Home Sweet Home!
For many, frequent travelers in particular, hotels are more than a place to lay your head down for the night. With stays that can stretch into weeks, travelers often seek a hotel that instills feelings of comfort and familiarity—that feels like home.
Some ways to achieve this “home-away-from-home” feeling, is to unpack. Even if you are staying for just a few days, unpack, put things in drawers, hang items in the closet. Doing so will not only provide some organization, but it will also make getting dressed easier, as you will have a visual of all your options.
5. Zero George, Charleston, South Carolina–$499
Set in the upscale Ansonborough neighborhood, five 19th century homes have been joined together to make up this property. Zero George is comprised of 18 studios and suites that are connected to three former homes and two brick carriage houses, with private piazzas throughout. Rooms have a varied decor inspired by different elements of Charleston’s past—tailored British trade, airy French Romantic, and nautical Yachting Design—and feature natural linens and fabrics, marble bathrooms, and custom furniture. A Garden Suite is $499. Breakfast is included.
4. Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden—$570
Built in 1910, Ett Hem was once a private residence. The people who built it had a propensity for beauty, and they left their mark on this townhouse. Situated in a peaceful, residential area of Stockholm, Ett Hem has only twelve rooms, offering discerning guests comfortable interiors and bedrooms. Outdoors, the courtyard garden is a secret city wilderness that is the perfect place for summer breakfasts or winding down in the evening over a chilled bottle of wine. A double room starts at $570.
3. Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado–$662
At the foot of majestic Aspen Mountain and steps from the heart of town, this boutique hotel offers guests an incomparable setting for an ideal getaway whatever the season. First opened in 1889, Hotel Jerome elegantly blends the comfort, convenience and understated luxury of today’s finest boutique hotels, with an authentic mountain aesthetic and spirit. Standard nightly rates are $662.
2. Cap Estate, St Lucia–$675
Set atop a private ocean-front bluff, with magical sunset views over the clear blue water of the Caribbean Sea, this family owned property sits on a truly breathtaking location. It combines elegance, charm, character and uncompromising 5-star personal service. It’s an intimate retreat with spacious suites, many offering private roof terraces and pools. A private yacht is available to guests, who can book it individually for a private charter or for a group trip. Rates start at $675 for a villa suite and includes breakfast.
1. JK Place, Florence, Italy—$1225
This luxe hotel is difficult to spot from the street, which makes it all the more ‘homey’. It offers free minibars, crisp linens, and a room service menu with organic dishes. A buffet breakfast is laid out each morning on a gleaming chestnut table in an interior atrium; a secluded rooftop terrace makes a perfect setting for an aperitivo, as do the ground-floor sitting rooms with their large, pillow-piled couches. Prices, which include breakfast, start at $1225.