The Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn is the ideal base for a second, third or 55th trip to New York – you know, when you’ve already done all the touristy things and you’re ready to live like a local, down to the bath products in your room, which are made around the corner from the hotel by soap makers Apotheke. This brand-new property is located on v. trendy Wythe Avenue, and, just like in your neighbourhood at home, you probably won’t go beyond a five-block radius the entire trip. In the mood for a cinnamon-apple doughnut? Grab one across the road at Du’s coffee shop and go eat it in nearby McCarren Park. Craving a late-night slice when you’re stumbling back from night spot Output? Area staple Vinnie’s is worth the two-block detour. Need to feel human again the next morning? Pop down the road to Bakeri for an egg-and-cheese biscuit of dreams. Or, you know, you could just chill the entire time in your room, surrounded by reclaimed-hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and industrial-chic light fixtures, and take in the entirety of the Manhattan skyline from your balcony.
Andaz Hotel, Ottawa
We tend to forget about our fair capital as a weekend destination, but— due, in part, to Canada’s big birthday —Ottawa is having a moment. And there are a bunch of reasons why, from the exciting food scene (recommended: Riviera, for its Med-inspired fare in a gorgeous art-deco space) to a plethora of purveyors of from-scratch products, like coffee (all of Equator’s coffee is fresh roasted, organic and fair trade) and chocolate (in 2016, Hummingbird won “the Golden Bean”— basically an Oscar in the world of confectionery). In the thick of it all is the new Andaz hotel, right beside the much-loved historic ByWard Market and within walking distance of most of the city’s highlights. It’s the boutique brand’s first hotel in Canada, but you’d never know it — there’s enough Canadiana here to inspire some serious patriotism, with not a whiff of the usual kitsch that often comes with the theme. When you step off the elevator on each of the 16 floors, you’re greeted by a wall-size needle-felt map of a province or territory, and all the art on the floor is evocative of that part of the country. The well-thought-out decor incorporates lots of natural materials (wood, stone, metal), and the copper touches throughout add warmth. Rooms are spacious yet cozy, bathrooms are stocked with treats by local über-natural beauty brand Purple Urchin and the comfort of the beds is as effective as a sleeping pill. The hotel also boasts the highest rooftop bar in the city — and, thankfully, most of it is enclosed so you can enjoy the view all year round. We can attest that the bartenders’ mixology skills and a sunset over the Parliament Buildings are an excellent pairing.
Crash Hotel, Edmonton
Take a historic building with a storied past, mix it up with innovative design and just the right amount of luxe and you’ve got Edmonton’s Crash Hotel, located right downtown. Vintage charm is everywhere, and each room has its own theme — from hi-fi (complete with phonograph and retro speakers) to fun wall art (like a giant octopus mural over the bed). But, tbh, you probably won’t spend that much time in your room, considering all the amenities on-site, like the lobby cocktail bar, the pinball arcade and the hotel’s very own liquor store.