4 Lodging Options for Travelers Who Want More than a Basic Hotel

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If you want an unremarkable vacation, book an unremarkable room. But why not make the hotel the main event? Here are four new ways to do just that.


Live Among Locals

Rather than putting the whole thing in a single structure, scattered hotels offer a central hub for check-in, cocktails, and dining, but the rooms themselves are dispersed throughout a town or village. It adds up to the laidback, local feel of an Airbnb stay, but with the amenities of a luxury hotel. The concept originated in Italy in the 1980s and has since spread to other European countries, such as France and Switzerland, but we’re still waiting for it to touch down stateside. 

Our Pick: Located in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a historic southern Italian hill town surrounded by a perimeter wall, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso has its main hub in a castle watchtower and guest houses in the surrounding village. 

Image via Sextantio Albergo Diffuso


Take Your Time

We generally think of extended-stay hotels as drab dwellings near airports, full of equally drab business travelers. But in cities across the U.S. and Europe, you’ll now find chic, well-curated apartment-style accommodations tailored to people who can work wherever they want. The new extended stays, offered by chains like Aka and Rosewood, are also great for tourists who want to sample what it’s like to live in, say, Miami or London, but don’t want to feel as though they’re occupying a hotel. 

Our Pick: Philadelphia’s Roost Apartment Hotel has the amenities of a boutique hotel, but its suites also include full kitchens, living rooms, and in-unit washers and dryers. 

Image via Roost Apartment Hotel


Go It Alone

So-called invisible service hotels have neither a front desk nor an on-site staff; instead, you check in and access rooms via a smartphone app. But unlike an Airbnb, you get housekeeping, concierge service, even coffee and pastries in the mornings. Proponents of the concept say that reducing interactions with staff makes for a more authentic experience. You can now find invisible service places in Nashville (The 404), New York (citizenM), and Philadelphia (Lokal Hotel).

Our Pick: Set in a converted barge docked near central Copenhagen, CPHLiving offers 12 minimal but stylish rooms, a rooftop sundeck with city views, and complimentary breakfast—but no fussy staff to get in the way. 

Image via CPHLiving

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