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Bucket List Hotels in the US, Caribbean, and Canada

I love hotels. I always have. I love exploring new places, seeing new amenities, and being around new people. While I appreciate hotels that are comfortable and convenient, I especially like hotels that are unique and luxurious. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to stay at a few of my bucket list hotels in the US, Caribbean, and Canada, but I’m still working on visiting some of the others ones. Here are my bucket list hotels in the US, Caribbean, and Canada. Did I miss any of yours?

10 bucket list hotels in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, including hotels in San Diego, Quebec City, and Hawaii.

Disclosure: I received complimentary stays at the Grand Floridian, Atlantis, Shutters on the Beach, and Beaches. I also went on a press trip hard hat tour of Aulani when it was under construction (at no cost). All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us.

Grand Floridian, Walt Disney World, Florida

This luxurious hotel adjacent to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World truly is grand. While I think some of the other resorts (Pop Century, Coronado Springs, the Beach Club), are more appropriate for younger kids, the Grand Floridian is an adult’s paradise. Offering delicious restaurants (including the fabulous Victoria and Alberts) as well as a relaxing spa, the Grand Floridian is an oasis among the busyness of Walt Disney World.

See reviews of the Grand Floridian here.

Chateau Frontenac Quebec City

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada

This was the very first hotel on my hotel bucket list. I admired it when I was  child visiting Quebec City and I knew one day I would make it my mission to stay there. During the Women in Travel Summit this past spring, I finally had the opportunity. This gorgeous hotel is the centerpiece of the Quebec City skyline, and offers comfortable rooms, wonderful amenities, fabulous service, and delicious food, all in a beautiful historic location.

See reviews of the Chateau Frontenac here.

Salish Lodge and Spa, Washington

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Salish Lodge in Washington State, but I’ve admired it from afar. Located about 30 minutes from Seattle and Redmond (where I lived), the Salish Lodge overlooks the beautiful Smoqualmie Falls. It offers a spa, several restaurants, and luxurious, recently-renovated rooms.

See reviews of the Salish Lodge and Spa here.

The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville

I first stayed at the Gaylord Opryland during a conference. When I returned home, my kids absolutely loved seeing my pictures and wanted to go. Two years ago, we decided to go to over Thanksgiving, and they are still talking about how much they love it. This one of a kind resort is located right outside of Nashville, and is one of the largest hotels I’ve been in.

It offers several atriums filled with plants and flowers, as well as a river complete with riverboat ride. Splurge for an atrium-view room and you’ll love drinking your morning coffee while looking out at the beauty of the resort. While there are several other beautiful Gaylord resorts with similar aesthetics, I think the Gaylord Opryland is the most unique.

See reviews of the Gaylord Opryland here.

Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA

This resort, located on Coronado island in San Diego, California, is the architectural inspiration for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. My family loves visiting San Diego, and this resort looks like it would be a fun place to visit. As a beachfront resort, it’s perfect for any family that enjoys both the city and the beach.

See reviews of the Hotel del Coronado here.

Disney’s Aulani, Hawaii

I had the opportunity to get a hard-hat tour of Disney’s Aulani when it was being built years ago. I’d love to return to see the finished product at some point (although it is a LONG flight). When I was there, it was obvious that like everything else Disney does, this was going to be a property that clearly catered to families. From the kids’ clubs to the character meals to the beach/pool amenities, Disney’s Aulani is definitely a must-visit in Hawaii.

See reviews of Disney’s Aulani here.

NYC Plaza

I love staying in New York City, and the Plaza seems like it would be the ultimate in luxury. Located right by Central Park and the world-famous 5th Avenue, the New York City Plaza is a luxurious Fairmont-managed property. It offers a spa, salon, and shops, as well as afternoon tea.

See reviews of the NYC Plaza here.

Shutters on the Beach

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA

As a beach (and celebrity) lover, this property, literally right on the beach in Santa Monica, was always on my bucket list. During a press event years ago, I finally had the opportunity to visit. The coastal, beachy decor/vibe is relaxing and beautiful and the resort is so conveniently located. During my brief stay, I enjoyed a beach walk each morning. The hotel is just steps from the Santa Monica pier – perfect for early morning pictures. In addition to the beachfront location, Shutters on the Beach also offers a spa, fitness center, and pool.

See more reviews here.

Beaches Turks and Caicos

In 2018, I attended an event at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, and I absolutely loved it. I was solo during my stay, but I knew I’d have to return with my family. We planned our trip for February 2019, and my kids absolutely loved it.

It’s an all-inclusive resort, which makes things so much more convenient. There are so many amenities and activities for families, including kids’ clubs, water sports, a water park, entertainment, and more. Younger kids will love all of the Sesame Street activities. There are many different accommodation options, so you’ll likely find the best place for your family.

Take a look at Beaches Turks and Caicos booking bonuses here.

Atlantis Bahamas Paradise Island

Almost everyone has seen photos of this spectacular resort ascending from the Caribbean Sea. There’s so much for families to enjoy at this iconic resort that it’s definitely worth visit. I originally visited with my family on a cruise ship excursion, but it wasn’t enough time to really enjoy all of the amenities.

My son and I later returned for a longer stay during a press trip, and absolutely loved our visit. Between the Aquaventure water park, the aquarium, the beautiful beaches, the fabulous entertainment, and the fun pools, you’ll definitely never be bored.

See our review of the Atlantis Bahamas resort here.

TWA Hotel Connie

TWA Hotel

Aviation lovers will absolutely have to include this hotel on their bucket list. It’s the rare airport hotel that becomes a destination in itself, and the TWA Hotel has enough fun amenities and touches to make it a bucket list visit. If you are fascinated by the history of flying, book a runway view room and spend some time on the rooftop pool which overlooks the runways. 

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