America has never been afraid to do things on a grand scale, and hotels are no exception. America is home to some of the largest and most elegant boutique hotels in the world …
Enjoy an American-style road trip and wander from state to state to sample the fluffy linens and trendy restaurants at these upscale boutique hotels.
The Burnham Hotel, Chicago
Since its days as a gangster’s paradise, ‘the city of the wind’ has been a center of contemporary culture and decadent glamor. The extravagant Burnham Hotel reflects the Chicago atmosphere perfectly. Located in one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the 105-year-old Reliance Building on State Street, this boutique hotel has everything for guests, from intimate personal service to rich fabrics and spectacular urban views from spectacular windows.
The Calistiga Ranch, Napa, California
Long a playground for the rich and famous, the California countryside offers peace, quiet, and some really great vineyards. The Calistoga Ranch is hidden in the woods of the west coast in the heart of the Napa Valley. This laid-back boutique hideaway combines Californian charm with luxurious amenities; expect hearty rustic meals in the restaurant accompanied by world-class wines. However, the highlight is the fabulous outdoor natural spa.
Viceroy, Palm Springs
Located in another notorious California location, The Viceroy Palm Springs brings urban flair to the desert. Palm Springs vacations aren’t just about relaxing, they’re an institution among Hollywood royalty. Away from the main street of Palm Springs, The Viceroy adds peace and serenity to the glow of movie stars. Come for the smiling staff and understated luxury – it’s a welcoming oasis in the middle of the hot desert.
Soho House, New York
A metropolis doesn’t get more iconic than New York, and the star of the city’s hotels is undoubtedly Soho House. The exclusivity here is as fabulously eccentric as New York itself – expect some weird treats in the minibars and cell phones to be banned from the downstairs members’ club so you don’t disturb the many celebrities who entertain themselves there.
Maison de Ville Hotel, New Orleans
Although its fabulousness was somewhat tempered by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the vibrant city of New Orleans is back on its feet and once again to the sounds of jazz. The most luxurious hotel in the French Quarter, this famous townhouse hotel was once favored by Elizabeth Taylor. The Bistro restaurant is a particular attraction; Chef Greg Picolo prepares the Nouvelle Creole specialties that are famous in the city.