15 Best Boutique Hotels in the U.S. 2021

Petite and chic, fashionable and design forward, boutique hotels never cease to fill your feed with Instagram gold. These intimate retreats can feel like carefully curated Airbnbs with the food and amenities of a high-end hotel. Whether you’re looking to book a long weekend within driving distance or an extended stay in a locale far away, options abound, which is why we took the liberty of whittling the field. Here are 15 of the hottest boutique hotels around the country right now.


Hotel Grand Stark, Portland, Oregon


Originally built in 1908 as a hotel, this historic Portland building served as a furniture manufacturer for 80 years before returning to its hospitality roots in early 2021. This 57-room hotel is located in the city’s artsy Central Eastside neighborhood, with a lobby that reads like a funky gallery space befitting the neighborhood surrounding it. Food and drink options include Grand Stark Deli, which serves up casual all-day eats and Bar Chamberlain, a mix of crafty cocktails and fine fare.


The Ramble Hotel, Denver


The first hotel in Denver’s River North Art District, The Ramble mixes the artsy grit of its neighborhood with a moody glam inspired by 17th-century French salons. It partnered with a local arts organization to curate works for each of its 50 guest rooms, and romantics will feel right at home amid the deep-blue millwork, velvet upholstery, and brass light fixtures. Death & Co, an outpost of the New York City speakeasy that serves killer cocktails, takes up residence in the lobby bar. Other standouts on site include Vauxhall—an intimate music venue, theater, and bar—and Super Mega Bien, a pan-Latin restaurant serving small plates via dim sum–style carts.


The George, Montclair, New Jersey


A hipster hideaway for Jersey suburbanites, Montclair is a small town with a big personality, boasting a burgeoning art, restaurant, and music scene. The George was opened in 2018 by makeup mogul Bobbi Brown and her husband Steven Plofker, who turned the 1902 Georgian manor into a sophisticated space with worldly flair. Each of the 32 rooms is unique and mixes traditional decor with British touches—all hand-selected and sourced from Brown’s own travels. Makeup mavens will appreciate this tidbit: The George is the only brick-and-mortar where Jones Road, Brown’s new clean beauty line, is available for purchase.


Maison de La Luz, New Orleans


Somewhere between a Southern-style guest house and a glamorous social club is Maison de la Luz. Here, the design is in the details—from the curio-clad walls and bold botanical rugs to the serpent shower door handles in its 67 rooms. And public spaces are the intimate kind. There’s a living room with an armoire housing an honor bar for guests and a sunlit breakfast parlor where NOLA fare like blue crab and gruyere omelettes are mainstays. Guests are granted exclusive access to next-door Bar Marilou through a revolving bookcase.


The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, El Paso, Texas


A defining silhouette in the El Paso skyline, this art deco icon has dazzled the downtown Las Plazas Arts District since it opened its doors in 1930 as one of the first-ever Hiltons. But don’t let the old-world façade fool you: Inside, the property, which underwent a $78 million renovation in 2020, is modern luxury meets Southwestern style. Each room is a play on patterns that echoes the Pueblo Deco architecture and mixes 1930s-style furnishings with luxe contemporary touches. The crown jewel is La Perla, a rooftop bar that was originally a penthouse suite where Elizabeth Taylor once lived.


Gansevoort Meatpacking, New York City


This just-below-14th-Street staple has been home to the in crowd since its birth in 2004, when it helped the Meatpacking District go from forgotten to fashionable. Seventeen years later, the hotel recently reopened its doors after a rooftop-to-basement facelift. Included in the makeover is a new look for each of rooms along with Mirror workouts. What remains the same, however, is the swanky rooftop pool and bar where the who’s who hang. Only now, they can enjoy the 360-degree view while savoring Michelin-rated sushi at the newly opened Saishin pop-up.


Pendry West Hollywood, Los Angeles


Opened in April 2021, Pendry West Hollywood brings a bit of sophisticated glam to L.A.’s Sunset Strip. Designed by architect Martin Brudnizki, the hotel combines old-Hollywood opulence with a dose of California modernism. Dining options, helmed by Wolfgang Puck, include Merois—a fusion of French, Japanese, and Southeast Asian flavors—in a decadent rooftop dining room. Amenities abound here: There’s a rooftop pool, a multipurpose entertainment venue and screening room, a bowling alley, and a luxe spa.


River House at Odette’s, New Hope, Pennsylvania


Located on the banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania’s artsiest enclave, the River House at Odette’s has a storied history that dates back to 1794, when it was built to lodge men working on the water. In 1961, actress Odette Myrtil Logan turned it into a Parisian bistro and cabaret, and last year, it reopened as an edgy-yet-elegant hotel. The new River House pays homage to its heritage with plush velvets, vintage flair, and a hallmark piano bar, which offers nightly entertainment. Each of its 36 rooms feels more like a bespoke bedroom you might find in a well-appointed manor where no detail is left unturned. Central to dining is Odette’s, with its locally inspired cuisine.


The Foundry Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina


Nestled among the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, this restored steel factory is a funky mix of modern and industrial. The hotel features 87 rooms and a standout Appalachian-inspired soul food restaurant. To immerse guests in local culture, offerings include neighborhood tours with an on-site historian, chauffeured brewery visits via the hotel’s in-house Tesla, and private hot-air balloon rides.


The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey


The Asbury brings the best of Brooklyn hipsterism to the Jersey Shore. Housed in an old Salvation Army building, the hotel, which opened in 2016, was the first the area had seen in over 50 years—and it set an artsy-chic scene for the burgeoning cultural and restaurant renaissance that revived the neighborhood. When not at the block-away beach, you can relax poolside with sips of local beer dispensed from a VW van, have cocktails at the rooftop bar, catch a flick at the hotel’s outdoor movie theater, or bowl at the attached Asbury Lanes.


HarbourView Inn, Charleston, South Carolina


Situated in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown, this intimate waterfront retreat mixes classic Southern comfort with modern hospitality. Traditional, elegant decor defines each of the 52 rooms, as does a sleep-inducing Tempur-Pedic bed. From nightly wine and cheese to flowing Champagne, which can be sipped from the rooftop, down-home hospitality is around every corner. You can even ask the concierge to coordinate activities—think picnics at scenic spots, historian-led walking tours, or wine tasting at a local bar—for a more bespoke stay.


The Winston, Solvang, California


Located in the storybook Danish village of Solvang in Santa Barbara wine country, The Winston might as well be the setting of a fairy tale. It’s housed in an historic mill that showcases 14 rooms—one of which is located in the clocktower—and no two are alike, each featuring furniture and curio collected across the globe. Hospitality here is hands-off in the best possible way: Instead of a lobby, guests get an access code for check-in. Rather than happy hour in the lobby, there’s a guest-only honor bar, and in lieu of a buffet brunch, breakfast is delivered to your door.


Marram, Montauk, New York


With ocean views in every room, Marran is beach-bungalow perfection. The 96-room retreat, which opened in 2020, reflects the natural dunescape outside and evokes the effortless feel of a fashionable seaside cottage. Furniture is crafted from reclaimed fishing boats, and photographs from surf photographer Brian Bielmann line the walls. Guests can grab a bite at Mostrador Marram, a South American cafe, or learn to catch a wave with surf lessons from Engstrom Surf.


The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia


A long-standing Philadelphia institution, this Rittenhouse Square hotel recently underwent a $10 million redesign. Guests are greeted by an idyllic stone courtyard with a fountain and manicured gardens that give way to a marble and mahogany kind of refinement inside. Among the spacious rooms is the 1400-square-foot presidential suite, and amenities include a full-service spa, the craft cocktail–focused Library Bar, and several restaurants, including the glossy Italian eatery Scarpetta.


Bobby Hotel, Nashville


From the live rooftop music sets to Sunday drag brunch, Bobby Hotel is a nod to Nashville’s vibrant music and creative scene. Rooms bring on the funk with fun details, and the casual coolness extends to its decidedly dive-y bar adorned with neon art by an L.A. street artist and salvaged car parts. If that’s not enough to charm you, the hotel’s dog-in-residence, Harry, will. In partnership with the Nashville Humane Association, Harry is an emotional support pup in training, who will ultimately find a forever home with a U.S veteran.

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