Located on a residential street in Nashville’s oldest neighbourhood, The Germantown Inn looks much the same from the outside as it did when it was a two-storey home owned by a prominent shoemaker in the 1860s. The first and only hotel in Germantown, the six-room property is walking distance from downtown and many of the city’s best restaurants and shops.
Original features include hardwood floors, red brick walls and decorative fireplaces. Each suite is named after a former president, such as “The Madison” and “The Jefferson,” and features a quirky presidential portrait by local artist and graphic designer Caitlin Mello. Large windows flood rooms with sunlight, and made-in-Nashville brass chandeliers add a chic, modern touch. Outside, cozy up in the courtyard or enjoy downtown views from the rooftop terrace. Rates from US$299.
East of Hollywood’s neon lights between Hillhurst Avenue and Vermont Avenue, this petite boutique hotel is an artsy hideaway in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood. With an ultra-local ambience, the 1920s building has just nine suites, each feeling like its very own L.A. apartment. Ranging in size from a suite to a two-bedroom flat, the rooms bring to life different chapters in the story of writer George Covell, a globetrotting fictional character (created by the hotel’s designer) who bounces from New York to Paris and beyond. Though every room has its own eclectic look, all have a king-sized bed and kitchenette featuring a Smeg fridge. Downstairs, intimate Bar Covell is a popular local hangout offering an astounding 150 wines by the glass and rotating beers on tap, along with cheese and charcuterie platters. Rates from US$295. —Sara Benson
The complimentary, white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies and Voss water may not be the primary reasons for bunking at the 14-room Prime Hotel—the location on Ocean Drive and the nearby famous beaches in the Art Deco District of South Beach also make it a solid choice—but they certainly sweeten your stay. Owner Myles Chefetz considers the hotel an extension of his dining brand and had the structure, which houses Prime Lounge in its lobby, renovated largely for out-of-town regulars of his upscale eateries. Chefetz’s award-winning restaurants Prime 112, Prime Italian, Prime Fish and Big Pink are just steps away, and guests can take advantage of preferential reservations at these eateries. Guest-room highlights include white-and-chrome mid-century Miami Modern furnishings, tech-updated bathrooms (with wall-mounted, flat screen televisions) and L’Occitane en Provence bath and beauty products. The rooftop pool overlooks South Beach, Nikki Beach and the South of Fifth neighbourhood. Rates from US$250. —Jen Karetnick
Sleep in an Old Railway Station, a Treehouse or an Airstream Trailer
For avant-garde accommodations, these three hotels offer something a little different. Stay at Union Station Hotel Nashville for railway history, Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island for a treehouse sleep or Kate's Lazy Desert in Landers, California, for a comfy Airstream trailer experience.