If you’re like us, you already dream of your next vacation. Do we ever stop thinking about that? Whenever we start planning for our next adventure, we first settle on a destination. Then, we turn to Tablet Hotels to find the perfect place to stay. Where you stay makes such a big difference in how much you enjoy your destination.
We’ve used Tablet Hotels for many years now and have never been disappointed – not even once. Whether you are looking for a luxury boutique hotel or a grand old palace-type hotel, you can pretty much find it with Tablet.
But what I like most about Tablet is they’ve taken the time to curate a selection of hotels that can pretty much meet the needs of whatever you have in mind. From warm sunny beach resorts and apartment-style hotels, to intimate old historic city hotels with panoramic views, there is a wide variety from which to choose. And their range in prices is equally as diverse. The point is, with Tablet Hotels, there is something for almost everyone.
And just a side note: a few years back, Michelin Guide owners (they know a thing or two about quality) acquired Tablet Hotels.
A few things to know about Tablet Hotels
Tablet Hotels offers a Tablet Plus membership. It’s $99 per year to join. But what you get for that, is well worth it.
- Upgrade to next room category, based upon availability at check-in
- Complimentary half-bottle of white wine in the room on arrival
- Complimentary daily express breakfast for two guests
- Complimentary welcome gift on arrival
A collection of some of our favorite Tablet Hotels
We have been staying at Tablet Hotels for years. So, I’ve pulled together some of our very favorite places and destinations where we have stayed.
MOB House, Paris
Mob House is one of our all-time favorite hotels. It’s tucked away in a quiet little neighborhood just outside the City Center (and just down the block from Paris’ largest flea market). We discovered it, of course, through Tablet Hotels (there’s a story here, and you can read more about it in the link below) and have returned several times since.
The hotel has created an absolutely gorgeous stay, work, meet environment that’s cozy and expansive. The main lobby area has many quiet, comfortable, and intimate lounge/work areas. They feel like living rooms with armchairs and sofas with throw pillows, stools and coffee tables, and soft lighting.
Because there is so much open space, it’s a great place for families. Another unique feature, especially for a big city hotel, is the outdoor pool that’s open from late spring to fall. It’s a great way to unwind and relax after a day of exploring in Paris. And the food is spectacular at Feuille de Chou, and organic brasserie at the hotel. The new head chef is a two-star Michelin chef.
MOB Hotel, Lyon, France
The MOB Hotel is a sister hotel to the MOB House in Paris, which is how we discovered it. Since we’re in Lyon a few times a year for business, we stayed at this hotel during our last visit.
It has a very similar style and vibe to the MOB House in Paris and also boasts a lot of open outdoor space.
The floors in the rooms are polished concrete, and the decor has a bohemian-like feel to it – very cozy and comfortable. Some rooms even have a small Smeg refrigerator.
It’s conveniently located and not too far from Old Lyon. You can read more about what to see and do in Lyon in the link below.
La Maison de la Prade, Mésanges, France
California and Florida usually come to mind when thinking of warm sunny days at the beach. But some of our very best beach vacations have been in France.
La Maison de la Prade is a former summer camp that has been renovated to become a 14-room boutique hotel. It sits on a hillside, and just down the road (about 1 mile) are miles and miles of pristine, wide-open, clean beaches. You can stroll for what seems like hours and not reach the end.
It’s the kind of place where you can lounge by the pool, head down to the beach, and on a clear summer night, you can lay down on a pool chair, gaze up, and see nothing but a sky full of the brightest stars you’ll ever see.
Town Hall Hotel, London
Town Hall Hotel gets its name from being in the original Town Hall building. They have even kept the council chamber intact. It’s located in the Shoreditch/Bethnal Green area of London. The rooms are spacious, the wood floors are original, and mass transportation is right outside the hotel entrance.
In the basement of the hotel is a lap pool. There’s nothing like a swim or jacuzzi to help get rid of the jet lag. And if you’re traveling with kids, it’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
The Shoreditch area of London is similar to the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn and is full of trendy shops and great restaurants. It’s even close to the Columbia Road Flower Market, which is definitely worth visiting.
The Hoxton, Paris
This particular Hoxton opened in 2017. It’s in an elegant 18th-century residence in the 2nd arrondissement, so it’s very centrally located. The hotel has 172 rooms that range in size from Shoebox to Biggy, as they describe them. I think we may have had a Cosy room, and I’m pretty sure our kids had the Biggy with two beds.
The design of the room is luxe and stylish with simple things like a Nespresso coffee maker with pods in a ceramic Le Creuset Canister. In the refrigerator was boxed water and a small bottle of milk for your coffee. The room also had a tote bag that you could put outside your door at night, and they would leave a light breakfast the next morning. Coffee in our room and breakfast delivered, how divine, right?
Hotel Thérèse is an inexpensive, small, Parisian boutique hotel. It only has 40 rooms and is located in the 1st arrondissement – a very short walk to the Louvré, the Palais Royal, and plenty of other points of interest. The metro is also close by.
It’s housed in a gorgeous old building in the middle of a quiet block. We felt like we were living in our own Parisian apartment.
The room was large enough not to feel cramped, and it had a large window that looked down on the beautiful street below.
Borgo Scopeto Wine & Country Relais, Italy
Borgo Scopeto is nestled on a hilltop and in the vineyards of Tuscany, just above Siena. If there were ever a place where you truly wanted to disconnect from reality and the world in general, this is the place to do it.
We’ve stayed here several times, and each trip seems more magical than the one before. We found it after watching the movie Letters to Juliet, which was filmed on the property. What strikes me most is the sunlight during the golden hour and the long driveway, flanked by the natural beauty of cypress trees leading up to the resort. It’s simply spectacular and a memorable experience almost every evening.
The hotel has villas and rooms, and the architecture is stunning. It’s a luxury hotel so you’ll spend a little more. It has two pools, a complete spa, and tennis courts.
The main structure and stone walls date back to the 12th century and was originally built by the city of Siena as a fortified settlement to protect itself against possible sieges. Today, it’s a luxury retreat and lots of wide-open public spaces.
The hotel does have a winery, and they make their own brand of olive oil as well.
Grand Hotel Palazzo, Livorno, Italy
On one planned trip to Italy, we decided to check out the Italian coastline and spend two nights in Livorno before we moved on to explore more of Tuscany. Of course, our search started with Tablet Hotels and, as usual, we found a gem.
In the early 1800s as Livorno began to prosper as a seaside retreat for wealthy Europeans, the hotel was built – then called the Palace Hotel.
In 2004, the hotel was completely renovated and became the Grand Hotel Palazzo. It has a wonderful spa that is perfect for recovering from jet lag. And right across the street, from the front of the hotel, is a small and charming beach club. You can rent lounges and umbrellas and spend a wonderful day enjoying the sun and the Ligurian sea.
The rooms are spacious and luxurious, and our room faced the ocean. We could open the windows and enjoy the evening sea breezes.
Visionaire Apartments, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon has become an international travel hotspot. So we decided to check it out. We were traveling with our adult kids, so we needed to find space that accommodated the four of us. And we found the Visionaire Apartments.
It’s an apartment-like hotel built on the famous square Praça da Figueira. It was central to everything.
It had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a good-sized living room, and a small fully-equipped kitchen. Perfect for four adults. We had all the benefits of a hotel with the space of a townhouse-like apartment.
We could walk almost everywhere, but the metro station and street cars were right outside the front door of the hotel for those destinations that were too far for walking.