Need I tell you that I love hotels?Not only for the earthly pleasures they offer, from luxurious linens and ravishing views to spas, restaurants, and concierges, but also for the possibilities they hold. Who knows what unexplored frontiers in pampering and comfort await, even at properties that are tried-and-true?The best of them are always evolving—and staying a few steps ahead of the trends. (I recently came to the conclusion that the smartest way to navigate the thicket of options for 32- and 42-inch flat-screen TV's is to be a guest at a variety of newly opened or renovated hotels; I can assure you that I have a leg up on choosing, should the need occur.)
Sometimes it's the very small things that count—like a panelof outlets on the desk, or directions for high-speed Internet access that even I could follow (well, maybe with a little drop-by visit from the Hong Kong hotel's technical concierge). I was less delighted to see a pair of bodyguards outside my room in this same tower, guarding not me but the guy next door. These days, one wonders, and hopes for simple explanations—especially after reading T+L articles editor George Kalogerakis's tribute to hotel detectives in "Behind Closed Doors". I can understand the intimate appeal of inns and hideaways—like those represented in Christopher Petkanas's story on the latest private-house auberges in the south of France, or in Nathan Lump's report on a constellation of divine guesthouses in the Winelands of South Africa—which are all proudly flat-screen TV-free zones. As for the new Four Seasons in Costa Rica, I can't wait to experience for myself this extraordinary fusion of hospitality and nature.
Who doesn't love a great hotel?With this in mind, every June we present the results of our annual World's Best Awards for service. This month, we also introduce our first-ever Go to a Hotel Month celebration, with 50 exclusive deals for T+L readers, opportunities that provide value—and not only in the dollar sense. Going to a good hotel is good for you.