If you’re looking for somewhere to staycate (verb: the act of having a staycation) or if you’re traveling through New York or Nashville and want a truly unique accommodation experience, allow me to introduce you to the Urban Cowboy. Situated in both Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Nashville, Tennessee is this quirky, bed and breakfast/hostel-inspired hotel. With the trend of staying in Airbnb’s rather than traditional hotel options still widely on the rise, Lyon Porter wanted to introduce an option that combines the luxuries of staying in a hotel while still incorporating a strong local, community-based vibe that comes along with staying in other’s homes.
When you are traveling, the best way to truly understand and appreciate the culture of the city and neighborhood you are in is to fully immerse yourself, much like a local resident would. We all know the drill by this point- find cool coffee shops on Instagram and track down those highly rated bars “where the locals go” to swing by rather than taking suggestions from hotel staff or traditional travel websites.
What Porter did in Brooklyn is sure to become something that we’ll see more and more often in cities across the world. He bought a house in Williamsburg that he originally intended to turn into rental apartments. However after an eye-opening trip to a Nicaraguan surf camp, he decided that he would rather embark on a creative project bringing people from all walks of life together. Think: Ordering Seamless with other guests rather than having room service alone.
Besides his overall mission (which is totally awesome)—individual rooms and bathrooms for privacy and comfort, but communal living spaces and activities—the design of the establishment itself is awe-inducing and highly photographable. While certain stereotypes of the area make some folks cringe, Porter jokes it off and still aims to give people the most authentic Brooklyn experience as possible. In the end, if you’re traveling here for the ultimate experience, you’re of course going to share Instagram photos of tiled floors and plants galore!
From exposed brick walls and wood beams to the rich dark wood floors, clawfoot tubs and open-layout kitchen, it’s clear the interior design of the hotel has made it popular with all kinds of people. Along with the help of interior designer Renee Mee, Porter has assembled a look that is made up of scavenged items from both near and far.
If you’re looking for a truly unique stay that includes the owner having breakfast with you before he heads to work and then joining you for a yoga class and a BBQ in the backyard, than the Urban Cowboy is the place for you!
What other unique travel options have you heard about or tried? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!