Room Service, Please: Top Hotels to Book For Your Next Friends’ Getaway
You’ve assembled your friends for a weekend away, and you’ve picked your destination, but one question remains: Where will you stay? Don’t let the decision-making be as agonizing as splitting the bill during group dinners: Whether you’re looking for music-filled trip to Nashville or a sun-soaked weekend in Santa Monica, we’ve rounded up the best places to stay with friends for your well-deserved PTO. Read on for the most vacation-enhancing, coolest hotels from coast to coast (and even a few more exotic locales).
1. Holston House, Nashville, TN: There are few cities more charming than the aptly named Music City, and this hotel puts you in the center of the action. Walking distance from Broadway’s honky tonks, Holston House is also only a few blocks away from Puckett’s Grocery restaurant (a famous destination for fried green tomatoes and moonshine). The historic hotel blends its 1920s art deco heritage with modern design (think: chargers everywhere and decadently sized showers), making it feel light-years away from the bachelorette parties swarming the city. Along with its more elevated Nashville experience, the hotel offers enough in-house entertainment for you to never want to leave. The rooftop pool is a welcome respite from the Tennessee heat, and bartenders serve up sinfully delicious craft cocktails — ask for Addison or Damian. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
2. Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA: The site of Khloe Kardashian’s bachelorette party, this hotel is the ultimate in LA luxury. Her wedding to Lamar Odom may not have lasted more than a few seasons, but the appeal of the Viceroy is eternal. Round up your friends for pre-dinner cocktails at one of the poolside cabanas to pretend you’re an extra on The Hills. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
3. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Kauai, HI: Located on the eastern shores of Kauai — also known the “Garden Isle” — the Aloha vibes of this airy resort will relax even your most uptight friends (always a plus when traveling). The poolside shave ice is as refreshing as it is intoxicating (alcohol optional but recommended), and the open-air lobby’s coastal décor puts you in vacation mode the moment you check in. The vibe is so mellow, even the trees are laid back: Their infinitely Instagrammable windswept branches look like Dr. Seuss illustrations. Try to wake early for the sunrise (truly #NoFilterNeeded) and visit the wondrous Na Pali Coast before you return home. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
4. Snake River Lodge & Spa, Jackson Hole, WY: If you’re not a beach person and prefer higher-altitude adventures, round up your friends for a trip to the Snake River Lodge in Jackson Hole. This Wyoming ski town is even more fun in the summer, with an array of activities from hiking to fishing to rodeos with actual cowboys. The Snake River Lodge appeals to less-outdoorsy travelers as well, with enough spa treatments to keep anyone satisfied (and glowingly refreshed, of course). (Photo via Snake River Lodge)
5. Panama Jack Resort, Cancún, Mexico: Reconsider the all-inclusive with this guilt-free Caribbean getaway in Quintana Roo. Spring break may be top of mind when you think of Cancún, but this eco-conscious hotel feels light-years away from Señor Frog’s. Aside from being green (you won’t find any plastic littering the white sand beach), Panama Jack also gives back to the local community, with food and clothing drives in the lobby. Be sure to budget time for a day trip to the Yucatan with Cancún Passion to explore Chichén Itzá, then end the evening with a poolside tequila tasting at sunset. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
6. Freehand Hotel, New York City, NY: This uber-trendy hotel in the Flatiron District is a sophisticated escape for travelers who prefer the great indoors to roughing it on a mountaintop or sweating it out on a crowded beach. After all, exercise can always be found at SoulCycle (or on a CitiBike), and a late-night dance floor is always the best workout, particularly in NYC. The bunk-bed suites at the Freehand are practically designed for a vacation (or staycation) with friends, throwing it back to the days of sleepovers and summer camps — except this time there really are no rules. (Photo via Freehand Hotels)
7. Hotel Adler, Prague, Czech Republic: Walking distance from the city’s Old Town Square, Hotel Adler is both affordable and convenient, with an outdoor garden and a complimentary happy hour in the afternoons. Plus, a triple room in August is currently available for €79, which translates to a mere €26.33 (or roughly $30) each for a party of three. So rally your two best friends and book your flights: We recommend you Czech it out ASAP. (Photo via Hotel Adler)
8. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica: If, like the Beach Boys, you’re after that “tropical contact high,” look no further than this Jamaican resort. With a lush coastline and immaculate interiors, Round Hill blends Ralph Lauren-designed elegance with authentic island vibes. A higher-end option on our list (to really live large, book an entire villa), Round Hill is sure to appeal to even the most high-maintenance members of your friend group. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
9. Hotel Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands: Next up is another Caribbean beach destination: Hotel Cruz Bay, in the untouched island of St. John (over 60 percent of the land is preserved by the Virgin Islands National Park). Irresistibly located, the hotel is walking distance to Honeymoon Beach and Cruz Bay Beach, as well as the overlook of Trunk Bay (pictured above), St. John’s most famous beach. It’s also irresistibly priced: A four-bedroom penthouse in the low season (May to November) is $275 a night, or $68.75 per person — very reasonable for a stay in paradise. USVI tourism is more important than ever, and now is the time to visit. (Photo via Katherine Parker-Magyar)
10. Ruby Sofie Hotel & Bar, Vienna, Austria: This historic building was originally opened as a bathhouse in 1838, becoming a popular venue for balls and concerts during the winters — the Viennese take their balls very seriously — before it was eventually abandoned for a decade after a fire in 2001. Today, the hotel honors its heritage with song lyrics painted on the walls and quirky musical memorabilia. The late-night bar and outdoor space are perfect for groups to congregate morning and night. Word to the wise: Ensure you have the right address when notifying your cab driver or navigating the (spectacularly clean) subways. There are two other Ruby hotels in Vienna (and more in Germany, though we don’t expect you to accidentally find yourself in Frankfurt). (Photo via Ruby Sofie)
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