If there’s one thing to learn from Anthony Bourdain’s hit CNN travel docuseries, Parts Unknown, it’s that good travel experiences should be anything but cookie-cutter. He taught us to seek out hand-crafted meals and throw any notion of a comfort zone to wind, showed us and that there are few occasions not improved by a cold beer or a stiff cocktail, and that random acts of kindness from a total stranger are one of life’s greatest joys. A good hotel should embody these characteristics, he believed, writing on the (sadly defunct) li.st app, “A hotel where I know immediately where I am when I open my eyes in the morning is a rare joy.”
“I want to find a hotel in a neighborhood that has charm and character — the sort of place where I can walk to a café, sit down and feel the place,” Bourdain told Money in a 2018 interview. “One with a unique look — old colonial hotels are a favorite.” These were Bourdain’s favorite hotels, according to his list entitled “Hotel Slut (That’s Me)“.