Planning a vacation in the U.S. this summer? Here’s five superb hotels for you to splurge on. Don't feel guilty for pampering yourself for a night or two. You might even forget why you chose the destination in the first place.
Maison de la Luz
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sophisticated southern charm awaits at this 67-room boutique hotel in New Orleans' CBD. On arrival you’ll discover bespoke toiletries, embroidered bed lining and walls adorned with original artwork. The minibars are carefully stocked with curated and locally-sourced goods. Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast and delight in exquisite wine and cheese pairings at the guest-only Living Room bar. Take advantage of priority bookings at the Three Keys live music venue. It's the perfect place to rest your head after a long day exploring the Big Easy.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
Elegance and glamor define this luxury beachfront hotel in the affluent Santa Barbara County neighborhood of Montecito. With large private balconies, courtyards and terraces, the rooms resemble luxury waterfront residences more than hotel rooms. Bask in the chance to sit at a bay window, admire the views and feel the gentle sea breeze. There’s an Italian and farm-to-table restaurant, cabana bar, cocktail lounge and even a poolside ice cream parlor to choose from.
Luxury watchmaker Shinola has taken over two historic buildings in the Woodward shopping district of Downtown Detroit and transformed them into a 129-room boutique hotel. Two new buildings, which replicate the downtown aesthetic, were added and all rooms have original products from the Shinola brand. There’s an Italian restaurant by celebrity-chef Andrew Carmellini and an American beer hall, among other drinking and dining options to keep you entertained.
Marvel at views of the Rocky Mountains without getting out of bed at this River North Art District Hotel. Huge windows and light wood accents allow the 100 rooms and suites to be bathed in natural light. Head up to the rooftop to sample beers from the New Belgium Brewing Company accompanied by splendid Colorado panoramas. An added bonus are the artisan market halls, where you’ll find everything from a baker and barbershop to an art gallery, florist and taqueria.
San Francisco, California
Serial entrepreneur Richard Branson has brought his Virgin brand to the hotel industry in the heart of the SOMA district. Each of the 192 rooms and two penthouse suites comes equipped with ergonomic beds and custom lighting settings. With the Virgin Hotels App you can do everything from ordering room service to scheduling the car valet service and making dinner reservations. The Everdene rooftop garden bar is the perfect place to hangout and drink in the city views.