Casa do Ancoradouro at Herdade da Malhainha Nova in Portugal João Guimarães
Normally at this time of year, I write an admittedly self-indulgent look back at my favorite new and new-to-me hotels of my year. (Here’s last year’s, if you’re curious.) This year, I figured I ought to skip it, because, you know.
But then I realized that I still managed to discover some fantastic places this year—places that weren’t just indulgences for me but also longtime dreams of passionate entrepreneurs (it’s not a coincidence that almost all of them are independent hotels) and workplaces for thousands of dedicated employees.
I got off to a racing start in January and February. In hindsight, those stays feel all the sweeter. I ventured out to the rest (mostly in my Portuguese backyard) during Europe’s timid summer of travel.
Was it the same as before? No, of course not. I kept to myself, bundled up to dine outdoors on chilly evenings and missed exchanging smiles with some of the friendliest and genuinely hospitable people around. Sometimes it was lonely. But that made me appreciate their hospitality even more.
Here (in alphabetical order) are my favorite discoveries of a very weird year.
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