My 2016 Top Five Favourite Hotels
My 2nd listing of my 2016 Top Five Favourites. I stayed in 27 different hotels in 2016. Wow, that even surprised myself! But I do love a hotel, especially sumptuous fluffy slippers, flouncy beds and bubbly shower gel type ones.
So, here goes my 2016 Top Five Favourite hotels starts here:
1. Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida
We used this hotel a couple of times last year as we finalized our purchase and started the long renovation project of a home in Sarasota. Kid friendly with a separate beach club on Lido Key (note: it is 3 miles away). The hotel is situated on Sarasota Bay and has a really nice relaxed atmosphere and combines nicely beach resort and city base. There is a wonderful terrace and Jack Dusty’s restaurant is excellent.
2. The Quin, New York
New and perfectly situated on the corner of 57th and 6th Ave, I loved this glamourous and arty hangout although I was there during a Clinton/Trump pre-election visit which had the whole area on secret service lock down. Still the staff were wonderful, and I loved, but was too poor to use the Bergdorf Goodman’s personal shopper on speed-dial in the room.
The rooms were over-sized NYC rooms, the Wayfarer restaurant had a great bar scene and of course outside the front door was everything you ever thought you wanted.
3. Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport, New York
This was our sanctuary after a day
on the booze of wine tasting in North Fork. Probably described as boutiquey as it only had five individually designed rooms, but I loved it’s quirkiness with it’s own speakeasy bar and popular restaurant.
The inn (right) had obviously been upgraded but it had kept its Victorian charm and the large grounds in which the Jedediah sits, with their gardens, fountains and gazebo, reward some wandering, and definitely helped a hangover.
4. Hotel Le Germain Mercer, Toronto
Canada is known for its great hotel brands but this was my first time at a Le Germain. In Toronto for a weekend this was a great location tucked away in a quiet but trendy street downtown close to everything. Unstuffy with welcoming staff, I liked the hang out cool library-cum-lounge, the rooms were big with all mod cons and the thrown in breakfast was legendary.
5. Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California
A little bit tongue in cheek this one. I was in Disney with work (they are one of our clients). The Disneyland hotel is the original hotel at the original Disney Park but has had an extensive upgrade and now adds some modern touches to magic and nostalgia.
It wasn’t cheap but it charges for its close proximity to the park, great pool and dining options. Also, if you are a Mickey buff you can have hours of fun searching out hidden Mickey’s and playing with the scary wooden Sleeping Beauty headboard complete with fireworks (left). It’s where dreams come true!