When you think “hotel,” what comes to mind? White sheets and fluffed pillows? A cookie-cutter hotel room designed just like the one you stayed in last time you traveled?
Sometimes, that might be exactly what you’re looking for: consistency and reliability. Like when you’re on your sixth business trip of the year and you just want a place to sleep and forget about the word “deliverables.” But other times, you want something with a little more personality: a unique hotel that captures the spirit of the city you’re visiting.
We love a hotel that excels in personality and comfort, and you can find a lot of them right here on roomkey.com. To get you started, here are some of our favorite hotels from our partners that are truly unique.
If Savannah is all charm and Southern sophistication, the Mansion on Forsyth Park is Savannah in a single building. You’ll be swept away by the grandness of the lobby and the charm of the unique and beautiful rooms. From the beautiful brick exterior with classic Southern architecture to the luxury interiors, every part of this hotel was crafted with intention. You’re greeted in the lobby by chandeliers and artwork, touches that continue to the immaculately designed rooms with views of the park.
Even with the classic vibes, you won’t miss a single step of modern convenience. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. It’s also located right next to Forsyth Park in the heart of Savannah. You only need to step outside for views of the fountain, Spanish moss, and sprawling trees. You can also visit the on-site restaurant, 700 Drayton, for classic Southern cuisine.
Originally the Grove Hotel built in 1906, The Hoxton today feels unequivocally modern, with large, grand spaces, the building’s original timber columns, exposed brick walls, reclaimed timber floors, and mid-century furnishings that nod to the history of the hotel without sacrificing style.
Four room sizes provide the perfect fit for any traveler, with large, casement windows and modern furnishings. Rooms feature rich timber paneling, pink marble, and brass feature lighting. Located in Old Town Chinatown, you’re within walking and biking distance from some of the best sights in Portland, but you don’t even need to leave the hotel for some of the best dining in the city. Lovely Rita, an all-day PNW-inspired restaurant; Tope, a rooftop bar and taqueria; and 2NW5, a basement cocktail speakeasy-style bar, are all at the Hoxton in partnership with a local restaurant group.
Brooklyn, New York
If you find yourself on the East Coast, look toward the Wythe Hotel. In the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Wythe is located in a historic and renovated factory building that dates back to 1901. The hotel is a quintessential Brooklyn experience, with high ceilings, interior brick, hanging lightbulbs, and original beams. Wythe calls itself the first Brooklyn hotel to truly capture the spirit of the borough, which they’ve done through meticulous reconstruction, local and craftsman focus, and intentionally chosen furniture, fixtures, and accents.
The rooms are charming and picturesque, though luxuriously big for a New York hotel. They feature custom-made wallpaper, natural light, and locally made furniture. The beds are made from reclaimed wood from the original ceiling pine. And you can’t mention the Wythe Hotel without raving about the views. The rooftop bar and west-facing rooms have breathtaking views of New York City that the Wythe describes as “King Kong skyline views.” It’s home to Reynard, a full-service restaurant, and Lemon’s, a rooftop bar with views we can’t stop talking about.
On the other side of the pond, you can find our favorite head fake of a hotel: a medieval castle on the outside and a luxury greenhouse on the inside. If you want to say you stayed in a castle in Scotland but your vibe is more modern-comfort, this is the perfect spot for you. The façade is a preserved, 172-year-old original that opens into a newly renovated lobby with sweeping windows and modern, artistic touches. The beautiful grounds are reason alone to book a stay at The Glasshouse, with views from the garden stretching to Edinburgh’s New Town.
We’re a sucker for preserving the unique, traditional local flair, with accommodations and amenities that are modern and luxurious. The Hotel España feels every bit at home in Barcelona, with wrought-iron terraces and big windows with working shutters. But the inside has a modern and artistic flair, from elaborate brass light fixtures in the lobby to sleek furnishings and abstract art in the rooms. The interior was reconstructed as a monument to Catalan modernism by local artists Eusebi Arnau and Ramon Casas. Located between El Raval and the Gothic Quarter, you will have the best that Barcelona has to offer at your fingertips.
When you’re in Paris, you want to feel like you’re in Paris from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Hotel de Vigny has that mastered. You can choose from 26 individually decorated and perfectly Parisian rooms—think muted pinks and golds, floral wallpaper, stripes, and elegant furniture. The wood-paneled lobby is elegant and sophisticated and home to an Art Deco bar and restaurant known for traditional Italian cuisine. It’s located in the 8th arrondissement—a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées.
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