Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hilltop Manor's highlights include Jacuzzi tubs, iPod docking stations, working stone fireplaces, free snacks and beverages, and a gourmet multi-course breakfast offered wherever you like. (You can even take breakfast to go!) A reviewer says, "The building is rich with history and has lots of great architectural details. … Complimentary water, soft drinks, and coffee are available 24/7. The afternoon snack is a lovely added bonus." Another reviewer sums up the perks succinctly: "Awesome Arts & Crafts architecture. Wine & chocolate-covered strawberries in addition to other snacks at welcoming time. Breakfast worthy of the Food Network."
El Portal Sedona Hotel, Sedona, Arizona
Gorgeous guest rooms are just the beginning of El Portal's luxe offerings. "The inn is grounded in beautiful Arts and Crafts Adobe architecture, but each room has a unique style. …The Grand Canyon Suite is styled after a lodge, with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace and rough cut log beams. The Governors Suite is a hacienda-style suite with cathedral ceilings and dark wood beams," says a guest. The inn's over-the-top personal service and pet-friendly perks earn praise as well. According to a reviewer, "The dogs received a little basket full of treats and blankets. …Highly recommended for a romantic getaway or a great place to stay with your pets!"
Villa D'Citta, Chicago, Illinois
Words guests use to describe Villa D'Citta, an inn tucked in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, include "secret," "hideaway," and "gem." Indeed, this Italian-style villa—complete with grotto, elevator and outdoor Jacuzzi— feels like a top-secret haven within the city. We think this review says it all: "The location is ideal with easy access to public transportation. The facility is extremely elegant without being impersonal. The room was way beyond expectations with a fireplace, gigantic flat-screen TV and bar!! The gem, however, is Cathy who makes you feel like an honored guest in her home."
Farmers Guest House, Galena, Illinois
A former guest writes, "If you love Galena and you love B&B's, this is one you should not miss." Gourmet cuisine—including an award-winning breakfast and a complimentary wine and cheese reception— is a huge highlight at this boutique Galena property. "The food was fantastic and the display and taste could rival a five-star restaurant in Chicago," writes a guest. Another reviewer praises "bottomless jars of fresh baked cookies, the best fresh ground coffee we have had in ages and a heavenly bed."
Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn, Burlington, Kentucky
Travelers rave about this B&B's cleanliness, marvelous breakfasts and complimentary snacks, and unparalleled service. In-room features range from fireplaces to hand-carved canopy beds. "The whirlpool tub was very nice but the show stopper was the steam shower—there are no words to explain how you feel when you take the time to relax in the steam shower," says a guest. In the morning, choose from a multi-course hot meal or Continental offerings. "Breakfasts were decadent. I highly recommend the orange marmalade and cream cheese French toast," says a reviewer.
Woods Hole Inn, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Woods Hole Inn collects positive reviews for everything from its amazing location (it overlooks the water and the Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal) to its pretty guest rooms. "The ferry is literally a stone's throw away. Leave your car at the inn and walk across the street. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the inn as well. It truly can't be easier ... have I said how easy this is?!" says a guest. "Another reviewer adores the views: "We enjoyed gazing out at the harbor from our room and balcony." And the morning breakfast buffet receives a wave of endorsements. Says a guest, "Every morning the breakfast exceeded our expectations. The croissants and the quiches were our favorite."
Topside Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Stunning harbor views, a convenient location, and delicious, local fare set this inn apart from the hotel crowd. Writes a guest, "The building felt like something out of a turn-of-the-last-century novel: white trim, beautiful lawns, amazing verandas and rows of Adirondack chairs to sit and relax in while sipping Champagne. It was a very short walk into the center of town, but the town is so peaceful that there was no noise in the evenings to keep the guests awake. While the location and views are breathtaking, absolutely the best thing about the inn is the breakfasts! The breads are baked fresh. The menu features locally grown ingredients, including surprises from the inn's gardens. We had everything from handmade gnocchi with poached egg to sweet potato waffles with handmade granola and fresh garden greens.
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
Designed by Richard Sharp Smith, a former resident architect of the Biltmore Estate, this Colonial inn is famous for its historical ambiance. Despite its more than 100 years of history, however, the property is thoroughly modern. "Our room was very comfortable and well appointed, with Whirlpool tub, completely updated bathroom, individual room temperature control, etc.," says a guest. Other noteworthy features and amenities include organic, locally sourced breakfasts; a complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception; and exceptional personal service. According to a reviewer, "I'm a Southern girl, and am accustomed to wonderful hospitality, but I can say [innkeeper] Nick and staff exceed all expectations! There isn't one thing you could want or need that isn't available to you."
Portland's White House, Portland, Oregon
"This is an amazing house and the amount of museum-quality furnishings is stunning. Since this property is on the National Historic Registry, it must be maintained to certain standards. ... From the second you walk into the foyer, until the second you leave, you have this wonderful sense that time has stopped in some by-gone era," writes a former guest of this Greek revival mansion inn. Thoughtful extras augment the elegant ambiance: "The breakfast offerings are amazing, and the extra touches were outstanding … cookies in the room each day, truffles at the bedside and copious amounts of hot water in the shower all provided for a memorable stay." Guests laud the location, too. "Situated in a beautiful residential historic district, this is an area of Portland we would never would have experienced had we stayed in a hotel," writes a reviewer.
Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont
"The first time we went to the Rabbit Hill Inn, we felt like visiting royalty. The second time, we were welcomed like cherished family members," says a guest. Others write reports of complimentary picnic lunches; large, comfortable beds; free snacks and drinks; and a charming antique ambiance at this restored 18th-century countryside inn. According to one reviewer, "Dining at the inn is always a very special experience with an interesting and varied menu and daily special dinner choices, such as freshly caught northern pike wrapped in house-made prosciutto. Breakfast is a bountiful buffet of freshly made muffins, coffee cakes, breads, fruit, and house made yogurt and granola along with two daily hot dishes."