More than 128,000 travelers took part in our 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey — the most in its history — submitting millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to help us create a list of winning favorites … Most notably, they declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected — finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world.
— by the Editors of Conde Nast Traveler
It’s no secret our partner hotels are authentic and personalized. That’s the mission. From rock star havens (Sunset Marquis) to off-the-grid Panamanian eco-adventure lodges (Casa Cayuco), from elite urban oases (Condor Hotel, The Lenox Hotel) and classed-up college town digs (The Hotel at Auburn University) to picturesque Maine-coast cottages (The Dunes on the Waterfront) and white sand beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands (The Buccaneer), our partners exemplify our Travel Less Ordinary mantra. And we’re happy that Conde Nast Traveler readers, likely some of you, appreciate this mantra, too.
The News: a number of our one-of-a-kind partner hotels appeared on Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2015 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World list.
Gateway Canyons Lodge, Gateway, CO
Set in the grasslands of Unaweep Canyon, this resort and spa offers guests a front row seat to some of the Southwest’s most spectacular red rock scenery. And beyond a full menu of top-notch spa services and access to horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and helicopter tours, Gateway boasts one of the finest collections of rare and historic American automobiles in the world.
Partner since: 8/22/2012
The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA
On a private lake in the Poconos, The Lodge at Woodloch captures the area’s natural beauty. Outdoor activities include fly-fishing, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. And on-site opportunities to unwind abound: river stone massage at the spa, pilates classes, pedicures, and pool-based fitness classes to name a few. Guest rooms have private verandas and vast marble bathrooms. The menu at Tree Restaurant and Bar always flaunts fresh, local ingredients, including those from the resort’s farm-to-table garden.
Partner since: 7/20/2011
Restoration on King, Charleston, SC
Waking up to breakfast delivered to your room in a picnic basket each morning serves as a straightforward yet impressive way to start to describe a stay at Restoration on King. Each one of the property’s 16 suites features fully equip kitchens, washer and dryer, and an exposed brick look coupled with modish decor.And to top it off, guests have access to The Restoration on King’s rooftop terrace, with its comfy chairs and couches and lovely Charleston views. It’s a dream home away from home.
Partner since: 5/19/2010
Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, ME
Rustic but far from basic, the hand-painted signpost, world-class restaurant (Earth), tree house spa rooms connected via catwalk (you’ll be both mentally and physically elevated), beach cruiser bikes for rides down to the beach, and the storybook cottages at Hidden Pond evoke the Platonic ideal of a summer camp for adults. Each cottage has its own unique personality and decor, and every morning, fresh-brewed coffee and a canvas bag of fresh-baked pastries is left outside your door. The place has an absolute blissful sense of leisure.
Partner since: 9/13/2012
The very best of travel, chosen by millions of travelers.
— Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
We’re also proud to announce Stonehurst Place‘s place on Trip Advisor’s list of the 25 Best B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
Stonehurst Place was owned by generations of the same Atlanta family for almost 100 years, and the fine bones of the original structure now house jewel-box pretty rooms and design treats like a vintage Hermes handbag collection. Owner Barb Shadomy’s art collection is on display throughout the inn: look for works by Picasso, Candida Hoefer and Andy Warhol.The inn’s chef whips up a gourmet breakfast every morning: lump crab and artichoke egg puff and fresh fruit scones make regular appearances on the menu. Tea and coffee, fresh fruit and goodies like homemade chocolate cake are available all day.
Partner since: 10/26/2010