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Looking for more Insta likes? These hotels have just the right aesthetic backdrops, creative focal points and playful props to make your followers go nuts. You’il not only be left with some amazing pics—but also unforgettable memories.

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The Parker: Palm Springs

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The Parker is an Instagrammer’s playground. With touches such as bohemian-inspired swinging chairs in the lobby, macramé artwork, a carpeted stairway straight out of The Shining, a wall lined with lip paintings and bold bursts of color everywhere, there is no shortage of Insta-worthy focal points at this hip desert hotel.

Hotel Republic: San Diego

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Pose in a stylish high-back rattan chair or by the fire pit on the rooftop lounge overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter at the Hotel Republic. Want a more active shot? How about morning yoga on the outdoor terrace or zipping around town on one of the hotel’s electric scooters or beach cruiser bikes? Wander to nearby Little Italy for a double scoop of gelato—food is always an Instagram hit.

The Goodland: Santa Barbara

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Photo in a Woodie? Check. Photo spinning vinyl? Check. Photo at an antique typewriter, an Airstream and a neon “Let’s Get Physical” sign? Check, check and check. The Goodland, technically located in nearby Goleta, actually has a map of hot spots on the property for taking Instagram photos. Post your pics with the hotel tag at all spots and receive  a $10 dinner voucher. But don’t spend all your hours obsessed with your Instagram feed: Leave time for yoga, game night, s’mores and dancing to DJ’ed music.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: Chicago

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The 1893 architecture of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel alone lends itself to storytelling, plus there are plenty of creative spaces with interesting features. The interior oozes turn-of-the-century charm with a lobby featuring ornate dark wood pillars and ceilings, oversized brown leather chairs, and subdued lighting. In juxtaposition to the lobby’s library vibe is the open and airy rooftop restaurant, Cindy’s, boasting views of Millennium Park and the Lake. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the photogenic Game Room, featuring bocce, billiards, shuffleboard and more.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino: Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is the land of elaborate selfies. One of the most popular attractions for photos from below and above is the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Step into a spherical “cabin” to enjoy a 30-minute loop. At the top of the wheel, take photos of the sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip while pounding shots with friends, doing morning yoga, or enjoying champagne and chocolate. Afterwards, retreat to Influence, the adults-only pool area featuring an above-ground pool with peek-a-book windows.

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PUBLIC Hotel: New York City

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PUBLIC Hotel provides creative composition opportunities in its unique garden setting, skyline views from its rooftop, posing in front of the electrically-lit escalator or while playing pool with gold-colored balls in the swanky lobby. There are plenty of spaces and places to work, play, party or unwind in this fashionable Lower East Side gem from hotel superstar Ian Schrager.

Lone Star Court: Austin

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Grab your cowboy boots and head to Texas for some epic photos at Lone Star Court in Austin. The down-to-earth vibe at this ranch-style hotel will give your images a country feel. Snap a shot in the vintage car,  grab a cold drink from your in-room retro refrigerator or take a dip in the swimming hole (pool). With décor that includes a Texas flag mounted over the fireplace, antler chandelier and cow-hide covered chairs, your images will make your followers say, “Yee-haw!”

Trumbull & Porter: Detroit

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Stepping in to the lobby Trumbull & Porter, guests will encounter a modern industrial atmosphere reflective of Detroit culture featuring photogenic custom-woven artisan furniture, hip exposed concrete and electrical pipes, white-washed brick and casual seating. The hotel offers city views, spacious settings for socializing, and bikes for exploring historic and Instagram-worthy Corktown. Check out the Insta-worth mural above the hotel’s front sign!

Lorenzo Hotel: Dallas

Instagrammers will love this art-inspired hotel in Dallas. The Lorenzo Hotel’s art collection alone is sure to get your creative juices flowing. With pops of color, interesting wall murals and colorful exterior, you’re sure to find more than one place to stage the perfect shot. Don’t miss Einstein mural and figurines surrounding the happening pool!

Bobby Hotel:  Nashville

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Be ready to photograph and listen to amazing bands (it is Nashville, after all) at Bobby Hotel. For optimal shots, take advantage of the effective mood lighting, off-the-hook artistic industrial design and classic Scenicruiser bus-turned rooftop lounge.

The Freehand, Los Angeles

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Scenic city views, eclectic cuisine, historic architecture and rooftop pool parties make The Freehand in Downtown Los Angeles an Instagrammer’s paradise. Bunk with friends in a shared room, try a tea-infused cocktail (every Instragram account needs a pretty libation), and shop for fresh flowers at the adjacent gift shop.

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Sharael Kolberg
Sharael, founder of Family Travel Channel (, has been writing about travel since 1995. Her work has appeared in Sunset magazine, Outside magazine,,, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @FamTravChannel, FB and Instagram @FamilyTravelChannel. See more of her work at

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