OUR FAVORITES

Below are inns, hotels, and bed and breakfasts that we are pleased to recommend. They are all well maintained and have friendly and accommodating proprietors and staff. More important, is the way their architecture and design reflect the area and culture of their region. Many have been an inspiration to the experience and service we offer at the Clarendon Square. We hope you enjoy this list of properties across the globe.

SYDNEY
AUSTRALIA
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Quay Grand Hotel. Located on the Circular Quay (the main harbor area) of the Sydney Harbor, this hotel is warmly ultramodern with glorious views of the Harbor Bridge and the Harbor itself. The suites are individual apartments, with a kitchen, washer & dryer, a separate living room, as well as a large balcony.

BURGUNDY
FRANCE
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Chateau de Challanges. In the town of Challanges, minutes from the wine center of Beaune, lies this charming small 3-star hotel. The building was the town chateau, and though not especially grand, has a wonderful formal country air about it, with breakfast served in the original dining room and salon. The standard rooms are a bit snug but nicely furnished with modern bathrooms; the suites are much grander.

LOIRE VALLEY
FRANCE
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Auberge de Templiers. Just outside the Loire Valley immediately east of Orleans, lies this charming old post house, converted to a luxury inn. You enter a wonderful brick courtyard to the main building. The guest rooms, predominately located in thatch-roofed buildings scattered about the property, are decorated in a traditional country French style, tasteful, and not over-the-top.

ANTIGUA CITY
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Hotel Casa Santo Domingo is a delightful hotel located in the partially restored ruins of the 17th century monastery of Santo Domingo. Absolutely charming gardens run throughout the convent grounds with new (but well-done and sympathetically designed) hotel buildings containing luxurious rooms, all with fireplaces. Ask for a room on the 2nd floor as they have romantic wooden vaulted ceilings.

ITALIAN RIVIERA
ITALY
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Grand Hotel Villa Balbi. Just south of the famous town of Portofino lies the charming and unspoiled Mediterranean town of Sestri Levante, perhaps what Portofino was like 40 years ago. We stayed in a wonderful old and genteel 4-star hotel, called the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi located in the center of town, with delightful sunset views. The hotel is charming in a bygone era sort of way, well maintained, but not glitzed-up. I would pass on the dining room however, as it is less than charming in a bygone era sort of way. Make sure you ask for a room in the old building, as there is a new wing, which looks to be somewhat lacking in character.

TUSCANY
ITALY
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Villa di Piazzano. We attended a wedding at this delightful small family-run hotel located near Cortona on the Tuscany/Umbria line. The inn feels very much like a wealthy family's country residence. The rooms are all beautifully decorated with choice country Italian pieces and all the creature comforts you find at a luxury hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the owners and staff all very helpful.

VENICE
ITALY
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Boscolo Grand Hotel Dei Dogi. A reasonably priced 5-star hotel located just off the beaten track, away from the tourist craziness of the center of Venice. The staff is warm, friendly, and professional, and the rooms are truly beautiful, some with great views of the lagoon or the hotel's private garden. Unlike the other hotels we have seen in Venice, this hotel sits on a large piece of property running between a canal and a lagoon, having a delightful garden and outdoor terrace. And though a 5-star hotel, it feels intimate.

NAIROBI
KENYA
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The Fairview Hotel is a lovely old-fashioned colonial style hotel surrounded by gardens located in the city. Unlike most of the other western-style up-market hotels we saw in Kenya, the Fairview did not look or feel like one-of-many in a hotel chain. We found the sprawling series of buildings charming as well as the rooms to be comfortable.

PARATY
BRAZIL
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Pousada Pardieiro. We spent a week in Rio de Janeiro, then drove 3 hours south to the charming seaside Portuguese colonial town of Parati. There we stayed at the charming Pousada Pardieiro, really a small compound housed within the walls of several colonial properties. We stayed in an air conditioned suite, which had a sitting room, a bedroom, and a beautiful, large, bright, stone-floored bathroom. The pousada has a delightful pool and many comfortable sitting rooms opening to a garden courtyard.

MANUEL ANTONIO
COSTA RICA
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Byblos. The Byblos is as relaxed as hotels come, which really embodies the local experience. The pura vida (pure life) is all around you, when you stay in one of their jungle villas. Experience the privacy of the depths of the rainforest from the sanctuary of your room with all the hotel amenities within your grasp. Your isolated villa will help you keep your distance from other human guests when you want privacy, but you may have a few of the natives (wildlife) stopping by to say hello.

SIRMIONE
ITALY
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Hotel Mavino. Nestled in the quiet lake-surrounded town of Sirmione, Hotel Mavino is a calm & laid back option for those passing through Milan to Venice (or vice versa.) Enjoy the beautifully, pristine Lake Garda in a unique town almost completely surrounded by water. Mavino’s modern & simple rooms offer relaxing accommodation. An Italian-style breakfast is served daily in a modern & colorful dining room. Here you will find all the Italian delights with no shortage of Nutella.

LAS VEGAS
NEVADA
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The Encore. Exceeding the expectations of the most luxurious of destinations, The Encore & its sister property Wynn, stand a world apart from the neighboring properties in Las Vegas. The hotel has a commanding presence, while remaining light & inviting. If you try your luck, you will find a pristine casino with friendly staff. You will not have to go far for dinner either, Encore boasts eight extraordinary dining experiences. Complete with a world-renowned spa & an outdoor complex of swimming pools, where you can even tan your body the European way.

SAN DIEGO
CALIFORNIA
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The Ivy Hotel. Behind the façade of this six-story brick building you will find a modern wonder. Located in the historic Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego, the Ivy combines modern design with luxurious comfort. The hotel staff is among the world’s friendliest & accommodating, and this is no exaggeration. At the top of this hotel you will find an urban escape, complete with oversized fire pits & gleaming pool surrounded by chic cabanas & lounge beds. When the sun sets, the temperature does not, as the rooftop turns into one of San Diego’s most energetic lounges complete with fantastic cocktails & intriguing lighting.

SOUTH BEACH
MIAMI, FLORIDA
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The Mondrian. With so many ways to experience South Beach, which is the best? The Mondrian represents all the best features of this fabulous destination. The hotel is located on the bay side of South Beach, allowing you to escape the chaos of ocean drive, but remaining very close for when you need it. Not to say that you will not find plenty of energy at this popular hotel’s pool, which offers first-class service & fabulous hedge-style cabanas & modern sun beds. By night, enjoy the beautiful lights of downtown Miami, something ocean drivers miss by staying in rooms with underwhelming ocean views. This Marcel Wanders designed jewel is a great way to keep it cool & exclusive in busy South Beach.

PROVINCETOWN
MASSACHUSETTS

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The White Porch Inn. If you are traveling to Provincetown MA at the tip of Cape Cod, you will enjoy staying at the The White Porch Inn. After an extensive renovation, Tom Shirk has created an atmosphere that is welcoming & indicative of the contemporary comforts of Cape Cod. The property is charming as are the hosts. You can enjoy well-appointed guestrooms in a quiet location among the sophisticated galleries of the East End. To reach The White Porch in call 508-364-2549 or Web Address.

MANCHESTER
NEW HAMPSHIRE
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The Heart of the Village Inn, a beautifully decorated Queen Ann Victorian home, is located just outside Manchester in the town of Shelburne and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn is well situated for exploring northern Vermont and its beautiful sites.

SHARON SPRINGS NEW YORK
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The American Hotel. You will find a perfect example of an 1850's upstate NY hotel in the natural spring town of Sharon Springs. The glory days may have passed for this spa town, but the wonderful 4-year renovation by its current owners and over-the-top charm will have you think otherwise. Located along the rail from NYC to Montreal, it is near the famous Howe’s Cavern and the Glimmerglass summer opera festival.