Everyone loves to discover secret resorts, hidden chateaus, and romantic secluded villas, but there’s something about a hotel smack in the middle of the city. Yes, it’s all about location, location, location, and centrally located hotels offer easy access to, well, everything downtown. From exploring New York City by foot to combining business with pleasure in Tampa to experiencing the pubs in Dublin, we’ve got the scoop on the best downtown hotels.
Location, Location, Location! We’ve checked in with our writers who have checked into and shared their favorite and best downtown hotels throughout the world.
Here’s the scoop – – and click below for shortcuts to your favorite downtown locations!
- Best Downtown Hotels in NYC
- Downtown Hotels In Boston
- Top Hotels Near the Convention Center in Tampa
- Best Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis
- Downtown Hotels in Denver
- Downtown Hotel in Taos, New Mexico
- Centrally Located Hotel in Portland
- City Roundup: Best Hotel in Seattle
- Best Centrally Located Resort in Cancun
- Don’t Miss These Downtown Hotels in Mexico City
- Oh Canada! Vancouver & Montreal Downtown Hotels
- Centrally Located Hotel in Dublin, Ireland
- Best Downtown Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel
- Heart of Shanghai: Grand Kempinski Hotel
Located in the heart of Boston’s financial and business center on the oldest waterfront in the nation, check into the historic Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. It’s located along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and HarborWalk and within walking distance to the North End neighborhood and Faneuil Hall Marketplace as well as a few blocks from the “T,” the city’s subway system.
According to Tim Leffel, Tampa, Florida is not one of the biggest convention markets by a long shot, but the view is perhaps the most pleasant. Tim already did the homework for you, so go on and click through to this round-up on hotels near the convention center in Tampa, which is in the center of town, including six options within walking distance.
Best Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis
Looking for a stay in the Center of Indy, then Susan McKee points you to the Conrad Indianapolis is in the Center of Indy. She says, “The downtown location of the Conrad Indianapolis can’t be beaten. Not only is it on Washington Street — part of the National Road laid out in 1811 from Washington, D.C., and aiming for St. Louis, Missouri, but it’s one block from Meridian (the city’s main north-south street), adjacent to the Artsgarden, and just off the center of town, Monument Circle. The city’s famed Cultural Trail goes right by the front door.”
Best Downtown Hotels in Denver
Yep, my hometown of Denver deserves a place in this round-up of best downtown hotels, but there are SO many, that once again I can’t choose. I’ll leave you with these links to round-ups of the best hotels in the Mile High City.
- The Scoop on Denver Metro Hotels Opening in 2018, 2019 and Beyond
- Denver Hotels: Favorites and What’s New
- Downtown Denver’s Best Romantic Hotels
- Downtown Denver Hotels Hit a Home Run
- Haunted Hotels in Downtown Denver
Best Downtown Hotel in Taos, New Mexico
Just north of the downtown Taos Plaza (within walking distance), look for the signature neon sign of the Historic Taos Inn. This 19th-century adobe compound stretches nearly a block along a busy street. A National Historic Landmark since 1982, from its 2-story lobby to its quaint 44 rooms, this historic New Mexico boutique hotel is popular with both locals and travelers.
Best Centrally Located Hotel in Portland
Kitschy and Oh-So-Portland, the Hotel Rose Portland was the perfect location for my family’s vacation. Located across the Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River, this boutique Portland hotel provided the home base to explore Portlandia. Sure, there are hotels located closer to the heart of the city, but we could easily walk (and we did put some steps on!) to just about anywhere.
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Don’t Miss These Downtown Hotels in Mexico City
It is hard to beat Windows of Jerusalem apartment hotel when it comes to location in the Israeli capital, says Buzzy Gordon. Equi-distant between the new intercity train station and downtown, the impressive building towers over the open-air market that has become the latest hotspot for trendy restaurants and bars. It is walking distance to the historic Old City and its holy places, as well as to the upscale Mamilla pedestrian mall. For those who would rather ride in comfort, the urban light rail system has a stop just steps from the hotel’s entrance.
Heart of Shanghai: Grand Kempinski Hotel
The Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is located in the heart of Asia’s financial centre, overlooking the Huangpu River. Its location allows guests easy access to major landmarks and tourist attractions. Bring comfortable shoes as you’ll put a lot of walking miles exploring Shanghai landmarks, such as the 100 floors of the Shanghai World Financial Cente and Old China, the Pu-Xi, historical part of the city with the famous Yu Gardens.