A shocking 658 million vacation days went unused last year in the United States, a number so staggeringly high it’s hard to fathom. Too many folks aren’t taking time off to rest and recharge, a fact that’s not good for you or your company’s health. For those of you who do want to take advantage of that PTO, we have good news! We’ve compiled a list of the best affordable luxury hotels that you can stay at without seeing a big hit to your wallet.
As more and more millennials acquire the travel bug, they’ve created increasing demand for luxury hotels and experiences that won’t cost a fortune; valuing experience over the price tag. Keeping that in mind, we’ve dug deep to find the best affordable luxury hotels across the United States for you to seek out and experience. So read on, rest easy, and don’t be afraid to put in a vacation request at work next week.
Bodega Bay Lodge — Sonoma County, CA
Fine Dining on the Coast
There’s more to Sonoma County than velvety pinot noirs and buttery chardonnays. The quiet coastline offers a tranquil escape and serene setting to recharge.
The next time you plan to visit California Wine Country, carve out a few nights on the itinerary to stay at Bodega Bay Lodge. The grassy bluffs of the waterfront property are peppered with shingled cottages, each with sliding glass doors that open to private patios and create the perfect place to catch that famous West Coast sunset. The main lodge consists of a fine-dining restaurant, Drake’s, along with a more casual, fireside restaurant next door. When the fog rolls on over the craggy coastline, hop into the heated outdoor pool or escape to the spa for some well-deserved pampering. Bodega Bay Lodge is a beautiful, under-the-radar oasis along the Sonoma Coast. Best of all, it offers a luxury stay at more affordable rates than inland wine country towns like Healdsburg, yet it’s still within driving distance to many of the
When the fog rolls on over the craggy coastline, hop into the heated outdoor pool or escape to the spa for some well-deserved pampering. Bodega Bay Lodge is a beautiful, under-the-radar oasis along the Sonoma Coast. Best of all, it offers a luxury stay at more affordable rates than inland wine country towns, yet it’s still within driving distance to many of the country’s famed wineries.Book Your Room
The Scott Resort & Spa — Scottsdale AZ
A Mediterranean Mirage
White-washed facades, Spanish tile clay roofs, and lush green foliage make The Scott Resort & Spa seem more like a Mediterranean-style mirage in the desert than a cosmopolitan hotel. Luckily, this one won’t disappear when you arrive.
Turning off the buzzing streets of Scottsdale and pulling in under the grand Porte Cochere, you’re immediately greeted by a friendly bellman and a fresh glass of house-made Cuban mint lemonade. Once you’ve stepped inside the walls of The Scott, the only sounds you hear are birds chirping, waterfalls spilling into a connecting maze of pools, and the faint sound of music playing throughout the lush gardens.
Beyond the oasis-like grounds of the Scott, both the culinary and spa experiences are exemplary. Spend an afternoon enjoying a 60-minute deep tissue massage, followed by a long soak in a copper claw-foot tub. Then, head to the Scott Grill for an amazing, locally-inspired meal by beloved Chef Chris Bailey. Just a mile from Camelback Mountain, the resort is the ideal place to refresh and rewind after a morning out hiking, shopping in Old Town Scottsdale, or simply exploring the greater Phoenix area.Book Your Room
The Chequit — Shelter Island, NY
A Prime Summertime Destination
There are more places on the east end of Long Island to retreat for a luxurious summer getaway than just The Hamptons. Instead of paying out the nose and wasting hours sitting in traffic to get to The Hamptons, take the five-minute ferry ride over to Shelter Island (from Greenport or Sag Harbor), and you’ve escaped the both the crowds and high price tags.
Recently renovated, The Chequit is an upscale, beach-chic boutique hotel that has really put Shelter Island back on the map as a prime summertime destination. Guestrooms are painted with calming pink tones and outfitted with fun accessories, like Turkish towels and bamboo hats, perfect for a day at the beach.
Mornings are the best at The Chequit. A beautiful breakfast spread greets you as you descend the stairs into the parlor from the guest room quarters. Help yourself to freshly baked blueberry crumble, savory veggie frittatas, or Greek yogurt with an ample array of granola and fresh fruit. Enjoy your meal with coffee or tea on the gorgeous veranda as the sea breeze swirls though. Outfitted with white wicker sofa seating, wooden rocking chairs, and a colorful day bed, you could spend all day on The Chequit’s front porch. Since its reopening in 2015, The Chequit offers a laid-back luxury hotel getaway at nightly rates more wallet-friendly than you can find nearby in the Hamptons.Book Your Room
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort — Kauai, HI
Impressive Hotel for a Luxury Stay
Wild, lush and less crowded, the island of Kauai manages to capture the heart of just about every traveler that steps onto the beloved Hawaiian island. Perfect for both adventure travelers or honeymooners, Kauai’s Jurassic Park-like terrain consists of emerald mountains, rugged cliffs, and jaw-dropping waterfalls.
For such a beautiful island, you’re going to want to stay at an equally impressive hotel. Avoid breaking the bank and book a luxury stay at the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. Spend your morning hiking the dramatic Napali Coast in the north, then retreat to Koa Kea for an afternoon lounging on the impeccable green lawn overlooking the ocean.
Ideally situated on the island’s southern Poipu Beach, the 119-room hotel offers an intimate experience with exceptional service in addition to all the amenities of the pricier yet far-less charming mega resorts. With a killer sushi restaurant and an über Instagrammable poolside tiki bar, it’s no wonder this property came out on top of Travel & Leisure’s “15 Best Resort Hotels in Hawaii” list this year.Book Your Room
Inn at Perry Cabin — St. Michaels, MD
On the Scenic Shores of the Chesapeake
The estate consists of sprawling green lawns, gorgeous gardens, and stately white buildings accented by American flags. Sink into one of the Adirondacks chairs by the waterfront or play a game of bocce or croquet in the grass. Sailing lessons are available off the Inn’s dock, or you can choose to join a sail aboard the resort’s Oyster Catcher schooner.
Stars, the on-site restaurant, serves some of the best crab in Maryland, and down the hall, Purser’s Pub is a perfectly cozy spot to enjoy a nightcap before turning in for the night. To relax, head to the flower-lined pool area for a swim, spend an afternoon at their high-end Linden Spa, or simply stay put in your bright, airy guest room that looks just like it was taken right out of the pages of a luxe travel magazine.Book Your Room
Canary Hotel — Santa Barbara CA
Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara, the Canary Hotel is an idyllic home base for a trip to SoCal. Owned by Kimpton Hotels, known for their impressive boutique hotel collection, no detail is left unattended to at the upscale Canary Hotel. Colorful tiles line the steps leading up to the Spanish-style rooftop terrace with white-washed walls, shade providing pergolas, a fun pool area, and panoramic views of Downtown Santa Barbara.
In each guest room, giant four-poster beds serve as the focal point, luring weary travelers into a cloud-like slumber. Just steps from the buzzing State Street, you’re close to all the great shopping and restaurants Santa Barbara has to offer and just a 40-minute drive from area’s famed wine country.Book Your Room
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge — Amelia Island, FL
Beach Town Island Vibes
As it turns out, you can get those island vibes you always crave without going too far from the mainland. Amelia Island is a scenic little beach town in northeastern Florida where beach dunes line empty stretches of sand and tall grass sways quietly in the sea breeze.
For some relaxed barefoot luxury, opposite to the clubby (and pricey) atmosphere down in Miami, book a stay at Amelia Island’s charming Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. Southern hospitality meets seafood fare at the delicious Pointe Restaurant, and every room at the lodge greets you with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Set right on the beachfront, you can cool off after a day in the sun on the front porch, relaxing in a rocking chair, sweet tea in hand.Book Your Room
Harbor View Hotel — Edgartown, MA
The Perfect Family Getaway
A summer hangout for many rich and famous New Englanders, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to visit Martha’s Vineyard. Harbor View Hotel has been an iconic landmark on the island for 125 years, and it’s just steps from the famed Lighthouse Beach.
The traditional, shingle-style property offers a perfect getaway for families (including Fido!) looking to stay in Edgartown — the Vineyard’s main town. The location is unbeatable, as you’re a stone’s throw from the beach and an easy five-minute stroll to the center of town.
There’s no need to drive or call a cab; just head right out of the front door to all of the great restaurants and boutiques or hop on one of the Harbor View’s bikes to explore the classic captain’s house and beautiful gardens in the neighborhood. Accommodations vary from rooms to cottage-style suites, and two delicious restaurants in the main house mean you’re never far from a good meal and fresh seafood.Book Your Room
Four Columns — Newfane, VT
The Picturesque Property
If it’s good enough for Mick Jagger and Paul Newman, it’s definitely good enough for us. Located in the bucolic hills of southern Vermont, you won’t find a more picturesque property than the Four Columns. The town is small and welcoming, much like the property itself. No matter the time of day, delicious smells waft from the kitchen and the staff’s main concern is how they might be able to make your stay even better.
A garden, popping with colorful blooms, fresh vegetables, and fragrant herbs surrounds the pool, a perfect place to cool off after venturing on one of the many hikes nearby. The beds are deliriously dreamy, and most rooms have grand soaking tubs. Come fall or winter, you can cozy up to your in-room fireplace with a nice glass of wine.Book Your Room
SoHo Grand Hotel — SoHo, NY
In The Heart Of Luxury
New York City and luxury go hand in hand; from the multi-million dollar high rises Uptown to the expensive penthouses Downtown — money seems to be a theme in Manhattan. Some of the most expensive hotels in the world call NYC home, but if you know where to look, you can find the same kind of luxury without the hefty price tag.
Built in 1996, the SoHo Grand Hotel was Manhattan’s first luxury downtown boutique hotel. Today, it remains one of the chicest spots on the island. The charming rooms are appointed with high-end finishes and a cloud-like bed. Upstairs, the rooftop space provides a refreshing escape with stunning city views of the skyline and bustle below.
Downstairs, the Salon Room has been nicknamed, “SoHo’s Living Room.” It’s a great, dimly lit area to hang out or grab a drink before dinner in the neighborhood. Live music is played in the Club Room and the concierge can arrange dinner at any of NYC’s trendiest restaurants.
If the SoHo neighborhood, known for its luxury shopping and chic inhabitants, could be explained in one place, we think it’d be in this iconic hotel.Book Your Room
The Dwell Hotel — Chattanooga, TN
Upscale Shopping and Restaurants
Nicknamed the “Scenic City” and ranked one of the best outdoor destinations in the country, Chattanooga, Tennessee has certainly cleaned up its act since being one of the most polluted cities in the country decades ago. Surrounded by mountains, the views are incredible and the Tennessee River snakes through the heart of the revitalized downtown.
Originally built as a stone fort to protect the city during the Civil War, the Dwell Hotel was first turned into a hotel in 1909. Today, recent investment and a chic makeover have made it the hottest place to stay in Chattanooga, attracting visitors from all over the country to this outdoor-adventure mecca.
Each of the 16-rooms at the Dwell is decorated in a different theme with retro accents running throughout. Their on-site restaurant Terra Mae is always busy for brunch and their ultra-cool lobby bar, Matilda, attracts locals and visitors alike. At the Dwell, you’re just steps from upscale shopping at Warehouse Row and many of city’s best restaurants. Chattanooga may not have been at the top of your luxury getaway list, but the Dwell Hotel should make you think twice.Book Your Room