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The Hotel Verneuil

I sit typing this in the very large Ludovisi Room at the Westin Excelsior in Rome on the very first day of my summer vacation with Ursula. While a fine hotel and the perfect place for my daughter and myself to land for one night after a nightflight from NYC and a ton of jet lag, it is not what I would consider a cozy, home away from home experience.

So, as I lay awake early this morning, I began to run through my mind the very few, and very special places that I have stayed in the world that have been very much like homes away from home.

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The Ludovisi Room this morning at the Westin Excelsior here in Rome. It's a big place, but a LOVELY breakfast!

These places really make being in a foreign, strange country seem comfortable and beautiful. They are typically not grand or luxurious in the usual way, and they are usually small in scale, though they CAN be expensive at times. Always there are people, proprietors or otherwise, who run the place and whom you seem to come to know like old friends within a very short time. I suppose that this being Apartment Therapy you wouldn't expect it any other way. Even when we travel, it's Home that we wish to find.

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Nisanyan House Hotel in Turkey - very much worth going out of your way for...

So, despite the fact that I'm on vacation, I thought I'd dash off a post first thing this morning, append my own short list and see if I could entice all of you to add to it. We'll comb the comments and use them to add to the list over time. The only rule for this list is the following:

You must have personally stayed in the place you recommend!

Thanks to all of you in advance and happy trails.

USA
  Martha's Vinyard
  The Outermost Inn
EUROPE
  Dublin
  Number 31, Leeson Close
  Florence
  JK Place
  Paris
  Hotel Vernueil
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
  The Grenadines
  Petit St. Vincent
TURKEY
  Sirince - Selçuk
  Nisanyan House Hotel

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.