Best Hotels for Your Vacation | Classic Journeys Blog
  • By: Heather Shoning

    1/14/2016

  • Five-star palace to luxury encampment, our inns and lodges are the finest each region has to offer.

     

    When you plan a vacation, there’s no easier way to compare your options than by looking at the hotels they include. At Classic Journeys, we win that contest time and again by offering the best hotels for your vacation. Some nights, it’s because we stay in coveted five-star properties that regularly appear in “World’s Best” and “Top 100” rankings.

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    On others, it might be an utterly authentic farmhouse or a too-scenic-to-believe rainforest lodge. Although larger tour companies can negotiate steep discounts on room blocks because they bring in busloads of clients, they’re often limited to large American-style hotels that lack character and local charm. Our groups are too small to qualify for bulk rates, so we negotiate the old-fashioned way: We spend years cultivating warm, personal relationships with hoteliers, and, in most cases, we’re able to obtain lower rates than bigger companies. And it doesn’t hurt that smaller inns and lodges particularly admire the quality of our guests — genial, experienced travelers who appreciate the unique character of their lodgings.

    We choose all accommodations for the way they reflect the style and hospitality of a region. All rooms include private baths. As often as possible, we spend two or more nights in a location so you can settle in a bit. Often, each room is unique. After all, it’s hard to create cookie-cutter rooms in converted abbeys, ancient castles and Mediterranean villas. If there’s a fine hotel in the heart of a nature preserve, within view of the Taj Mahal or clinging to the cliffs in Santorini, we’ll find it.

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    Palazzo Gattini
     

    Palazzo Gattini
    Matera, Italy
    Apulia — Italy’s Rustic South
    Cultural Walking Adventure

    This five-star hotel was the home of Matera’s oldest noble family for more than six centuries. The property’s prestigious lineage is evident today in its regal architecture and in guest rooms elegantly decorated in a palette of soft whites, as well as a rooftop terrace with some of the best views in the city and a luxurious spa set among ancient vaulted caverns.

    Oberoi Udaivilas
     

    Oberoi Udaivilas
    Udaipur, India
    India — Rajasthan, Tigers & Taj
    Cultural Walking Adventure

    On the banks of Lake Pichola, this extravagant and very majestic hotel sprawls across 50 acres. Creamy white domes, limpid sapphire pools, vivid gardens and amazing views make this one of the most distinctive hotels anywhere. The Udaivilas was ranked #1 on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best list of Top 100 Hotels in 2015.

    Hotel Monasterio
     

    Hotel Monasterio
    Cusco, Peru
    Peru & Machu Picchu
    Cultural Walking Adventure

    Located in Cusco’s historic center, this former 17th-century monastery is now a 5-star hotel. The rooms, furnished in a combination of colonial and modern styles, overlook a garden courtyard surrounded by the original stone arches of the monastery.

     

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