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Boston Harbor Hotel

OVERVIEW With spectacular harbor views, excellent service, an award winning restaurant and a wonderful outdoor entertainment arena, it is no wonder the Boston Harbor Hotel is a favorite of many travelers, myself included. This is not a cookie cutter chain hotel. It has a style and character all its own.

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Casa Marina Resort

OVERVIEW If a full service hotel is what you are seeking, The Casa Marina will fit the bill. Opened in 1920 it has the charm of an old world hotel with all the modern amenities. It is located just outside the heart of town on the largest private beach on the island. Many of…

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Castle Hill Inn

OVERVIEW The stately and elegant Castle Hill Inn is a top choice for accommodations in Newport. Slightly formal, yet very comfortable. The property sits on 40 acres of magnificent oceanfront, just a short drive from town on Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive.  Perched atop a small bluff, the water views from almost anywhere are nothing…

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Cavallo Point, Sausilito CA

OVERVIEW Leave it to the government to appropriate a setting so amazing, but that’s what happened at Fort Baker, an army post created in 1866 for the defense of the San Francisco Bay. Located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, the views of the bridge and San Francisco are nothing short of spectacular.…

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Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW Cape Cod is the body of land that extends from Massachusetts into the Atlantic like a beckoning finger.  Its year round population of 200,000+ explodes in the summer as Bostonians seek to escape the city and New Englanders flock to the beaches.

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada

About halfway between Miami and Key West in Islamorada is a wonderful resort called the Cheeca Lodge & Spa. It’s George Bush the 1st’s favorite place in Florida. (at least I think so because there are pictures of him everywhere and there is a George Bush Suite) Anyway, I never miss an opportunity to…

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Cliffside Beach Club

OVERVIEW Begun as a private beach, The Cliffside Beach Club became a private club in 1949 where the same members returned year after year to get the same locker, the same umbrella and the same spot on the beach. The Currie Family bought the Club in 1959 and in the 80's and 90's added…

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Cottages on Charleston Harbour, Mt. Pleasant

OVERVIEW One of the fun things about what we do is finding those undiscovered places that didn't show up in any of our research. Such is the case of the marvelous Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, SC just over the bridge from Charleston. Perfect accommodations for couples or families traveling together.

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Delamar on Greenwich Harbor CT

OVERVIEW The Delamar on Greenwich Harbor is ideally located in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, easily accessible from NYC, New Jersey, New England and even Philadelphia. Waterfront rooms and great dining make this a wonderful weekend escape. Opened in 2002 after extensive renovations, this absolutely charming 83 room luxury hotel overlooks Greenwich Harbor in a wonderful…

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Gurney’s Inn, Montauk

OVERVIEW Gurney's Inn Montauk has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation led by new owners George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman that has transformed the once stodgy old resort into the new hot spot at the East End. Wunderkind designer Michael Kramer has created 38 new oceanfront suites with grand terraces overlooking the ocean and 71…

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Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk

OVERVIEW Montauk Yacht Club has been around for quite some time, (80+ years to be exact) and its distinctive lighthouse is familiar to many. An extensive 2009 renovation refreshed the property and it is now an even better destination, ideal for couples or families. The Yacht Club is the setting for numerous fashion and…

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Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

OVERVIEW A few years back, new owners George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman  transformed the once stodgy old Gurney's Montauk resort into the new hot spot at the East End of Long Island. Now they have worked their magic again, this time in Newport, RI to the former Hyatt Hotel on Goat Island.

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Harbor View Hotel

OVERVIEW At the eastern end of the Island, perched on a bluff overlooking the Lighthouse and Edgartown Harbor, the Harbor View Hotel opened in 1891 and remains the island’s premier full service hotel. While boasting all the modern amenities you would expect, it still retains the charm and elegance of days gone by. A…

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Harbourview Inn

OVERVIEW The 52 warmly decorated rooms at the Harbourview Inn, in shades of brown, are spacious with 14' ceilings, triple sheeted 4 poster beds with luxury linens and coverlets, custom made armoires and original art. Many have overstuffed club chairs with ottomans. The large, European tiled baths are outfitted with replicas of old Charleston…

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Hawk’s Cay, Duck Key FL

OVERVIEW Hawk’s Cay is a 60 acre AAA Four Diamond resort, located on the island of Duck Key about halfway down the Florida Keys. It offers one of the best values we have seen for family vacations. Amenities abound….there’s lots to do for adults and children alike and the price is unbelievable. Imagine rooms…

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High Peaks Resort

OVERVIEW For many, many years the Hilton occupied the corner of Main Street and Saranac Avenue and in 2008 the property passed hands and became the High Peaks Resort. The owners took advantage of an ideal location with mountain and lake views and "kicked it up a notch" as Emeril would say. This is…

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Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels MD

OVERVIEW Movie buffs will recognize the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond as the site of the wedding in the film “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. To others it is a cozy weekend retreat in a delightful Eastern Shore town on the banks of the Miles River. The Inn is an…

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La Mer/Dewey House

OVERVIEW Staying here is getting the best of all worlds. La Mer and Dewey House are delightful, private and intimate oceanfront B&B’s, but are part of the adjacent Southernmost Hotel which has three pools, two outside bars and a fishing pier.  Also part of the complex is the Southernmost Beach Cafe an open air…

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Lake Placid Lodge

OVERVIEW The Lake Placid Lodge is a spectacular property on the banks of Lake Placid that offers a main lodge and a collection of lakeside cabins. Rooms are extraordinarily decorated, the food is outstanding and the views breathtaking. In December 2005, just two months after our…

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Little Palm Island, Torch Key FL

OVERVIEW I went looking for Paradise..and I found it on a small island in the Florida Keys. Among the many wonderful and romantic places we have visited, Little Palm Island stands out as one of the most romantic. Private and secluded with ample opportunity to be alone, this is the perfect place for a…

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Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

OVERVIEW Set high above the crashing waves, overlooking Carmel Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts is world renowned for its golf courses which host the annual AT&T Pro-Am PGA event and has been host to 5 U.S. Open tournaments. Golfers the world over are familiar with this amazing setting. Playing these courses is a golfer's Nirvana…

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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW Set on 6 1/2 acres beside the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of the most dramatic settings for a resort in the country. The beautiful Torrey Pines State Park with its beaches, rugged cliffs and forests of rare Torrey pine is…

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami FL

OVERVIEW One of the things that make Mandarin special is their ability to find locations that afford a spectacular view. New York has Central Park and the river, Washington DC has the Jefferson Memorial, San Francisco has the Bay, La Vegas has the Strip and Miami has…

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Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness NH

OVERVIEW Like many, the movie, “On Golden Pond” is one of my favorites and this is where it was filmed. The area is as beautiful as you remember it from the film. A boat tour will allow you to revisit the settings for many of the scenes; the boathouse, Purgatory Cove and the lakeside home.…

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Mirror Lake Inn

OVERVIEW Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical when all lit up with tiny lights and surrounded by snow. It…

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Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC

OVERVIEW Nestled beside the May River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC is a spectacular resort just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah. Built on a 20,000 acre parcel, the Inn is part of a complex that includes residential homes, a delightful Village reminiscent of a New England town and a host of…

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Montage, Laguna Beach CA

OVERVIEW Perched on a bluff above the mighty Pacific Ocean with the rugged coastline below, the Montage Laguna Beach is a stunning property set on 30 beautifully manicured acres halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The gorgeous lobby has massive floor to ceiling windows that…

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Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington PA

 OVERVIEW Nemacolin began life in the late 60’s as a private game reserve where Pittsburgh industrialist, Willard Rockwell entertained friends and business associates for hunting and fishing weekends on its then 400 acres. Today the resort is owned by the Hardy Family (84 Lumber) encompasses some 3000 acres and is a Forbes Four Star…

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Newport Beach Hotel & Suites

OVERVIEW The Newport Hotel and Suites is one of the best values I have seen in a long time. Ideally located across the street from the Easton Beach, minutes from the Cliff Walk and next to the Newport Pond, the hotel is the perfect choice for couples traveling together and even better for families.…

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Nick’s Cove, Marshall CA

OVERVIEW The 1 ½ drive to Nick’s from San Francisco is worth the trip alone as you make your way up the coast though redwood forests, on winding mountain roads with more hairpin turns than you’ve ever experienced and beside green pastures with grazing livestock. The mountains were dotted with yellow flowers and purple…

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Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

OVERVIEW Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House opened originally in 1868 and became the “summer home” to the rich and famous for 135 years before falling into disrepair and closing in 2003. A group of local sentimental investors bought the property and spent $140 million to build an…

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Ocean Key Resort

OVERVIEW If location is everything, then the Ocean Key Resort has it all. Situated at the end of bustling Duval Street and right on the Gulf, the Resort stands next to Mallory Square the site of the nightly sundown festival. THE ROOMS The 100 rooms are…

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Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch

OVERVIEW Sitting right next to the lively Pier Village with its boutique shops and restaurants, Ocean Place is the only full service hotel directly on the ocean at the Jersey Shore. The views from the rooms are spectacular up and down the beach. THE ROOMS This recently renovated gem offers generous sized rooms decorated…

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Ocean’s Edge Resort, Brewster MA

OVERVIEW Ocean’s Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA began as a private residence in 1890, burned to the ground in 1906 and was rebuilt in 1912 to a grand home that included 16 rooms.  All main bedrooms were outfitted with Italian marble fireplaces, individual bathrooms and walk-in

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Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank

OVERVIEW Red Bank is just about the hottest town in this part of the Jersey Shore. Great restaurants, a hopping night scene, delightful shops and boutiques and wonderful antique stores are all part of a revitalization project started about 10 years ago. It is working beyond anyone's imagination. This is a fun town, day or…

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Parrot Key Resort

OVERVIEW It is not often that a new resort is built in Key West, so Parrot Key, made the wait worthwhile. Located about two miles outside the center of town on North Roosevelt Blvd.(U.S. 1) this is the perfect places for families, couples traveling together or "girl's weekends".  You are close enough to all…

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Penn’s View

OVERVIEW Penn's View is conveniently located at Front and Market Streets in Old City, walking distance to many attractions, restaurants and bars. The small lobby evokes memories of small European hotels....lots of marble and interesting murals. This is a great value for a major city. THE ROOMS The rooms are tastefully furnished, some with exposed…

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Ponte Verde Beach Resorts, Ponte Verde FL

OVERVIEW The resort consists of two spectacular oceanfront properties, the original and stately “grande dame” Ponte Vedra Inn and Club built in 1928 and the more intimate Lodge & Club originated in 1989. The Inn & Club (250 rooms) and the Lodge (66 rooms) both offer…

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Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island FL

OVERVIEW Located on a barrier island off the coast of Florida, the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island sits majestically behind the dunes overlooking the Atlantic. Impeccably manicured grounds with lush plantings and colorful flowers wind through the property and take full advantage of the natural habitat. You will dream about the sunrises here. THE ROOMS…

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Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne FL

OVERVIEW Minutes from Miami by car, but light years away in temperament, Key Biscayne is a delightful low key island tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The island is probably best known as the Southern White House during the Nixon administration, but…

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Ritz Carlton, Naples FL

OVERVIEW Two things I truly enjoy on vacation are a beach on which to take long walks and beautiful sunsets. The gorgeous Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida has both. Set on 20 beachfront acres overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with 3 miles of white sandy beach, we enjoyed one spectacular sunset from…

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Royal Blues Hotel, Deerfield Beach FL

OVERVIEW We are always so impressed when a new hotel or restaurant opens and it is clear that the owners have put a lot of thought into their new venture. Such is the case of the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach Florida, a stunning 12 room boutique hotel conceived by Hollywood producer Edward…

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Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA

OVERVIEW Sea Island is everything a great resort should be and more. Beautiful rooms, terrific food, exemplary service and wonderful golf make a visit here a "must" on any travel wish list. There is such a sense of tradition here and it is not just the marvelous pictures of celebrities, politicians and others from…

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Sound View, Greenport, NY

OVERVIEW We came upon, Sound View, a wonderful little gem of a hotel on the Eastern end of Long Island, via a mention in a magazine and it looked so interesting that we immediately booked an overnight. Built @1935 as a "motel", it has been completely…

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Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach OR

OVERVIEW Just an hour and a half from Portland, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of majestic Haystack Rock, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast. Fireplace rooms and a wonderful restaurant add to the charm. Excellent accommodations and dining and exceptional…

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Sunset Key Cottages

OVERVIEW Few choices are better for a truly special occasion than the Sunset Key Cottages located on a private 27 acre tropical island, just a 10 minute boat ride from the heart of Key West. THE ROOMS The exquisite cottages, which make up about a quarter of the island (the rest are private homes),…

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The American Club, Kohler WI

OVERVIEW The American Club is testament to what one man can do if he has the resources and a vision. Built in 1918 to house immigrant workers for the Kohler Company, the Tudor style building with slate roofs, dormers and red brick exterior, was considered an architectural marvel and an example of employer benevolence…

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The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale FL

OVERVIEW There is no shortage of beach front hotels in Fort Lauderdale, but most are the traditional cookie cutter chains. The Atlantic Resort & Spa is an elegant and charming Mediterranean styled luxury boutique hotel with 124 rooms, 58 suites and 5 penthouses, most with balconies and stunning views of the ocean across the…

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The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

OVERVIEW The legendary Breakers Hotel, located on 140 oceanfront acres on Palm Beach Island, was first built in 1896, burned down twice in the early 1900's and today is one of the few grand hotels left in the country. The opulent Mediterranean style building is nothing…

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The Chanler

OVERVIEW If the adage “location, location, location” is true, then The Chanler is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Perched atop towering cliffs overlooking Eaton Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, few spots offer as dramatic a setting. Housed in a spectacularly renovated 1873 mansion, The Chanler sits on acres of lushly landscaped property…

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The Harborfront Inn, Greenport

OVERVIEW The historic village of Greenport, New York is the perfect base for a visit to the North Fork of Long Island. Ideally located at the eastern end of the North Fork, Greenport gives you easy access to many of the best wineries and two short ferry rides get you first to Shelter Island and…

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The Pillars Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale FL

The Pillars is a wonderful secret...even their neighbors hadn't heard of them, and hopefully it will stay that way for awhile. This small intimate little gem of only 18 rooms and 5 suites is a romantic hideaway for adults sitting right on the Inter coastal amidst lush gardens. The pace is slower, there is…

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The Point, Upper Saranac Lake NY

OVERVIEW Imagine having a wealthy friend who purchases one of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks, decorates it exquisitely, hires a world class chef, outfits it with every possible recreational amenity and then invites you and some other interesting people for the weekend....that my friends, is The Point. I must admit to some trepidation…

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The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, NJ

OVERVIEW Some of the best properties in America were created by business people who had spent their lives “on the road” and decided to open their own inn or hotel incorporating the “best” of what they had experienced in their travels. The Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas and Glenmere Mansion in New York State…

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The Sagamore, Bolton Landing NY

OVERVIEW It's all about the views here at this extraordinary resort located on a 70 acre island in Lake George. The Adirondack mountains provide the backdrop for the stunning lake views that surround the property. Sunrises and sunsets are dazzling and the pristine lake, fed by natural spring waters, provides both recreation and tranquility. The…

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The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island SC

OVERVIEW Perched majestically on the shores of Kiawah Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Sanctuary is a blend of modern convenience and Southern charm. The design goal was to create a seaside mansion that seemed as if it had been there for hundreds of years, passed from one homeowner to another. 50 foot live…

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The Wauwinet

OVERVIEW An acclaimed Relais & Chateau property (the only one on Nantucket), the Wauwinet is located about 9 miles from town at the northeastern part of the island and if you like inn accommodations, this would have to top any list. The rooms are beautifully decorated…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW Say what you want about Donald Trump, the man knows how to do a hotel right and the Chicago incarnation is no exception. Located in the Loop beside the Chicago River, the soaring 92 story Trump is a bold design against the Chicago skyline. The views from the signature floor to ceiling windows…

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Ventana Inn, Big Sur CA

OVERVIEW Nestled in a mountain meadow, amidst the towering redwoods, oak and bay laurel of Big Sur and 1200 feet above the Pacific, the Ventana Inn and Spa is a tranquil and serene refuge that will calm the soul of even the most stressed among us. The drive alone along the rugged coastline with…

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Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham MA

OVERVIEW Located on The Cape (Cape Cod) on 27 exquisitely landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Wequassett (pronounced we cwoss it) is a privately owned and operated resort that is a mecca for families and couples seeking luxurious accommodations, great food and lots to do. It features four restaurants, two pools, two beaches, boating and…

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White Elephant Hotel

OVERVIEW Minutes from the center of town and sitting on the edge of the harbor is the elegant White Elephant Hotel, a sophisticated luxury hotel with 53 guest rooms and suites and 11 garden cottages. Personal service, as evidenced by the high staff to guest ratio, is important here and it shows. The public…

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Windsor Court

OVERVIEW A $22 million renovation has restored Windsor Court to the top of the list of New Orleans hotels. All 316 guestrooms have been refurbished, the Grill Room and Polo Lounge refreshed, a Cocktail Bar has been added to the lobby and a new spa has debuted. It is the only hotel in New…

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