The extended weekend is the perfect excuse to get away for one last summer break. Whether you fancy a city escape or prefer to lounge by the coast, we’ve rounded up our top 9 hotels across the country that promise luxury and comfort in some of the most sought-after locations. From New York to Charleston, pack your case and wave goodbye to summer in one of these must-stay hotels…
Hotel Casa del Mar – Santa Monica
One of the most well-appointed addresses on the West Coast, hotel Casa del Mar was originally built in 1926 and served as the premier playground for Hollywood A-listers. Following a $50 million restoration by Edward Thomas Collection in October 1999, it re-emerged as the perfect beachfront escape; blending luxurious decor, sophisticated accommodations and lively public spaces.
With a commitment to extraordinary service and privacy, this luxurious property, which is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, provides 129 beautifully appointed guestrooms, including 16 suites. The in-house Sea Wellness spa is both inviting and eco-minded, and the private, guest-only Palm Terrace Pool is the perfect place to relax before the unofficial end of summer.
Signature dining destinations at Casa del Mar include Catch, offering a modern American take on seafood favorites, and Terazza Lounge, featuring live music nightly and an expertly curated list of crudo and seasonal small plates.
The Peninsula – Chicago
Set in the heart of the “Magnificent Mile”, The Peninsula Chicago blends effortless luxury with a city center location. Since its grand opening in 2001, it has been awarded numerous accolades including the prestigious Forbes Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond awards.
The Peninsula offers 339 luxurious guestrooms and suites, including the 3,000sq ft Peninsular Suite with its own private terrace and jacuzzi. Each guestroom and suite is equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic system that allows guests to control features with the touch of a button; redefining luxury and enhancing every guest’s stay with ease, elegance and the ultimate in personalization.
The hotel’s Executive Chef, Toni Robertson, oversees the culinary program at The Peninsula Chicago, including distinctive restaurants, a bar and in-room dining. The Lobby is an impressive dining destination, featuring Chef de Cuisine Jason Hedin’s all-day dining of contemporary American cuisine. The Shanghai Terrace offers distinctive Asian cuisine prepared by Chef de Cuisine Elmo Han. Constantly honoured with the AAA Four Diamond Award, Shanghai Terrace features a menu of traditional Shangainese and Cantonese dishes with a modern twist.
Mr. C - Beverly Hills
Mr. C Beverly Hills exudes a familiar yet elevated Old-World simplicity, adding in plenty of luxurious European touches. Devoted to personally tailored hospitality and timeless accommodations, it invites out-of-towners and locals alike to socialize, relax and escape to Italy while remaining steps from Rodeo Drive.
The 137 rooms offer panoramic Southern California views making them a serene environment to escape the hustle of the City of Angels. Rooms give a nod to yacht culture with a red and white color palette and peek-a-boo boat windows in the bathroom, while suites are enhanced with a wet bar, personal library and handcrafted Italian furnishings. Marble adorns every bathroom, which also includes a rain shower and double vanity sink to recreate the experience of the hotel’s own on-site spa.
The restaurant at Mr. C serves sophisticated cuisine influenced by the renowned Cipriani restaurants around the globe. Offering a selection of grilled specialities, delicate Crudo ‘’alla Venezia’’ savory pizzas and risotto, and classic Cipriani dishes such as the classic Beef Carpaccio alla Cipriani and Baked Tagliolini.
The Beach Club – Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina brings high style to the Lowcountry through original art, sophisticated interiors and a luxe environment. Featuring Southern-inspired architectural design that complements the unobstructed sightlines of Charleston Harbor and downtown Charleston, it celebrates its rich maritime history, and provides a comfortable retreat for the long weekend.
Each of the 92 boutique rooms feature upscale furnishings with hand-painted elements complemented by a coastal color palette. With their own private balconies, guests can take advantage of the spectacular sunsets across the water before relaxing into deep soaking tubs and custom-made beds.
The on-resort restaurant, The Charleston Harbor Fish House, is Charleston’s premier location for waterfront dining. Voted one of the “Top 25 Restaurants in Charleston” by Charleston Living Magazine, it features a seasonal menu which focuses on the freshest catches of the day and locally sourced ingredients.
The Sebastian – Vail
The Sebastian in Vail offers boutique lodging at its finest. Located in the heart of Vail Village, this Timbers Resorts hotel and private residence is brimming with character and offers chic accommodation in one of the world’s finest destinations.
Housing 84 luxury guest rooms as well as a number of hotel and residential suites, it provides the perfect base for a number of summer activities including fly-fishing, mountain biking, golf, hiking and white-water rafting.
Food and drink are an essential part of the hotel’s experience and the best place to dine in the mountains is the hotel’s own restaurant, Leonora. Dedicated to sustainable, local, organic and fresh foods, Leonora delivers world-class cuisine such as tapas, crudo and alpine bistro fair accompanied by wines from across the globe.
The Greenwich Hotel – New York City
Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel sits within the trendy Tribeca neighborhood in New York City and is the perfect retreat for design lovers. Created with a commitment to Old-World craftsmanship and hand-made details, it utilizes techniques and materials from all over the world and is renowned for its unique design details, from the custom cast bronze medallions that adorn the building’s crown to the Moroccan tile bathrooms which contain over 13,000 tiles placed by hand.
The Greenwich Hotel features 88 rooms and suites, of which no two are alike. Furnishings draw from a wide range of cultural influences, from hand-loomed, Tibetan silk rugs to English leather settees. The hotel’s Old-World charm is juxtaposed perfectly by the modern technology found in rooms; HD flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and complimentary wireless internet come as standard with other essentials such as laptop computers and DVD players available on request.
The hotel’s adjoining restaurant, Locanda Verde, is a casual neighborhood taverna serving Chef Andrew Carmellini’s urban Italian cooking. It is an airy, bustling, high-ceilinged space which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to providing 24-hour room service to the hotel.
The Pendry Hotel – San Diego
The Pendry in San Diego opened in 2017 in San Diego’s renowned downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Offering a dynamic hub where visitors can work, relax, socialize and dine in one central location, it offers 317 beautifully appointed guestrooms including 36 suites. Each room and suite within The Pendry features an urban coastal Californian aesthetic. Offering the utmost in comfort and style, they are enhanced with a custom amenity program from renowned parfumerie MiN New York, Fili D’oro luxury bedding, custom furnishings and marble countertop bathrooms.
Each space in the hotel is rooted in design and culture. Guests and locals can enjoy a Tom Adler curated pop-up art gallery highlighting Ron Church surf photography, as well as indulge in a selection of gourmet restaurants, bars and a wellness spa.
The surrounding neighborhood of downtown San Diego is a thriving pocket of California where the coast meets city life. The Gaslamp quarter is a central and historic neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops and unbeatable nightlife, making it the perfect escape for groups of friends and couples alike.
The Wentworth Mansion Hotel – Charleston
Wentworth Mansion is a grand historic hotel nestled within a charming neighborhood in the Holy City’s district. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it offers gracious hospitality, a luxury spa, a seasonally-inspired restaurant and is within close proximity to the antique district, shops and nightlife.
Each one of the 21 guest rooms has a unique size, shape and architectural detailing. From the East Wing rooms to the Grand Mansion Suite, you can experience the ultimate in luxury with whirlpool tubs, outside porches and a nightly turndown service with housemade chocolates from the hotel’s restaurant.
Charleston is a beloved city, voted “Top City in the United States” by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Renowned for its friendliness, unbeatable hospitality, food, culture and more, guests at the Wentworth Mansion can take a carriage ride to hear some local legends and learn the history of the city, or take in the surrounding views in style with a sunset sail aboard the Schooner Pride. To really make the most of your Labor Day weekend, you could spend the day at one of the five sandy beaches nearby, or explore the Charleston Farmers market and pick up gifts, jewellery and vintage finds from local vendors.
The Jefferson – Washington DC
The Jefferson in Washington DC has presided over the prestigious corner of 16th and M streets since 1923, when the historic Beaux Arts building first opened as luxury apartments. In 1955 the property was transformed into a hotel to accommodate the world’s elite travelers and Washington’s most important visitors and remains the second most prestigious address in Washington DC today.
Rich in historical details, The Jefferson is both Washingtonian and European in style, with tributes to Thomas Jefferson and his beloved Monticello throughout. Featuring 99 luxury boutique rooms, it exemplifies all that Jefferson held dear including well thought-out design, 23 elegantly appointed suites and an enlightening spa experience at The Petite Spa.
The Jefferson hotel is one of Washington DC’s must-visit fine dining destinations. Plume is the only Forbes five star rated restaurant in Washington DC, and is the recent recipient of one star from the prestigious Michelin Guide. Classic dishes at Plume are crafted using traditional techniques and the menus are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. With an extensive wine list, including one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world, The Jefferson provides the perfect weekend escape for the food and wine connoisseur.