Words by Tyrus Townsend
There’s nothing more satisfying than the taste of luxury in well-appointed digs. In 2018, the standard for a dope weekend getaway spot ought to mix modern, vintage and minimalist aesthetics with built-in hospitality services. But beyond looks, we need to feel accommodated on every level: a well-stocked mini bar, sleek furnishings, palate-pleasing cuisine, and a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center.
Having traveled numerous times across seas, deserts, and mountains, finding a hotel that is multi-faceted is essential to the soul. When plotting that next getaway, consider these spots that’ll make you want to take up permanent residency…
1. 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
The art-focused 21c Museum Hotel Louisville is a cultural institution merging the art enthusiast and the design fanatic under one roof. The 91-room property, housed in five renovated 19th-century buildings, boasts exposed bricks and minimal, industrial styles reminiscent of time-honored heritage architecture and design. Enjoy daily docent tours of the gallery and snap a photo with the iconic penguin – you’ll never want to leave!
Tip: Bring your camera – this place is photographer’s paradise.
2. The James Hotel, Chicago, IL
Fly into The Windy City and take temporary residency at The James Hotel Chicago for a bros weekend. The property is magnificent: 297 guest rooms, a modern, jazz vibe, cool amenities, and hi-tech perks. Once you’ve unpacked and met up with the crew, grab an Uber and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and downtown Chicago. Grab a meal at David Burke’s Primehouse and a nightcap at craft cocktail lounge, Jimmy Chicago.
Tip: Book now and ensure lodging for the upcoming Taste of Chicago.
3. The Dewberry Hotel, Charleston, SC
With a Mad Man-esque vibe, you’ll be feelin’ like Don Draper once you step foot inside The Dewberry. As a repurposed mid-century modern office building, the owner John Dewberry created a diamond out of coal: cherry wood paneled walls, Poul Kjaerholm sofas, and original marble walls repurposed as table tops at the on-site brasserie, Henrietta’s. Offering 155 spacious guest rooms featuring hand illustrated wallpaper from local artisans, check-in and stroll to King Street for some amazing shopping.
Tip: Befriend a local and invite them for some Lowcountry fare and a regional cocktail.
4. 11 Howard, SoHo, NYC
A former post office building-turned Scandinavian-designed hotel, 11 Howard is the hidden gem of NYC’s trendy SoHo neighborhood. Stocked with a curated selection of artisanal snacks in the minibar, take in the charm of your impeccably decorated room before heading downstairs to Stephen Star’s Le Coucou restaurant, which is sure to lead to stopping at a nearby nightclub, like The Blond. Wake up the next morning and do some retail therapy at Opening Ceremony and post-up for the gram on the legendary cobblestone streets.
Tip: Enjoy NYFW: Men’s during the day and retreat back in the evening for the comfort of a bed, fit for a king.
5. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Awarded Best Hotel in 2017 by USA Today readers, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is a former whiskey blending and bottling industry building transformed into a four-room boutique hotel in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Enjoy exposed duct pipes, barrel-weighing scales and pulley systems (think of a Neo-Brooklyn, industry city vibes). Dress down in dark denim, a camp collar shirt and a clean pair of trainers to blend right in. After check-in, head downstairs to the restaurant and enjoy wood-fired pizza, your favorite brown cocktail, and a healthy dose of brotherly love.
Tip: Expect to indulge in Aesop bathroom products. Your body will thank you later.
6. Ace Hotel, Portland, OR
The Rebirth of Cool is everything right about the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. From the laid-back vibe, fresh music, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters inside the building, the Northwest outpost of the Ace franchise is sicker than your average trendy boutique spot; expect recycled and repurposed materials from the original Clyde Hotel and works from local artists throughout the property. No need for fancy fare, enjoy a hearty meal at the retro-themed Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen.
Tip: Services are responsibly priced. Good spot for mingling with a group of locals and creative types.
7. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, TX
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the trendy Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is like a dream. Each of the 319 pet-friendly guest rooms are outfitted in cool, masculine hues of white, dark gray, and blues with images of iconic musicians gracing the walls everywhere. Enjoy free wi-fi, yoga mats, a well-stocked bar, and pamper yourself with Atelier Bloem bath amenities. Also, decrease your carbon footprint and see the city in a cool way by utilizing Kimpton’s public bicycles for a tour around the city.
Tip: Book this hotel for SXSW 2019