Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chic Stays: Boutique Hotels

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Chic Stays: Boutique Hotels.

Whether you’re making your way to the beaches of Miami, or impersonating the life of a celebrity in Beverly Hills, why not make the most of your stay by seeking comfort in the most chic of places? After all, where you stay for your trip can make or break a getaway.

Which brings us to the world of boutique hotels, the intimate and luxurious approach to travel. Differentiating from large hotel chains, boutique hotels are known for their personalized services and accommodations, each hotel usually ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms.  Often furnished in a specific theme, boutique hotels can lend more attention to design since the experience is most definitely focused on quality. Since they are smaller establishments, they sometimes employ big names in design to do the decor dirty work. While maintaining a fashionable and hip aesthetic, they also offer lively atmospheres, whether it be in the form of delicious restaurants, trendy bars and lounges. No matter what, these perks will make your stay anything but boring!

With this in mind, we bring you our top 5 picks in boutique hotels, all found in great cities that will surely make your stay something worth remembering.

The Keating, San Diego, CA
With a cutting-edge style and a happening atmosphere, The Keating, located in the heart of San Diego, CA, houses 35 rooms and offers a scenic view of the beachy city. Set apart by its jaw-dropping interior, avant-garde furniture, and glass-walled bathrooms, the hotel takes you by surprise. Its high-design aesthetic is a stark contrast to the building’s aged appearance. Placed at the edge of the Gaslamp District, it not only has access to the city’s cultural arts, but it also allows for boutique shopping trips and adventurous eats—both of which are sure to keep you entertained during your trip. The best part? Everything you need is within walking distance, so the issue of transportation is nonexistent!

Maison 140, Los Angeles, CA
Characterized by its French and Mandarin-inspired décor, Maison 140 is a charmingly intimate 43-room boutique located in the coveted city of Beverly Hills.  However, despite its lux location, the hotel is anything but pretentious. With colorful, antique-inspired hotel rooms, and wallpaper reminiscent of the past, its striking appearance simultaneously maintains an inviting and warm ambiance—an aesthetic perfect for any traveler. Fully equipped with high speed internet and Italian linens, Maison 140’s environment becomes a refuge. Each guest room experiences a life of its own. With close vicinity to Rodeo Drive, this is definitely the place to be during a visit to Los Angeles.

The Crosby Street Hotel
 , Manhattan, NY
At first glance, The Crosby Street Hotel screams sophistication—the high ceilings, full-length windows, and 11 floors of contemporary design show off the hotel’s hip décor.  Located at the cobblestoned heart of SoHo, one of New York City’s trendiest neighborhoods, the 86-room hotel presents tons of pizazz. And while the rooms are aesthetically pleasing, each beautifully furnished with playful patterns and bright furniture, they are also spacious and provide stunning views of the city…views that are sure to hypnotize you into that New York state of mind.

Sagamore, The Art Hotel
 , Miami, FL
Situated within Miami’s Art Deco Historic District, the sleek Sagamore is right by the ocean’s edge. The South Beach atmosphere is a free perk that comes with the location. From the city’s Art Deco Walk to museums galore, Sagamore is perfect for the artistically adept, the hotel’s extensive collection of contemporary art a mere tease from what is to be expected outside of the boutique hotel’s high-end walls. With 93 suites and two-story bungalows, it’s a luxurious find, dripping with grown-up gadgetry and stylish furniture. Overall, Sagamore invites creativity—from fashion events to photo shoots—rewarding its visitors with a scene that’s so hip, your stay will be anything but bland.

The James, Chicago, Chicago, IL
Offering a more stylish design for the trendy traveler, The James in Chicago is much more lavish than your average boutique.  Yes, the style is minimal, simple, and modern with pops of color.  However, the presentation exudes class, and the sleek and clean lines of the white furniture gives it an edge of lavishness. With swanky décor (vast TV screens, hip entertainment centers, and modern spa-style bathrooms), in combination with a hip and happening atmosphere, the hotel is placed smack dab in the heart of downtown Chicago—meaning endless shopping, delicious dining and carefree mingling all trip long!

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