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Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip

This edition of Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip takes us on a journey along the East Coast of the U.S.A. The journey begins in Boston to explore historic sites and iconic attractions, then it's on to New York City for the Statue of Liberty, Broadway Shows, and famous pizza. Next up, Philadelphia, home of the new Museum of the American Revolution and the Liberty Bell. The road trip wraps up in the capital city of Washington, D.C. Whether you choose to travel via car, rail, or air, this journey offers an itinerary filled with history and must-see attractions, along with top luxury hotel choices to start and end each day in pure comfort. 

Boston
New York City
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.

Boston

One of the country's oldest cities, Boston is a walkable city known for history and seafood. Begin your trip with a walk along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, where you'll visit 16 iconic landmarks while walking along a red-lined trail. Explore museums, churches, meeting houses, and burying grounds with historical significance, including King's Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Bunker Hill Monument. While you're here, be sure to try some local seafood, perhaps at the city's oldest restaurant, Ye Old Union Oyster House, a National Historic Landmark. You'll also want to try a cup of clam chowder, and maybe some Boston Cream Pie. If it's summer, head to Fenway Park for a one-of-a-kind baseball viewing experience at the national's oldest Major League Baseball Stadium or visit Boston Common and go for a swan boat ride. Those who love to shop will want to visit the boutiques along Newbury Street. 

Here are a few of our top Boston Luxury Hotels:

Liberty Hotel

Lobby of the Liberty Hotel

Spend the night in a former jail at the Liberty Hotel. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the property is considered one of the best examples of "Boston Granite Style" from the mid-19th century. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 2007, The Liberty has 298 guest rooms and suites featuring playful nods to the building's past, the Clink restaurant serving seafood and New England fare, Alibi serving cocktails and late night snacks, and the Liberty Bar. Editor's note: this is an extremely pet-friendly hotel with "yappy hours" and special amenities for four-legged friends. 

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Fifteen Beacon

Fifteen Beacon

Reigning over the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Fifteen Beacon is luxury boutique hotel set within a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts Building. Focused on discreet service and bespoke amenities, the property mixes modern with an original caged-glass elevator, grand marble staircase, and mahogany paneling. The property's Mooo...restaurant offers a modern take on a steakhouse menu with regional influences, warm lighting, and sleek furnishings. 

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Fairmont Copley Plaza

Signature Interior Courtyard King

Since opening in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been an iconic Boston landmark. Situated in Boston's historic Back Bay, the property is located along the Freedom Trail, steps from the Boston Public Library, Newbury Street boutiques, and Copley Place Mall. Carley Copley--the resident canine welcomes guests, and the hotel's 383 lavish guest rooms and suites are furnished in classic style infused with Boston influences. There's a rooftop health club overlooking the city, and the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is an American brasserie serving locally-sourced cuisine. 

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New York City

After exploring the historic city of Boston, it's time to head south to New York City. From Times Square and the Broadway Theaters, to Fifth Avenue's shopping, NYC is an iconic destination in itself. Central Park offers a retreat from the hussle and bustle, the Empire State Building features one-of-a-kind views of the metropolis, and a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island provides visitors with a look at what life was like for the immigrants arriving in the 1800s. While you're here, be sure to a slice (or two) of New York Pizza, see a Broadway Show, and perhaps check out a baseball game at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. 

Here are a few of our top New York City Luxury Hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

For a room with a view of the Statue of Liberty, The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park provides an ideal setting. In the heart of the city's financial district in Lower Manhtattan, the hotel offers luxury accommodations with a waterfront setting. There's a full-service spa and fitness center, along with Ritz Kids programming and amenities, and the 2West modern American bistro. Steps from Battery Park and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers. 

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The Plaza Hotel

Dining at The Plaza New York

An iconic NYC landmark, The Plaza Hotel recently completed a major restoration transforming the property into a historic luxury hotel infused with a contemporary spirit for the modern traveler. Guest rooms and suites feature in-room iPads for visitors to control their entire experience, and suite guests receive 24 hour butler service. The Palm Court serves a legendary Afternoon Tea, and new offerings include the Champagne Bar, stylish Rose Club, The Todd English Food Hall, and The Plaza Food Hall.

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The NoMad Hotel

Guest room at The NoMad Hotel

Close to the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park, The NoMad Hotel is nestled within a turn of the century Beaux Arts building. Featuring a boutique style setting by renowned French Designer Jacques Garcia, the chic guest rooms have custom-designed furnishings and original artwork. Public spaces are designed as gathering spaces, and the hotel's restaurant serves casually-elegant food and beverages by acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara, founders of the critically acclaimed Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park.  

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Philadelphia

Next stop, the City of Brotherly Love. On the Five Star Alliance's List of "17 Places to go in 2017", and founded by William Penn in 1682, Philadelphia is a must-see for history enthusiasts. The Independence National Historic Park is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where visitors can stand in the room where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Two blocks away, the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution, provides guests with an in-depth look at how the country gained its freedom with interactive exhibits and historic artifacts like George Washington's tent.

Here are a few of our top Philadelphia Luxury Hotels:

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Situated within an Art Deco-style building, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia provides a city center location in the popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The eco-friendly property features a variety of art infused with political and historical figures, including three brightly-colored Ben Franklin effigies, the Square 1682 restaurant with chef-prepared new American cuisine, and daily hosted wine hours. 

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Rittenhouse Hotel

The Rittenhouse Hotel

Almost as iconic as the city itself, the Rittenhouse Hotel towers nine stories above Philadelphia. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, and the hotel offers family travel amenities such as welcome gifts, children's bathrobes, baby bathtubs, in-room movies and popcorn, and a copy of the book, "Goodnight Philadelphia". There's also Afternoon Tea, brunch, and fine dining at LaCroix, and the Rittenhouse Spa and Club with Hair by Paul Labrecque. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is set beneath the marble dome of a former bank building. Originally built as a reconstruction of the Pantheon in 1908 by the Girard Trust Company, the hotel recently completed a $25 million redesign. The refreshed property offers reimagined modern guest rooms and suites, Club Lounge,  and a revitalized lobby with Aqimero--a new restaurant, bar, and lounge. 

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Washington, D.C.

The final stop of this Featured Journey takes us to the nation's capital city. From the White House to the National Mall, the city offers iconic landmarks and sites to see. The Smithsonian Museums provide free admission, giving visitors the opportunity to explore as many of the museums as time allows. During the summer months, take in a Nationals Game or go kayaking along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. To learn more about the country's government, visit the Capital's Senate and House Chambers, then be sure to stop and enjoy the views of the memorials along the National Mall. For shopping, head to Georgetown with an array of international and local boutiques, and check out one of the city's rooftop bars for a nightcap with one-of-a-kind vistas. 

Here are a few of our top Washington, D.C. Luxury Hotels:

The Hay-Adams Hotel

White House View Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel

Overlooking the White House, The Hay-Adams Hotel offers accommodations with iconic views, including the White House View Room (shown above). Built in 1928, the iconic hotel housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion features original details like high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, and a walnut-paneled lobby. Close to the city's top attractions, the hotel's Lafayette Restaurant has fine dining with views of Lafayette Park, the Off the Record Bar is popular with politicos and visitors, and children receive nightly turn-down service with milk and cookies.

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The Watergate Hotel

One Bedroom Suite at The Watergate Hotel

Fresh off a $200 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel provides an urban retreat in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The infamous hotel features the Top of the Gate--a rooftop bar and lounge with panoramic Potomac views, Kingbird restaurant, and The Next Whisky Bar. Plus, the Argentta Spa with the hotel's original indoor pool, along with a fitness center and barre studio. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 hotel credit to use during their stay.

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The Dupont Circle Hotel

LEVEL NINE Suite at The Dupont Circle Hotel

Perched above one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle Hotel offers spacious and contemporary accommodations. Rooms on the hotel's LEVEL NINE provide elevated luxuries, private glass-walled balconies, and memorable city views. Cafe Dupont serves an American menu wtih French influences, and Bar Dupont has a happy hour popular with the cosmopolitan after-work crowd. 

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Overlooking the Nybroviken in a historic Art Nouveau building, the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm offers a chic, family-owned retreat in the heart of the city. Upon arrival, guests enter the hotel via glass doors that open to reveal a vintage elevator and grand staircase. To the left is the reception desk, which is also the entrance to the restaurant, bar, and sitting area. Continue reading below the entry photos.

Entering the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Deluxe Sea View Room on the fourth floor of the hotel. A short stroll from Djurgarden's museums, the property was an ideal base for exploring the city and offered exceptional views of the Nybroviken to enjoy while relaxing within the room's plush velvet chairs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Sea View Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Originally built as a private residence in 1911, the Hotel Diplomat features a stylish mix of Scandinavian design, vintage, and plush modern amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms with high end bath products. While the interiors of the building are stunning, including a vintage elevator and grand staircase with intricate wood carvings and stained glass windows that evoked the feel of a castle. Read more below the photos.

Interiors of the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Upon entering my room, I was stunned by the lovely view of the harbor! The sun was shining in beautifully, and two velvet chairs were set with a marble table, providing an inviting spot to relax after a long day of traveling. The entire room felt like a private apartment within the city with wood floors, large windows, and an entry that stepped down into the space, giving it a residential feel. Continue reading below the photo.

View of Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The spacious desk offered plenty of space for getting some work done and reviewing maps to plan sightseeing excursions, while the adjacent minibar provided a delightful selection of Swedish snacks. Read more below the photo.

Desk Area at the Hotel Diplomat

Within the marble bathroom there were Diplomat embossed bath mats, and all the bath amenities travelers need including Argan shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. 

Bathroom at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The room also offered a spacious closet area in the entry with additional amenities including a lint brush, shoe shining, and sewing supplies, as well as a blow dryer and adapter for use during one's visit. There's also a charming Hotel Diplomat canvas tote within the closet that is available for purchase--ideal for carrying souvenirs or a picnic lunch. 

Closet amenities at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat was a wonderful way to start the day. There was a beautiful breakfast buffet within the restaurant offering fresh breads, yogurts, smoothies, sliced meats, sausages, bacon, and make-your-own-waffle station. Along with coffee, tea, and fresh juices. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat

Since the 1960s, the Hotel Diplomat has been a destination for Afternoon Tea. Set within the restaurant, the tea features the hotel’s exclusive tea blend as well as classic scones, homemade marmalades, and finger sandwiches. In addition to the classic Afternoon Tea, guests can also order “The Afternoon Tea-Tox” with rawbars, nuts, berries, and a “super fruit” salad, and there's an Afternoon Tea Wedding options for wedding guests created by the hotel’s dedicated pastry chef. 

The Hotel Diplomat Restaurant is a Scandinavian Brasserie providing an elegant setting with large windows overlooking the Nybroviken, with an outdoor patio for dining on summer days. There's brunch on weekends, and on Sundays the restaurant serves a traditional Swedish Sunday Roast dinner. Within the restaurant area there's also a chic bar with velvet couches and candles, ideal for enjoying a crafted cocktail with classic Swedish ingredients to toast the end of the day. Read more below the photo of the bar area.

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm Bar

For those seeking a workout, the property's recently revitalized fitness center offers cardio machines and strength training equipment. There's also a sauna that guests can reserve for one hour at a time. Plus, the hotel is steps away from the Strandvagen offering a boardwalk-style setting ideal for strolling to the Djurgården, the city's museum island with the popular Vasa Museum and the recently opened Vikingaliv museum. 

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The Hotel Diplomat Stockholm exterior at dusk


Closed for an extensive renovation project, the Royal Mansour Casablanca, formerly Le Royal Mansour Méridien, is a luxury hotel in the Old Medina of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1952, it has 7 Presidential Suites - so it is no surprise that the five star property is the preferred hotel of the Moroccan Royalty and Nobility. 

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Le Royal Mansour, situated centrally in the country's largest city and economic capital, is an oasis of calm. In the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, it offers a palatial blend of traditional Moroccan architecture with contemporary comfort and modern technology, surrounded by deep-cushioned luxury. The hotel prides itself on its elegance, style and warmth of service, combined with luxurious amenities and excellent cuisine.

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.

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Suite at the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence
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At Hotel du Louvre in Paris, even with 177 guest rooms, including 43 suites, each one with its own distinguished style, most of the rooms overlook the Louvre Museum, the Comedie Francaise Theatre, or the Avenue de l'Opera. As clear from the name, the hotels is across from the Louvre in the 1st arr.

The luxury property built in 1855 features a brasserie with terrace seting offering views of the Louvre, as well as a refined jazz bar serving cocktails and light fare. Guests that make their room reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary welcome cocktails, ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

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Hotel du Louvre Paris Bar


After a $29 million renovation in 2015, the all new Le Meridien New Orleans mixes contemporary culture with its European heritage, creating a culturally refined and meaningful atmosphere in downtown New Orleans. Just steps from the French Quarter but in a quieter location, close to Harrah's Casino and the Warehouse District, enjoy complimentary admission to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and the Ogden. 

Right now the Le Meridien New Orleans is offering the "Bike the Big Easy" package, which includes 2 Buzz Nola Bike rental gift certificates for 1/2 day rental, plus breakfast for 2 guests in LMNO, located on the ground floor. 

After a day exploring New Orleans on your bike, and wandering through the museums, the rooftop pool is one of our favorites. Located on the 4th floor, lounge chairs are complimentary but the private poolside cabanas (equipped with a TV, couch and lounge chair) require a reservation. 

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Le Meridien New Orleans Rooftop Pool

 


Hotel Vagabond is Singapore's first experience-driven luxury boutique hotel with a Salon area designed to immerse guests in the theatre of art, food, drink, and conversation as well as the only hotel in the country to feature an Artist in Residence program. 

Hotel Vagabond

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Born out of a desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life, 21c Museum Hotel launched in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006. 21c Museum Hotel is the first of its kind-- a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality, and contemporary art from living artists. Nestled in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression. 

21c Museum Hotel

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The Petit Palace Museum is located next to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in a parallel
street of Paseo de Gracia and very near from the Cataluna Square, Ramblas, Barrio Gotico,
and the main historic and cultural old city center. 

Petit Palace Musuem

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Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
 
is housed in St Kilda's infamous Tolarno building. The hallway and room walls are highlighted by original local artwork reminiscent of the days when it was owned renowned artist, Mirka Mora and her husband George, who lived and operated The Tolarno Gallery from this building.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

Set in the heart of St Kilda's cafe, bar and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne's CBD, the Casino, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Over the years, the hotel has firmly cemented itself as a cultural institution and played host to some of Australia's most-loved artists, including works from the likes of Sidney Nolan and Howard Arkley.

Today it lies at the heart of bringing Melbourne's most exciting, up-and-coming artistic talents to the world. Namely students from VCA, RMIT and Monash, as well as a number of local artists.

The premise is simple: each room is specifically designed around select works from a particular artist and the winners of each annual prize are exhibited in the hotel foyer. The upshot is that guests are afforded a unique opportunity to purchase works from the artists directly.

At the heart of Tolarno Hotel's present-day incarnation are co-owners James Fagan and Bernard Corser. Their friendship dates back to the early-Nineties and is one that shares the love of art.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


After purchasing the hotel in 1996, James and Bernard sought to retain the essence of the hotel's flamboyant, idiosyncratic personality. From the outset, they wanted to retain the building's heritage and eclectic ambiance while creating something truly unique. The pair established the Tolarno Hotel's first annual art prize with RMIT in 2002. The success, of which, led them to set up a similar prize with VCA the following year. Monash University then followed suit in 2005. The upshot being that many students exhibited in the hotel have gone on to gain considerable kudos in the art world.
 

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