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The days of hostels as bare-bones backpacker dormitories are over. A new breed of hostels (aka “poshtels”) offering private rooms, designer furniture, stylish communal areas and central locations (Mariah Carey even stayed at one as part of an ad campaign) are taking over. Meet a community of like-minded travelers—without having to sleep five feet from them. But don’t just take Mimi’s word for it. Below, you’ll find the world’s most innovative (and, yes, posh) new hostels, which may inspire a vision of love you previously thought was only possible when booking five-star accommodations.

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Code Hostel Ediburgh

CODE: Edinburgh, UK

Head to CODE Hostel Edinburgh and discover what is perhaps the world’s only penthouse under $200. That’s not the only appeal of this chic UK hostel. Boasting a location in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town near Waverley Railway Station, this upscale budget lodging offers views of famous landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, and can even organize excursions into the Scottish Highlands.

Chicago, Illinois

Fieldhouse Jones

FieldHouse Jones: Chicago, IL

If the posh rooms and common areas at FieldHouse Jones don’t win you over, the dining and drinking options will. Wash down diner-style comfort food with an artisanal cup of joe or Japanese matcha green tea at DropShot Coffee & Snack Bar. Think bespoke communal areas, guestrooms reminiscent of the Ace and a location close to primo attractions like the Mag Mile.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Florentin House

Florentin House: Tel Aviv, Israel

Think you need to have a huge budget to enjoy a nice stay in upmarket Tel Aviv? Think again! Florentin House Tel Aviv shares many of the design flourishes you find in boutique and luxury hotels along the city’s famous Rothschild Boulevard, but at a fraction of the price. Location-wise, Florentin House is not only close to Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coastline, but to the celebrated seaport of Jaffa.

Chile, Andes

Hostal French Andes

Hostal French Andes: Chile

Chile’s Lake District, which sits between the Santiago capital region and Patagonia, is generally not a place you’d think to visit on a budget. Hostal French Andes, however, which has gained a reputation as one of the best hostels in South America, has changed the calculus in this part of the world. Located in the town of Pucon, it not only offers on-site dining and several different room types, but boasts a knowledgeable desk staff who can arrange affordable adventures throughout the District.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Luxury Backpackers

Luxury Backpackers: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is one of the cheapest cities in the world to book a luxury hotel, which might make a place like Luxury Backpackers Hanoi seem superfluous. However, once you enter this poshtel, you’ll change your mind. Located steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and featuring many of the same architectural flourishes as much more expensive properties, Luxury Backpackers Hanoi is decidedly upscale. Head to the common areas to connect with like-minded travelers, who will become your friends on excursions to lush Sapa and the Ha Long Bay UNESCO World Heritage site.

South Beach, Miami, Florida

Posh South Beach

Posh South Beach: Miami, FL

As its name suggests, Posh South Beach is a place that more than lives up to the glamorous reputation of Florida’s most exclusive coastal destination. Located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District and boasting a “five-star” rating for amenities that include a rooftop pool with sundeck, Posh South Beach offers both private and shared rooms, and services that include complimentary airport pickup and a full kitchen for cooking.

Melbourne, Australia

Space Hotel Melbourne

Space Hotel: Melbourne, Australia

Australia is not generally known for having awesome hostels, but Space Hotel Melbourne bucks this trend. Stylish (and futuristic, as its name suggests), Space Hotel is built into a deceptively simple building, whose location is equidistant from the Melbourne Museum and the city’s celebrated Chinatown. Make sure to ask the front desk about group tours to the world-famous Great Ocean Road, which sits just a couple of hours from Melbourne’s city center!

zagreb, croatia

Swanky Mint

Swanky Mint: Zagreb, Croatia

Though it’s literally the most-awarded hostel in all of Croatia, Swanky Mint Hostel Zagreb boasts a cool, calm and assured energy when you walk through its doors. Housed in a former 19th-century textile factory in the heart of Old Zagreb (near the unique Museum of Broken Relationships, among other attractions), Swanky Mint offers a lush garden area, swimming pool and frees shot upon arrival in addition to a variety of shared and private room types.

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Like the U.S., Mexico is made up of numerous states, all offering their own beauty, culture, experiences and, of course, culinary feats. From breathtaking—and ahem, exclusive—views in Los Cabos to Cancun’s endless party scene, the right spot for your wanderlust is out there. And, there’s an all-inclusive resort to suit every taste, too, so you don’t have to worry about anything once you touch down. Whether you’re traveling with a gaggle of gals, your partner or kids, there’s an accommodation for every type of traveler.

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Paradisus by Melia Cabos

The entire clan

For some, the idea of an all-inclusive screams dodgy buffets and sunburned children, but at Paradisus by Melia Cabos in Los Cabos, the stereotype is upended. Here, an oversized pool gives kiddos plenty of space to splash around, and an on-site kid’s club gives mom and dad a break, too. As a bonus, there’s an entire separate check-in area—complete with a snack bar for children at their height level—that takes some of the chaos out of family arrivals. With healthy options and even a menu crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, have a relaxing vacation… with babes in tow.

The Grand at Moon Palace

The Grand at Moon Palace

The party person

Whether your best single friend is finally getting married or you’re planning a family reunion with all of your extended cousins, you need a resort that can host your party. Though options are countless in Cancun, The Grand at Moon Palace is the mack daddy of all-inclusives, featuring countless dining areas, nightclubs, wedding venues, pools and of course, entertainment. Spend time hopping from one swim-up bar to another, supercharge your adrenaline on their water slides or sample a bit of everything at their various buffets. Bachelorette parties: Moon Palace also offers makeup, facial and hairstyling classes—complete with a cocktail (or three).

Fairmont Mayakoba

Fairmont Mayakoba

The honeymooner

If you’ve never heard of the Mayakoba region, you’re in for quite a romantic treat. Sandwiched between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen is this eco-friendly dreamland, filled with birds, monkeys, crocodiles and turtles. It’s home to many luxury properties—from Banyan Tree to Rosewood—but Fairmont Mayakoba is the only one to offer an “all-inclusive 5-star” experience. For an additional nightly fee, newlyweds can enjoy culinary and mixology creations at every on-site restaurant. Couples also benefit from jungle seclusion, as well as private beach access, en suite infinity pools and various tours, including kayaking, windsurfing and more. Though it is definitely on the pricier side, you only get married once.

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Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

The backpacker

If your post-college plans include trekking through Central America and Mexico, you’ll probably need a break from hostels after a few weeks. But since most resorts are beyond a backpacker’s budget, you’ll need to find one that’s at a manageable price point, like Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. Featuring a taco shack, an Italian and Japanese restaurant, as well as a buffet, this inexpensive all-inclusive might not be fancy, but it definitely won’t leave you hungry. It also is only twenty minutes from the Zona Romantica, making for a cheap ride into town to explore PV’s famed art scene and nightlife.

Excellence Playa Mujeres

Excellence Playa Mujeres

The love birds

Whether you’ve been hitched for a decade or three, making it through the many highs and lows of married life is cause for celebration. Stop searching for the best-of-the-best and allow us to introduce you to the majestic all-inclusive Excellence Playa Mujeres near Cancun. Playa Mujeres is an adults-only property, so you won’t have to worry about children splashing water in your champagne glass. Instead, lounge in your oversized and opulent suite, play a round at their private golf course, and of course, spend at least one afternoon at their high-end spa.

Occidental Xcaret Destination

Occidental Xcaret Destination

The Instagrammer

Even if you aren’t Insta-famous, you might still enjoy snapping a pic (or 100) to stir envy in your friends back home. Though the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean don’t require a filter, if you want a background that truly earns those double-taps, consider staying at the all-inclusive Occidental at Xcaret Destination in the Riviera Maya region. You’ll definitely have to set aside time for a photo shoot, since you can pick from an adults-only saltwater pool on the edge of a cliff; crisp, white sands on a private beach within a cove; luxe cabanas overlooking the sea; monkeys dangling in the trees behind you; parrots chirping in the lobby or traipsing across bridges in the jungle. Just make sure to bring an extra battery pack.

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Punta Cana is one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations for a reason. Fantastic beaches, over-the-top pools, rainforests, history, culture and of course the Brugal family rum that’s been flowing since 1888. Add wind surfing, ziplining, sailing, kayaking and golf to the mix, and this could be just about anyone’s dream vacation. Fortunately, Punta Cana is also famous for its variety of resorts, so whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, family trip, guy or gals adventure, or even a solo vacation, you’re likely to find something to fit your budget—even if it’s a modest one. Here’s a look at some of Punta Cana’s best all-inclusive resorts that offer big value at a great price. And to get an even better deal, be sure to check out our latest sales and promo code here.

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Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort

Who doesn’t like a two-fer? That’s what you get at Barcelo Bávaro Grand Resort, set on two miles of white sand on one of Punta Cana’s most beloved beaches, Bávaro. For families, there’s the Barceló Bávaro Palace and for something more romantic, there’s Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only. Check into one hotel and you can enjoy what the other has to offer as well. That’s no small matter when you consider that Barceló Bávaro Palace features a Club House Entertainment District, a shopping promenade, 24-hour sports bar, 24-hour casino, world-class spa and other amenities. Moms and dads looking for some some quality couple time can reserve one of the property’s babysitters and then sneak off to Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only. There’s also a Kids Club for young ones, while teens can enjoy bowling, mini golf, a wave pool, laser tag and teen disco. Budget: Prices start at $200/night

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Iberostar Dominicana All-Inclusive

Can you believe there’s a 5-star beachfront all-inclusive starting at under $100 a night? You’ve got to see the Iberostar Dominicana to believe it. Located on the perfect waters of Playa Bávaro, the property features tropical gardens, a spa, shopping, supermarket, pharmacy, casinos, live shows, waterparks and more. At Star Camp, kids ages 4 to 12 get the chance to ham it up in an improvised video clip, take on group projects like creating a large scale work of art or challenging themselves to scientific experiments to create snow. Feast at five a la carte restaurants, featuring international, Asian, Italian and Dominican cuisines. Then, work it off at the fitness center or by scuba diving or playing tennis. Budget: Prices start at $91/night

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Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort

They aim to please at Ocean Blue & Sand. Water babies will be besides themselves with kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. If you’re interested in diving but inexperienced, there are in-pool scuba demonstrations. Much to divers’ delight, there’s also a PADI diving center. If the beach isn’t your thing, there are four pools, including two with Jacuzzis—in case you tire of the one in your room. Feeling adventurous? There’s a climbing wall on the beach. If not, bike or play tennis. Kids and teens can do their own thing with their own clubs on property. Come together for dinner at one of eight restaurants serving up American, Mexican or Caribbean cuisines, and more. Budget: Prices start at $160/night

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AlSol Luxury Village

AlSol will feel like home sweet home with its villa-style suites. You have your choice of a European Plan (that’s lodging only) or an all-inclusive option. The 4-star resort is next to downtown Punta Cana and San Juan Shopping Center. You’re also close to the Cap Cana Marina, Juanillo Beach and Punta Espada Golf Course. If you want to just hang out enjoying your individually decorated suite that includes a kitchen with full-size refrigerators and stovetops, plus a private patio, do so. The spa, four pools, nightclub, five restaurants and fitness center will keep you busy and relaxed, without the financial stress of a splurge. Budget: Prices start at $145/night

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Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spas Adults Only All Inclusive

Party people, this is your place in the sun. While a bit more of a splurge compared to some of the other resorts mentioned here, Breathless delivers when it comes to non-stop opportunities to eat, drink, dance and be merry. If you’d rather just chill, no worries: There’s a poolside DJ  keeping the music and momentum going there, while back at the beach, you can relax in a cabana with a cocktail or unwind at the spa. When hunger calls, there are 11 restaurants. As for thirst, try the curated cocktails and eight bars and lounges. An added plus: Free access to 10 bars and 10 restaurants with Exchange Privileges next door at Now Onyx Punta Cana. Budget: Prices start at $280/night

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Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Do as much or as little as you like at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana. Kids have the Explorer’s Club that focuses on exploration and science, as well as a weekly camping adventure on the beach, freeing parents for the night. Teens have their own space where they can play games, sports and stand around awkwardly at disco mixers. Take advantage of non-stop activities during the day, nightly shows and theme parties, or stay poolside and keep the servers busy with your cocktail requests. Venture off the resort if you like, with day trips to Catalina Island for snorkeling and diving, Scape Park for its caverns, caves and ziplining. Budget: Prices start at $165/night


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If you’re a dog owner, it’s always nice to find a property that welcomes your favorite four-legged friend in style—after all, the goal is always to find a hotel that is as comfortable for pets as it is for humans. If you’re the type of person who thinks of your dog as your child and can’t bear the thought of leaving Rufus behind, book a room at any of these hotels for your next vacation. Not only do these hotel welcome your pet with open arms, but there’s plenty great things to do in the area, so you dog can join, too.

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If you’re looking to visit Washington DC, a stay at The Jefferson is certainly in order. Stately guest rooms greet humans and dogs alike. As soon as you walk into your suite, you’ll find a baggie of dog treats sitting there waiting for your tail-wagging companion. Washington DC is such a great city to explore on foot, so leash up your furry friend and head out. Whether it’s a walk past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or a trip to the Washington Monument, you’re both sure to get plenty of cardio activity in while refreshing a history lesson or two along the way.

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A grassy lawn, perfect for waterfront strolls, will greet you at Maryland’s Inn at Perry Cabin. Large guest rooms, complete with a dog bed, ensure a relaxing stay and good nights rest for all after a day spent outside. The luxury inn is set within the town of Saint Michaels, which is about as quaint as they come. The main street is chock full of cute boutiques and candy stores. With your dog in tow, look for the pink facade along this stretch; St. Michaels Pet Supplies is a dreamland of treats and toys for your pup.

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No matter the time of year, there is plenty to do in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Leash up your pup and take a walk around the Lakes District or head to Stillwater for a stroll along one of America’s most charming Main Street. Hotel Ivy is a perfect home base for your time in the Twin Cities. A delicious restaurant and subterranean speakeasy give you little reason to leave. If your dog loves treats, he’ll agree. Along with a doggie bed in the room, he’ll receive cute biscuits with icing on top, too!

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Photo by Compass + Twine


Nestled in the hills of Montecito, California, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is an idyllic retreat. Luxe accommodations tempt you to stay in your room all day, but don’t! The property has a beautiful garden, croquet lawn and pool to enjoy. Butterfly Beach is a stunning place to catch the sunrise or sunset and during the day. With huge beachfront, there are plenty of other dog-and-human pairs playing fetch and games along the iconic stretch of sand.

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Host to the Winter Olympics of 1932 and 1980, Lake Placid, New York is riddled with cool Olympic game relics. Visit the Olympic ski jump or the skating oval and imagine the rush the athletes must have felt. Venture over the Mirror Lake and give your pup a lesson in dog-sledding; during the winter months, mushers and their dogs can be found gliding across the frozen lake. Head back to Lake Placid Lodge and check into one of the dog-friendly waterfront cabins. The cozy cabin feel will relax you immediately and s’mores by the fireplace (no chocolate for the dog!) are the perfect treat to end the day.

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The Four Columns is a beautiful, quaint boutique hotel in Newfane, Vermont that welcomes both you and your dog. There’s lots of outdoor activities in the area, but area that stands out lies just 20 minutes away, called Jamaica State Park. With a myriad of trails, you could spend hours exploring nature with your four-legged friend. Steep inclines are sure to raise your heart rate and the waterfall at the end is the perfect place for a picnic. After a day of hikes, head back at the Four Columns, where your dog will relax and the hotel will bring a pup-bowl right to the room.

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Perfectly situated across from the beach in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Harbor View Hotel is an ideal spot to vacation with your canine. The Captain James Huxford Cottage provides you with a home away from home with a cozy living room, fireplace and kitchenette, as well as a spacious bedroom. Take your dog on a walk along the beaches, set out to explore any of the several lighthouses on the island, and stroll along the quaint streets admiring some of the incredible Vineyard estates. Since the island’s not the big, you can also put your pup in the car and head to the western shore of Aquinnah to walk the beautiful cliffs of Gay Head.

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…and let Hotel Saint George be your home base. The newly renovated hotel is hot on the travel scene right now and, luckily for you, it’s also dog friendly! Like all good Texans, they’re laid-back folks at this hotel and are more than welcoming of four-legged friends. Their guest rooms have plenty of space for your dog, and outdoor sidewalk seating provides a great spot for you to grab a cocktail with your dog along, too. During the day, bring your pup along to explore the bustling art scene in the area. From Prada Marfa to the Chinati Foundation, modern and eclectic art abounds in the remote Texas town, and roadside art installations make it easy to pull off for a picture or stretch the legs. About 30 minutes east, the town of Alpine has an adorable main drag to wander down any time of day.


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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

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.

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Hotel Republic: San Diego

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.

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The Goodland: Santa Barbara

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.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: Chicago

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.

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The LINQ Hotel & Casino: Las Vegas

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

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.

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Lone Star Court: Austin

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!”

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Trumbull & Porter: Detroit

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!

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Bobby Hotel:  Nashville

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.

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The Freehand, Los Angeles

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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For alternative music fans, Seattle is the place to go to hear great live music, see where epic artists got their start in the music industry, and retrace the footsteps of music legends. From clubs and recording studios to memorials and sheer inspiration, Seattle honors past musicians and encourages future artists, and entertains fans with many ways to soak up the sounds of the Pacific Northwest music scene.

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The Crocodile

If you were a grunge music fan living in Seattle in the ’90s, chances are you saw one of the then “up-and-comers,” such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden, play at the Croc. This music venue is still the place to go to hear new music that just might become mainstream someday soon.

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Hotel Max

Spin some vinyl in your hotel while enjoying a craft beer at the landmark Hotel Max, a boutique hotel that caters to creative types. With a curated art collection, extensive assortment of records, and a minibar stocked with treats and libations from local vendors, this hotel boutique hotel rocks. Book a room on the fifth floor to dive deeper into the music culture with rooms decked out in decor inspired by Sub Pop Records, an independent Seattle label with a cult following. You can even take home some Sub Pop merch. Or, if you forgot, you can buy Sub Pop items at their shop at the airport.

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Walk in the footsteps of Kurt Cobain at Re-bar, where the band released their debut album, Nevermind. Party like a rock star at this venue that features live music, theater and local artwork, and welcomes diversity. Leaving town and still need your live music fix? You can hear live bands while waiting for your flight at the airport.

ALSO: Make your Seattle vacation rock even harder when you sign up for CheapCash—it’s free to join!

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The Edgewater Hotel

This waterfront hotel has hosted some noteworthy rock legends, such as The Beatles, Led Zepplin and The Rolling Stones. Guests can feel what it’s like to live like a rock star by booking one of the Rock N’ Roll suites at The Edgewater. The newly available Beatles suite will make fans want to twist and shout. Listen to a Beatles album on the in-room record player while surrounded by London-inspired décor and Beatlemania artwork.

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Jimi Hendrix statue

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix made an impression on Seattle. You can’t leave the city without taking a selfie with the bronze statue of him by Seattle artist Daryl Smith in front of Blick Art Materials at 1600 Broadway. There is also a large memorial where Jimi Hendrix’s remains are buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton.

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London Bridge Studio

Step back in time and see where music and lyrics came together to create songs that would last a lifetime. London Bridge Studio offers a one-hour tour that showcases the original equipment used to make albums by rock bands such as Alice In Chains and Blind Melon, as well as historic memorabilia. The studio is still in use by today’s artists and uses a mix of old and new technology to create cutting edge sounds.

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Museum of Pop Culture

A must-do for music lovers visiting Seattle is a trip to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Exhibits of interest include “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses,” which includes an extensive collection of all things Nirvana. You’ll find hand-written lyrics and sketches by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl’s drum kit, original concert fliers, documentary images and more. Next, stop by the “Hendrix: Wild Blue Angel” exhibit to see Hendrix’s passport, diary, mixing console and lots of photographs that piece together his life in rock. Don’t miss the “Pearl Jam: Home and Away” exhibit (opening in August) that tracks the band’s journey from nobodies to celebrities. On display will be original album covers, props from concerts, loads of photographs, instruments used by band members and set lists. Lastly, swing by the Sound Lab to make your own music. Take home a recording of your best set.

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Sound Garden

The Sound Garden, which the Seattle classic rock band Soundgarden was named after, is a large outdoor art installation made from steel pipe structures that create musical sounds when the wind passes through them. It is located on the shore of Lake Washington and is open to the public, but visitors must pass through a security stop and show ID.

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Remembering Kurt Cobain

There are various way to get an inside look at Kurt’s life in Seattle. Fans like to drive by the last home he lived in at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard in Seattle, although it is not open to the public. In Aberdeen, Kurt’s hometown, you’ll find Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, which features a good-humored sculpture that involves a stand holding Kurt’s air guitar, as well as a guitar statue, a memorial headstone and the bench where he might have spent endless hours contemplating lyrics that represented his life. The Aberdeen Museum of History also offers a walking tour of Kurt’s time spent there that may include private residences that Kurt lived in, schools he attended, the Young Street Bridge where he apparently hung out with friends, and other places he frequented.


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Southeast Asia is one of the few places where the dollar still stretches really far. And with gorgeous beaches, delicious food and completely different cultures to explore, why not take advantage of the opportunity to experience luxury accommodations on a budget? Whether you’re headed to the mountains of Thailand, the stunning ruins of Cambodia, the sunny beaches of Vietnam, or buzzing Malaysia, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite properties that deliver the biggest bang for your buck.

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Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

If you are aching to explore the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, don’t miss a relaxing stay at Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island. Deluxe rooms at this property start at $153 nightly, but expect to be treated like royalty for the duration of your stay. Whether you’re in Phu Quoc to relax on the pristine beaches or to explore cascading waterfalls in the lush jungle, this is the perfect place to spend your down time. Enjoy impeccably decorated open-concept rooms offering plenty of natural light by day, and take a stroll around the professionally manicured gardens.

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Novotel Danang Premier Han River

For a Vietnamese getaway to the coastal river town of Da Nang, check out Novotel Danang Premier Han River. Superior rooms begin at $120 per night while Standard Apartments begin at just $152 nightly. Don’t worry about being away from the islands; this resort has its own private sandy beach for you to enjoy. Visit the rich history of the area including old French colonial remnants, sanctuary ruins, the royal palace within the forbidden city, or the majestic Marble Mountains while you use this exquisite property as your Da Nang home base.

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Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Tucked into the heart of Siem Reap, Cambodia is the luxurious Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Superior rooms begin at just $87 per night and Deluxe rooms begin at a nightly rate of $97, making a stay at this property a spectacular deal! Treat yourself to a rose-petal bath or relaxing massage at the on-site spa and sample some local favorites at the on-site restaurant. The locations is incredible, too: Stunning Angkor Wat temple is nearby, as well as other famous ruins such as Baphuon and Phnom Bakheng.

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Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection

Experience the beauty of mountainous northern Thailand at the Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, located in the city of Chiang Mai. This boutique property resembles a storied temple, buried in between leafy trees and bamboo stalks. Deluxe rooms start at just $99 per night, while Villas begin at $155 nightly. Enjoy open-air dining and a fabulous outdoor pool, complete with an island in the middle of the water stocked with lounge chairs. Appreciate the classic Thai architecture and design while dozing off underneath your own relaxing canopy.

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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

For an exceptionally extravagant experience in the exciting Malaysian capital, check out The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Deluxe rooms begin at $99 per night, and Junior Suites start at just $132. Savor the intentional mix between classic and chic design that permeates the decor of this property, and take advantage of the work and leisure spaces available for guests to enjoy. Indulge in a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant with live piano accompaniment, or surround yourself with beautiful flowers at the on-site cafe. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, this property can accommodate your needs.

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From full-scale water parks to Zen-like spa retreats, these hotels in Phoenix and beyond have amenities that will wow every type of traveler, no matter what their style. Here’s where to stay and play in the Valley of the Sun.

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Hit the water slides at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Somewhere between the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s five restaurants and award-winning golf course is the Oasis Water Park. Here, you can float in a bright yellow inner tube along the lazy river, splash and play at the wave pool, or test your sense of adventure and take the plunge down one of the multi-story water slides. You can also lounge in a poolside cabana, hit the spa or get lost on the 60 miles of trails in the adjacent mountain preserve.

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Root for the home team at Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape, a Kimpton Hotel

Stay in the heart of all the action at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This cosmopolitan boutique hotel is located right across the street from US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns, and situated within walking distance to the Arizona DiamondbacksChase Field. Sip on a cold cocktail at the hotel’s rooftop bar, then cheer your favorite team to victory.

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Ramp up your fitness game at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

It’s all about panoramic mountain views and chic interior design at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. At this four-diamond stunner, bask in the pure serenity of Paradise Valley at the luxurious infinity pool. Head to the spa or practice your serve at the hotel’s legendary tennis facility. Also, opt for a unique class like Zennis (yoga and tennis) and take your fitness to a whole new level.

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Get a taste of the Wild West at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

It’s all about adventure and experiencing a rich cultural tradition at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Go horseback riding at the Koli Equestrian Center, learn about the unique Native American heritage of the Pima and Maricopa tribes, and head over to a 1880s-themed Western theme park complete with cowboy stunt shows, train rides and campfire story time. Oh, and this resort has some impressive water slides and seven restaurants, too, in case you were wondering.

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Enjoy retro glam digs at Clarendon Hotel and Spa 

Situated in the heart of downtown Phoenix, The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is a seriously pretty little boutique hotel brimming with character and great eats. The rooftop pool deck features a blend of bright colors and stylish chaise lounges. Take a plunge in the pool to enjoy underwater speakers and constellations of thousands of glowing stars. Dine at the onsite Mexican restaurant or explore downtown’s nearby eateries to taste cuisine by some of the finest chefs in Arizona.

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Swim where Marilyn Monroe swam at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Since 1929, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel—the “jewel of the desert”—has served as a landmark resort for the rich and famous. Starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is apparent throughout the resort’s dramatic style and design. Celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents have stayed in this luxurious resort, which today offers an impressive spa, great dining options and lots of activities from golf to a daily high tea service. Oh, and the pool: It was Ms. Monroe’s favorite, and composer Irving Berlin penned “White Christmas” on the deck—hopefully with his feet in the water and umbrella drink in hand.

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Dig into art history at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort

Nestled in nearby Scottsdale, the super-luxe Phoenician resort has been upholding its status as a AAA Five Diamond resort since 2004, and has been winning the Forbes Four Star award for 13 consecutive years. Its halls and five-star restaurants are graced with one-of-a-kind contemporary and Old World works, part of the resort’s whopping $25 million art collection. There’s also a two-acre cactus garden featuring more than 250 varieties of cacti and succulents. Wander along the pathway at the base of Camelback Mountain and you might even see a roadrunner or two.

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Tee off at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, another AAA Five Diamond resort, is home to the Phoenix edition of the PGA tour. To that end, it offers a newly renovated TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and two 18-hole, championship-level golf courses. Tee off with a view of rolling greens and sunlit mountaintops in the distance. Afterwards, kick back at the luxe spa while the little ones splash around at the onsite waterpark.


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For 16 years, the music festival, Bonnaroo,  has invaded the small town of Manchester in east Tennessee each June This year is no different; music, celebs, and hordes of revelers will gather for a long, music-filled weekend headlined in 2018 by Eminem, Muse and the Killers (get your tickets here). Campsites tend to be a popular means of accommodation, but if you’re not sold on sleeping in a tent during a humid Tennessee summer,  we’ve rounded up 8 hotels within an hour of ground zero for you to come home to after a day of jamming out, but book soon—these top spots will sell out fast.

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The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga
Each room at this newly renovated boutique hotel is decorated differently and with bright, retro colors and designs. The funky design spreads throughout the entire space, turning one of Chattanooga’s most historic buildings into a work of art. The Dwell Hotel is located right in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga and close to plenty of shopping and restaurant options. It’s also near I-24, which you’ll be driving to get to and from Manchester. Want to end the day with a nightcap? Swanky bar, Matilda Midnight, serves delicious drinks. The ceiling is dotted with lights, creating a starry atmosphere, and metallic wall paper makes the whole room twinkle.

Thompson Nashville
Walking into the Thompson Nashville, you immediately feel at home. Set in the heart of Nashville’s trendy Gulch neighborhood, the Thompson Nashville is making a name for itself as the luxury hotel of choice for Music City. You’ll want for nothing here. They’ve got beautifully decorated rooms, plush beds with high thread-count linens, bright and airy bathrooms with subway tiles accented by modern black & white fixtures, a killer coffee shop, a delicious restaurant, and a lovely rooftop bar scene.

Hutton Hotel, Nashville
Located in the West End area of Music City, the Hutton Hotel delights with its boutique atmosphere. Start the day at WestEnd Coffee before hitting the road to Manchester. At the end of your fest-filled day, WestEnd Kitchen & Bar will fill your belly with finger- licking Southern food sure to cure anything that ails you. The rooms are simply appointed, with comfy beds, and city views. If you’re looking to splurge, they also offer suites…and penthouses!

Chattanooga Choo Choo
“Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” Does that song ring a bell? The 1940’s hit by Glenn Miller is an ode to Chattanooga’s downtown train station and his desire to meet a loved one in the Scenic City. You, too, can meet someone there and now you’ll be able to stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. Filled with the grandeur of a time gone by, you’ll be taken back in time when you step inside. Train cars are parked out back and you can tour them if you like. Several great restaurants are nearby, like The Terminal, and if you want some more music after a day at Bonnaroo, visit new-ish live music venue Track 29.

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The SoBro Guest House, Nashville
At The SoBro Guest House, you won’t have worry about waiting in line to check-in. Perhaps it’s a glimpse into the future, but SoBro Guest House offers self check-in for all of their 24-roms. But don’t worry, just because there’s no front desk doesn’t mean they’ve left you hanging! A dedicated team is always available to help you during your stay. Rooms are equipped with a full kitchen and bar, king beds, and spacious bathrooms, meaning they’re more like apartments than any hotel we’re used to.

The Read House, Chattanooga
Rumor has it, The Read House is haunted. While odd happenings have been said to happen throughout the historic property, it is room 311 that gets the most spooky reviews. The ghost of Annalisa Netherly is said to haunt it, after she was found murdered in the bathtub in the 1920s—or did she die of a broken heart in that room, after her lover left her? Guess we’ll never know. But you can certainly book the room this June and see if the spirit can be conjured by a little late night séance. Since its opening in the 1800s, the hotel has been the pride of the city. Gleefully restored, you’ll feel a sense of Southern elegance when you arrive.

The 404 Hotel, Nashville
The oasis that is the The 404 Hotel is located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. With only four king suites, the attention to detail here is top notch. Rooms feature plush, king beds and a spacious sitting area as well. The attached restaurant, The 404 Kitchen is lead by James Beard-award wining chef Matt Bolus. No trip to the hotel is complete without popping in here to enjoy a bite or two. The cornbread is to die for!

The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga
Perhaps the most luxurious of all the hotel offerings in the Scenic City, The Chattanoogan  is a great place to rest and recover after a day (or days) at Bonnaroo. The high-end hotel is ideally located in downtown Chattanooga, offers sizable rooms that are a heavenly reprieve, and has three on-site restaurants serving delicious Southern fare. If you really need help recovering from the 4 days music festival, head to the spa—they offer a great array of massages sure to revitalize you!

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The word motel, which derives from morphing  the words motor and hotel, probably conjures a cheap, roadside stopover these days. But in the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of charming mom and pop motels sprouted up around the country, coinciding with the development of the interstate highway system. As the decades passed, though, many of these properties went belly up or fell into disrepair. Now, hoteliers are seeing the potential in reviving some of the down-but-not-out properties for a retro-obsessed hipster crowd, thereby bringing boutique chic to the motel landscape. Here’s a look at some of the coolest of the bunch.

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Ace Hotel and Swim Club: Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is all about retro chic, so it’s no surprise that the folks at Ace Hotel decided to dust off a neglected Westward Ho (complete with a Denny’s), give it some love and open afresh. The rooms at Ace Hotel & Swim Club sport a desert decor, with bedspreads made from tent canvas and bathrobes that any Bedouin would be proud to don. Oh, and that Denny’s? It’s now King’s Highway, serving Middle Eastern cuisine with a California twist.

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Austin Motel: Austin, TX The Austin Motel has  been operating since 1938, but its current design, by legendary Austin hotelier Liz Lambert, reads mid-century groovy. Check out those orange vinyl tufted beds. In the Pool Suites, dig the coin-operated Magic Fingers vibrating bed. More titillating enjoyment is on hand at the ’50s-style outdoor pool, which hosts “Richard Simmons-style” water aerobics classes and synchronized swimming shows.

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Sound View Greenport: Long Island, NY
A lot of motels sit roadside, but others reside  beachfront. Sound View, on the North Fork of Long Island, hearkens back to the golden era of beachside motels. Sit on your private balcony and gaze out over Greenport’s private beach, or enjoy a room filled with nautical undertones that nod to the town’s fishing and boating history. The nostalgia of a classic motel hasn’t faded: Kitchenettes and tiled bathrooms flash back to the past. More American retro is available at The Halyard, the on-site restaurant run by a James Beard Award-winning chef.

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Pioneertown Motel: Yucca Valley, CA
The Pioneertown Motel sits on the western outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park. It  was originally built in 1946 by one Roy Rogers (Hi, Ho, Silver!) in order to house movie stars who were desert bound to shoot Westerns. More than 70 years later, it still feels like you should be wearing chaps and cowboy boots as you walk onto what looks like the set of an old Hollywood oater. Still, the motel’s 19 rooms are designed with an updated, albeit simple modernity to appeal to modern cowboys and cowgirls.

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Unscripted Hotel: Durham, NC Unscripted Hotel in North Carolina’s Research Triangle adds a new chapter to what was once the Jack Tar Motor Lodge. The rooms recall that motel’s 1960s heyday, blending the decade’s pop design with modern functionality and unexpected details, like custom murals with psychedelic patterns. Socialize at the rooftop pool bar, or wander down to The Studio, a playful take on the classic mid-century rec room. There’s more on tap at Pour Taproom, a pay-by-the-ounce craft beer and wine bar, and at allday, which is part coffee bar, part meet-up spot.

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The Farmer’s Daughter: Los Angeles, CA
When The Farmer’s Daughter opened near the Original Farmers Market during the 1960s, it was a popular lodging spot for starry-eyed ingenues coming to town seeking fame and fortune. However, by the 1980s, it had become somewhat of a no-tell motel. As the neighborhood’s fortunes turned in the 1990s, so did those of The Farmer’s Daughter. The aging ingenue underwent her most recent facelift in 2016. Rooms feature one-of-a-kind installation boxes showing various interpretations of the “farmer’s daughter” lifestyle. Other handmade artwork pops up throughout the hotel and the boutique features a variety of curated clothing and accessories made by local designers.

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Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa: Calistoga, CA
Calistoga is known for its mineral-filled mud and springs. Why not take a bath in it at the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa? Enveloped by the Mayacamas Mountains, this vibrant, yet laid-back property is a classic 1940s roadside motel reimagined with a road-tripping theme. Each room is outfitted with a camper banquette and splashes from a mid-century color palette. Explore the secluded, whimsical spa, modeled after a classic bathhouse. Anchored by geothermal mineral water-fed pools, the spa puts a quirky spin on mineral baths and therapies from around the world.

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The Jupiter: Portland, OR
A neon road sign welcomes all callers to The Jupiter in Portland’s Burnside neighborhood. The 1960s motor lodge maintains its original exterior, but a recent update has brought a bit of Portlandia inside. As you enter your room, a personalized message appears on the chalkboard door. Rooms are simple….and those earplugs by the bed are there for a reason. Still, for those who like to be in the center of the action, the neighborhood is filled with hipster hangouts, and trendy live music joint Doug Fir is motel-adjacent.

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The Downtown Clifton Hotel: Tucson, AZ
A funky blend of Mexican, Native American and Northern European influences, Tucson deserves a hotel worthy of its arty and eclectic vibe. Enter the Downtown Clifton Hotel, a true mid-century gem featuring guestrooms outfitted with vintage furniture. This seductive and budget-friendly charmer sits a short walk from the city’s vibrant and compact downtown and boasts Instagrammable murals, a low-key hangout area and discounts to the coolest bars and eateries around town.


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