10 Hotels I Love After 10 Years of Traveling

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Let me tell you a secret. Not a big dark secret that nobody knows it.

But more like a hidden “truth” that only my close friends and family know about it. The truth is that I have a fetish for hotels. Of course the luxurious hotels are at the top of the list, after all, I’ m only human. If it’s a sin, then forgive me. If it’s against the law, arrest me. I’m willing to pay for it. But don’t take it away from me!

I traveled the world and the seven seas

Now let me explain. It’s not that I went to one hotel here and one hotel there and I got this obsession for these fancy hotels. There was a time (in the good old days) when I used to spend more than 50% of my time living in hotels. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to.

Me at the airport

Me at the airport

Due to my previous job, I had to travel the world and move from one hotel to another in a short amount of time.

Why do I love hotels so much?

Maybe because it gave me the feeling of having one hundred homes. Maybe because the hotels were always my shelter, my own cozy place where I would come to after a hard day of work, my private space that nobody could invade and where I felt the most safe. With every new room at each hotel started a new adventure, which always made me feel comfortable and excited at the same time.

I even spent a whole full month in a hotel in LA. That was the time when I’ve learnt how it was to deal with jet lags and with the feeling of being lonely. I remember that every night I used to hug at least one pillow just to feel that I have something in my arms. Every morning at 5 am I heard how they put the newspaper under my door and I thought to myself “good morning loneliness”. I even remember that I missed the smell of my sheets at home and of my pillow.

All this travels helped me get amazing skills in packing and unpacking, in check-in and check-out, in booking the best massages and treatments, in enjoying the best room-service and more than that, in becoming best friends with the stuff of the hotels. This obviously leads to getting greatest services and tips in town: the nicest restaurants, the best parties or events. More than giving tips, those people gave me part of their time and they became part of my life. The staff at the hotels are most of the time expats (just like me) that also live in the hotel. After a while they become your family – if you feel a bit sick they will send you a soup to your room; if the Wi-Fi doesn’t work they will connect you to the office one and when you feel alone they will always try to make you as homey as possible…

Throughout all my travels, one thing stayed the same. Every time I would enter my new room, I would run to the windows to take in the beautiful view I would be accompanied by for the next few days.

I wish you all to do that in the hotels from the list below – which are my favorite hotels in the world (especially the ones with a sentimental value). They’ve brought me a lot of happiness and I’ve spent unforgettable moments either alone or with my lovely partner (thank God my husband loves hotels too!!). Each hotel I’ve been to, represents a small piece in the puzzle of my life and in each of them I’ve left a little piece of me.


Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles, USA

1. Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles, USA

The hotel where I spent a full month when I first time came to LA.

(Hello jet lag) – My loneliness is killing me oh yeah! Mondrian.


Parker Palm Springs, California, USA

2. Parker Palm Springs, California, USA

The hotel where I did my first big editorial and I had the chance to work with an amazing team.


Hotel De Russie, Rome, Italy

3. Hotel De Russie, Rome, Italy

La Dolce vita indeed – the hotel I usually stay when I’m in Rome (I also got proposed here! 🙂 )


Fonte De Medici, Tuscany, ItalyFonte De Medici, Tuscany, Italy

4. Fonte De Medici, Tuscany, Italy

My favorite place in Tuscany. In the middle of nowhere, but still surrounded with vineyards and the best Italian food.


J.K. Place, Capri J.K. Place, Capri

5. J.K. Place, Capri

The hotel where I spent my honeymoon. No more comments. 18+.


L.Raphael, Verbier, Switzerland L.Raphael, Verbier, Switzerland

6. L.Raphael, Verbier, Switzerland

Not only the place where I spent my last five birthdays but also the best quality time spent with my friends.


Eden Rock, Saint Barthélemy Eden Rock, Saint Barthélemy

7. Eden Rock, Saint Barthélemy

Heaven on Earth. My words can’t describe the beauty of this place.


Delano Hotel, Florida, USA Delano Hotel, Florida, USA

8. Delano Hotel, Florida, USA

The place to be when you are in Miami.


Alma, Tel Aviv, Israel

9. Alma, Tel Aviv, Israel

Situated in the heart of Tel Aviv, it’s my favorite escape close to home and the place where I spend my weekends (feeling home away from home).


Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

10. Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

My favorite hotel in Zurich – Unashamed luxury, it’s just perfect in every aspect. The best time to go is around Christmas



Luca Firanescu

Luca is the founder of XPATGirls.com. No, it’s not a he, but a she and she’s not Italian but Romanian. She’s currently based in sunny Tel Aviv and in her past life she was a world traveling fashion model jumping from one exotic location to the next. Her motto in life is that the world is a book – the more you see the better the story. While she has a great love for fashion and travel, her enthusiasm for social media and for advertising is greater. She began to pursue her passion when she joined the Blonde 2.0 team where she is currently working as a strategic planner. Luca loves cats, dogs and basically anything furry and she follows social media news religiously and has more apps on her iPhone than she can count.

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