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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.

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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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Some of us might already be past our wildest spring break years, but if it’s a rowdy and libidinous dose of booze and bikinis you seek, know that the annual march of coeds from thawing Northeast and Midwestern tundras to sex and alcohol-fueled sun belt climes is still alive and well. If you’re looking to be showered with “champies” while knee deep in a packed pool of millennial soup while a DJ spins sick beats, know that these pool parties deliver. Just remember: In the era of social media, somebody will probably be filming you!

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Swim Club at Hyde Beach: SLS Hotel Miami
French designer Philippe Starck is said to have envisioned the two pools at the SLS Miami as bathtubs (which might explain the 10-foot silver ducky sculpture), but bathtubs rarely see this much action. Think wet ‘n’ wild weekends heating up to a boil with the likes of Retreat Fridays and SLS Sunday’s, but whose main event is Swim Club Saturdays featuring champagne showers, bottle parades, house beats courtesy of Magic City’s best DJs and beautiful people galore. (Don’t forget to pack your self esteem.)

Encore Beach Club at the Wynn Las Vegas
There are a zillion pool parties happening up and down (and even beyond) the Strip, but desert temps are chilly in winter and not all Vegas pools are spring break ready. Enter Encore Beach Club at the Wynn which kicks off its season this year on March 2 boasting a crazy good lineup of world-class DJs (Lost Kings, Flosstradamus, Afrojack, etc.) and tons of sun-drenched shenanigans despite the fact that the Wynn hotel has a reputation for being classy AF.

Mandala Beach Club, Cancun
You can’t swing a drunken frat bro in Cancun without hitting a pool party tailor-made to make every twentysomething’s spring break fantasy of bikini contests, body shots and unlimited tanning oil come true. Located between all the mega resorts in the city’s ballyhooed Hotel Zone is the Mandala Beach Club, a combination pool (there are three of them) and beach party cranked up to megawatt levels of fun thanks to booze, beats and pretty boys and girls. Stick around Tuesday evening for the nighttime version of it all.

The Country Club New Orleans
Spring is the highest of high pool seasons in a city that is either wet, swampy or humid the rest of the year, and for decades in-the-know locals and visitors alike have sought R&R at this American bistro largely known for its sprawling backyard patio. At one time a gay hangout, the Country Club has long since been overrun with hetero hipsters and boasts a saltwater pool, sauna, hot tub, outdoor bar (duh, it’s NOLA) and projector screen for nighttime dive in movies.

Maya Day + Nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona
You wouldn’t think Phoenix was a such a huge mecca for retirees after spending an afternoon at this rowdy and sun-soaked Vegas-style pool party where hundreds of swimsuit-clad millennials booze it up while bumping and grinding on each other to the sounds of A-list DJs like Steve Aoki. There’s a whole nightclub component as well so don’t think the party end just because the sun goes down.

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Club Le Vela: Panama City Beach, FL
Some Florida city is always claiming the Spring Break mantle and presently that title belongs to Panama City and its 26 miles of white-sand beaches. Reigning over the scene is Club Le Vela, the largest nightclub in the US and self-proclaimed “Spring Break Capital of the World.” There’s both a pool—the epicenter of daytime action—and plenty of beachfront: There’s also 48 bar stations, 10 theme rooms and, somewhere across America, thousands of worried mothers.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs
Sleepy is the best way to describe the Palm Springs of a decade ago. All that changed when the Coachella crowds started swarming this desert city and young Hollywood weekenders soon followed. The Ace Hotel, a boutique purveyor of hipster lodgings saw a void to fill and—voila!—a legend was born. Sure, the scene here is mellow compared to its Vegas counterparts, but bands, DJs and rowdy millennials guarantee a good time at this Instagrammable hotel.

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Coachella is quickly approaching and time is running out to book a hotel for the event (though you can still get your tickets right here). The music and arts festival in the California desert has gained so much popularity in recent years that the demand for places to stay is at an all time high. The festival, which takes place over two weekends in April (13-15 and 20-22) has an amazing lineup this year, featuring artists like Eminem, Haim, Alt-J, Beyoncé, Cardi B, St. Vincent and dozens of others. If you’re hoping to be part of the audience for this years event, book your hotel ASAP. We’ve rounded up the 9 hotels that (as of this writing) you can still book for Coachella 2018.

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Welk Resorts Palm Springs
This desert oasis is located in Cathedral City; Coachella rooms start at $499/night.

Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
An adults only escape, Two Bunch Palms is in the heart of Desert Hot Spring, only a 30-minute drive from the festival.

Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs
If Coachella is a once in a lifetime event for you, book a once in a lifetime hotel! The bungalows are pricey (starting at $1,079 nightly for the second weekend) but the luxe accommodations will be very much appreciated after a long and sweaty day at the fest.

Days Inn Palm Springs
Starting at just $360/night, this is one of the most affordable properties still available over the dates of the festival. Rooms will likely go quickly.

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
This stunning property is just minutes from Joshua Tree and overlooks Coachella Valley. Rates start at $362/night but there are only a few rooms left, so hurry!

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The Mediterraneo Resort
Two pools, a sauna, and a hot tub will greet you after a long day at Coachella, for just $394/night at this desert retreat.

Desert Rain Spa Hotel
Guest rooms at this Desert Hot Springs Hotel are simply decorated in a mid-century modern aesthetic. The 50 rooms look out onto a natural courtyard with 8 pools and will cost you around $399/night during Coachella.

Royal Plaza Inn
One of the only properties that still has availability in Indio, (the closest town to Coachella), you’ll pay around $420/night here. There are only a few rooms left so if you plan to book, don’t hesitate!

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
A true Palm Springs sanctuary (and a brand new property to boot), pets stay here for free so if you’re pup is a music and arts fan, bring him along! Rates start at $662/night but you’ll get a free car rental when you book through CheapTickets.

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Budget used to mean—at best—boring in the hotel world. But today’s cheap hotels are anything but dull (or dark nor dingy). Check out these design-forward properties around the country that are becoming hot spots for travelers and locals alike.

RELATED: 10 hotels for when you’re young, broke and awesome

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The Pod Washington, DC: Washington, DC

Washington, DC can be very pricey when it comes to finding digs. That’s why the city’s two micro-hotels are welcome additions. Stay at The Pod Washington, DC, located in the heart of Chinatown in the lively Penn Quarter. Sure, the rooms are petite, but they are nice and cozy and optimized for functionality: Bringing along some peas in your pod? Grab connecting rooms with bunk beds. While the rooms are small, the public spaces are sweeping. There’s an art-filled lobby, an AM to PM diner, a rooftop bar with a spectacular view, and a speakeasy-style whiskey bar in the basement.

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Aloft Wichita Northeast: Wichita, Kansas

From the moment you walk into Aloft Wichita Northeast, your expectations of a mellow Midwest may be shattered. The Oz-like colors—bright purple, blue, orange and pink—that welcome you in the lobby may make you believe you’re not in Kansas anymore. Guestrooms are colorful, bright and breezy, with soaring nine-foot ceilings, platform beds and extra-large windows. The spacious and stylish bathrooms have inviting  walk-in showers. The hotel also has a vibrant social scene. No excuses not to partake, because the hotel provides guests with two free signature cocktails at the hip and trendy WXYZ bar each day of their stay.

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Moxy Seattle: Seattle, Washington

Moxy Seattle is perfect for the caffeinated-infused and the creative-enthused. Like its brethren,  Moxy Seattle combines fun-filled public spaces with tiny, but functional rooms. To maximize utility, rooms sport fold-away furniture, under-the-king-size-bed storage and pegs instead of closets. But why hang in your room when there’s so much going on in the lobby? Grab your laptop and head to this multi-use space, where you can  flip through stacks of vinyl or grab drinks at the bar. The hotel is located in the heart of burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, steps away from Lake Union and its array of water sports.

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Unscripted Hotel: Durham, North Carolina

The country’s first Unscripted Hotel is in Durham, North Carolina. Re-imagined from a mid-century landmark motor lodge, it’s quickly becoming a community hot spot for locals and travelers alike. Unscripted Durham rooms blend retro 1960s design with modern functionality and unexpected details, like colorful murals with eye-popping geometric patterns and shapes. There are five food and beverage venues, including one on the rooftop pool deck overlooking the city. Other options for socializing include The Studio, a playful take on the classic mid-century rec room; allday, part coffee bar, part casual meeting hub; and Pour Taproom, a pay-by-the-ounce bar where customers pour their own from 60 plus taps of craft beer, wine and ciders.

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Hotel Hive: Washington, DC

Hotel Hive predates the Pod. DC’s first micro-hotel sits in Foggy Bottom within an easy walk of the National Mall, Kennedy Center and Georgetown. The rooms are simple and stark, with white-washed walls and minimal furnishings.  If you are a light sleeper, stay on the higher floors—they are quieter. Although there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, you might be tempted by the fast-casual &Pizza located downstairs. Go on down…or order up pizza for your room.  Up on the rooftop, a bar serves seasonal cocktails for less than $10 a pop.

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Tru by Hilton: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In the words of Spandau Ballet, “this much is tru(e).”  Oklahoma City is home to the very first Tru by Hilton. Located right by the Oklahoma River, the hotel is a quick ferry ride away from Bricktown – OKC’s entertainment district. It’s also easy to get to the Boathouse District, where RIVERSPORT Rapids provides in-town opportunities for kayaking and whitewater rafting. When it’s time to go back to the hotel, hang out in Tru’s ginormous lobby, where you can mingle with locals or play table or board games. In the morning, take advantage of the ample free breakfast. Don’t miss the toppings bar with 30 sweet and savory items so you can make anything from a healthy helping to an indulgent morning masterpiece.

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In the ever-changing lodging world of Manhattan, new hotels are popping up with features such as ultra-small quarters, accessible luxury and everything in between. Several of these interesting new properties are concentrated in the NoMad area (North of Madison Square Park), a sure indication the neighborhood’s on the rise. When you plan your next visit to New York, be sure to check out one of these memorable new spots, including one that pays homage to the publishing industry and another that draws inspiration from a Dutch painter.

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New “Life” for a historic building

Life Hotel is set inside LIFE Magazine’s former Herald Square headquarters. The 98-room boutique hotel is old-school, just like the publishing world it references. The rooms are simply furnished, but wood floors, white walls and original moldings give the quarters character. The all-marble bathrooms bring a bit more glitz, as does the original artwork commissioned from New York-based virtuosos. Be sure to mosey on down to the intimate basement bar, which functioned as a speakeasy for journalists working during the Prohibition era.

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Where art is the centerpiece

Art is the motif at The Mondrian Park Avenue, a spanking-new design hotel in the middle of buzzing NoMad.  Guests are welcomed with a New York City-inspired statement piece by Ara Starck, which adorns the marble-splashed foyer. Guestrooms also feature modern artwork and other intriguing pops of color. While plush bedding and spacious bathrooms may invite you to just sink in and relax, you don’t want to miss hanging in Fifteen Stories, an all-day space for guests to mix and mingle.

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An inner city oasis

In the same neighborhood, James New York – NoMad is a luxury boutique hotel infused with local culture. Guestrooms feel like urban sanctuaries, thanks to expansive glass windows, contemporary art by local artists, and thoughtful details like yoga mats and in-room pantries filled with local snacks. Ask for a room at the back of the building. In addition to being quiet, your view will be of a peaceful courtyard. Very zen.

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A small space that packs big punch

Moving up Broadway, welcome to the premiere of Moxy Times Square. The rooms are tiny–only 150 to 350 square feet. To maximize utility, there’s fold-away furniture, under-the-bed storage and pegs instead of closets. But why hang in your room when there are vibrant public spaces to see and be seen? Bar Moxy is a versatile space, with a plug-and-play lounge offering flexible seating areas and power outlets galore for co-working. There’s even a DJ booth, to take the vibe from day to night. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is labeled an “urban amusement park.” One seating area is located on a rotating antique carousel, while Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course, features holes with colossal-size animals in compromising poses. Now, that’s moxie.

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Where the hotel’s part of the nabe, and the nabe’s part of the hotel

Through the mixing of gritty New York industrial materials and finishes, and subtle nods to Asian heritage, The Hotel 50 Bowery reflects the story of Chinatown. The hotel embraces its culturally-rich neighborhood, to the point where the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has a permanent exhibit on the second floor. Stepping off the elevators onto the guestroom floors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a vibrant Chinese village at night. Dimly-lit hallways are punctuated by bold works of art created by a Beijing-based graffiti artist. Rooms have  distressed oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a retro-modern aesthetic. Grab a Pan-Asian nibble at Rice & Gold, then keep the party going by sipping cocktails and listening to live music at the Green Lady, the hotel’s stylish parlor lounge.

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A peaceful garden retreat right in Hell’s Kitchen

The former Out NYC is transitioning into Cachet Boutique NYC in November. Located in Hell’s Kitchen on the west side of Midtown, the transformed hotel is marked by Asian-inspired artistic expression, high-tech ingenuity and eco-friendly practices. The place is designed as an urban oasis, from the intimate rooms to the three outdoor gardens. The Retreat is a sun-drenched space under a glass atrium, which opens out to an outdoor deck with a private waterfall.  Want peace and quiet in your room?  Amenities include on-demand personalized meditation sessions and in-room alternative wellness treatments.

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Luxury made accessible on the Lower East Side

New York is known as much as a style capital as it is an expensive hotel city. So  you might be surprised to find both high style and affordability at Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel, which opened this past summer. Another thing you might be surprised to find right in the heart of New York City? The hotel’s serene hidden garden, featuring magnolia and Japanese maple trees, that also serves as a movie-screening and performance space. Schrager, the hotelier behind PUBLIC who’s also known as founder of Studio 54 and the Delano, has also included an on-site restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a lively rooftop bar with great downtown views.


Tagged: City, Destinations, New York City, Top 10 list, Types of Travel