Hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting, and airline-quality breakfasts, have earned it. But they’re not all that way. Here, we bring you some hotels that may not be on your radar, but definitely should be. Let’s get started.
Room Mate Hotels
The genius marketing idea behind the international Room Mate Hotels brand is to make guests feel as though they are simply staying with a stylish, fun, and in-the-know friend in a great neighborhood. Each of the hotels, with outposts everywhere from New York City to Amsterdam to Granada, is named after a “friend.” Brand standards include quality breakfasts, designer rooms, and coveted locations.
TRYP hotels are endorsed by the luxury Wyndham brand, giving a certain sense of gravitas to the hipper. Each of the hotels (found everywhere from Uruguay to Australia) focuses on food, rooms with the latest technology, and helping guests feel like they’re part of the city. TRYP New York City Times Square South is an excellent pick for stylish families.
The Hotel Indigo chain has it going on, with none of the pretension that can be found at some other cool hotels. There’s a focus on neighborhood and community, with each hotel designed to emulate its surroundings.These hotels are fresh, bright, and approachable. Wi-Fi is always free, and pets are welcome.
From the moment guests step into the lobby at an Andaz Hotel (the boutique offshoot of the Hyatt brand), it’s obvious that these properties are very cool. Traditional reception desks have been replaced by friendly hosts who check guests into the hotel with iPads. At Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, views from the top floors of the massive skyscraper can be downright distracting.
Joie de Vivre Hotels
Boutique-style and happiness go hand-in-hand — sometimes with the added perk of the beach — at Joie de Vivre Hotels. There’s a surfer-chic edge at many of the brand’s properties in Arizona, Hawaii and California, with pops of citrus color that evoke the sun’s rays.
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