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Summer is not over yet, so you know what that means! Grab your family, significant other, kids or friends and have one last summer getaway. Rather than staying at a big hotel chain, try out a boutique hotel to experience the unique style and charm of the city that you’re staying in. Check out some of our favorite places to rest up after a long day of wandering!
Boston’s The Verb Hotel
The structure of The Verb Hotel has been in Fenway since 1959, and thanks to some passionate folks, it has since been restored and reopened. The restoration of this iconic spot was a long process of making sure its culture, story and style stayed in tact. The hotel is described as having “its mix of finger-on-the-cultural pulse, urban charm and sense of community, that has always played a big part in the hotel’s personality” and that’s one of the reasons why we’re such big fans. If you’re a fan of Mid-century style and loads of character or are a sports fan in general, it’s proximity to the Green Monster will leave you in awe (you can even get a room with a ballpark view), then enjoying a stay here is a must.
Chicago’s The James Hotel
This luxurious spot will leave you wanting to move in permanently and not have to check out at all! Besides this hotel’s above and beyond taste in interior design (anywhere that has an Eames lounge chair at my beck and call sounds good to me) they also support local businesses and eco-friendly products and services. From plants in your room (yes, not fake!) sourced from Sprout Home to eco-friendly pillows and public bikes to avoid hopping in the car (plus, cute Paul Frank bikes are available for the kids), you’ll have a great time while also living as a conscious consumer. Another cool aspect that we’re crazy about? They have an app so you can request housekeeping, schedule a spa appointment, make dinner reservations and order in-room dining all at the tap of a button! No need to lift a hand when you’re on vacation, am I right?
Los Angeles’ The Line Hotel
Have I been obsessed with The Line Hotel for a while now? Maybe, and you should be too! This Koreatown-based hot spot leaves you in the perfect area for exploring the hippest parts of town. The hotel itself is designed to perfection with the help of vintage pieces, designer gems and accessories from local makers. There are two things in particular that give this hotel major bonus points. Their poolside, green-house restaurant Commissary is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your surroundings, while indulging on a healthy, trend inspired meal. The other awesome thing about this hotel is that it’s home to Poketo, a lifestyle boutique and workshop that has classes for design, art, food, social media, business, technology and so much more.
New York’s The Nomad Hotel
If you’re looking for some serious style and glamour, then these are the digs for you. The Nomad is designed to represent the classical and grand sense of old Europe, while also incorporating the aesthetic of Manhattan. Each room is designed with hand picked pieces, custom furniture and all original artwork. The beautiful floors are reclaimed wood and accompanied by vintage Heriz rugs, so even your feet with be enjoying the luxury of design. Some of the coolest aspects of this hotel are the events that happen there. The Magician is a show which takes you through an evening of magic, mystery and deception (check out the trailer here!)
San Francisco’s Hotel Zetta
Ok, so you’re in one of the coolest cities in the world so the last thing on your mind is probably “I wonder how environmentally friendly this hotel is?” Well, luckily you have us here to fill you in! If you think of how much excess can potentially come from hotels, you’ll probably think twice about leaving the lights on while you’re not in the room! Hotel Zetta (and all Viceroy hotels) take their sustainable efforts very seriously. The hotel uses biodegradable cleaning products, has an intensive recycling program, has a water and energy saving plan, and has energy efficient lighting (amongst various other things!) A perk for you is that if you decide to opt out of nightly housekeeping services, you instead receive credit to your in-room minibar or free access to 24-hour WiFi in your room. Sounds like a good trade-off to us! Besides the awesome eco-friendly aspects, you’ll also be surrounded by all types of local art. The hotel is located in the hottest art district, SoMa, so it only makes sense that various art from San Francisco locals is on exhibit all over the hotel—above your head, below your feet, in stairwells and everywhere else imaginable!
Philadelphia’s Hotel Palomar
Being in such a historic area such as Philadelphia, you may think it would be hard to find a trendy hotel to stay in. After a long day of visiting the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross’ house, you may be looking for something a little more modern to end your day with. Hotel Palomar will hook you up with all the amenities you are looking for! Besides the fact that this hotel is a LEED gold certified eco-friendly hotel, it also gets you set up with everything you need to enjoy your stay in the quaint city of Philly. From bikes for your use to personal yoga mats in each room for your morning zen moments—Hotel Palomar wants to make sure you have a true vacation experience. How about some free wine? Is that something that intrigues you? Well, swing by the hotel general living room area at 5 PM and enjoy some socially responsible wines with fellow hotel guests.
Washington DC’s The Graham Hotel
When hanging in DC, you may not necessarily want to situate yourself right in the middle of all the happenings. Instead, visit the quainter area of Georgetown where you can relax and spend some time away from downtown DC. The Graham Hotel is home to some swanky bars and restaurants that will give you a great way to spend your evenings while in town. Pay a visit to The Alex and enjoy the steampunk decor and aesthetic, and of course the food and drinks. The coolest design aspect you have to be sure not to miss? The twenty-foot brass pipe ceiling installation with crystal decanter light fixtures!
Do you have any favorite boutique hotels? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!