I was wondering if anyone had started a best of list for hotels on this site? The idea would be to compile a list of the best places you've ever stayed, regardless of location or price and post it on MRI.
My favorite, though it's been a while, is The Royal Horseguards Hotel on the Thames in downtown London.
Situated directly on the river, it defined elegance and proper decorum for me the many times that I stayed there. From the nightly free shoeshines, to the pressing of garments, and the valet service available, this is British excellence at its best. Not inexpensive, but then things that impress seldom are. Rates are sometimes around 200 GPB but range as high as 800 GBP. There is an option to include twice daily meals in all room types.
My days of visiting officials at the seat of government are done now, but the memories of the Horseguards lingers on.
So my questions are:
1. Have you been to this hotel and what do you think of it?
2. What is your all-time favorite hotel?
Great idea for a post!
1. No, I have walked by The Royal Horseguards, but never really remember seeing it. It must be right across the street from The actual "Horseguards" site. Just down the street from #10 Downing?
Does this look familiar! It must be very close, these are "The Queens Guard's"!
Does sound and look like a wonderful hotel!
2. Years ago, I was working in Wilmington, DE, and decided to stay at The DuPont! This had to be 1980, and I had read it was one of the best hotels in America. It was very nice, and very formal. I had my boss with me, he was from Houston, Texas. He got so upset at breakfast when the Maitre de made him go back to his room and put a necktie on!
Never stayed there again! But it was a "Memorable, and Royal" place to stay for a "Mid-Western guy", who thought a HI was plush!
Thanks again for the post!
I hope your question includes any Marriott property, because that is what I am going to use as the criteria.
It's a toss up between all of these in no particular order:
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Autograph Collection Scrub Island
Marriott Maui Ocean Club Lahaina/Napili Tower
Probably another or two I should add but can't recall then right now.
I'd say our last two stays at the San Diego Marriott Marina did not come close to the extended weekend we had last Memorial Day at the Coronado Marriott. The marina location is just too busy with conventions and other nonsense, but the location is good for being in/near downtown San Diego.
We had a 2 BR villa just southwest of the main complex in a little four villa complex. The view was grand, walks around Coronado waterfront and area within a mile of the property were perfect to find little spots for a drink or bite to eat, and then you have the sunsets at The Del.
And yes, completely agree with the JW in Washington, D.C.
Thank shoeman, Scrub Island is simply a great spot for a quiet vacation seeing the blues of the ocean at it's finest with top of the line accommodations.
Here is a few pictures I put in the photo albums a while back:
I quite liked the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu, the Hotel Berghof in Zermatt, Switzerland, and the Westin at Detroit Metro Airport. I really like Marriott Residence Inn's (depending on the city) and JW Marriott's anywhere.
Have not been to The Royal Horseguards Hotel yet, but since you recommend it, I would certainly like to try it.
My favorite hotels are:
Other threads on hotels & loyalty programs...let me know if there are others we should add
Another great report!
Since it looks like we are allowed to mention more that one (Ok, anadyr?)
Here's a few more!
Not far from one of trippin's favorites in Zermatt
The Zermatterhof, is a wonderful place to stay at Christmas!
Stein Erickson Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah. Some regard as the best ski lodge in America!
The Carleton, Nice, France. Facing the Med. Sea, it is a wonderful location to see the coast, as well as Monte Carlo!
There are too many great ones, too bad most of them I cannot afford for more than a night!
I am so sorry to let you know, I was WRONG about this hotel!
This is The Hotel Carlton, in Cannes, France.
(I am loosing my mind)!
This is a famous hotel, and filmed in the famous Cary Grant/Grace Kelly movie, "To Catch a Thief"! Very historical hotel.
So sorry, I got my cities mixed up!
Have lived in Nice, though not as nice of digs as the Carlton. We were in a dorm room for ~30 USD/month. It was pretty crowded in there with my sister and i sharing a room built for 1.
Also, my thread with profchiara reminded me of another independent that is very rasonable in Turkey with great History. Its a 400+ year old Caravansarai...I absolutely love the place...check out the pictures at this link.
Actually we did go back, and enjoyed all the things we can now afford.
That room had a typical European bed (plywood that was about 4 feet by 3 feet covered by about 1 inch of foam).
considering we are both tall, over legs always hung off the end of the bed, and it was 1,2,3 turn.
I did try this in Belgium to save some money for the company and stayed in a 2-3 star place, with the same sort of bed, but told my boss unless he wanted to pay my hospital bill for being in traction after sleeping on plywood covered by 1 inch foam, that I was returning to the Soffitel
The 2-3 star place also had such a small bathroom, I had to turn sideways to get into it. There was no closet, just a metal bar between the door and bathroom, topped by 3 metal bars on top for a shelf.
I learned what every star in the rating system meant in terms of hotel room while there.
but it was still better than moving. They had wanted me to move, but our salaries are considerably lower than the Europeans, and the cost of living higher, so staying on business travel was a great compromise.