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The Most Underrated Boutique Hotels in the US

Apr 25 2014 - 2:15pm

"Home away from home" is something you've heard a million times before, but there's nothing like a great boutique hotel [1] to actually deliver that experience. When you're planning your Summer vacation, do us a favor, and ditch the megahotels for these under-the-radar places that offer smaller settings and outstanding decor details. Just don't blame us when you find yourself canceling all your exploration plans to stay in and relax.

Source: Mondrian South Beach [2]

Palihouse, West Hollywood

Out with the old, in with the new. Palihouse [3] has been in Los Angeles for about six years now, but the boutique hotel underwent a makeover a few months ago, and boy, are the results great. The updates? More vibrant colors, souped-up seating, and lots of dark wood.

Source: Palihouse [4]

The consensus: it's modern without being cold, trendy without trying too hard.

Source: Facebook user Palihouse [5]

Ruschmeyer’s, Montauk

Planning to be on the East Coast anytime soon? Do yourself a favor, and book a stay at Ruschmeyer’s [6] in Montauk, NY. With amenities like ping-pong tables, bicycles, and tepees, this lakeside retreat definitely encourages playfulness.

Source: Ruschmeyer's [7]

Plus, with cabin-like guest rooms [8] that circle a central lawn, the entire compound has a nostalgic, Summer-camp feel.

Source: Ruschmeyer's [9]

Kimber Modern, Austin

Austin, TX, has no shortage of stellar hotels, but the Kimber Modern [10] is the one to beat. Plus, its minimalist design makes it feel more like a retreat than a hotel.

Source: Kimber Modern [11]

Inviting colors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sprawling outdoor lounge areas make it hard to ever want to leave.

Source: Kimber Modern [12]

The Nines, Portland

Sure, Portland may be known for its hipster style, but there's also serious elegance to be discovered in the rainy Oregon city. Like The Nines [13], a boutique hotel that sits inside the landmark Meier & Frank Building.

Source: Flickr user Jeremy Keith [14]

The design mixes bold, modern concepts and traditional elements, like an elegant chandelier and a Louis XIV chair. Learn more about the look [15], straight from one of the hotel's lead designers.

Source: The Nines [16]

Hotel ZaZa, Dallas

Head to uptown Dallas, and you'll get a taste of sass at the Hotel ZaZa [17]. The spot has a very eclectic and edgy feel that meshes modern and classic styles. You'll find bold upholsteries, loud colors, and breathtaking chandeliers.

Source: Hotel ZaZa [18]

In addition to standard rooms with Mediterranean styles, the hotel boasts a bunch of suites and rooms with fun themes like Bohemia, Zen, and Shag-a-Delic. Ooh la la!

Source: Hotel ZaZa [19]

The George, Washington DC

Right in the heart of the Capitol Hill district in Washington DC is where you'll find The George [20]. It describes itself as a "bold boutique hotel of revolutionary spirit," and with one look at the place, you know it's hard to argue.

Source: Facebook user Hotel George — A Kimpton Hotel [21]

The hotel actually underwent a renovation in January and got a bona fide makeover. New touches reference American history, like the parchment and ink wallpaper that depicts George Washington's inaugural address and accent pillows based on his famous uniform. Fun!

Source: Facebook user Hotel George — A Kimpton Hotel [22]

Mondrian South Beach, Miami

Looking for a place that's stylish, superfun, and convenient? The Mondrian hotel in Miami [23] has you covered. Every single guest who stays there raves about the fabulous pool area, with its expansive views of the water and city skyline. "Dreamy" is really the only way to describe it.

Source: Mondrian South Beach [24]

You might find it hard to leave the pool area, but the hotel interiors are just as gorgeous. We're big fans of the funky accents throughout the property, like large lightbulb chandeliers, eye-catching artwork, and a black floating staircase.

Source: Mondrian South Beach [25]

Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

Wowza! The Wythe Hotel opened in 2012, but the eight-story building dates back to 1901, when it was a cooperage. What we love about the space [26] is that is brings modern chicness to the original industrial architectural. Case in point: timber ceilings and vintage mirrors.

Source: Wythe Hotel [27]

Only from the Wythe Hotel do you get breathtaking views of Manhattan from the private roof decks and many of the guest rooms.

Source: Wythe Hotel [28]

Bungalow, Long Branch

Would you believe us if we told you that you'd find one of the country's best hotels at the Jersey shore in Long Branch, NJ? It's true. Bungalow [29] was designed by the supertalented husband-and-wife duo Bob and Cortney Novogratz [30] — so you know it's gotta be good.

Source: Bungalow [31]

Filled with pops of bright color and tasteful nautical decor (plus access to a private beach club), Bungalow is the ultimate Summer destination. Hamptons what?!

Source: Bungalow [32]

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

You've probably heard of the Ace hotels before, and the downtown Los Angeles location [33] is the newest kid on the block after opening in January of this year. While the outside facade might reflect Spanish gothic style, the inside is an entirely different story.

Source: Facebook user Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles [34]

The laid-back rooms, bohemian decor, pool area, and three bars are major reasons to book a stay here, but we're especially excited about a restored, dazzling United Artists Theater that promises plenty of shows.

Source: Facebook user Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles [35]

The Viceroy, Palm Springs

Since its opening in the 1930s, Viceroy [36] has set the standard for other Palm Springs hotels. And anyone headed for a vacation in the desert will be happy to know that the hotel offers three pools and other spa amenities for the ultimate resort experience.

Source: Viceroy Hotel [37]

Another thing we love about the place is that it continues to reflect old-Hollywood style with a mix of classic and contemporary pieces. Not to mention, the pops of yellow throughout the property give off a retro vibe.

Source: Viceroy Hotel [38]

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

Check several lists about the best design hotels in NYC, and the Gramercy Park Hotel [39] is often left out. Not OK! The hotel is so worth staying at because it gives even bigger places like the Waldorf-Astoria a serious run for their money.

Source: Facebook user Gramercy Park Hotel [40]

Talk about a regal feel. Step inside, and you won't be able to look away from the bold hues or handcrafted details (those carpets!) scattered throughout the hotel. Designed in 1925, the property today boasts a collection of 20th-century artwork — like pieces from Andy Warhol — that are reason alone to visit.

Source: Gramercy Park Hotel [41]


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