Four chic new boutique hotels raise the ante on travel accommodations
With all due respect to the big chains (we still love you, Westin Heavenly Bed!), 2011 has seriously been all about the rise of the boutique hotel.
From the bold-named investors who feed the trend to the interior designers who give each space its own personality, there is no shortage of chic places worthy of being called our home away from home.
Here, a list of a few that have captured our attention.
Mr. C (Los Angeles)
The Cipriani family's very first hotel, the newly opened Mr. C in Beverly Hills, is sure to leave an indelible imprint on the L.A. social scene, much like its storied neighbor the Chateau Marmont. Each of the signature hotel's 138 rooms features a balcony with sweeping views of Los Angeles and timeless interior design touches that will make you think twice about even leaving your suite. If you manage to make an exit, you'll surely end up at the hotel's exclusive guests-only pool, or at the Mr. C Restaurant, which serves up classics from the Cipriani menu alongside other savory items. 1224 Beverwil Dr., Los Angeles, Ca.
Hotel Williamsburg (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
The ubiquitous saying, "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," holds a lot more weight now that you'll have this chic new outpost at which to rest your weary body. Williamsburg's first full-service urban resort will have all of the special elements that make Brooklyn, well...Brooklyn, including a front-row view of Manhattan's infamous skyline. Hotel Williamsburg will be anchored by the Pillar & Plough restaurant and also will feature a cocktail lounge with a finely curated drinks list and a separate rooftop bar. After libations, you'll be greeted by the soothing sounds of a vintage-style record player, complete with a complimentary vinyl collection. Talk about a nightcap! 160 North 12th St., Brooklyn, Ny.
Ian Schrager, the creator of the original boutique hotel, is at it again with PUBLIC, his newest concept in Chicago. PUBLIC provides lasting comfort, complete functionality, and immense value at a rate that almost anyone can afford (rooms start at around $170 per night). Plus, PUBLIC's coterie of rooms and floorplans have something for even the pickiest guest. Dine at The Pump Room, kickback in the Library & Coffee Bar, or cozy up by the fireplace in PUBLIC's in-house screening room. With a seemingly endless set of entertainment options, this is one hotel that'll make you feel right at home. 1301 North State Pkwy., Chicago, Il.
Z (Long Island City, N.Y.)
With two of the biggest film studios outside of Hollywood and an emerging business district (JetBlue is relocating here in 2012), Long Island City is fast becoming a top destination among the business set. And with the newly opened Z Hotel and its proximity to Manhattan, LIC will surely become more attractive to leisure travelers as well. Z boasts a classic design with the feel of a jazz lounge, complimentary transportation to and from Manhattan, a rooftop lounge, and a soon-to-open beer garden. 11-01 43rd Ave., Long Island City, Ny.