Pictured: Virgin Hotels New Orleans. Photo courtesy of hotel.
A tone-setting moment during any trip happens just after your hotel door clicks open and you step into the room. You’ve, knowingly or not, mentally prepared for and expected a specific outcome during this fleeting instant since you’ve booked your stay. As you take the first steps in, what happens next is instantaneous: You process complex visual, tactile, auditory and olfactory information in a nanosecond and then it hits you. You either freaking love this room or you don’t.
We’re here to help you love the next room you book. The hotels we’ve listed below, all culled from our hotel page, lean into an interesting mix of music, food, art or design concepts to create a unique sense of place and notable experiences. In short, we love these hotels and think you will too. For more info on each, visit the full hotel overview linked below.
Hotel Saint Cecilia (Austin)
Verb Hotel (Boston)
A hip but affordable boutique hotel in the shadow of Fenway Park that feels like a midcentury music lounge. It’s perfect if you are looking for uniquely designed lodging on a budget or are a die-hard Red Sox fan wanting to stay as close to Fenway as possible. [See more.]
Skyline Lodge (Highlands, N.C.)
Hotel Zaza (Houston)
Private cabins and log-filled rooms next to Flat Creek with a seven-acre nature preserve. There’s easy access to outdoor adventure, a deluxe spa and plenty of seclusion for a romantic immersion in nature. [See more.]
21c Museum Hotel (Lexington)
Life House, Little Havana (Miami)
Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel (Milwaukee)
Art permeates everything in this massive downtown hotel, from the tiles in the shower to a galley in the lobby. [See more.]
This country music fever dream is filled with design Easter eggs, from the custom carpet to the drawer handles. [See more.]
In a town where winter can’t come soon enough, the newly opened Tälta Lodge has been created with adventure-seeking adrenaline junkies in mind. [See more.]