By Epicure & Culture; Sponsored by Hotellook
Boutique hotels typically offer a closer look into local life than big brands, not to mention have a more personalized feel. Many are also extremely focused on aesthetics, which is why we’ve rounded up five of the USA’s most beautiful boutique hotels.
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1. Crosby Street Hotel (NYC)
If you love eclectic art, you need to stay at this beautiful boutique hotel in laid-back SoHo. Every detail, from the room palettes to the in-room dress form sewing mannequins to the funky paper mache dog sculptures (they’re dog friendly) is meticulous. It’s very apparent co-owner Kit Kemp is a modern art collector with a knack for design and her own folklore furniture brand. Relax in the outdoor sculpture garden, head to the rooftop kitchen garden to see where the onsite chef sources ingredients and have a meal on the Crosby Bar Terrace. While there are 86 rooms, we recommend booking the larger suites with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Bonus: responsible traveler’s will love that the Crosby Street Hotel is certified GOLD LEED by the US Green Building Council.
2. Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls (Hocking Hills, Ohio)
If you want a gorgeous getaway that also takes you away from Wi-Fi and work distractions, Hocking Hills is where time slows down. Enhance this feeling by staying at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. The boutique family-owned property offers a wilderness retreat focused on sustainability. In fact, the rustic rooms and log cabins were hand-constructed using locally-sourced wood, while the onsite restaurant serves up farm-to-fork meals paired with organic beers. For some tasty fun don’t miss their cooking classes, wine and beer pairings and craft workshops, and most certainly don’t miss a treatment in their rustic spa with natural views. It’s surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore outdoor beauty.
3. Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, California)
This gorgeous 40-room cliffside property is perched 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean. It’s also sustainable, crafted from natural materials of glass, wood, stone and when possible, passive solar heat. For example, guest houses are made from reclaimed wood — including redwood from recycled wine casks — and each building has a sod roof to reduce heat loss. In terms of beauty, forty rooms and suites showcase panoramic ocean and mountain views. Other highlights include two infinity-edge pools, a spa, several hiking trails, and numerous free activities from yoga and meditation to stargazing through a high-powered telescope. This is a perfect romantic escape for couples!
4. The Brice, A Kimpton Hotel (Savannah, Georgia)
Part of the beloved boutique Kimpton brand, this stately yet laid-back property makes you feel right at home in a stylish setting. After being greeted at the door with some Southern Hospitality you’ll enter their living room (instead of a lobby) where fruit-infused water is available all day. This is also where there’s free coffee, tea and pastries in the morning and complimentary wine and bites in the evening. Book shelves adorned with typewriters and sculptures snake along the room’s perimeter, which is backed by double doors leading out into a light-strung courtyard. Do some laps or lay by the pool before cozying up into your robe or doing some in-room yoga (all rooms have complimentary videos and mats).
5. Sonnenalp Hotel (Vail, Colorado)
One of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the USA, this 5-star property also has a rich history. In fact, the original Sonnenalp Hotel was opened in 1919 in the Bavarian Alps by Gretl and Karlheinz Fäßler, with the family expanding the business into the scenic Rocky Mountain-hugged Vail. As soon as you walk in you’ll feel enveloped in rustic European luxury, with 112 suites and 15 rooms showcasing Bavarian furniture, five restaurants (including Swiss Chalet and its delicious fondue), a golf course, tennis club and a gorgeous European Spa with loads of amenities. Guests can also make use of their activity center, offering everything from hikes that end with outdoor painting to stand up paddle boarding to horseback riding and more.
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