Back in the day, you may have thought your hotel was just a place to drop your bags, shower, and steal a couple hours of sleep after a day of sightseeing. But with the uptick of super-stylish pads with personalized amenities and travel-like-a-local programming, jetsetters are more inclined than ever to choose their next destination based on the accommodations. It makes a ton of sense, since a hotel could make or break your trip. These seven new boutique hotels all share impressive design, cool locations, and amazing perks that’ll turn your hotel stay into a memorable experience — whether you choose to leave the property or not. Go ahead and put in for your vacation days RN and start booking.
1. The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga, TN: In the last few years, Chattanooga’s become a trendy base camp for adventure travelers looking to get their thrills with a side of Southern charm. The Dwell Hotel takes the scene to a chic new level, drawing a fresh set of design-minded visitors with its 16 bright, retro-inspired rooms that couldn’t be more perfectly suited for your Insta feed.
Don’t Miss: Matilda Midnight, the hotel’s bar, is illuminated by hundreds of tiny lights that line the ceiling and serves up some of the best mixed drinks and tapas in town.
2. Ojai Rancho Inn, Ojai, CA: The couple behind the Shelter Social Club rejuvenated a 1950s roadside motel, modernizing the decor but keeping that vintage feel. It’s now a dreamy desert escape with an impeccably decorated, rustic campus punctuated by locally made wares and plenty of succulents. LA’s jet-setting crowd loves the inn, but the couple is doing their part to preserve the town’s history and low-key vibe.
Don’t Miss: The Heather Levine pendant chandeliers, which were custom-made for the hotel to reflect its subtly modern style. Oh, and the pool is pretty great too.
Nearby Hotspot: Knead Baking Company is the perfect spot to hit for a snack or lunch. Just try not to get addicted to their handmade fruit tarts and hearty bread sandwiches baked by the mother-and-daughters team. (via Ojai Rancho Inn)
3. The Asbury, Asbury, NJ: Between The Jersey Shore and Hurricane Sandy, the town of Asbury took a hard hit in recent years. But thanks to a bevy of new restaurants, shops, parks, and chic hotels like The Asbury, the beachside enclave is undergoing a renaissance. The inn, made up of 110 colorful rooms housed in an old Salvation Army building, is packed with amenities (outdoor movies, DJ sets at night, rooftop food truck, art shows), but the owners’ aim is to get people to fall in love with the city. They opted against a full-service restaurant to encourage folks to go out on the town, and personalized maps in each room point visitors toward the types of things they’d want to see.
Don’t Miss: The 4,600 square foot terrace, called Baronet, where the staff screens outdoor movies and hosts wellness programs, like sunrise yoga.
4. The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, NY: Long gone are the days when people would come to New York just to visit Manhattan. Brooklyn now holds its own as a coveted destination. Williamsburg Hotel opened earlier this year with 150 rooms adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows, industrial fixtures, and some of the comfiest beds we’ve come across in a long time. The property is close to popular shopping and eating areas, while also being removed enough from the bustle that you can actually enjoy some peace and quiet.
Don’t Miss: The morning breakfast, with homemade granola and treats from Brooklyn Bread Lab. Keep an eye out for the soon-to-open water tower and subterraneans eateries and drinking dens.
5. The Dewberry, Charleston, SC : Charleston is quite possibly one of the loveliest and most charming cities in the US, so it’s no wonder that its new destination hotel would be quite the looker. The hotel blends Southern elegance with mid-century nods that make for a space that’s seriously cool and fresh.
Don’t Miss: Your room’s minibar. It’s updated seasonally and curated by the chef.
Local Hotspots: Pack roomy clothes; you won’t want to pass up Charleston’s culinary delights. At the top of our list are restaurateur Brooks Reitz’s high-meets-low establishments, like Little Jack’s Tavern and Leon’s Oyster Shop. (via The Dewberry)
6. Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club, Waikiki, HI: Surfjack reclaims the rich art and hang-10 surf culture of 1960s Waikiki. It’s located about a mile from the beach, so you’re more likely to be sharing space with peeps who are more into what’s local and less into all-inclusive fabricated resorts. Elements of the real Hawaii pop up everywhere — from the headboards made by beach brand Tori Richards to the handmade wallpaper and reed ceilings.
Don’t Miss: Ask for a pool view to take a pic of the “Wish You Were Here” sign inscribed on the bottom of the swimming pool.
7. 21C Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK: When a 21C moves into town, you know there’s some cool ish going on in that destination. First it was Louisville, KY, then Bentonville, AR, among others. Now in OKC, the art-centric hotel brand moves into a former Model-T Ford plant, complete with 14,000 square feet of gallery space.
Don’t Miss: The free, docent-led tours that trace the expansive hotel collection every Wednesday and Friday.
Local Hotspots: Continue the cultural kick at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art a few blocks away. Or take advantage of the fact that you’re in cowboy country to learn a thing or two at the National Cowboy Museum. (via 21C Museum Oklahoma City)
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