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Putting Boutique Hotels on Your Itinerary

Bigger is not always better in the world of hotels. Sometimes the small boutique inn can offer a quieter venue, more personalized service, and subtle attention to detail that can make your stay in a city memorable. Here are four decidedly different hotels that put their own stamp of originality on design and little touches of luxury.

A sweet suite in San Antonio

Steampunk meets high-end luxury at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio. The reclaimed building was once the Pearl Brewery and its lofty turrets have long been an Alamo City landmark on the posh north reach of the River Walk. The stunningly reimagined interiors seem to have been around for a century yet they are intensely sumptuous. Touches of Spanish Colonial furniture combine with polished wood floors, Cuban tile, and brass bath fixtures to set the tone. Unexpected pleasure: complimentary margaritas upon check-in and crisp striped guayabera robes in baths.

Try Tribeca

Imagine you are staying with your wealthy aunt in her Manhattan apartment—that’s the joy of a stay at the Greenwich Hotel. Tucked away in Tribeca, this hidden gem delights guests with what it’s not. No flash, no glitz, just quiet charm and subtle comforts that provide a respite from the hubbub of the city outside. Each room is completely unique but all have heavenly Duxiana beds made up in Frette linens and baths appointed in Carrera marble or Moroccan tile. The lush courtyard is a perfect private spot for drinks with friends. The Japanese spa is considered one of the loveliest in the city.

Bitte schön Berlin!

You may feel like you’ve stepped into a painting by Rembrandt when you stay at Honigmond, an utterly charming auberge in the heart of Berlin’s historic district. Deep emerald and ruby toned wallcoverings, along with touches of baroque furnishings and gilt-framed oils give the Honigmond its Old World ambiance. Start the day with their delicious big breakfast and then set out exploring on the hotel bicycles (with baskets!).

London Calling

With owner Kit Kemp having written two design books, you would expect the Hotel Charlotte to deliver on the interiors. Mixing English florals with contemporary lines is his specialty and the rooms at Hotel Charlotte blend comfort with spectacular design execution. Just north of the Soho district, the Hotel Charlotte serves up a traditional Afternoon Tea in its beautiful drawing room.

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