheville Downtown (Asheville, NC)

"Aloft Asheville is the perfect urban getaway tucked in between the gorgeous mountains. After a hiking trip, I spent a night at the hotel and enjoyed the chic design, fun-packed lounge and expansive balcony overlooking downtown. The hotel is steps away from numerous breweries and music venues, so I didn't need to drive during my stay. Plus, the rooms feature cityscape or mountain views." - Rrita Hashani, Digital Editorial Intern

BOOK NOW: Marriott, $234 and up

The St. Jane Chicago (Chicago, IL)

"Just opened in 2018, The St. Janel in Chicago is the perfect place to stay if you love art deco architecture. I stayed here on a business trip and loved the design, comfortable rooms and convenient Michigan Avenue location. The Free Rein restaurant was also a lovely spot for dinner when I didn’t feel like venturing beyond the hotel into Chicago’s blistering cold winter weather." - Laura James, Assistant Editor

BOOK NOW:, $159 and up