9 Unique Boutique Hotels In The Heartland

Whether you’re heading out for a late summer road trip or are en route to visit family, a hotel stay seem be inevitable—but that’s no reason to fret. These unique boutique hotel spots across the middle of America offer a comfortable stay and one-a-kind lodging that keep guests coming back for more.

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Moonrise Hotel: St. Louis, MO
Located in St. Louis’ Delmar Loop, the Moonrise Hotel is in the heart of the city’s music-and-arts district. Its contemporary and quirky aesthetic is cohesive throughout the entire property, with rooms fashioned with elegant pop-art decor. In the mood for a memorable happy hour? Check out the Moonrise’s rooftop bar, which is, of course, accented by a replica of an actual full moon.

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Union Station: St. Louis, MO
Opened in 1894 as St. Louis’ primary passenger train station and once functioning as the world’s largest and busiest train station, Union Station is full of historic details that give the hotel its elegant, stately qualities. Check out the hotel’s Grand Hall, which hosts a nightly 3D light show that engages and dazzles.

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Silversmith Hotel: Chicago, IL
Just minutes from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Silversmith Hotel offers a boutique-hotel experience full of modern, artful luxuries. Each guest room features 12-foot ceilings and contemporary decor touches, like regal headboards and minimalist light fixtures.

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Hotel Lincoln: Chicago, IL
Nestled in Lincoln Park, Hotel Lincoln immediately transports guests into a world of playful whimsy. All hotel rooms were designed by interior designer Andrew Alford and feature unique touches of Chicago, with local artwork that depicts nearby landmarks. Visit the on-site restaurant, The Kennison, for cocktails and dinner before a night on the town.

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Trumbull & Porter: Detroit, MI
Trumbull & Porter touts itself as an authentic Detroit hotel and has all of the industrial touches to prove it. This artisan boutique hotel houses 144 guest rooms that radiate Detroit’s history, including furniture designed by local makers. Check out the hotel’s Red Dun Kitchen for delicious fare that’s reminiscent of favorite French flavors with a modern twist.

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21c: Louisville, KY
Part hotel, part museum, the guest experience of Louisville’s 21c is anything but ordinary. Aside from its 91 artful guest rooms, 21c also serves as host to over 2,000 square feet of art exhibition space. The hotel provides up-to-date information on the latest on-site exhibitions, with photography, sculpture and mixed-media exhibits on display throughout the year.

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SoBro Guest House: Nashville, TN
Feeling homesick while on the road? Look no further than Nashville’s SoBro Guest House, which serves up a unique guest experience featuring all the comforts of home. Unlike most other hotels, SoBro doesn’t have a front desk. Guests are able to self check-in upon arrival and access their design-forward suites via a door-access code. It’s the perfect option for Airbnb fans who still want an elevated hotel experience.

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Urban Cowboy: Nashville, TN
Urban Cowboy serves up eight unique suites, each one a fresh iteration of a fully experiential stay. From the rustic Midnight Rider to the daintily appointed Victorian suite, this unique East Nashville bed and breakfast is the perfect place to instill inspiration in the creative passing through.

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The 404 Hotel: Nashville, TN
The 404 Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, featuring five king suites. Fit for the minimalist, each suite offers sleek mid-century modern decor with curated wall art and low-profile wood furniture. Don’t miss the 404’s two suites that include a loft space, complete with an industrial spiral staircase.

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