Have you ever walked into a hotel and felt like it could be anywhere? No authenticity? No sense of place? No uniqueness? Well, you won't find those here. National Geographic Traveler's 4th annual Stay List celebrates hotels that are true to the local culture. Hotels that are special.
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With the help of seasoned travelers, journalists, and local experts, Traveler discovers properties that exhibit strong local color, authenticity, a sustainability ethic, and community involvement. Further research narrows the list down to our very best picks—places you can count on for a great overnight (and cultural) experience.
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