LuxeGetaways loves hotels with character and style in cities with lots to offer the traveler. These four hotels offer a distinctive sense of place in terrific destinations for your next getaway.

New York City: The Renwick Hotel, NYC


Regardless of the season, New York City is always a special place to visit — especially when you have a peaceful retreat waiting for you at the end of each day. Located between Park and Lexington Avenues on Manhattan’s east side you will find sophisticated luxury at The Renwick Hotel, New York City, part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The East 40th location is perfectly situated to the New York icons: The New York Public Library, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, The Morgan Library, Grand Central Station and the Rockefeller Building. But it is the provenance that interests most guests; once a residence and studio space, authors like Steinbeck and Fitzgerald stayed for months and even years here.

Namesake James Renwick Jr. was an architect who designed, among other notable buildings, New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral – a few blocks away. You will find your own artistic space here among the 173 loft-style guestrooms and suites. The rooms are sleek, understated white spaces with touches of black, accentuated by textiles and hung with the work of top New York artists. Award-winning chef John DeLucie’s first solo restaurant, Bedford & Co. is tucked into the Renwick Hotel offering modern American cuisine and a rotating menu of prohibition era-style cocktails.

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Brooklyn: Hilton Brooklyn New York


Brooklyn continues to grow with new shops and restaurants, and thankfully with that expansion new hotel options come to the area. Brooklyn deserves to be explored in its own right with the world-class Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the diversity of ethnic neighborhoods fanning out from Atlantic Avenue. Of course you can still catch the subway into the city from the new Hilton Brooklyn New York.

On the site of the former Schermerhorn Rope Factory in central Boerum Hill, the rooms are large by NYC standards, and start at 313 to nearly 700 square feet. In a nod to the original rope factory, custom carpeting with a rope motif runs throughout, and historic images of the surrounding neighborhood line the halls. There is a gym and an Executive Floor including Executive Lounge; this hotel is also great for business as it is a five minute drive to the Financial Center in Manhattan, each room features a comfortable workstation and there is a full business center. Families are welcome too; the hotel can provide cribs, high chairs and they have a “Family Package“ for military families and vets. All of the comfortably-chic rooms feature Hilton’s sleep-inducing Serenity Bed. Of note: Brooklyn chef Rob Newton has partnered with the hotel to bring a signature restaurant here called Black Walnut. If it is just the two of you, after your explorations in the area you can relax in your soaking tub and later enjoy a splendid meal downstairs in the restaurant or stay in, with room service and a good bottle of wine.

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Phoenix, Arizona: FOUND:RE Phoenix


This newly-opened 105 room hotel celebrates the art scene in Phoenix (in a big way). Based on an industrial-chic design the rooms are huge, and the style is unlike anything else in the now-being-revitalized Phoenix core and environs. The name FOUND:RE is a play on the first name the owners came up with: Foundry. While that suited the original intention for an artist-driven boutique hotel, it did not capture all that this hotel could be. So they re-imagined the name to become a brand and once you catch on it is ingenious. The use of the :RE is everywhere via the signage as in the door tags for housekeeping that say RE:FRESH, to the note cards that say RE:MARK, note pads titled RE:WRITE, and the minimal nametags on personal that simply say :RE .

Rooms and suites are designed with re-purposed metal and wood in the chandeliers and furniture. Original artwork by local artists is hung throughout the hotel and they have an art and Cultural Curator who will take you to visit the artists in their own studios. The Phoenix Art Museum is a few blocks away and the hotel has its own art studio featuring a rotating gallery of one local artist. Four distinct districts with galleries galore are a walk-able an easy distance from the hotel. The hotel‘s MATCH: Cuisine & Cocktails is the new hot-spot in Phoenix for a handcrafted cocktail or a memorable meal headed up by Executive Chef Akos Szabo. If you want a remarkable experience – just like the glowing red neon sign outside reads- “Find Yourself” here.

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Seattle, Washington: The Edgewater


When the Beatles blew into Seattle on their first world tour in 1964 no one wanted them. They could not find a hotel to put them up in the then provincial Emerald City. But the Edgewater Hotel’s manager was a bit of a maverick and could see that welcoming the Beatles to his hotel could be a publicity coup. He was right; images taken of the Fab Four fishing out the window of their waterfront suite on Elliott Bay circled the globe. Many top stars and rock legends have stayed at the Edgewater since then and pictures of the notables hang in a cozy gallery room off the lobby.

The Edgewater Hotel is an understated example of a Northwestern design aesthetic. Wood paneling accented by tree branches, an immense stone fireplace and comfortable conversation areas welcome you in the lobby drawing guests to the floor to ceiling windows looking out to the bay. The restaurant called Six Seven Seattle is designed so that all tables have views of the water including a seasonal patio, and the menu created by Executive Chef Jesse Souza is locally-sourced and done beautifully. The Six Seven Lounge is a comfortable place for a pre-dinner drink or a spot to enjoy happy hour and music. Seattleites call this place their own because they know a good thing and many bring clients here for lunch or a special dinner, or hold their wedding receptions here with Elliott Bay and the far off snow-capped Olympic mountain range forming a dramatic backdrop. Water view rooms are large and well-appointed with fireplaces and huge soaking tubs for two. The hotel realizes that the waterfront location is at the bottom of a steep Seattle street a bit by itself, but that is a positive in terms of peace and quiet and easily remedied with their gratis shuttle service offered to downtown shopping, Pike Place Market, museums, concert venues, the stadiums, and the train station. This is true Northwest hospitality in an unbeatable setting.

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