One of the first things I do when researching a destination is peruse the hotel scene. Preferred Hotels has long been one of my favorite hotel representation groups, as they represent some of the best independently-owned hotels around the world. They have a wide range of hotels, from uber luxury hotels like the Post Ranch Inn to city escapes like Hotel Nikko San Francisco. Preferred Hotels has a high standard of hotel quality, ensuring that each stay is memorable. Over the past few years, I’ve stayed at a few and each time I walk away amazed by the service and unique accommodations. I wanted to share a few that have stand out.
Check out 5 of my favorite Preferred Hotels to stay at:
Katamama — Bali, Indonesia.
Why: I stayed here not too far after it opened, and I remember thinking to myself, “now this is how a hotel should be.” A unique hotel with a check-in that is in-room while a bartender creates a cocktail was just the beginning. The design includes local artists and each space is well thought out. This hotel deserves every accolade it’s received and the kind of hotel that is a destination itself.
Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant — Sonoma, California.
Why: It’s the kind of place you want to make a habit of — and after returning for a third year in a row, it’s safe to say that this retreat is everything magical. The cozy rooms bring an elegance that Sonoma knows how to capture. Touches like warm cookies and milk for turn down service and a spa bar for your daily need makes it that much more incredible. Not to mention the three course breakfast inside a Michelin-star restaurant is a great way to start the day.
Magee Homestead of Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection — Saratoga, Wyoming.
Why: If adventure could be paired with luxury in a perfect way, then I think the Magee Homestead would be the spot. Part of the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, this all-inclusive luxury guest ranch provides a wild escape. With fine dining and rustic experiences like fly-fishing or horseback riding, it’s the ultimate place for those wanting a taste of the wild west.
Castille Paris — Paris, France.
Why: With an address that shares the same block as Chanel, you know that the hotel will be nothing short of impeccable. Castille Paris is a boutique hotel for those who love a space that feels like a chic apartment, but with the amenities of a five-star hotel. To highlight, the two floor suites that over look Rue Cambon make you feel like you’re living like a Parisian. Add a daily breakfast in the courtyard with a fountain, and you’re set to explore.
Hotel Bernini Palace — Florence, Italy
Why: With the word “palace” in the name, it’s safe to say that you’ll feel that sentiment the minute you walk into the Hotel Bernini Palace. Set right at the heart of Florence, it’s minutes away from the Uffizi and a short walk to the iconic Santa Maria di Firenze. This 15th century palace, turned five-star hotel, boasts suites decorated in a way that invites you to experience Italian luxury.
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