My favorite hotels, hostels, and accommodations from over 30 countries of travel. Only places I’ve stayed myself! Sorted by country and by type of accommodation.
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Unique Village (Eleuthera) – The rooms are nice but nothing crazy. Very convenient restaurant attached with great food, though not cheap. The beach behind the hotel less than 50 feet way is the highlight, with few other visitors!
Banff Inn (Banff) – There are a few more luxury hotels on the main strip of Banff, but this is an affordable choice with a great location and comfortable rooms. Within walking distance of downtown Banff with incredible views of the mountains right outside the hotel.
Stoke Hotel (Revelstoke) – Extremely friendly staff and cute decor. Great location for skiing in the winter.
Swiss Chalet Motel (Revelstoke)
Victorian Hotel (Vancouver) – A historic, boutique hotel centrally located in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of many major sites.
Little Quarter Hostel (Prague) – Dorm beds were comfy and large with privacy curtains and storage chests that locked. Huge breakfast buffet. I ended up staying here and moving to another hostel for a few days that I’d previously booked, and really regretted leaving.
Kumagaiji (Kyosan) – A Buddhist Temple offering a unique and memorable peak into Buddhist culture and daily life in Kyosan, Japan. The city is UNESCO Heritage site. Don’t miss the group dinner, and fire ceremony in the morning.
Hotel WBF PORTO Isihgakijima (Ishigaki Island) – A very clean, modern hotel with good customer service. Short walking distance from down town area with shops and dining.
J-Hoppers Hiroshima Guesthouse (Hiroshima) – Within 10 minutes walking from the Hiroshima memorial and museum.
Roots Hostel (Osaka) – Good customer service, traditional Japanese beds on the floor, easy to access subway and major sites in Osaka from hotel.
Super Hotel Lohas Akasaka (Tokyo) – Most notable claim to fame – the pillow wall where you could choose from over 5 types of pillows, washed after each use – memory foam, soft, firm, in between. Amazing.
Ryokan & Day Shizuku (Tokyo) – This wasn’t one of our most memorable stays, but it was very comfortable and clean. In a place like Tokyo where there are a million options, it can be difficult to ensure comfort and cleanliness, so this can be substantial. Decent location.
Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp (Merzouga) – A stunning and unique luxury accommodation experience on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
Riad Anjar (Marrakech) – Gorgeous hotel with an incredible breakfast.
Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda (Fez) – Centrally located in the Medina of Fez, this stunning hotel will make it hard to leave your the property. Pool, spa, rooftop terrace, and dining options available on site.
Eurostars Sidi Maarouf (Casablanca) – Super easy drive to the airport with a wonderful (albeit not inexpensive) brunch buffet. On the outskirts of the city, this hotel is best if you have a late/early flight or are visiting Casablanca for business.
BackHome Hostel (Kuala Lumpur) – Very cute hostel with friendly, helpful staff. We visited the next-door cafe for breakfast three days in a row.
Chillout Hostel (Warsaw) – Amazing breakfast, and one of the cutest hostels I’ve stayed in, with social events and snacks each night. Friendly and helpful staff.
One World Hostel (Krakow) – Great breakfast. Walking distance from major sites. The large dorm wasn’t my most comfortable sleep but absolutely worth it for the price, overall.
Norte Guest House (Lisbon)
Palace Hotel do Bussaco (Luso) – If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a palace, walk the grounds, and have romantic five-course dinners on the terrace at night, then this is your place. I took so many photos here it could have filled a book.
Nice Way Porto Hostel (Porto)
Nook Hostel (Ponta Delgada) – A nice location to explore Sao Miguel, Azores – one of my favorite places in the world.
Convento Sao Saturnino (Sintra) – Romantic, quiet, historic building with the option for delicious group meals. Incredible views on the small grounds. Pool available. One of my favorite stays ever.
Backpacker’s Hostel @ The Little Red Dot (Singapore) – A great budget option we used on two visits in Singapore.
SOUTH KOREA ACCOMMODATIONS
L7 Hongdae by LOTTE (Seoul)
Bananas Bungalows – A gorgeous, tranquil stay on the Krabi coast. Kayak to the hidden beaches, swing over the water during sunset, or just relax in a hammock and enjoy the incredible Thai food. I’ve written about Bananas Bungalows too.
Lacam Lodge (Sipi Falls) – Located as close to Sipi Falls as you could probably hope to get, this beautiful lodge offers a great break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The food is great, staff is super kind, and there are lots of options for wonderful tours (coffee, hiking, abseiling) easily bookable on sight.
Smile Nile (Jinja) – Relax and unwind with the Nile River in your literal backyard. Oh, and a pool, and a small family of monkeys who you can watch from the patio hammock in the morning while sipping your coffee.
Bushpig Backpackers (Kampala) – This is where we’ve spent most of our two months in Kampala. It’s located in the Kololo neighborhood, one of the nicer regions of Kampala, and walking distance to the Acacia Mall and tons of wonderful restaurants. The staff is amazing, the hostel is beautiful, and you can’t go wrong with the food, drinks, or trivia night on Tuesdays.
Georgian House Hotel (London) – Wizard’s Chamber – (London) – There are regular rooms, but obviously their Harry Potter room is the BEST. Accessed through a secret door. Options for a special Harry Potter breakfast available. Cannot recommend enough.
SoHostel (London) – A great hostel if you’re looking to meet people, enjoy the night life, and not sleep all that much. Breakfast and happy hour were awesome and the staff was fabulous.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi) – The St. Regis brand started in New York and the founders defined elegance and high society, so it’s no surprise this hotel is a 5-star luxury stay. For incredible hospitality, the best breakfast buffet that probably exists anywhere, and a breathtaking property in the heart of the city, look no further than the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. I even wrote a post about how I fell in love with St. Regis hotels after my stay there.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (Abu Dhabi) – This Emirati city is lucky to have two St. Regis properties, and though we didn’t spend the night here, we did visit for Bloody Mary’s and explore. The bar is super charming and retains all the flair of the other St. Regis location, but with a beachy twist.
Caesars Palace (Las Vegas) – Centrally located on the strip within easy walking distance of the Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Club Omnia, major casinos, and restaurants like Hell’s Kitchen. For the luxury, night-life experience of Vegas this is a great choice.