They may not be cheap, but they’re boutique and chic…

There’s something special about staying in a boutique hotel, knowing that you’re getting an experience truly unlike anywhere else. These hotels aren’t just designed to look unique – they actually are. The restaurant – unique. The spa – also unique. The staff – deeply passionate about their hotel and guests. With fewer rooms, boutiques must ensure every traveler feels like a true VIP and if you manage to secure a reservation at one of these highly sought after spots, we think you certainly will…

a house with a red door and a brick walkwayZero George Street, Charleston

This dreamy hotel has 16 guest rooms and oozes southern charm and hospitality. The gorgeous setting and perfect location make it the ideal place for any Charleston stay, whether you’re there on business or pure relaxation. Be sure to book a table at the hotel restaurant “Zero”, offering exquisite dishes with local southern inspired ingredients.

Link: Zero George

a building with a bell tower and a fence in the snowWashington School House Hotel, Park City

Park City, Utah, is known as the perfect spot for your next ski holiday, which it totally is, but it is also a lovely destination all year round. Hello, off peak rates. Boasting truly gorgeous scenery, a heated pool and spa, incredible amenities, truly top notch food, warm, cosy rooms and friendly service, this very private hotel will keep you more than entertained, and perhaps – never wanting to leave!

Link: Washington School House

a pool with lounge chairs and a building with a poolTower23 Hotel, San Diego

They say location, location, location – and Tower23 has an incredible location. When you’re relaxing poolside watching the dramatic sunsets over Pacific beach, you certainly won’t want to leaeve. Perhaps, except to visit the excellent hotel restaurant, JRDN, with equally good views. The hotel is close to downtown San Diego and La Jolla, so you’ll have plenty to keep you busy, on the off chance you get bored of the views or gorgeous rooms.

Link: Tower23

a room with colorful ceiling and a bed21c Museum Hotel, Louisville

Just find the red penguins. 21c is museum, art gallery, cocktail den, exotic boutique and social space all rolled into one. The rooms are extremely functional yet quirky, the location is second to none in up and coming downtown Louisville and just about everything you encounter from the food to the art is extremely Instagrammable. It’s a truly wonderful place to stay.

Link: 21c Museum Hotel

a bedroom with a bed and a tableLongman & Eagle, Chicago

These six hip, minimalist scandi inspired rooms sit above a superb farm-to-table restaurant and a “too cool for school” whiskey bar serving exquisite cocktails. If that sounds like your urban dream – this is unquestionably the Chicago spot for you. Well located in Logan Square, these fun rooms offer excellent value for a central stay in a great city, away from the bustle of the banking areas.

Link: Longman & Eagle

a room with a bed and a pink suitcaseHotel Saint Cecilia, Austin

All we can say is this: it will be extremely hard to leave this stunning property, even though the delights of South Austin are just moments away. The luscious grounds, heated pool, musical vibe, extra large guest rooms and restaurant are only open to guests, giving you a secluded and private stay. Staying here is like being in Fleetwood Mac’s dressing room, at the best of times.

Link: Hotel Saint Cecilia

a room with a brick wall and a blue couchThe High Line Hotel, New York

To find a unique hotel amidst the robust competition in a city like New York is rare, and this hotel really gives new meaning to a New York City trip. Located in one of the best neighborhoods, with easy access to the High Line – it’s perfect for everything from a lovely stroll above the city to a low key hideout away from the crowds. Well, at least the ultra touristy crowds. You’re only steps away from the best clubs in New York City. The vintage inspired rooms full of modern amenities, beautiful gardens and chic vibe throughout makes it the perfect NYC stay.

Link: High Line Hotel

a bedroom with a large bed and a fireplacePoetry Inn, Napa

Going on holiday to Napa can only mean one thing – ok, maybe three things: wine tasting, spa treatments and incredible food. Top that off with this secluded five room property where your each and every need is taken care of, and you’re on to a total winner. Each room has its own private balcony to enjoy the beautiful sunsets paired with a world class glass of wine.

Link: Poetry Inn

a pool with chairs and umbrellasHidden Pond, Maine

Open between May and October, this is an incredible place to spend some time in the summer. The beautifully designed one or two bedroom cottages are spread over 60 dreamy acres and seamlessly combine nature with luxury. Roam the grounds on bikes or check out some high quality yoga classes in between ventures around Kennebunkport – you can’t go wrong.

Link: Hidden Pond

a lavender field in front of a houseLos Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Albuquerque

This magnificent property includes 50 guest rooms, an organic farm, lavender fields and lush gardens – and as you can probably guess, an amazing restaurant serving fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. You’d be rightfully excused if you forget for a moment you’re in New Mexico, and not Provence. Perfect for beautiful hikes, relaxing by the salt water pool, or trying your hand at farming. Yep, the friendly staff will let you give it a go. This is a food lovers dream stay.

Link: Los Poblanos

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. I just got back from Charleston. I visited Zero George and was shown a couple of the nicest suites. I wasn’t impressed with the rooms, however, I was with the service and hospitality. For aesthetics, I recommend the Dewberry and for service The Spectator is exceptional and the cocktails at there bar are considered some of the best in Charleston. Just my two cents.

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