In 2023, Indagare members embraced travel to the fullest, exploring nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. Some destinations proved particularly popular. Perhaps thanks to White Lotus Season 2, Italy tallied the most hotel check-ins from Indagare travelers (followed by France). But it wasn’t just European favorites that proved enticing: Japan, Morocco and Mexico, for example, each saw many Indagare bookings.
And where did Indagare travelers stay? We dove into the data* to see. Below, we share the 23 hotels that they booked most in 2023.
For Ireland-bound travelers, The Merrion Hotel proved a soft landing in Dublin this year. The 142-room bastion of Irish tradition comprises a row of Georgian-era townhouses. Inside, guests are treated to classic, quiet luxury, plus a top spa and the two-Michelin-starred Patrick Guilbaud restaurant. See full review.
Like The Merrion Hotel, Amsterdam’s Hotel Pulitzer transforms historic townhouses (in this case, a whopping 25 century homes) into one of the city’s top places to stay. Interiors here blend the buildings’ original 17th century detailing with a mix of antique and mid-century modern furnishings, like curvy headboards and chaises. The hotel fronts Prinsengracht canal, offering a prime location from which to explore Amsterdam’s Canal District. See full review.
Firmdale’s The Whitby is a pattern-filled, textile-heavy dose of whimsy in Midtown Manhattan from the wonderful mind of designer Kit Kemp. It’s within easy striking distance of leading museums and best shopping, and many of its rooms come with private terraces, making it a perennial favorite for Indagare members visiting (or staycationing in) New York City. See full review.
Resembling something of an oversized palazzo rising above the sands of Palm Beach, The Breakers is the quintessential full-service resort on the grandest scale. Guests at this family-friendly escape can fill their days with golf, tennis, spa treatments, lounging along the beach or at one of the four pools and eating at one of the three restaurants on property. See full review.
No need to head to the Greek islands for an Aegean beach getaway. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, just 30 minutes by car to the Acropolis, lets visitors combine sightseeing (as well as shopping and dining) in Athens with seaside relaxation along the chic Athenian Riviera. At the end of a peninsula with scenic coves, the 75-acre resort has several pools and beach areas, all with plenty of loungers for sunbathing. See full review.
Inside two Renaissance-era palazzos, both restored to their fabulous grandeur, Four Seasons Hotel Florence has museum-like suites and public spaces, along with expansive gardens. These are home to a lovely outdoor pool—ideal for soaking during the summer’s heat. Another highlight: the Il Palagio restaurant with its vaulted ceilings and outdoor terrace. See full review.
A floating ramp connects Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s main atrium with the elegant shopping street Passeig de Gràcia. It makes for an ethereal arrival that hints at the Zen experience in store. Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is behind the sophisticated interiors, whose 120 rooms offer a soothing combination of Catalán and Asian influences. Guests also love the rooftop and its pool. See full review.
In Gaelic, Balmoral means “majestic dwelling,” a fitting name for Edinburgh’s grand dame. The Balmoral opened in 1902 inside a monumental Victorian building on Princes Street. Afternoon tea here is legendary, and the hotel’s 190-foot-tall clocktower is almost as much of a landmark as Edinburgh Castle itself. See full review.
Another aptly named hotel, Hotel Eden has been a serene escape since the 1880s, when it opened as the city’s first hotel with electricity, an elevator and running water. And while other hotels have caught up with those particular “amenities,” few can compare with The Eden’s commitment to excellent, affable hospitality. The overall vibe here is one of supreme comfort, with luxe textiles and white-marble bathrooms. See full review.
The 438-acre Heckfield Place estate comprises a biodynamic farm, walled gardens, towering groves of trees and two lakes (plus a river passing through)—and one of England’s most beautiful Georgian-era mansions, now one of the country’s most beloved hotels (with a top spa and leading culinary program as well. London is just an hour away, but you wouldn’t know it. See full review.
In the early 1900s, King Alfonso III hired hotelier Cesar Ritz to bring five-star luxury to Madrid. And in 2021, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid reopened after extensive renovations to reclaim its title as the leading hotel in Spain’s buzzy capital, with 153 refreshed rooms conveniently situated between the Prado and the Retiro park. See full review.
Seeking sleek, contemporary design but high-touch service that is rooted in tradition? Consider London’s The Berkeley. Rooms at this Belgravia hotel just south of Hyde Park are a study in clean lines—some with Art Deco accents, others with a Japanese minimalist theme. A property highlight is the open-air rooftop pool. See full review.
There are many #IndagareJunkies in the Indagare community. And their most-booked property in 2023? Aman Tokyo. Ryokan-style rooms make use of wood, paper and stone—traditional Japanese home materials, and glass windows frame postcard-perfect views over the city and Mount Fuji beyond. See full review.
Relais Christine is a 48-room hôtel particulier that, thanks to its set-back location in a quiet courtyard in St.-Germain-des-Près, feels like the city’s best-kept secret. Bold, brightly patterned wallpapers are balanced by soft gray, gold and rose accents. The secret-feeling continues underneath the building, too, with Spa Guerlain’s treatment rooms, sauna, whirlpool and fitness center hidden within 13th century vaults. See full review.
Fronting a gorgeous stretch of sand, Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club brings new life into one of South Florida’s most storied clubs (tire tycoon Harvey Firestone opened the Surf Club in 1930). Today, it’s a contemporary oasis that once again serves as a destination for dining and relaxation —poolside, beachside, or at the spa—within 30 minutes from South Beach. See full review.
Inside a Haussmann mansion on the leafy Élysée gardens, La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa does not shy away from opulence. The hotel’s 40 rooms have antique furniture, silk-paneled walls and velvet headboards. Yet the atmosphere is anything but stuffy, or stuck in the past. Friendly service, a serene library and a 55-foot indoor pool make it one of Indagare members’ ultimate Parisian pieds-à-terre. See full review.
Tuscany’s rolling hills, historic villages and top-tier wines beckon Indagare members every year. And at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, guests can combine all three. The hotel sits high on a hill overlooking Val d’Orcia, and it comprises a centuries-old former farming village, including multiple farmhouses reborn as villas, alongside 12th-century castle ruins and a medieval church. As for the wines, Castiglion del Bosco is an award-winning producer of Brunello di Montalcino. See full review.
On an especially beautiful Mayfair corner, The Connaught is a venerable London property that’s welcomed guests since the 1890s. The appeal: 121 spacious rooms and suites, plus stately public spaces, including three-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze restaurant, the World’s Best Bar Award-winning Connaught Bar and an Insta-famous mahogany staircase. See full review.
Inside a 16-story limestone-and-brick building on the corner of Madison Avenue and East 77th Street, The Mark is the epitome of Uptown chic. Rooms showcase contemporary elegance, and its ground floor restaurant (from Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and bar attract well-heeled Upper East Siders nightly. See full review.
This gilded palace is one of the most romanticized hotels in the world, and rightly so. Everything here feels exceptional, from the white-glove service and Belle Époque decor to the Michelin-worthy food and location, right on Place Vendome. Hôtel Ritz Paris is the preferred hotel for Indagare members looking for a lavish getaway in the City of Light. See full review.
London’s most iconic property, Claridge’s is a Mayfair landmark that melds Victorian opulence (Queen Victoria actually visited in 1860) with an Art Deco flair. Its butter-hued lobby is a see-and-be-seen gathering spot—especially during High Tea, served daily. The massive spa and health club, meanwhile, is a subterranean sanctuary inspired by Zen gardens in Kyoto. See full review.
A 13,000-square-foot courtyard garden, a nautical-themed rooftop pool deck and a hotel cat named Socrate: Le Bristol is not your typical Paris hotel. Indagare travelers who favor discretion over scene-factor love this one-of-a-kind, supremely elegant property for its sheer specialness (and excellent location, on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré close to some of the city’s best shopping). See full review.
Indagare’s most-booked hotel of 2023? Hotel de Russie, a 19th-century palazzo whose classic interiors are the definition of Italian chic. Natural light floods into the 120 rooms, each decorated with vintage furniture and velvet and silk textiles. Guests can retreat from the busy streets of Rome in the hotel’s cave-like spa (with a saltwater hydro pool), or in the leafy courtyard, a veritable secret garden just steps from Piazza del Popolo. See full review.
*Methodology: Based on trips booked through Indagare and taking place between December 30, 2022 and December 30, 2023.
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