15 of the Most Charming Boutique Hotels in the United States

The way we travel is changing, and so is the way we choose our hotel stays. As more of us identify with the term traveler rather than sightseeing, we seek deeper travel experiences when visiting a new city. Boutique hotels, inherently more intimate due to their smaller size (maximum of around 100 rooms) offer the sorts of local charms that larger hotels lack, articulated by a more curated hospitality directive. Design is a priority and they rely on a city’s history and specialties to guide their approach. Boutique hotels also have a community element, whether through more personalized guest experiences or using dining spaces and environments to help blend local communities with hotel guests, giving you a deeper sense of belonging.

Below, our favorite boutique hotels in the United States.

El Cosmico, Marfa

Spread across 21 acres of campground in Marfa, accommodations at El Cosmico range from vintage trailers to tents, teepees, and yurts decked out in retro furnishings and southwestern-inspired colors. The property also has a grove of hammocks, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, wood-fired hot tubs, and an outdoor stage for live entertainment. Bicycles are also available for rent to explore the city. Go during the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love in September, which attracts musicians like Cat Power and Angel Olsen.

Inside an El Cosmico Airstream.Photo: Courtesy of El Cosmico

El Rey Court, Santa Fe

Whether you’re road tripping along Route 66 or just in town to soak up the magic of Santa Fe, El Rey Court is worth the trip. The renovated and redesigned adobe motor inn, originally built in 1936, evokes the contemporary southwestern vibe found in the homes of Alexander Girard or Georgia O’Keeffe in the 60s and 70s. The 86 rooms, the pool and courtyard, as well as the hotel bar, La Reina, which hosts live music throughout the week, are designed in the Pueblo Revival style, which helps guests understand the hotel’s slogan, painted above the fireplace: “where fast lives slow down.”

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