Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
Why: With interiors designed by Jonathan Alder, this hotel has that Mad-Men-on-vacation vibe. It’s Mid-Century-meets-now and we totally dig it.
Classic shot: The huge “Drugs” sign in the lobby should get you multiple likes on IG, but none from your mother. She’ll prefer the furnishings.
Mondrian South Beach, Miami, FL (Pictured, top left)
Why: This sleek boutique hotel is filled with eye-popping surreal décor (artist Marcel Wanders used Sleeping Beauty as the theme when designing the space). Translation: You’ll find plenty of photo ops here.
Classic shot: Two words: That pool.
Ace Hotel, Portland, OR (Pictured, bottom left)
Why: The style and furnishings of each Ace Hotel are designed to reflect its location. At this one, you’ll find quirky and bohemian characteristics (reclaimed school chairs, night stands made out of a stack of books) that could double as set pieces from Portlandia—the show even mocks the small hotel chain’s hipster zeal.
Classic shot: Channel your inner Fred and Carrie and take a selfie in front of the “Hotel” sign in the lobby.
The Public, Chicago, IL (Pictured, bottom right)
Why: Ian Schrager’s contemporary hotel is elegant without being stuffy. The guest rooms are bright and airy, and the library bar (just steps from the lobby) features cool art and a fireplace.
Classic shot: Pop into The Pump Room (the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant on the first floor) to snap a shot of the glowing orbs suspended throughout the space.
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA
Why: This hillside resort in California was a favorite spot for Hollywood stars in ‘60s. It was recently remodeled and features 92 California Craftsman and Spanish-colonial-revival bungalows spread over seven acres.
Classic shot: The pool flanked by two lone trees is pretty enough to be on a postcard.
The Graham & Co., Phoenicia, NY
Why: This hotel is inspired by the heritage of New York’s Catskills, and the perfect weekend here includes hanging out at the pool, lounging on hammocks, and exploring the landscapes by bike.
Classic shot: See all of the above.
21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, OH
Why: Like the original outpost in Louisville, this hotel doubles as a museum for playful contemporary art. Look for cool pieces in the lobby and guest rooms, and for finishing touches throughout.
Classic shot: No stay is complete without taking a photo with the four-foot yellow penguin that appears in elevators and hallways.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO (Pictured, top right)
Why: This former ghost town in Colorado has been revamped into an amazingly rustic-meets-luxury resort featuring ranches, log cabins and tents with en-suite bathrooms. We now understand the appeal of glamping.
Classic shot: Pose in front of one of the tents and pretend you’re an extra in Moonrise Kingdom.