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16 Best New Boutique Hotels in the U.S.

Boutique hotels have a special magic that often makes for unforgettable getaways. Though they may not offer the expansive grounds, amenities and pampering service that some of our favorite resorts and grande dame hotels do, the best boutique hotels are filled with stories—those of their creators, their locales and the travelers who’ve passed through—as well as soulful intimacy, perhaps some whimsy and, likely, a youthful, ever-so-chic vibe. They often feel like “the place to be,” without attracting too much of a scene. Below are 16 brand-new (or recently renovated) boutique hotels to have on your radar in the U.S. that promise gorgeous interiors, hidden gems and unique experiences—bright with possibility for a summer, fall or future escape close to home.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to start planning a safe, responsible and meaningful trip to the top boutique hotels of 2021 in the U.S.—this year and beyond. Our team can provide information on coronavirus travel safety, destinations that are open to travel, Covid-19 hotel policies, transportation options and more.

New Boutique Hotels in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Faraway Nantucket, Massachusetts

The nautical aesthetic of the Grey Lady will receive a seriously chic update this summer in the form of Faraway Nantucket. Opening in the heart of town on Centre & India Street, the property is set across four classic New England buildings (the oldest of which dates back to 1846)—but inside, savvy travelers will find a Caribbean-style courtyard lounge where summery cocktails flow freely and interiors that were inspired by the adventures of seafaring captains. The focus here is, simply, fun. The rooms are outfitted with blond- and painted-wood furnishing, brass fixtures, vibrantly patterns textiles and imaginative wallpapers (as well as Le Labo products). We are especially excited for the rooms with double bunk beds, perfect for families and groups of friends.

Life House, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Less than a 10-minute walk in the direction of Jetties Beach, Life House, Nantucket is another delightful newcomer to the town’s hotel scene. Housed with a 200-year-old Federal-style mansion, the property has been a boutique hotel since 1833—but now it’s helmed by a bright, young hotelier, Rami Zeidan—that is just as focused on the transformative power of travel as it is on the hotel experience. Staying true to the original inn’s layout, the common spaces are small and truly communal—with the highlight being the Garden Terrace, where Marshall speakers and fringed umbrellas flank cozy rattan armchairs. The entire house follows in a floral motif, marrying more traditional Nantucket décor with contemporary sensibilities. Plus: the property is available for private buyouts, ideal for a getaway with your pod.

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New Boutique Hotels in New York

The Maker, Hudson, New York

Created by the co-founders of the beauty brand Fresh, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, along with hospitality expert Damien Janowicz, The Maker celebrates the creativity and history of the artistic Hudson Valley. Located in downtown Hudson, the property features an impressive art collection, as well as furniture and other décor items, from local and global artists and artisans. The 11 rooms are unique and likewise inspired by creatives, in varying degrees evoking the studios of the poets and gentleman scholars of the Georgian Era and the sultry, shadowed salons of La Belle Époque and 1920s Paris. The European-inspired café, glass conservatory restaurant and leather-and-velvet-clad cocktail bar focus on seasonal, local ingredients—and do not disappoint. Plus, when you’re not exploring Hudson’s many delights, you can relax at the courtyard pool, in the Library (curated in partnership with The Strand Book Store), browse the well-curated boutique or find your new scent in the Perfume Library, which has nearly 200 perfumes selected by Lev Glazman.

The Aurum, Catskills, New York

Boutique hotel aficionados seeking a unique Catskills getaway should mark their fall calendars for this 2021 newcomer: The Aurum. From Million Dollar Listing New York’s Steve Gold and designer Samuel Amoia, this debut project will open towards the end of the year within a historic lodge on 131 mountainous acres, featuring 36 rooms, private residences and a truly singular Roman hammam that celebrates the ancient spa and social rituals of the imperial baths. 

The Lake House on Canandaigua, Finger Lakes, New York

In the Finger Lakes—an up-and-coming wine region that has lately enjoyed renewed popularity among sophisticated travelers seeking to venture off the beaten path—a design-focused lakefront property opened last August and is now ready for its first full summer season. The Lake House on Canandaigua was masterminded by the siblings Bill and Lyndsay Caleo (of the real estate development firm The Brooklyn Home Company), with interiors by Studio Tack. The property revolves around the simple, timeless pleasures of lakefront life—kayaking across the lake’s cool, smooth waters; curling up in the library with a good book; listening to the crickets and crackling wood around an evening bonfire—but it brings a contemporary sense of style to the area, along with a focus on wellness and sustainability. In addition to traditional water sports and soaking in the delights of the area, guests can enjoy dynamic amenities like rotating lectures with leading artists and authors; sunrise yoga; and flights of locally crafted wines and beers at The Sand Bar restaurant. Perfect for families and romance, The Lake House on Canandaigua is nostalgic and trend-setting in equal measure.

The Rockaway Hotel, Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York

City dwellers seeking a fresh alternative to the Hamptons will delight in the flirty design gem that is The Rockaway Hotel, which opened Labor Day weekend 2020 (and, as such, is a prime candidate for boutique hotel aficionados who like to get in the door first). Easily accessible by train and by ferry, the 53-guestroom and eight-bungalow property sits right on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, with views of the ocean and the Manhattan skyline. Developed by the same firm behind Hero Beach Club in Montauk, the Rockaway’s décor is likewise bright and colorful, with the rotating exhibitions of local and international artists being a particular standout. Couples and friends can while away a weekend lounging by the heated outdoor pool and at the expansive panoramic rooftop bar—or stay active with boating and fishing excursions, surfing, brewery-hopping and exploring the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Plus, this summer, guests can expect to see the (measured) return of live music, poetry and performance events and pop-ups.

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New Boutique Hotels in Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Riggs Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Like New York City, Washington, D.C. is coming alive again, thanks to a host of new restaurants and the announcement that, in mid-May, major national museums will reopen—as well as the arrival of several boutique hotels. In Penn Quarter, one of our favorites is the quirky yet grand Riggs Hotel, which is located within a restored 19th-century bank once employed by the presidents. The exterior of the new hotel, which opened in early 2020, matches the surrounding monuments—but the décor inside is alive with color and energy, with abstract marbled wallpaper and a massive floral sculpture on the ground floor. For a weekend splurge, book one of the four magnificently fanciful First Ladies suites, which are equally opulent (and all sized at 500 square feet) but feature entirely different color schemes, from Millennial Pink to Canary Yellow. If nothing else, stop by for an aperitif at the Café Riggs, where soaring Corinthian columns, a long marble bar and a swanky atmosphere practically require the ordering of Champagne and oysters. 

Life House, Chattanooga, Tennessee

A two-hour drive southeast of Nashville, Life House, Chattanooga will open in the winter of 2021 in the heart of this lively city’s downtown, within the restored 1909 Chattanooga Terminal Station. The property will embrace the train station’s Beaux Arts aesthetic, with industrial details and a focus on live music, mixology and entertainment inspired by the city’s Jazz Age scene. If you’ve ever fantasized about a railway adventure, but were deterred by the logistics, Life House may be the answer: the luxe suites will be set within transformed Pullman train cars.

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New Boutique Hotels in Miami, Palm Beach and New Orleans

White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida

The 32-room sister property to the Nantucket mainstay opened within a renovated 1924 landmark at the end of 2020 and is a prime option for style mavens and boutique hotel lovers seeking an alternative to the sprawling buzz of The Breakers. Here, the hotel’s scene revolves around the relaxed inner courtyard, with a small pool—adorned by eye-catching black-and-white-striped umbrellas—as well as the signature Lola 41 restaurant. Just a few blocks from both the beach and the dining and shopping of Royal Poinciana Plaza, the White Elephant Palm Beach provides a boutique haven—without being too removed. (And for adventures further afield, guests have complimentary access to BMW vehicles as well as White Elephant beach bikes.)

The Goodtime Hotel, Miami, Florida

This season’s most playful hotel opening is undoubtedly The Goodtime, the first property to come out of the new lifestyle hotel brand from Groot Hospitality’s David Grutman and musician Pharrell Williams. Opened on April 15 and occupying nearly 100,000 square feet of public space between 6th and 7th street in South Beach, the property is awash in color and tropical exuberance, to create an environment that promotes “equal parts happy pursuits and relaxed escapism” (the look was masterminded by the powerhouse trio architect Morris Adjmi, designer Ken Fulk and landscape architect Raymond Jungles). Every detail begs to be photographed, from the dreamy restaurant and pool club Strawberry Moon (meant to evoke vintage Havana or Acapulco) to the pink rotary dial phones and leopard-clad benches in each room. Happy, indeed!

The Chloe, New Orleans, Louisiana

Opened in October 2020, The Chloe is a 14-room delight in the Uptown neighborhood, designed by New Orleans style maven (and Renaissance woman) Sara Ruffin Costello. Housed within a Victorian former private residence and guesthouse envisioned by Thomas Sully, The Chloe has preserved many original details—and the overall mood is pure New Orleans: sultry, enticing and a little bit mystical. Thoughtful touches abound, and each one tells a story—from the vinyl records of Big Easy-born musicians that bring song to each room, to the mismatched chairs upholstered in fabrics from Morris & Co and House of Hackney, which all bear the embroidered figure of the cat that used to inhabit the old guesthouse. Guests can find a taste of the city’s famed revelry—but more so, its unhurried leisure—on the outdoor patio, where the small pool, bar and dining space are enclosed by lemon trees and palmettos; other areas of prime real estate include the rocking chairs on the front porch and cozy booths of the indoor restaurant.

Columns, New Orleans, Louisiana

A mere three blocks down St. Charles Avenue from The Chloe is Columns, an equally soulful—and beautiful—escape. Built as a private residence in 1893 (also by Thomas Sully), the building became a boarding house during World War I. In the 1950s, it evolved into a family-run hotel—and though it has continued to pass through hands (and it was named to the National Register of Historic Places along the way), the new owners have remained true to that familial ethos with the latest renovation, while incorporating contemporary amenities like Parachute linens and Aesop bath products for each of the 20 rooms, and upgrading the public spaces, including a green-umbrella-dotted courtyard patio, gardens and second-floor porch. However, the beating heart of the property remains the restaurant and bar—a longtime gathering spot for locals and travelers alike—now, under the stewardship of Coquette’s Michael Stoltzfus.  

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New Boutique Hotels in Arizona, Montana and California

Castle Hot Springs, Arizona

Nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains (just an hour’s drive north of Phoenix), Castle Hot Springs was established in 1896 as “Arizona’s first wellness resort.” Its charming cabins and restorative geothermal pools once attracted the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors and Roosevelts—and today, it has a new lease on life, thanks to a full restoration that was completed in 2019. The 12 bungalows, 17 cabins and three-bedroom cottage encourage immersion in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes (there are no televisions, and WiFi is limited)—and, in addition to soaking in the springs and enjoying a host of other wellness and spa treatments, guests have access to adventure activities like horseback riding, via ferrata and ATV touring.

The Green O, Montana

Opening June 1, this sophisticated, adults-only retreat is located in Montana’s remote Greenough township, on the southern edge of the 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch (also home to fabulous sister lodge The Resort at Paws Up). The new property will feature 12 design-minded, freestanding “hauses”—including elevated tree houses, forest homes with floor-to-ceiling windows offering 180-degree views and “Green Hauses” with living garden roofs. Outside of the accommodations, entertainments will include a seasonal dining concept from Executive Chef Brandon Cunningham; a serene spa, located within a collection of tents to promote immersion in nature; access to 100-plus miles of trails for hiking and riding, as well as 10 miles of the Blackfoot River for fishing and kayaking; and adventure activities like archery, ATV tours, rappelling, shooting and whitewater rafting. Plus: guests will be able to explore to the full expanse of Paws Up Ranch. Explore our special offer package.

Palihouse Santa Barbara, California

Last month, this 24-room, Spanish-Colonial hideaway debuted in the historic Presidio neighborhood of Santa Barbara, with a cabana-encircled outdoor pool, courtyard, café and restaurant. The property will appeal to easygoing travelers who appreciate a “vintage-preppy” aesthetic and laid-back approach—true California-cool—along with trendy-upscale amenities like Smeg refrigerators, Diptyque bath products and Marshall Bluetooth speakers. And it’s pet-friendly!

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Opening June 15, the Proper Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is a historic Broadway landmark that has been re-envisioned by AD100 designer Kelly Wearstler into a 148-room hotspot, with two restaurants in partnership with James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, and a panoramic rooftop pool and restaurant-lounge. Wearstler’s signature “cool girl” style pervades—with bold patterns, textures and accents woven effortlessly into an otherwise neutral, Scandinavian-esque palette. The suites here are a particular standout, with the talk of the town being the “Pool Suite,” an over 2,000-square-foot space that has preserved and imaginatively incorporated the aquatic facilities installed when the building was a YWCA in the 1960s. We’re ready to dive in.

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Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to start planning a safe, responsible and meaningful trip to the top boutique hotels of 2021 in the U.S.—this year and beyond. Our team can provide information on coronavirus travel safety, destinations that are open to travel, Covid-19 hotel policies, transportation options and more. 

– Elizabeth Harvey on April 29, 2021

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