NoMad Hotel, NY (Room 913)
The NoMad Hotel has been a hot spot since it opened a few months ago, but after having stayed in several rooms, it's good to know that separate from the interior rooms that overlook the courtyard, now filled with the glass-covered restaurant, are rooms that allow you to peak over the side and down 27th Street. Room 913 is perfect – a slight upgrade with footed bathtub and a great view.
AMES Hotel, Boston (Suite 304)
The AMES is a spectacular property from the Morgans Hotel Group. I got upgraded to a 600+ square-foot suite after a little convincing. Suite 304 is a spacious one-bedroom suite furnished with modern pieces that complement the state-of-the-art technology. There's a talented mini-bar as well as MALIN+GOETZ bath products. Room service from Woodward is brilliant with steak tartare with quail eggs, and tasty flatbreads. One of my best stays in the last year.
Loft 523, New Orleans (Penthouse 1)
This old warehouse holds one of the best secrets in the French Quarter. Upgraded from a standard loft to the Penthouse, I was surprised to see a wrap-around patio overlooking this quiet street in a busy city. The 12-foot hight ceilings and top-to-bottom windows offer an airy feel to this large unit. And, the 24-hour room service makes it a new favorite.
The Charlee, Medellin, Columbia (Upgrades Available)
Located in the shopping hood of Parque Lleras, this is the first Desires Hotels' international property and Colombia’s first boutique hotel. The rooms are spacious with expanded outdoor balconies overlooking the park. Tip: If you ask for a complimentary upgrade, they have rooms with a patio bar featuring a chef’s teppanyaki grill where you can arrange to have a hotel chef visit and cook a meal for you and your guests. Plus, they’ll usually upgrade you for free if you tell them it’s your first time visiting their city.
Room-Upgrade Tip: When arriving at a hotel, ask the bellman how busy they are and if he knows the occupancy rate. Most will tell you the number as they know how much traffic to expect. You now have ammunition at check-in to ask for a free upgrade if you already know your chances.
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