The Roundup

The Best of 2018: Hotels That Charmed Us

by Team Gentedimontagna
The Courtesy of the Mandrake Hotel.

The quiet week between Christmas and New Year's is a good time for catching up on best-ofs, digging into bookmarked links, and, of course, indulging in wanderlust. We're combing the archives and sharing some of our favorite discoveries of the year. Happy trails.

photo by Jennifer Olson.

Los Alamos, California
How often does an abandoned motel get the chic, vintage Americana makeover it deserves? The Skyview, a 1950s-era roadside motel in Los Alamos, California, an hour outside of Santa Barbara, shows us how it's done.

Courtesy of Inn at Langley.

Langley, Washington
You’ll get Pacific Northwest Patagonia pampering when you stay — and, most importantly, eat — at The Inn at Langley near Seattle. This is one for people who appreciate nice things, but also own a well-worn pair of (premium) hiking boots.

Courtesy of the Mandrake Hotel.

London, England
That you enter through a dark corridor off a quiet street in Central London is the first indication that you're not at the typical come-one, come-all hotel. The next clue is the two-story lobby, dominated by a Gothic, dominatrix-y chandelier of candles. The third should have been obvious: The hotel is named for a hallucinatory plant rich in folklore. Well then. Are you in for a trippy, surreal experience?

Courtesy of Les Etangs de Corot.

Paris, France
Not that you'd ever get sick of Paris, but if you need to escape the city, head to this art-inspired escape near Versailles.

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