Beach + Island

The Checklist: Hotels to Stay in Before You Die

by Ondine Cohane

Stay in enough business-oriented joints or W wannabes, and it's easy to forget that the hotel experience can be transcendent. When you're tired, off-kilter in a new city, or just need to get your head right, a great hotel will help you rediscover your balance. A great hotel will help you feel human again, special, and sublimely taken care of. And any traveler worth her salt has a list in her back pocket: dream hotels that should not be missed in this lifetime. Here's ours. Some belong here for their classic designs, Jeeves-worthy service, and sense of history and glamour; others can't be beaten for their stellar location. All will probably merit discussion, arguments, and booking far, far ahead.

Published September 2008

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