Our professional travel writers posted first-person reviews of more than 220 hotels and resorts this past year. We covered a wide assortment of lodging on multiple continents, traveling from Jamaica to Spain to Israel to Thailand to China to Peru. Plus of course we reviewed a lot of accommodations in Canada, Mexico, and the USA.
The most popular hotels listed on the tab you see on the right (or down below on mobile) usually rise to the top over years, after showing up high in searches. The following list, however, contains the instant stars: the postings we wrote that got a lot of traffic right away. Here are Hotel Scoop’s top new reviews of the past year.
10) It’s Cotton Pickin’ Fun at the Shack Up Inn (Mississippi)
“These cottages are not for people who are worried about thread count or 24/7 service. In fact, the front desk is open only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and the website states if you want room service, ‘call the Peabody in Memphis.'”
“Of all the hotels I stayed in the UK on this trip (10 in all), the Goring was the only one I waited until the check-out time to leave. OK, the excellent breakfast in the sun-filled dining room did have something to do with it, but mostly it was resistance to leaving a place so obviously special.”
“The upscale property has 355 rooms, many with balconies, offering views of the waterfront, Alcatraz, Pier 39, Coit Tower and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.”
7) Island Spirits, Rice Lake: A Unique Eco-Lodging on a Private Ontario Island
“You know you’re in for an adventure when the owner of a private island picks you up in her boat, shuttles you across the lake, then dons a coonskin cap, and asks you to identify a furry sack.”
“Here’s where you can sit on a wrap-around porch in white wicker furniture and watch dog walkers and other pedestrians stroll by along this section of a tree lined street. Just a few blocks up is the courthouse where Susan B. Anthony was found guilty of trying to vote in 1873 and ordered to pay a $100 fine. She refused.”
“From Big Sur to Sonoma, Northern California has no shortage of romantic destinations. Here are eight hotels perfect for a romantic getaway in the Bay Area.”
“Located off of the original Route 66, the retro El Rey Inn met my nostalgia yearnings and then some. Independently owned by the same local ownership since 1973, this little inn opened in 1936 as the El Rey Court with 12 rooms. Today, it has expanded and now encompasses almost 5 acres, with currently 86 rooms, located in several buildings connected by pretty paths and landscaped grounds.”
“I connected with my inner Dale Evans during a weekend observing wild horses in their natural environment. The fact that I was able to sleep overnight in my natural environment (on top of a real bed) appealed to my suburban upbringing.”
“Built in 1972, in a grand lodge style reminiscent of turn-of-the-century lodges like East Glacier Lodge in Montana, rough beams and stone wall highlights reflect the rugged outdoors, and the building’s expansive windows give visitors views of the lake and the surrounding woods.”
“In whatever season you visit, you won’t be bored at the Deerhurst Resort. And for this Cottage Country getaway, you don’t have to invest in your own cottage.”