From an 1800s Creole hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter to a secluded three room home on the North Shore of Kauai, there are amazing hotels across the country, each with their own unique story and amenities.
From budget-friendly stays to once-in-a-lifetime splurges, we’ve rounded up our bucket-list favorites in each state across the country to help inspire your future travels.
Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama is a boutique Autograph Collection property. The property offers guests the opportunity to attend cooking and wine blending classes — and has a billiards room and rooftop farm-to-table restaurant.
Alyeska Resort is a beautiful ski resort at the foot of the Chugach mountain range in Anchorage. There are dozens of winter and summer activities planned for guests to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape.
The Scott Resort & Spa in Phoenix is a desert oasis. In addition to the spa services, the property also has an amazing pool and fire pits so guests can enjoy the crisp desert air at any time of day.
Lookout Point Inn is a premium B&B with sprawling views of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Each morning the innkeepers treat guests to a gourmet breakfast on the patio beside the property’s waterfall.
Tower 23 sits right on the Pacific Ocean in the quintessential Southern Californian town of San Diego. The property is colorful and airy and features a great outdoor space to gather and enjoy the onsite bar and restaurant.
Tivoli Lodge is right at the base of the Vail Ski Resort and is an enchanting place to visit in the winter months. Spend all day on the mountain and then retreat back to the lobby for complimentary fresh cookies, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider to warm up with.
The Mayflower in Litchfield County is the actual hotel that inspired Amy Sherman-Palladino to create Gilmore Girls, but unlike the quaint B&B in the TV show, the actual Mayflower is at the height of luxury with an onsite spa and an amazing concierge to plan your stay for you.
Dogfish Inn is a brand extension of the popular craft brewery, created with “beer and nature lovers in mind.” Guests can expect kitschy details, cozy fire pits, and lawn games — and easy access to the Dogfish brewery.
The Paradise Inn in Key West is very aptly named, as each of the private cottages has beautiful views of lush greenery and white sand beaches. After a day shopping and dining your way through downtown Key West, the Inn is a welcome retreat to relax and rejuvenate.
Barnsley Resort is a quintessential Southern estate that offers guests everything from golf lessons and spa services to canoeing and horseback riding in the surrounding hills. Around the original home is Barnsley Village, a network of quaint pathways through the resort gardens.
The Palmwood house sits on five acres of private land on the North Shore of Kauai. There are only three guest suites, so your stay is tranquil and peaceful whether you’re hiking the Palmwood estate or napping by the pool.
The Harkness Hotel in Idaho is in a central location just a few hours from Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and Salt Lake City. The hotel itself is a nationally recognized historic property and was originally the McCammon State Bank building. The design and architecture of every room is unique.
The Robey in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood is housed in a 1920s office building that has been reimagined with an eclectic mix of modern furnishings against original fixturing. The rooftop lounge gives guests beautiful views of the city skyline.
Schenck Mansion is a luxury bed and breakfast in the Vevay Historical District. The mansion was built in the 1800s and is furnished as it would have been when it was a family home with Victorian furnishings and luxurious drapery.
Fillenwarth Beach Resort on Iowa’s West Lake Okoboji is a quintessential American destination for summer activities at the lake. Guests have access to paddle boats, water skis, tennis courts, shuffleboard — the list goes on and on.
The Ambassador Hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and like each of the properties in the portfolio, the Ambassador combined chic, modern décor within a building filled with history. The property once housed Wichita’s Union National Bank but now offers guests an Italian steakhouse and easy access to the city.
21c Museum Hotel in Louisville is part nationally acclaimed art museum with rotating exhibits every month. In addition to the museum, guests also have access to Proof on Main — an artfully eclectic restaurant with locally sourced meals.
The Catahoula Boutique is a hidden gem in New Orleans. The building was originally built in the 1800s and is now home to a few dozen guest rooms, a cozy coffee shop, and a beautiful rooftop terrace — all designed in bright colors with a creole influence.
The Cliff House is the epitome of a chic coastal getaway. The outdoor heated pool allows guests to swim on the edge of the coast any time of year before retreating indoors to one of the multiple restaurants — each with fireplaces, ocean views, and classic New England decor.
The Pendry in Baltimore is a storied building with a rich history dating back over a hundred years. The inside of The Pendry is gorgeous and houses a renowned restaurant and cocktail bar, but the private pool deck is a showstopper all on its own too.
Chatham Bars Inn is perfectly picturesque and a favorite location for Cape Cod weddings. Part classic Americana, part modern luxury, the Chatham Bars Inn is a must-visit during the summer. Lounge in a private cabana on the beach, bike down the coast, and head out into the bay for a sunset cruise.
Hotel Walloon on Michigan’s lake of the same name is the perfect escape to rejuvenate and get back to nature. Each season is characterized by a new set of activities — Northern Michigan’s fall color tours in the fall, sledding and ice skating in the winter, and water skiing on the lake come summer.
The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis is industrial and warm, with exposed brick and natural wood accents throughout the property. Each room in the hotel is inviting with rich leather couches and locally sourced meals in the onsite restaurant, Tullibee.
Brandon Hall Plantation is a sprawling property just east of the Mississippi River. The surrounding town of Natchez is full of historical significance predating the southern plantations to when the Natchez Indians farmed the land.
The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City has been recently noted in the World’s Best Hotels lists in both Travel+Leisure and Forbes. The property has the perfect mix of heritage and history, combined with modern luxuries such as live jazz nightly in the cocktail lounge.
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel is a group of ten luxury tipis that sit just five miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Each tipi has cozy down comforters, an electric fire place, and s’mores to enjoy as the sun goes down.
Magnolia is located in downtown Omaha, a quick walk to all of the historic sites, museums, and activities that the city has to offer. The hotel’s restaurant, The District, is a popular spot for guests and locals to gather together.
The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas is one of the newest hotels on The Strip and one of the most lavish. The entire property is decorated in purple velvet and silver accents, and in the center of the hotel is the Chandelier Bar — a cocktail lounge that sits suspended over the casino floor inside of a chandelier.
Omni Mount Washington in Bretton Woods is one of the most photographed, and most classic, New England hotels. The historical property with the red roof and wraparound veranda sits at the base of New Hampshire’s ski resort. Play board games in the lobby around a fireplace, or head down to the basement to have a cocktail in the cave bar.
The Asbury on the Jersey shore overflows with character and quirkiness. The rec room has pool tables and pinball machines, the rooftop has a cocktail bar and views of the Atlantic, and on the hotel’s 6th floor is an outdoor movie theater and yoga space.
Hotel Parq Central in Albuquerque takes advantage of the warm year-round temperatures with outdoor dining spaces, a rooftop lounge, and sprawling gardens. The hotel affords guests panoramic views of the mountains and the city.
Hotel Dylan has a simple mantra: “Peace. Love. Stay.” Located in Hudson Valley, the hotel is right next door to the colorful artist community in Woodstock, New York, and it is designed with “bohemian sophistication” in mind to help guests assimilate into the slower way of life in the Catskills.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville sits on over 8,000 acres of North Carolina’s most picturesque landscape. The mansion was originally home to the Vanderbilt family but has since become a beautiful museum, hotel, and has its very own downtown village and a winery on the property.
Hotel Donaldson in Fargo is one of the city’s first boutique hotels and was deigned with a strong focus on art throughout the property. There are multiple dining options including a rooftop bar and a swanky cocktail lounge in the lobby for guests to gather.
Cincinnatian Hotel in Cincinnati was built in the 1880s and has been a popular destination hotel ever since. The grand staircase in the lobby is still the original marble and wood, and the upscale Palace restaurant and Cricket Lounge offer the best in upscale dining.
The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa underwent a $42M renovation a few years ago after closing its doors in 1981. The result is a gorgeous, modern property with a rich history of hosting celebrities and oil tycoons in its hay day.
The Society Hotel in downtown Portland offers shared rooms to private suites, but the Society Cafe in the hotel’s lobby is where guests truly come together. Settle in with a book and a cup of coffee to wake up, or duck in for a cocktail at happy hour to meet locals and other travelers.
Rittenhouse 1715 in Philadelphia is just off of Rittenhouse Square, a small park in the city’s center that is surrounded by restaurants and local boutiques. The hotel’s concierge focuses on the little details of your stay, from an afternoon tea time each day to local chocolate with turn down service.
The Ocean House is one of the most recognizable properties in Rhode Island for its summery coloring, wraparound decks, and sprawling ocean views. Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s classes in everything from croquet and painting to culinary arts.
86 Cannon is one of the prettiest boutique inns in South Carolina. From the light blue bikes out front to the quintessential wraparound porch, the hotel is full of photo-worthy vignettes of vintage southern charm.
The Terry Peak Chalets are in the Black Hills, just a quick drive to hiking, skiing, and Mount Rushmore. There are just seven chalets on the property and each provides guests with a unique, luxurious stay; fireplaces, hot tubs, and shuffleboard courts are just a few of the private amenities for the chalet guests.
Blackberry Farm is a beautiful, secluded estate in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. The large property features luxury cottages and dozens of activities for guests to enjoy — from horseback riding and archery to morning yoga classes and brewery tastings, you’ll never want to leave Blackberry!
Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin is an Instagram dream. From the neon pink sign above the swimming pool to the teal wallpaper and floors inside, each design element at the hotel is photo-worthy. The hotel is close to downtown Austin, but removed just enough to be a welcome respite from long days of sightseeing.
Washington School House is in the heart of downtown Park City and the ultimate in boutique luxury. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool that overlooks the ski lodge and snow covered trees. If it’s a bit too chilly outdoors, enjoy après ski in the lobby on a plush velvet couch around one of the property’s large fireplaces.
The Pitcher Inn is a beautifully historic property in a small village just a few miles from the Sugarbush ski mountain resort. There are less than a dozen guestrooms and no two are alike; each is named and decorated differently. No matter what your aesthetic, there is a room waiting for you.
The Quirk Hotel is located in the heart of Richmond’s design district, surrounded by galleries, shopping, and unique dining options. It’s nearly impossible to not have a smile on your face while surrounded by the fun and colorful designs throughout the hotel.
The Ace Hotel is a trendy staple in about a dozen cities, but the Seattle outpost was the first. Inhabiting a building that was originally built in the early 1900s to house maritime workers from the city’s port, the Ace re-purposed the building into an industrial and modern gathering space.
The Greenbrier is an expansive resort in White Sulphur Springs home to private cottages, luxurious guest rooms, and even full estates available to rent. There are dozens of activities for guests to enjoy on Greenbrier’s 11,000 acres of land, including bowling, horseback riding, and even an aerial adventure course.
The Oxbow Hotel sits right on the Eau Claire River and is a quick walk to downtown Eau Claire and dozens of shops, restaurants, and attractions. The property is comfortable and designed to make guests feel instantly at home, along with shareable bikes, canoes, and kayaks to explore Eau Claire.
Amangani is the epitome of a luxury retreat — we’ve saved the best for last! The Jackson Hole resort is made up of beautiful suites with floor to ceiling windows and private balconies. After checking in, guests have the opportunity to explore the amazing landscape via a photography tour, cross country skiing, or even on a dog sledding excursion.