The USA has never been afraid of doing things on an enormous scale, and hotels aren’t any exception. America is home to some of the grandest and most elegant boutique hotels in the world…
Indulge in an all-American style road trip and flit from state to state to test the soft sheets and trendy restaurants of these top-notch boutique hotels.
The Burnham Hotel, Chicago
Since it’s days as a gangster’s paradise, ‘the windy city’ has been a hub of contemporary culture and decadent glamour. The extravagant Burnham Hotel reflects Chicago’s vibe to perfection. Housed 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 the dramatic bay windows.
The Calistiga Ranch, Napa, California
Long a playground for the rich and famous, the Californian countryside boats peace, tranquillity and some truly excellent vineyards. The Calistoga Ranch is tucked into the west coast forests at the heart of the Napa Valley. This relaxed boutique hideaway combines Californian charm with lavish facilities; expect hearty rustic meals at the restaurant accompanied by world-class wines. The true highlight, however, is the fabulous outdoor natural spa.
The Viceroy, Palm Springs
Located in another notorious spot in California, The Viceroy Palm Springs brings urban style to the desert. Vacations in Palm Springs aren’t merely for relaxation – they’re an institution amongst the Hollywood royalty. Away from the main thoroughfare of Palm Springs, The Viceroy adds peace and serenity to the movie star glitz. Come for the smiling staff and understated luxury – it’s a welcome 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 strange treats in the mini-bars and cell phones to be banned in the member’s club downstairs so you don’t disturb the many celebrities being entertained there.
Maison de Ville Hotel, New Orleans
Although it’s fabulousness was dimmed somewhat by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the vibrant city of New Orleans is back on its feet and once more grooving to the sounds of jazz. The most luxurious hotel in the French Quarter, this famous town house hotel was once favoured by Elizabeth Taylor. The Bistro restaurant is a particular attraction; Chef Greg Picolo cooks up Nouvelle Creole specialties that are famed in the city.