Top 3 Hotels of the Year

My favorite hotel experiences of the year mostly occurred in one month during my travels to Europe and Africa. Here are my best hotel experience, best hotel room view, and best-located hotel from my travels through Morocco, Portugal, and Spain:

Best Hotel Experience of 2016: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

Without a doubt, the best hotel stay of 2016 from my Europe and Africa travels goes to the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. The new resort furthers the luxury travel experience in Morocco while adding the Asian attention to detail and hospitality that are the signature of Mandarin Oriental hotels. Read more about the hotel experience here

Welcome to your private Pool Villa at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. Private pool and Jacuzzi, an outdoor kitchen with outdoor sitting and dining areas, and an indoor living room with a massive bathroom. This is complete luxury
The resort prides themselves in their In-Villa Dining experience where the staff sets the scene as though a five-star restaurant has been transported directly into your private villa. The staff prepares the experience and occasionally checks in to ensure service and privacy at the same time
The villa also wins my vote for Best Bathroom of 2016. Check out this massive bathtub and the view from the toilet! The private shower is comfortably spacious and a large area for two sinks with ample counter space. Moreover, there is a walk-in closet and vanity dressing area. Mandarin Oriental wins with the details, as the towel rack’s landing is warmed to keep your fresh towels cozy after stepping out of the shower

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
Route de Golf Royal, 40 000
Marrakech, Morocco
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Best Room View of 2016: Porto River Apartamento Hotel

Imagine opening your window to one of the world’s most iconic views. Welcome to Porto Portugal and your room at the Porto River Apartmento Hotel. Read more about my hotel experience here

While there are arguably countless amazing hotel views, this surely goes on the top lists. This is my best hotel room view of 2016 from our balcony. From the river, the bridge, and across to the port wineries. This is a food lovers’ dream view
The hotel upper floors have suites, including this exclusive two-bedroom suite with a full kitchen and living room. The suite truly feels like an apartment in the middle Porto’s historical downtown area
The master’s bedroom with its en-suite bathroom is massively spacious with balcony doors to take in the fresh air of the Duoro River. The rooms are simply decorated with beautiful use of wood to highlight the natural setting along the river

Porto River
Rua dos Canastreiros 50
Porto, Portugal
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Best Located Hotel of 2016: Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid

Madrid is my favorite city in Europe that I can revisit again and again. It is the food, the people, and the culture. Away from the tourists yet within vibrancy of the city, Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid is perfectly located within steps of restaurants, bars, and markets. Read more about my hotel experience here

A former 19th-century palace, Only You Boutique Hotel embodies the Spanish colonial history in its architecture and interior design. The hotel’s lobby floor has several rooms for guests to relax and enjoy a drink, including this former courtyard area
Aside from the hotel’s restaurants, the hotel bar by the front entrance of the hotel is a wonderful venue for a local craft beer, wine, or cocktail alongside a small plate of jamón or other tapas
Contrasting the Spanish colonial structure is the modern furnishings and bold colors inside the room. In the Junior Suite, guests have a private bedroom, sitting area with a desk station and television, and a spacious bathroom

Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid
Calle del Barquillo 21
Madrid, Spain
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