When I travel within the U.S., I enjoy seeking out unique places to stay. Here are three hotels that draw inspiration from the history of their natural/urban surroundings, and stand out because of their distinctive themes and aesthetics.
Hotel Saint Cecilia – (Austin, Texas)
112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Inspired by the patron saint of music and poetry, Hotel Saint Cecilia occupies a 19th century historic manor (built by a relative of Davy Crockett). In addition to the suites in the main building, visitors can settle into separate bungalows & studios located on the property. The hotel’s highly stylized aesthetic pulls inspiration from classical architecture, rock and roll, and beat poetry, all anchored by rich fabrics and tapestries. The 50-ft. pool and lush grounds can only be accessed by hotel guests, which results in a relaxing sense of seclusion. Visit the gift shop to purchase luxurious bohemian products such as indigo bathrobes, leather journal covers, and Moroccan slippers.
The Liberty Hotel – (Boston, Massachusetts)
215 Charles Street, Boston MA, 02114
Located in the renovated Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel is a luxury hotel steeped in history. The guest rooms are located in former cell blocks, but it would be impossible to mistake them for prison cells in their current state (outfitted in mahogany furniture, luxurious linens and flat-screen TVs). The hotel bars and restaurants are aptly named the Clink (restaurant), the Alibi bar (located in the jail’s former “drunk tank”) and the Yard (the outdoor patio of the hotel’s Liberty Bar). If you’re looking for a place that is simultaneously hip, comfortable and historic, the Liberty is for you.
Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast – (Farmington, New Mexico)
5001 Antelope Jct.
Farmington, NM 87402
Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a cave (with amenities)? Kokopelli’s cave is a residential space of approximately 1700 sq. feet that consists of a master bedroom, living area, replica Native American kiva, dining area, full kitchen and bathroom with rock walls with a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub. Porches with glass doors allow for magnificent views of the neighboring sandstone formations. The temperature in the cave naturally stays between 68° and 73° all year, making for a comfortable and unique stay.
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