Classic Hotels


The Hideaway Report Celebrates 40 Years of Travel

Our founder promised to travel incognito, pay his own expenses and find hideaways with character and great service. Forty years later our values are the same.

Another Storied Palm Springs Hideaway: The Willows Inn

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is a Mediterranean villa of just eight rooms. It has an atmosphere of gracious tranquility and is close to downtown.

Harper Classic: Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp, the original upscale land base in the Galapagos archipelago, is found on the island of Santa Cruz.

British Columbia Classic Mountain Lodges

At 507 square miles, Yoho is the smallest of four contiguous parks which together form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Harper Classics in Namibia

The immense dunes at Sossusvlei are the largest in the world, and no trip to Namibia is complete without at least a glimpse of this astonishing landscape.

A Fiji Classic Restored: The Wakaya Club & Spa

The Wakaya Club & Spa has been a favorite Fijian retreat since 1991, when we had our first of several stays at this entrancing hideaway.

New & Noteworthy, October 2015

Andrew Harper shares notable luxury travel news from October 2015, like Amanresorts' new Caribbean property Amanera and renovations at The Lanesborough.

All-Time Favorite Midtown Hotels

Andrew Harper picks his favorite hotels for those wishing to stay in Midtown Manhattan, ideal for visiting the MoMA, The Morgan Library and Carnegie Hall.

Two Classics in Jackson, Wyoming

Andrew Harper reassesses two classic properties in Jackson, Wyoming: Amangani and The Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa.

Classic Update: Barcelona Benchmark

For many years, Barcelona's grand hotels tended to be inconsistent, and their reputations waxed and waned with lunar regularity. Since its debut in 2009, however, my affections have been captured by the 98-room Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

Classic Update: Mountain 

Located at the end of a remote box canyon and surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, Colorado's Smith Fork Ranch (97) is almost the definition of a Rocky Mountain hideaway.

Classic Revisited: The Gritti Palace

One of my favorite hotels in the world, The Gritti Palace, reopened this year following a 15-month, $50 million renovation. Enjoying a perfect location at the entrance to Venice's Grand Canal, the palazzo dates to 1475 and was converted into a hotel in 1895.

Two Classics Revisited

Though I had little doubt that my two favorite hotels in Santa Fe would still be recommendable, I couldn’t resist spending time in each on my latest visit. The best choice for you will depend on your personal taste.

Shangri-La Comes to Paris' 16th Arrondissement

Three of the grandest hotels in paris are closing or have already closed for renovation: the Ritz, the Crillon and the Plaza Athénée. On a recent trip to the city, I therefore decided to try the new 101-room Shangri-La, which opened in December 2010. I’m very glad that I did, since it proved to be a magnificent property, with stellar cuisine and some of the best service I’ve ever encountered in the French capital.

The Reinvention of Rancho Valencia

The coast of southern California offers a combination of scenic splendor and agreeable climate found in only a handful of places around the globe.

A Classic Revisited: Bernardus Lodge

About 20 years ago, at a wine tasting, I met Ben Pon, the owner of a new winery in the Carmel Valley, who offered me a glass of his flagship bottling, a Bordeaux-style red called Marinus.

London: Two Classic Hotels Transformed

London’s grand hotels once appeared to be embodiments of serene continuity. Many had received their first guests in the 19th century and viewed the latest fashions with a degree of disdain. American visitors tended to admire the glossy patina bestowed by successive generations, but were less impressed by the Victorian plumbing. It all seemed immutable.