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…and no, these ones aren’t in New York, L.A., Miami or Chicago! Obviously, we love those cities and the always on-the-move hotel scenes in each of them. But this spring, there are some cool hotels opening in smaller cities that don’t typically get the lion’s share of attention. We’re talking places like Baltimore, Detroit and even Washington, D.C.

As you plan your 2017 itinerary, consider scheduling a stop at one of these five new hotels in smaller hubs…


Fans of The Line in L.A. will be happy campers in May, when The Sydell Group bring their minimalist-chic aesthetic to the nation’s capital. Forget That Other DC hotel that opened in an old post office; The Line is housed in a neoclassical church space with 60-foot vaulted ceilings, millwork, brass details and impressive copper entry doors. It will have 220 guest rooms, an indoor pool with sauna and steam room, and a rooftop with knockout views of the Washington Monument and other DC landmarks. While the L.A. outpost’s cool credentials are in its Roy Choi restaurant and design-centric Poketo boutique, The LINE DC’s will be in the form of drinking and dining outlets from Spike Gjerde, Corey Polyoka and Erik-Bruner-Yang. The location in Adams Morgan also puts the hotel in a bustling neighborhood with lots of other great restaurants, diners, shops and music venues. We’re most excited about the #interiorsgoals of those streamlined rooms and the community radio station, Full Service Radio, which will broadcast live from the LINE’s lobby. The first date we could find rooms available to book is May 15, with rates from $268.



Coming soon! • The Apparatus Room. Bar, dining room, chef's table. Led by Chef Thomas Lents.

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Another transformation of a historic building is happening in Motor City, where the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters will soon become Detroit Foundation Hotel. The new property will have 100 guest rooms, a restaurant showcasing local farmers, ingredients, and chefs, and a bar sourcing from Detroit’s many distillers and brewers. A video on the hotel’s website takes you inside the construction and promises a dark, clubby feel with a focus on hand-crafted and retro details. (Will millennials know how to use those old telephones we spied on the guest room night stands?) Rooms are available from May 21, starting at $269.


[Photos: Reed McKendree]
That Brooklyn look comes to the mountains in this boutique hotel in the historic downtown of Jackson. The 49-room property was once a 1950s ski hotel but has been reimagined by Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack to be modern yet rugged, with a nod to the everyman outdoorsy life that surrounds this Wyoming town. Plenty of hotels offer local excursions but the Anvil’s menu is hard to top, with dog sledding and elk refuge sleigh rides on the menu for guests. Skiiers and hikers will love it, and foodies will get their fix at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Glorietta (from the former sous chef of L.A.’s Pok Pok, and a beverage program from Death & Co.) Rounding out the coolness is a retail shop by Westerlind, which has an ambitious mission of making outdoor gear that doesn’t make you look like you actually live in the woods. Rates start from $195/night.


Yes, every hotel is doing “local.” So how does the Lokal Hotel, a fresh new property in an historic walk-up in Philly’s Old City neighborhood, propose to be different? They promise “invisible service”, creating more of a residential feel while still giving guests the peace of mind of staying at a well-designed hotel. There’s no front desk and no staff; but there are in-room iPads loaded with apps that replace things like room service with Instacart and restaurant delivery service. (If guests prefer to speak to humans, they can make that request ahead of their stay and a real-life person will show up to check them in and help with any questions or concerns.) Apart from the great location and lovely-looking rooms, we love that those rooms are designed for how we live today, with Sonos, Spotify and Apple TV so you can stick to your own playlists and viewing queues. Lokal also promises blazing fast Wi-Fi, even in their stairwells. The first availability we found was for April 3, starting at $215 a night for a one-bedroom “flat.”


[Photos: Christian Horan]
The theme of a fresh approach to hospitality in an historic neighborhood setting continues over in Baltimore, where Pendry Hotels is opening Sagamore Pendry Balitmore in “Rec Pier,” a Fell’s Point landmark that stood vacant for many years but has been restored to its former glory—with plenty of new perks to boot. There’s a lot to love here, from Fell’s Point itself (especially the area’s historic Lexington Market for the best tastes in town) to the Montage Hotels pedigree behind Pendry Hotels and a new restaurant from chef Andrew Carmellini, Rec Pier Chop House. The hotel has 128 rooms and suites, with courtyard or harbor views and lots of custom wood furniture and finishes that make the rooms feel appropriately nautical. Sagamore Pendy also features a curated art collection, a seasonal pool bar, a whiskey bar called The Cannon Room, and its own private dock. Rooms are available now, with introductory rates on select dates, starting at $299.


Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.

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