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Whether you love a sunset dinner cruise or like to spend the time watching the boats go by, these are the best hotels for boat lovers.
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The Ben, Autograph Collection – West Palm Beach, Florida
The Ben, Autograph Collection is the first and only waterfront hotel in downtown West Palm Beach, designed after the estate of author Byrd Spilman Dewey named Ben Trovato. The 208 carefully curated guest rooms capture the spirit of the Victorian home, which served as the inspiration for the upscale hotel.
Head to the rooftop lounge and take a dip in the heated saltwater pool with expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Harbor Marina. Within walking distance of the hotel are Clematis Street, the entertainment and dining hub of West Palm Beach, and Rosemary Square, an outdoor shopping destination with retailers like Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, and Tommy Bahama.
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Hammetts Hotel – Newport, Rhode Island
Considered one of the sailing capitals of the world, Newport is a popular maritime hub and charming coastal town, earning it the nickname “Town by the Sea”. Conveniently located on the quayside, the Hammetts Hotel is a nautical-themed boutique hotel that pays homage to its historic maritime heritage with a modern aesthetic for today’s traveler.
You can dine by the water from the deck that overlooks Newport Marina, or you can browse retailers such as Johnnie-O, Holebrook, and Saltzman Watches. In May 2022, Newport will also host The sailing museum, an 8,000 square foot space dedicated to the heritage of sailing and honoring those who have shaped the sport over the years.
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Zane Gray Pueblo Hotel – Avalon, CA
About 35 miles south of Long Beach, California is an idyllic island with colorful cliffside homes that could easily be mistaken for a dreamy coastal town in Italy. Catalina Island is a popular destination for boat owners and outdoor enthusiasts who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Getting to the island requires a ferry ride from any of Southern California’s four ports or you can charter your own boat.
Nestled in the hills of Avalon, the Zane Gray Pueblo Hotel is a respite from the city’s tourist crowds and is set high enough to offer spectacular views of the casino, as well as the harbor dotted with private boats. The historic hotel, which is one of the island’s most upscale offerings, completed a full renovation in 2019 that included the addition of eight new suites and refurbished rooms.
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Balboa Bay Resort – Newport Beach, California
The Balboa Bay Resort is located on the edge of the sparkling Newport Beach harbor, offering breathtaking views of the marina. The hotel’s casual, open-air design makes it easy to linger on the property and enjoy all amenities, including a fitness studio, pool, and 10,000-square-foot spa.
Ask the hotel concierge for water excursions like boat rentals, kayaking, and paddleboarding, or explore the Balboa Peninsula, a three-mile stretch of restaurants, bars, and beautiful beaches. A five-minute drive from the resort you’ll come to Lido Marina Village, a popular outdoor retail and dining destination with trendy restaurants like Nobu and Malibu Farm.
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Sagamore Pendry Baltimore – Maryland
Located in a historic building on the Baltimore Leisure Pier, or “Rec Pier” as locals call it, the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is a luxury hotel that overlooks Inner Harbor. The historic 1914 building pays homage to the history of the town and the surrounding waterfront community of Fell’s Point, where cobblestone streets are dotted with seaside restaurants and shops.
Each of the 128 rooms is designed with warm wood tones, artwork and views of the garden courtyard, harbor or pool terrace. The hotel offers several food and beverage concepts in collaboration with NoHo Hospitality Group, including a waterside bar and grill; The Cannon Room, an American whiskey bar; and Rec Pier Chop House, a first-rate Italian chophouse.
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Edgewood Tahoe Resort – Stateline, Nevada
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and its emerald green waters make it an ideal spring and summer destination for boating enthusiasts. Water activities along the lake include kayaking, boating, fishing, and paddle boarding, to name a few. For luxury accommodations, Edgewood Tahoe is a LEED certified mountain lodge located along the south shore of Lake Tahoe overlooking the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The resort is a 20-minute drive from the Tahoe Keys Marina, the largest marina on the lake that offers all of your boating needs, including rentals. Directory Concours d’Elegance Salon Nautique en Bois in August hosted by Obexer’s Boat Company, the premier wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, brings together boat enthusiasts for one of boating’s premier events.
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The InterContinental Washington DC – The Wharf
The InterContinental Washington DC – The Wharf is an upscale property overlooking the waterfront on the edge of the Potomac River. The reinvented kilometer-long wharf is a dynamic mixed-use development with over 20 restaurants and food concepts, cultural attractions and shopping, with the hotel conveniently located at the center of it all.
Head to the rooftop terrace where you can relax by the pool while admiring the boats that sail. Guests can also enjoy sea views from the state-of-the-art fitness center or the casual riverside restaurant, The Watering Hole. Rooms are modern and stylish with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of natural light, spa-inspired bathrooms, and select rooms with panoramic river views.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey – California
At the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, guests take a front row seat to admire the beautiful cotton candy sunsets for which Los Angeles is famous. Along with the mesmerizing sunsets, the waterfront hotel offers stunning views of the glitzy yachts moored at the marina.
Guests can book a private yacht excursion or a sunset dinner cruise with the hotel concierge. Don’t miss the ultra-trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard, a short drive from the hotel, lined with trendy boutiques and some of the city’s notable restaurants, including Felix, Gjelina and Scopa – that is – say if you can book.
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Mandarin Oriental, Miami – Florida
The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami rises above the tiny island of Brickell Key, offering some of the best views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Located between South Beach and downtown Miami, the Mandarin Oriental offers luxurious accommodations in a picturesque setting.
Take a dip in the infinity pool or relax in the hotel’s 15,000 square foot spa where daily fitness classes are available on request. All 326 rooms offer water views, 10-foot ceilings, and private balconies that overlook the bay. Downtown Brickell and the trendy Wynwood Arts District are just minutes from the property, and there is no shortage of upscale dining and entertainment nearby.
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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – California
Overlooking San Diego Bay, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is across the street from Seaport Village Mall and a short distance from the San Diego Convention Center and crowded Gaslamp District. Enter the spacious and elegant lobby with high ceilings and marble floors, and admire magnificent views of the bay from the contemporary rooms or one of the two rooftop pools (one of which is adults-only).
Don’t miss the Top of the Hyatt, the 40th floor sky lounge, ideal for admiring the sunset through the floor-to-ceiling windows.