Travel with Us to the World’s Best Hotels

Once again, Condé Nast Traveler has come out with the magazine’s annual “Gold List,” which is based on a reader survey and features the “world’s best places to stay.” We were excited to see many of our favorite properties on the list, including hotels where Academic Arrangements Abroad travelers will be staying in 2014. Here is a round-up by region:

SOUTH AMERICA—

Exterior of Copacabana Hotel in RioThe Copacabana Palace is the hotel on the optional Rio postlude for our Buenos Aires to Rio cruise.

Bogota MarriottJW Marriott Bogota is one of the hotels that travelers will stay in on our “Jewels of Colombia & Panama” program. The article describes the property as “A fine hotel with excellent security.” Another reader says the Marriott’s “La Mina restaurant is simply ‘world-class’ in the financial heart of the city and trendy district Zona G.”

Hotel Monasterio in PeruAnother special place to stay in South America is the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, where travelers will spend three nights during our “South American Highlights” trip . You can find out more about this hotel, which is a former seminary, in our August 2013 blog post on great hotels that used to be something else.

EUROPE—

Hotel Sacher ViennaOne of our favorite hotels in Austria is the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Travelers stayed at this property recently during our Vienna New Year’s program, and those joining our upcoming “Unknown Glory of the Habsburgs” trip will also enjoy the “exceptional accommodations” at this legendary establishment.

Travelers on the “Unknown Glory of the Habsburgs” program will also stay at another “Gold List Pick,” the Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb. One reviewer describes the Esplanade as a “charming hotel with great food, located within a short walk to the old city.”

Prague Mandarin Oriental exterior During our 2014 journey “In Pursuit of Mozart”, we will spend four nights at the historic Mandarin Oriental in Prague. The hotel, which dates to the 14th century, was once a monastery, and Condé Nast Traveler describes it as a “heavenly property with a quiet location in the heart of a bustling city.”

Another great European hotel on the Gold List is the Regent Berlin.  The article mentions the hotel’s amazing views and “very comfortable, spotless rooms.” We love this corner property on Gendarmenmarkt so much that we have reserved rooms there for several programs including “Imperial Pleasures, Royal Treasures” and “Berlin: Tear Down this Wall”.

ASIA—

Junks Halong BayTwo hotels on the Gold List are included in our program “In the Realm of Angkor: The Glories of Cambodia & Vietnam.” In Hanoi, a three-night stay is planned at the landmark Sofitel Metropole. Travelers on the program will also spend three nights at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap.

Shangri-La BangkokThe Shangri-La, Bangkok is our hotel pick on the optional Bangkok prelude for “The Treasures of Burma.” This luxurious hotel is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the lively artery of old Bangkok and gateway to many of the city’s glittering temples and palaces.

Oberoi Udaivilas hotelSeveral Indian properties on the Condé Nast Traveler list are included in our February 2014 Rajasthan program. Among these are the Oberoi Udaivilas and Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace.  Travelers on this exceptional journey through North India will also stay at the Leela Palace in New Delhi.

Visit our website or call us at 800-221-1944 for additional details about this travel program.

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