How many times have you traveled and ended up in a sterile, corporate hotel in a cookie-cutter room with a view of the pool that’s obstructed by a brick pillar? Add to that stale air circulation, room-temperature breakfast buffets with plastic utensils, and bathroom towels that scratch, and you’re left wondering how some hotels stay open. Why not check out some lodging alternatives…boutique hotels?
The Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco
The Phoenix Hotel is a 1950’s motor hotel that’s played host to countless musicians and bands, including Neil Young and Debbie Harry. It offers visitors free parking and Wifi, same-day laundry and valet service and 42-inch flat screen televisions with Direct TV and HBO. Check out the onsite Chambers eat + drink restaurant for its seasonal dinner menu or cocktails and a weekend brunch to enjoy in the intimately lit dining area or outside by the pool.
Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
The Hotel Wailea sits on 15 acres of land and offers 72 single-bedroom suites that boast separate bedroom and living areas, luxury linens and deep soaking tubs. The suites offer ocean views and, for those who want to stay “in” instead of battling crowds of tourists, kitchenettes, wireless internet, flat screen TVs, plush bathrobes, and private lanais with chaise lounges and chairs. Onsite cabanas give guests outdoor fun with daily social hours where they can enjoy complimentary wine.