The 153-room Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort is an upper-middle-range property catering to families and couples with a large waterfront pool, a small manmade beach, and a pet-friendly policy. Spacious, pleasant rooms feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and pillow-top mattresses. Some, however, lack balconies and are a tad dated and worn. Massages, wraps, scrubs, and salon services are available at the small spa, and the on-site fitness center is open 24/7. The property is located in northern Key Largo, a five-minute drive from the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and offers easy walking access to shops and restaurants. Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton is a great alternative for just a little bit more money.
The 133-room Time Nyack is an upper-middle-range property with a contemporary, industrial-inspired design and convenient location off the highway and a 10- to 15-minute walk from the charming town center along Hudson River. Modern guest rooms and suites have mini-fridges, desks, showers, and bathrobes, plus some have separate bathtubs, furnished balconies, and living spaces. A good array of features includes a small seasonal outdoor pool with an adjacent hot tub, the all-day BV’s Grill restaurant serving free coffee and pastries in the morning, a lounge bar and another outdoors, and a small 24-hour gym. Meeting and event spaces are on-site, including a ballroom. Wi-Fi is free and bikes are available to rent. Travelers wanting to be on the other side of the Hudson near the metro station should consider Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown.
Home to the most rooms (almost 2,000) and conference space (150,000 square feet) of any hotel in the city, the New York Hilton Midtown is well-equipped to handle the hundreds of conventions it hosts each year. But “well-equipped” is not the same as “welcoming” and its corporate vibe make for an impersonal, generic experience. Rooms underwent a renovation in 2015-16 that resulted in a largely contemporary and sleek look. Mini-fridges, bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and desks come standard, but Wi-Fi is only free for Hilton Honors members (though this is free to join). For more upscale rooms and a less corporate atmosphere, check rates at the nearby Warwick Hotel.
Designed for adventurous couples who want to add a bit of spice to their vacation, the all-inclusive Hedonism II is a popular upper-middle-range nudist resort tucked into a quiet, secluded section of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica. With a wide variety of activities and entertainment, this adults-only resort encourages guests to explore their wild side and indulge themselves. There are both a “prude” and a “nude” section of the resort to accommodate different comfort levels, and property highlights include the nude beach, theme parties, and a variety of pools and whirlpools on both sides. And guests that want to explore the area are close to a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops in downtown Negril. On the downside, however, some areas feel dingy, are showing wear, and have unpleasant odors. For a less risque and more upscale clothing-optional environment, consider the Grand Lido Negril.
Located a block away from the convention center, the upper-middle-range Hotel Monville presents a fresh, modern option for business travelers. Design throughout is sleek and playful, and high-tech touches like self-service kiosks and a robot that runs deliveries keep it whimsical and of-the-moment. Its 269 rooms are equally hip and decked out with Nespresso machines, king-size beds, and rainfall showerheads, but standard rooms are rather small. Larger Accessible rooms are available, as are suites that add seating space and some killer views. Handy on-site amenities, like a café stocked with to-go foods and a full gym, ensure that travelers have everything at the ready. It’s a winning package for corporate travelers that still has plenty of appeal for tourists, too. Those looking for another modern mid-range option could consider the AC Hotel.
The upper-middle-range Le Meridien has quite a lot to recommend it: A stellar downtown location, walking distance to the Museum of Fine Arts; chic rooms with modern features; and plenty of top-notch business amenities. Free Wi-Fi, iHome docs, and fully stocked minibars come standard in its 108 rooms. The Meridien’s sunny meeting rooms, decked out with A/V equipment, are appreciated by business travelers, as is the 24-hour business center (although it’s petite). The on-site restaurant and bar serves all meals and boasts a full coffee-bar menu, but that’s to compensate for the lack of coffeemakers in rooms (which can be requested). Fitness buffs might also find the gym underwhelming, although it’ll meet the needs of a basic workout. Those looking for a chain hotel with a more expansive gym could consider the AC Hotel, which has treadmills with high-rise views.