There’s nothing quite like a soulful boutique hotel that starts telling a unique story upon check-in—especially when it articulates the essence of its surroundings through intentional design. From a quirky revamped motel in Nashville to a boho retreat in Upstate New York’s antiques hub and a posh Texan gem, here’s a trio of boutique properties in the U.S. whose visual appeal translates into a wholly inspirational stay for design lovers, architecture enthusiasts, and everyone in between.
This refabbed roadside relic from the ‘50s is in the emerging Dickerson Pike neighborhood five minutes from Downtown Nashville. The hip motor lodge and pool were revived by the team behind Urban Cowboy hotels (another design-forward brand that should be on your radar) as a groovy homage to the Seventies music scene. Each of the 23 guestrooms is individually styled with vibrant colors, vintage décor, and retro touches of rock star glam—plus disco balls that spin to a custom Dive Radio playlist when you first open the door.
Tucked into Hudson’s historic downtown, The Maker Hotel is a stylish Hudson Valley sanctuary that celebrates the legacy and craftsmanship of traditional “makers” and creatives. The 11-room property is the brainchild of Alina Roytberg and Lev Glazman (the founders of skincare brand Fresh) and hospitality specialist Damian Janowicz, whose inspired concept steers clear of standardized design. Housed across three historic buildings, The Maker is decorated with over two-thirds vintage finds that nod to several 19th-century styles, global influences, and local artisans.
Proper Hotels landed in Austin’s trendy Second Street District for its Texas debut, introducing 244 swanky guest rooms, four distinct dining concepts, and a soon-to-open spa to the neighborhood. Ravishing interiors by star designer Kelly Wearstler reflect the multifaceted persona of the Texan capital with contrasting elements such as custom millwork, neon lights, and ornamental rugs. Don’t forget to look up: Covered in gingham textiles and eclectic wallpaper, even the ceilings serve as a canvas for Wearstler’s boundless creativity.