Hotel Recommendations

We are constantly asked about hotel recommendations. We’ve put together a great guide to picking your next hotel. This will give you step by step ideas on picking a great place to stay!

Just in case that’s not enough, we are providing a list of hotels we have personally stayed at.  Hotels serve various purposes during our travels.  Sometimes they are part of the overall travel experience.  Other times, they are just a place to sleep for the night.  We generally stay at hotels which are safe, clean, well located, and affordable based on a moderate travel budget.  If it’s a hotel where we didn’t enjoy our stay, it is not on this list!  Simple. 

Want to read about the destination?  Click the post within each hotel listing to go straight to the post!

Asia Hotels

Let us help you find the perfect spot in Central Thailand!

Classic Kameo

Service apartment-style hotel.

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Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside

Take their free ride service on either tuk-tuk or boat on the Chao Phraya River

Read about how to pack for Thailand!

Dusit Thani Pattaya

On the beach and within a few minutes of the infamous Walking Street

River Kwai Resotel

Accessible only by Thail Longtail boat!

Caribbean and Mexico Hotels

Looking for a hotel or resort for your next tropical getaway?  We’ve got you covered!

Sandals Grand Antigua All-Inclusive Resort

Adults only all-inclusive resort

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort

On beautiful Palm Beach and within walking distance to many restaurants

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Secrets Wild Orchid All-Inclusive Resort

Half of sister-property resort.  This is the place to stay in Montego Bay!

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Excellence Playa Mujeres All-Inclusive Resort

North of Cancun and absolutely beautiful

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Hyatt Ziva All- Inclusive Resort

Family-friendly all-inclusive resort.

Excellence Riviera Cancun All-Inclusive Resort

South of Cancun and a short bike ride away from the small town of Puerto Morales.

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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Beautiful beach front hotel!

Central America Hotels

Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa

At the base of Arenal Volcano, with adorable bungalows and hot springs!

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Monteverde Country Lodge

Eco-lodge high in the mountains

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Tryp San Jose Sabana

Just a short walk to Central Avenue!

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Eurostars Panama City

Well located and at a fraction of the cost of nearby hotels

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Europe Hotels

Hotels in Europe tend to be much smaller than their American counterparts.  Here you will find functional rooms tucked away on winding streets in historic buildings.  Places like these are great and serve their purpose for your European vacation very well!

SACO Bath St. James Parade

Serviced apartment style hotels on a quiet street

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Hotel Berlin Mitte By Campanile

Trendy Mitte neighborhood.  In walking distance from train station and Wall memorial


Clayton Hotel

Just across from the train station and right on wild Saint Mary’s!

Read about airport transportation to Cardiff!

Hampton Inn Dublin City Center


StayCity Aparthotels Dublin City Center


The Carlton Airport Hotel (at Dublin Airport)

Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport

A great airport hotel option for early morning flights

Read about airport transportation to Rome!

Point A Hotel

Small, functional hotel in the heart of Glasgow!

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Club Quarter’s, St. Paul’s

Right around the corner from St. Paul’s Cathedral and Underground access.

Premier Inn LHR

Located at the airport, just a short walk through a pedestrian bridge

Read about airport transportation to London!

Hotel Principe Pio

A short walk to the palace!

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Hotel de l’Exposition – Tour Eiffel

Two words: Sound Proof!

Eurostars Thalia

Beautiful hotel within a 5 minute walk to Charles Bridge

Casa Bacciarini

Ever thought of staying in a convent?  

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Hotel Montecarlo

Withing short walks from both Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.  Great breakfast, historic charm!

Read about airport transportation to Venice!

Austria Trend Europa 

Well located hotel with great breakfast.  Walking distance to St. Stephen’s and subway.

US Hotels

Listed (by city, then state)

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown

Best location in the heart of downtown with a great breakfast included with your stay!

Marriott Anaheim Convention Center

JW Marriott

Well-located in downtown. This fancy hotel is huge and offers everything you can imagine (besides a hot tub!)

The Colonnade

Beautiful hotel located near the Prudential center and other back bay locations

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Hampton Inn and Suites

The best hotel in town!

The Hotel By Gold Dust

If you have been wanting to try out a sleep number bed, this is the place for you!

Magnolia Hotel, Kimpton, Warwick, The Sheraton, The Westin, The Hyatt Regency or Embassy Suites

All located in Downtown Denver!



The Estes Park Resort

Take in mountain and lake views from your balcony at this resort.  Take your bikes for a lap around the lake pathway just off the property.

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We also loved Fall River Resort!

Holiday Inn Express

Great spot for an overnight stay – near restaurants and shopping!

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Great views, pool, yoga on the beach, bike rentals!

Best Western Plus Beach Resort


Note – this hotel was destroyed by Hurrican Ian, but they are currently in the process of rebuilding.

The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Sea Side Villas

VRBO rentals with pools and beach access.


Sheraton Waikiki

Infinity pool at the ocean’s edge!

Waikiki Marriott Beach Resort

Great fitness classes, two pools, great location!

The Lodge At Jackson Hole or Snow King Resort

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Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

It’s the Ritz. Need we say more?

Planet Hollywood

Centrally located on the strip with access to shopping, food and fun!

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Hotel Victor or The Clevelander

Classy or Party?  These hotels cover each style.

Moab Valley Inn

Well located and affordable!

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Just about a 20 minute walk from Balboa Island.  This property has fire pits and water dishes for furry guests!

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Dream Midtown Hotel

Rooftop bar with views of Times Square

Wingate by Wyndam Niagara Falls

Walking distance to the Falls!

Club Wyndham Park City

All suite rooms with full kitchen and in-room washer and dryer

La Quinta Inn and Suites

Budget friendly choice in New England

Planning a road trip?

SPC Redmond Hotel

Downtown location with a rooftop bar

Courtyard by Marriott Riverwalk

Budget friendly hotel directly on the Riverwalk

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Paradise Point Resort or Hyatt Regency

Chancellor Union Square Hotel

Affordable boutique style hotel in the heart of Union Square

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The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Sprawling property with 5 pools!

Hotel Andaz

Located in the historic district with a roof top pool and terrace.


The Westin Seattle

Located in the heart of downtown with sweeping views of Puget Sound

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Westin La Paloma Resort

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Sprawling property complete with a train, lagoon, putt-putt golf, and more!

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The Mayflower

Upscale hotel located within walking distance of the White House and many other attractions!

Fairfield Inn and Suites Chinatown

Around the corner from subway acces

The Omni Shoreham

Historic property near the Zoo

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Choosing to stay at these hotels and include them in this list are all based on our own experiences (no sponsored stays featured here).  

If you are anxious to stay in alternative accommodation options, we have some choices for you to consider too! We had a unique experience of staying at an Italian convent in Rome. This might be a great, affordable option for you to consider.

We have also experienced what it’s like to stay at an RV resort campground – without owning an RV or a tent! This truly was a great getaway!

Thinking of an Airbnb instead?  Be sure to read this post!

As we travel, we will continue to update this list.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.  And remember – if, at the time of our stay, we didn’t enjoy the hotel, it is not included on this list. Period.