Unique Hotels in Major Cities Across the USA

  • 01 of 08

    Mama Shelter: Los Angeles, California

    Rooftop at Mama Shelter hotel in Los Angeles
    Mama Shelter

    Why it's worth the trip: An “urban kibbutz” in the heart of Hollywood, Mama Shelter HollyWood is all about fun and community. The lobby encourages guests to play and socialize with an eight-person foosball table, board games and instruments for impromptu jam sessions. The hotel opened a rooftop paradise last April that features a restaurant and bar, outdoor yoga fitness center and a screening area for watching Hollywood classics under the stars. If you're visiting Mama Shelter during the summer, the hotel puts on a nightlife series with guest DJs and other events for guests and the Hollywood community. The panoramic views of Los Angeles signatures, such as the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles sky-scrape, make the Mama Shelter roof a must-see.

    Booking details: Rooms start at $159 a night. Check out Mama Shelter’s website for room reservations and fun offers like the “Love Offer,” which includes a late 2 p.m. checkout and a bottle of champagne and strawberries. 

  • 02 of 08

    The Liberty Hotel: Boston, Massachusetts

    The Liberty Hotel in Boston.

     Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel

    Why it's worth the trip: Originally built as a jail back in 1851, the Liberty Hotel was once home to some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. In 1990, the prison was declared unfit, and the last prisoners were moved out. The Liberty underwent a renovation in 2001 but it left the original granite exterior and interiors mostly unchanged. It also made sure to honor the plans of the original architect, Gridley James Fox Bryant, who wanted a dramatic cupola feature, but had his grand plan reduced to save money. The renovation team looked to Bryant’s original drawings for inspiration and rebuilt the cupola in his honor. Today, the prison’s signature catwalks wrap around the light-filled cupola and lead off to guest rooms. The hotel offers tours and history of the former residents for interested guests.

    Booking details: Rooms start at $340 a night. For those looking for a space to host a special event, The Liberty offers meeting spaces and dining rooms for any celebration.

  • 03 of 08

    Condado Vanderbilt Hotel: San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Lobby at Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    Condado Vanderbilt

    Why it's worth the trip: Sitting right along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, the Condado Vanderbilt has been hosting illustrious guests for a hundred years. The land the hotel still sits on was bought by Frederick William Vanderbilt in 1919, with the goal of building a luxurious getaway for the mainland’s elite. He designed the original hotel himself, and everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Charles Lindbergh has been a guest in the years since.

    Today, the renovated hotel entices guests with its seven dining options, spa, and multiple pools. Its premier restaurant, 1919, won a Wine Spectator award and has a 2-star Michelin chef in the kitchen, Chef Juan Jose Cuevas. For those looking to relax, the Condado offers pool and beach butlers for their private beach and pool cabanas. Its spa has a vast menu of services from massages to facials to body wraps, and is the only spa in Puerto Rico that offers Hamman, an ancient Turkish purification ritual performed with modern techniques.

    Booking details: With its sun and temperate climate, Puerto Rico is a hot spot for mainlanders looking to flee the cold so make sure to book winter getaways early. 

  • 04 of 08

    Hotel Max: Seattle, Washington

    A hallway in Seattle's Hotel Max.

    Courtesy of Hotel Max

    Why it's worth the trip: Minutes away from Seattle’s famous Pike Place MarketHotel Max is all about the arts. Each hallway is dedicated to a different Seattle photographer, and full-size photos paper the guest room doors. Its fifth floor is dedicated to famed Seattle record label Sub Pop, and the walls are decked out in record covers and posters. Each room on the floor also has a Crosley record player and a curated selection of vinyl records.

    Traveling with a furry friend? The Max offers a welcome set with treats, toys and an eco-friendly bed from West Paw Design. You can also order a room service meal for Fido that is designed with pets' nutritional needs in mind. To top it all off, the hotel invites every guest to a complimentary craft beer happy hour, where you can taste and enjoy a selection of Seattle’s best craft beers.

    How to Book: Hotel Max's rooms start at just $104 a night. Be sure to check for special offers to score perks like free parking or a third nights free stay.

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  • 05 of 08

    The Hotel Saint Cecilia: Austin, Texas

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    Why it's worth the trip The Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin is named after and was created in dedication to the patron saint of music and poetry, Cecilia. They say their inspiration comes from "the great era of late 1960's and early 1970's when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of established convention. We pay tribute to the great creative legacy of our revolutionary idols and to the spirit of the artist that lies within us all." The overall atmosphere reflects the atmosphere of Austin, a music capital of the United States. Their tribute to Saint Cecilia and the music greats of the beat generation make this hotel the perfect spot for historians and music lovers.

    Booking details: The Hotel Saint Cecilia offers reservations in their studios, suites, or poolside bungalows. Prices average around $500 a night.

  • 06 of 08

    ACME Hotel Company: Chicago, Illinois

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    Why it's worth the trip:  ACME Hotel Company in Chicago is an oasis for tech lovers. This new, modern hotel in downtown Chicago is located just 2 1/2 blocks from the Magnificent Mile. ACME's convenient location is just one of the perks the hotel offers: They are all about high tech connection. Each guest has access to their hotspot to-go Wifi for free and gets wifi throughout the city. Guests can check out apple watches and google glass during their stay. With all of these free perks, ACME is the perfect hotel for tech lovers.

    Booking details: The ACME Hotel Company has lots of special packages, such as the shopping package and girlfriend getaway, guys getaway package, hair of the dog package, and ACME Street Art tour.

  • 07 of 08

    The Pelican Hotel: Miami, FL

    Lobby of Pelican Hotel in Miami
    Pelican Hotel

    Why it's worth the trip:  Guests of the Pelican Hotel will find that every room is like it’s own movie set. Each room has their own style and quirks in the design. Each room’s unique touches allow guests to pick a space based on their individual personality. The hotel opened in 1994 and has been a big Miami Beach hit since then, often called Miami’s “coolest” hotel. Each room is unique and different and designed by Swedish interior decorator Magnus Ehrland.

    Booking details: The Pelican Hotel has 29 unique rooms to match your mood or personality. Check out the themed room,  "people from 1950's" or "born in the stars and stripes."

  • 08 of 08

    The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina: Charleston, SC

    Outdoor chessboard at the Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
    Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

    Why it's worth the trip:   Not your typical Charleston hotel, the nautical inspired Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina has views of downtown Charleston, the marina and harbor, Arthur Ravenel Bridge and USS Yorktown. The hotel has a water taxi that will take you straight to downtown Charleston or a complimentary trolley that will drive you across the bridge to see the sights. 

    This hotel has all the little touches that make it feel like homey getaway, from the seersucker robes in the rooms to a giant outdoor chessboard. There are two pools, a spa, and several restaurants, but what makes it truly unique is that guests here can learn to sail at one of the top sailing schools in the world. They can also arrange for private charters on a yacht or catamaran, as the resort boasts the largest marina in the Carolinas with more than 450 yachts and sailboats.

    Booking details: Rates start at $229. To make reservations at the hotel, contact 843-856-0028 or visit www.charlestonharborresort.com.