North America’s Hippest Hotels

May 26, 2017

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Choosing a hotel can be an overwhelming experience – there are so many options and so many booking sites that it can be hard to know where to even start. That’s where we come in. Check out our picks for the hippest hotels in North America, from Austin to Vancouver, Seattle to Toronto and tons of places in between. Sweet dreams!

Audubon Cottages – New Orleans

Audubon Cottages. Image courtesy of the venue.

For a luxurious retreat in Nola’s French Quarter, Audubon Cottages is just the ticket. This secluded hideaway with seven refurbished bungalows is upscale, über private and intimate with its exposed brick and glorious French doors. It’s perfect for a romantic weekend or a trip with a group of friends if you want the run of the whole place.

Hotel Blu – Vancouver

Hotel Blu. Image courtesy of the venue.

Vancouver’s Hotel Blu is situated Downtown, in the midst of all the action, yet feels warm and homey. That is, if your idea of homey is two-story, loft-style rooms, inspired interior design, eco-friendly bath products and high-tech, in-room amenities, like SMART TVS, tablets and bedside USB outlets.

Hotel Max – Seattle

Hotel Max. Image courtesy of the venue.

As creative as the city itself, Seattle’s Hotel Max is awash in original art and an entire floor pays homage to the Sub Pop indie music label with in-room record players and a strong selection of vinyl. What’s more, this artsy space offers complimentary coffee, a craft beer happy hour and they’re pet-friendly.

Hotel Saint Cecilia – Austin

Hotel Saint Cecilia. Image by Allison V. Smith.

Squirreled away on a sprawling property in a forested area, Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia is all about rock ‘n’ roll luxury. Each of the 14 rooms is outfitted with turntables, iPod connections and a Geneva sound system, the chevron floor in the lounge is quite possibly the reason why #ihavethisthingwithfloors was invented and the neon sign that reads “SOUL” by the pool is the stuff of Instagram dreams.

Longman & Eagle – Chicago

Longman & Eagle. Image by Clayton Hauck for Longman & Eagle.

The offbeat inn at Longman & Eagle is a modern ode to the taverns of yore, where boozed up patrons would rest their heads after a debaucherous night. The six rooms here are both funky and cozy – almost more like a fashionable, urban dorm than the wood-paneled saloon rooms you’re probably envisioning – and staying here means that all you have to do after partaking in the food and drink downstairs is make it right upstairs to your bed.

The Drake Hotel – Toronto

The Drake Hotel. Image by Kayla Rocca.

With only 19 rooms, this eclectic, colorful accommodation is small enough to feel like a B&B, but bustling enough to exude big city vibes. More than a hotel, The Drake is a lifestyle destination in itself – there are curated art talks, half-price wine nights, a live music venue with shows every night of the week and Sky Yard, a rooftop bar that you absolutely do not want to skip out on.

The Embassy Row Hotel – Washington, D.C.

The Embassy Row Hotel. Image by Cori Sue Morris.

This zany, bright hotel located on – you guessed it – D.C.’s Embassy Row just north of Dupont Circle is decorated with enormous hands as chairs, patterned wallpaper and printed carpets. Plus, there’s a rooftop pool, a bustling café pouring up locally roasted coffee, snacks from D.C.-based companies and an innovative restaurant. If you’re looking for a little more action than that, you’re in luck: during the summer months there are Friday-night DJ sets, weekend brunch and rooftop yoga.

The Good Hotel – San Francisco

The Good Hotel. Image via haiyi-hotels.com.

This eco-friendly crashpad has a decidedly young, urban vibe. Platform beds come dressed in sheets made from the finest organic materials, and there are colorful bikes in the lobby and two Zipcars available for rent that guests can use to explore all that San Francisco has to offer. Though the rooms are small, they’re well-appointed, and this is a great spot if you’re on a budget.

The Liberty Hotel – Boston

The Liberty Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

Once upon a time, The Liberty Hotel was a prison. Literally. But a couple hundred years and a $150 million renovation later, it’s now a swanky, glam hotel and Boston nightlife fixture. There are two restaurants and four bars here – linked by catwalks – and around 9pm, the lobby goes from a high-end lounge to a hopping party spot. As for the rooms, there are floor-to-ceiling windows with majestic skyline views, luxe sheets, towels and bathrobes and playful nods to the building’s past, like wall art made out of old-school keys.

The Vagabond Hotel – Miami

The Vagabond Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

If you’re looking for old-school nostalgia in Miami, look no further than The Vagabond Hotel. This Miami Modernist treasure was a Rat Pack hangout back in the day, and the hotel is now known for its retro streak – think mid-century furnishings in vivid hues and mosaics of mermaids and dolphins – as well as for its killer bar. Plus, it’s just oh-so Instagrammable.

Wythe Hotel – New York City

Wythe Hotel. Image by Adrian Gaut.

Though you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to boutique hotels in New York City, Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel is hard to beat. Mixing industrial elements like exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling warehouse windows with sleek furnishings and designer wallpaper, this lodging exudes Brooklyn cool. Plus, the hotel’s rooftop bar, The Ides, has (arguably) the best views of the Manhattan skyline.

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