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The Best Hotels I’ve Ever Stayed In… So Far

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

A night in a hotel is literally one of my favourite things to do. I love them so much I’ve even stayed in a hotel in the centre of York on a number of occasions… A hotel that’s literally two miles from my house.

I’ve always loved the thrill of staying in a new swanky location and getting into a delicious hotel bed at the end of the day. Whether it’s in a nearby city like Leeds or halfway around the world in Dubai , staying in hotels is literally one of my favourite things to do.

I’m incredibly fortunate that I’ve stayed in a number of amazing hotels in my life so far, and while I don’t plan on slowing down my travels anytime soon, here are the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in… so far.

Btw, I’m sorry for the apalling quality of photos; lots of these pictures were taken on the likes of my old Blackberry and iPhone 3. SOZ.

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square

The first time I went to New York with my mum, we stayed in the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Times Square and it was immense. The location was absolutely perfect; it was in walking distance to so many of the main attractions including Central Park, the Theater District and the Rockefeller Center.

The hotel itself was spacious, clean and the staff were remarkably friendly. Our room was so lovely and we even had a view of the Empire State building right outside our window. The free wifi, lush shower and luxurious double beds made our stay in New York even more enjoyable and I certainly wouldn’t hestitate to book this hotel again when I go back to NYC!

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

Sopwell House

Sopwell House is an absolutely stunning hotel in St Albans. Its white exterior gives it a fairytale vibe and with the countless weddings occuring there every year, it really is like a scene from a Disney movie. Set upon 12 acres of gorgeous, green land, Sopwell House is the epitome of luxury accomodation.

I’ve been to Sopwell House a number of times but I haven’t been for so many years – although after writing this, I’m determined to book a weekend away there immediately!

The hotel comes equipped with a wonderful swimming pool, plush bedrooms and a gorgeous spa that I’ve always wanted to try out!

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

My holiday to Dubai back in 2015 was one of the most incredible experiences of my life; everything was so rich and luxurious, not least the hotel where we stayed.

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is shaped like a wave and is a truly impressive feat to admire. It’s home to 618 rooms, suites and villas and it’s definitely the most incredible place I’ve ever stayed. The views were unlike anything else I’d ever seen, and with the Burj Al Arab just a stone throw away, I’ve really never been anywhere more incredible.

The hotel has its own private beach, with a number of different restaurants and it’s just round the corner from the Wild Wadi Waterpark which is absolutely bloody brilliant. If you’re looking to stay somewhere totally luxurious and you want to feel like an Arabian princess, then I’d completely recommend the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

the best hotels I've ever stayed in

Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel

I’ve been lucky enough stay at Hollins Hall a couple of times before and everytime I have, I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s located in Bradford, not too far from Leeds and the countryside setting makes for a beautiful getaway.

Last year, my mum, my sister and I stayed at Hollins Hall for a spa weekend and it was absolutely lovely. The staff are so attentive, the food was insane and the room itself was so lush. Oh, and the spa was so incredible.

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

Waldorf Astoria

My second time in New York saw myself and my mum staying at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and I can honestly say I’ve never felt more like a princess in my entire life.

The hotel was so grand and luxurious and I really felt like I was living my best Blair Waldorf life. The breakfast we had was incredible and our room was so huge and very ornately decorated with lots of grand furniture.

If you’re ever after an incredibly luxurious stay then I’d definitely recommend the Waldorf Astoria hotel; it’s in a great location, it feels like you’re living in Gossip Girl and do you really need any other reason?!

the best hotels i've ever stayed in

Buddha Bar Hotel

For Matt’s birthday last year, I surprised him with a trip to Budapest and it’s now one of my favourite places in the world. The city itself was absolutely stunning and our hotel was also immense.

The whole place had a gorgeous red, black and white decor, with stylish accents, comfy chairs and grand statues.

We were also upgraded once we arrived (I’ve still no idea why) and our room was absolutely massive. We had a gorgeous little balcony with stunning views of the surrounding buildings, a ginormous bathtub with a waterfall shower and a huge bed that was so unbelievably comfortable.

If we ever go back to Budapest then I’d definitely love to stay at the Buddha Bar hotel, and if you’re booking a trip there anytime soon, make sure there’s room for a little one…

The Best Hotels I've Ever Stayed In... So Far

What are the best hotels you’ve ever stayed in? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 31st March 2018 / 10:05 pm

    wow, you’ve stayed in some amazing places!! I stayed at the Times Hotel in New York and I loved it, it was so central 🙂
    I stayed in a Waldorf Astoria in Florida and like you said I felt as if I was Blairs sister 😉 lol
    Hotels with private beaches are just the best !!

    • chloedickenson
      1st April 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you! There really is some amazing hotels in the world! X

  2. 1st April 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I love staying at hotels as well! I must admit that I even really enjoy a Premier Inn stay, their beds are SOOOOO comfy and the restaurants downstairs are always reasonably priced too which is a bonus! These hotels really look amazing though, I don’t think I’d have wanted to leave your Budapest hotel, lucky you with getting an upgrade! That room’s bright red decor really is eyecatching! The Waldorf Astoria looks worthy of Blair herself, I’m not surprised that you felt like you were on the set of Gossip Girl hehe! Loving all of your travel content lately, Chloe! <3

    Abbey xx

  3. 3rd April 2018 / 11:27 am

    I love the feeling of staying in hotels.. not having to worry about anything and crawling into a huge bed! Sounds like you’ve stayed in some lovely hotels too, those in New York just sound utterly amazing!!! I’d love to visit Dubai and one hotel I would definitely consider is the Jumeirah it looks so grand!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      3rd April 2018 / 2:31 pm

      They’re all so beautiful! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      3rd April 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Yay thanks gal! Xx

  4. 4th April 2018 / 10:21 pm

    These hotels look really good. When I go on holiday we get a apartment via air b n b but I feel I’m really missing out! X

  5. Robyn Evans
    9th April 2018 / 8:17 am

    Buddha bar looks so cool !!

    • chloedickenson
      24th April 2018 / 7:17 pm

      It’s one of the most beautiful hotels!! X

  6. 11th April 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Omg that hotel in Budapest was so funky I love it!!!! The Waldorf chain are so lovely, I’ve stayed in them with work in London and with family in New York and they’re so stunning!!

    That Sopwell house looks amazing, I’ll have to check them out when I next fancy a starvation!

    Love izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com

    • chloedickenson
      24th April 2018 / 7:14 pm

      It’s bloody fab! Xx

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