5 Stylish And Comfortable American Boutique Hotels
The right accommodations can either make or break a trip. Having a clean and comfortable place to stay is satisfactory, but there are some establishments that go above and beyond to make guests feel at home. Whether you are seeking luxurious amenities, a dose of American history, or an ultra-modern space to rest your head, the following are some unique hotels to discover, listed in no particular order.
#1 on the list is Lokal. Describing itself as Philadelphia's first "invisible service" boutique hotel, it welcomes guests to experience the city like a local. There is no front desk or onsite staff, which encourages visitors to feel as if they are at home. All of the services and amenities are available via a touchscreen, allowing for a custom-tailored experience. Besides the flagship location in Old City, Lokal has expanded to Fishtown, Cape May, and South Jersey.
The business was founded by husband and wife team Chad and Courtney Ludeman, who wanted to open a design-driven hotel that felt modern and homey. In each room, an iPad is available that is connected to a few select apps, enabling guests to order takeout, groceries, and other key services. Those who prefer in-person assistance can request for a real-life staff member to help with check-in, answer questions, or address any needs.
Built in 1882, the Hotel Providence is #2 on the list. Situated in the heart of Downtown Providence's historic theater district, this establishment is inspired by writers like Leo Tolstoy, Lord Byron, and Alexandre Dumas. Spaces are filled with classic novels, art, and original local finds. From the cultural exhibitions in the lobby and oil paintings in the guestrooms, to jazz and film screenings, this institution is passionate about connecting its guests with pieces of Rhode Island history and artistic expression.
Fusing urban elements with small-town charm, the Hotel is decorated to showcase antique furnishings and custom pieces by local artists. Rooms are equipped with climate-control thermostats, a professional workspace, flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, and mini-fridges. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary WiFi, and to enjoy in-room dining for quiet nights or lazy mornings in.
At #3, the Kimber Modern is tucked away within Downtown Austin's vibrant SoCo district. Designed to be comfortable, bright, and technologically sophisticated, the boutique hotel offers a unique escape for urban travelers. In each room, a custom maple bed and desk integrate with the hotel's style. The frosted glass bathrooms contrast with a sleek molded maple reading chair that fits into a light-filled nook. Keyless entry eliminates the stress of checking in, and complimentary wireless internet is found throughout the premises.
The common area is the hub of the hotel. Here, sliding glass floor-to-ceiling doors create harmony with the courtyard. The walls are hung with artist Margo Sawyer's metal boxes and a painting by Gretchen Gammell, while a modern rug covers the floor. In the kitchen, there is a European style self-serve coffee system, as well as a wet bar offering still and sparkling waters and Italian sodas.
Located atop San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, the Hotel Drisco takes the #4 spot. Dating back to 1903, Edwardian design elements imbue this establishment with traditional details. Modern amenities have been added to the common areas and rooms to make every guest's stay enjoyable, without compromising any aesthetic features.
The rooms and suites are outfitted with pillow-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton triple sheets, goose-down comforters, and Merino wool throws and pillows made exclusively for the Hotel. Downstairs, a complimentary wine reception is held each evening in the dining room, where a rotating selection of California wines as well as an array of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, and hors d’oeuvres are served.
Ending the list at #5, The Jefferson has been operating since 1923, when it was formerly a residential apartment complex. The Beaux Arts building by architect Jules Henri de Sibour was the first to be erected on 16th St. between Lafayette Square and Scott Circle. It was converted into a hotel in 1955, and quickly became an address of choice for discerning travelers to Washington, DC.
Today, guests can enjoy The Jefferson's unique collection of antique furnishings, curated art, and library of books. During the structure's two-year renovation, a large skylight was discovered in the lobby, which had been covered since World War II. This boutique establishment now combines modern-day amenities with an abundance of historical influences for guests to experience.