America’s Favorite Musical City Hotels

By Natalia Kvitek,

Music is a passion shared by most: whether you like twangy down-home country sounds, the wailing of a guitar, or the beats of hip-hop in your headphones, we are united by our love of melodies and sounds.

Do you travel in pursuit of your favorite music? We’ve come to help! These outstanding hotels provide the perfect springboard from which to enjoy some of the finest music festivals, bluegrass bars, and boogie down discos in various cities across the country. Our trivago Award winners for 2017 were chosen based on scores compiled from user ratings from a myriad of booking and review sites all over the internet. This has given us a transparent and unbiased look at America’s favorite properties in our most musical cities.

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Atlanta, GA

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Shaky Beats lighting up Atlanta in 2016. Photo taken from the Shaky Beats Facebook page.

Festivals dominate Atlanta with large scale events ranging from Jazz to EDM. Take advantage of the city’s festival spirit without needing the trouble of camping.

I’ve known people that have moved to Atlanta just to be closer to the city’s music scene as you can find nearly every genre here. Major music venues and dive bars alike provide fans an opportunity to see both nationally-recognized and locally-grown acts.” 

Heather Kirksey, Director of Public Relations, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Where to catch a tune

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Wailing on the sax at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival Facebook page.

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival – This popular Atlanta Memorial Day weekend festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017.
  • Sweetwater 420 Fest – April 21 -23, 2017. Earth Day celebration involving music, beer and a focus on the environment.
  • Shaky Knees – May 12-14, 2017. Indie rock, pop and Southern food trucks.
  • Shaky Beats – May 5-7, 2017.  The electronic and hip-hop sister festival to Shaky Knees.
  • Imagine Festival – Dates for this EDM festival are coming soon but expect circus troupes, dancers and creative workshops alongside big name DJs.

Looking for more info on Atlanta’s festivals? See our Party On Peachtree: Festivals in Atlanta for a more in-depth look.


Where to stay: Stonehurst Place

Stonehurst Place Dining Room
Stonehurst Place interior Atlanta

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Do your festival season next summer from the luxurious comforts of the trivago Awards winner in the Alternative Accommodation category for 2017, Stonehurst Place. Historic elements of the 19th-century mansion are balanced with modern comforts that are much nicer than a sweaty tent. The six room eco-friendly B&B is located in Atlanta’s Midtown district just two blocks from Piedmont Park and with easy travel to many music festival sites as well as the Downtown core. You’ll get a full homemade gourmet breakfast every morning to set you up for a day of antics– breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day.


Franklin, TN

Franklin, Tennessee music scene

Catch intimate performances in surprising venues across the city of Franklin. Photo by Jamie Cox (Visit Franklin)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get up close and intimate with both rising stars and those who have already struck it big, the city of Franklin begs a visit. Nearby Nashville sees the country and bluegrass influence carried through and live music venues are packed with concert-goers night after night.

Franklin is a singer and songwriter town, home to many of the music makers you’ve been listening to for years. We are privileged to have some amazing music venues, like the historic Franklin Theater on Main Street which has hosted some of the biggest names in music, and many consider to be the best 300-seat music venue in the world. Music City Roots is taped in front of a live audience at The Factory in Franklin each week and even local restaurants like Gray’s on Main and Puckett’s have stages for people to watch and listen to live music almost every night of the week as they dine.

Matt Maxey, Visit Franklin

 Where to catch a tune

Puckett's Boat House Live Music

Catch a jam session at Puckett’s Boat House. Photo by Jamie Cox (Visit Franklin)

  • Puckett’s: Get a feel for the South in this locally-approved country store that regularly hosts live music that makes you feel like you wandered into a welcoming Southerner’s kitchen.
    Type of music: Songwriters and Country
    When to go: Most weekday & weekend nights
  • Bunganut Pig: Come for the long happy hour, get talking with the locals and stay for the candlelit live music that will move everyone to the dance floor.
    Type of music: Local singers & songwriters and Blues, Rock, R&B bands
    When to go: Every night starting around 9:00 p.m.
  • Franklin Theater: This renovated theater has seen some big names grace its illuminated marquee. Locals consider it to be one of the best small venues in the entire world.
    Type of music: Varies by show
    When to go: Check the music schedule for dates.

Where to stay: Drury Plaza

Drury Place Franklin Room

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Need a place to kick your feet up following a night out in Franklin or nearby Nashville? Our 3-Star trivago award winner, Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Franklin, provides a fantastic homebase for enjoying the local music scene. Attention, fans of freebies–and who isn’t?–you’re going to love the hotel perks from the free hot breakfast every morning to the 5:30 p.m. kickback with hot food and beverages, and the free soft drinks and popcorn in the lobby from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. To top it off, you’ll also get free parking and WiFi. This leaves you with more pocket cash for cover charges to the bars and clubs around town!


Chicago, IL

Mecca Flats Cultural Center Chicago

You can get a taste of Chicago’s sound all over the city. Photo by Adam Alexander Photography for Choose Chicago

Whether you’re looking to stomp the night away to the sounds of Chicago house music in a legendary club or belt out show tunes with locals, Chicago is unified in its love of every kind of music. Former speakeasies are still hosting sensational jazz nights, and community centers host spoken word performances that hint at the next big MC talents in hip-hop.

“Chicago’s rich history with music has long made it a destination for music lovers and creators. Whether you’re seeking genres in which Chicago has played an important role, such as blues, jazz and house, or whether its other popular or emerging forms of musical styles, Chicago is a city that celebrates music, musicians and music lovers. From Lollapalooza to Windy City Smokeout, to live performances at legendary bars, and unique music incubators like 2112, Chicago is truly a music town and the options are diverse and plenty.”   

David Whitaker, President & CEO Choose Chicago

Where to catch a tune

Chicago Jazz Festival

Jazz is still favored in many Chicago dive bars. Photo by Adam Alexander Photography for Choose Chicago. 

  • Zebra Lounge: A dive bar feel and an eclectic crowd meets piano bar tunes for many nights to remember.
    Type of music: Piano show tunes
    When to go: Live music is on every night.
  • Smartbar: One of the US’s most important and well respected dance music clubs. Chicago house DJs spin alongside international guests while clubbers stomp the night away.
    Type of Music: House
    When to go: Thursday to Sunday
  • Jazz Showcase: Many Jazz greats like Roy Hargrove and Dizzy Gillespie, who hosted his annual birthday party at the club, have left their mark on this venue. See their calendar and buy tickets online.
    Type of music: Jazz
    When to go: Live music every night of the week and Wednesdays are free.

Where to stay: The Peninsula

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The Peninsula’s location makes it a winner, not only in the 5-Star trivago Awards category it took in 2017, but also for those with musical hearts. In the busy surrounding area are the Chicago Opera theater and easy access to the “L” (subway) station to take you to the more remote corners of Chicago’s underground music scene. Massive rooms are dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city or Lake Michigan and silk draped king-sized beds. Marble bathrooms have televisions at the foot of the bathtub, so that you can jam out to your favorite music channels while you take a relaxing dip.

 Where to stay: The Langham

The Langham Chicago lobby

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Consider yourself a cultural aficionado? If you’ve come to Chicago in search of musical and artistic enlightenment, extend it to architecture with a stay at the Langham Hotel. The luxury hotel is housed in a building designed by heavyweight Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe topped off with an impressive art collection. A glorious 67-foot swimming pool and the views of the Marina City complex helped garner this hotel a winning trophy in the 5-Star trivago Awards 2017 category. You’re minutes away from the Chicago “L” train stop and the downtown Loop which means you can easily hop from venue to venue while chasing your pick of jazz or hip hop gods.

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Photos courtesy of the Langham Chicago.

Not looking to drop a month’s rent on a five-star Chicago experiences? Take your pick from our other Chi-City favorites!


Newport, RI

Newport Rhode Island Harbor

The harbor and Bannister’s Wharf of Newport. Photo by Onne van der Wal for Discover Newport.

With the likes of the internationally acclaimed folk and jazz festival, plus the ever-present year-round bar music scene, Newport is absolutely delightful for music lovers. Cafes, pubs, bars, and even hotels frequently feature live music nightly with mellow acoustic performances to bluegrass and even classical hitting the stage at some of the historic mansions.

For both musicians and fans alike, Newport is hallowed ground. The world renowned Newport Jazz Festival, which made its debut in Newport in 1954, was the first multi-artist event of its kind. Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury—they have visionary Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein to thank. Five years later, he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger. Between the two landmark events, legendary artists who have graced Newport’s iconic stages include Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash…the list goes on and on. Today, both of these ground-breaking events continue in addition to the Newport Music Festival.”

Andrea McHugh, Marketing & Communications Manager at Discover Newport

Where to catch a tune

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Gilded mansions and classical piano at the Newport Music Festival. Photo by Newport Music Festival.

  • Newport Jazz Festival – August 4-6, 2017. This festival has seen its fair share of jazz greats since its inaugural 1954 edition.
  • Newport Folk Festival – July 28-30, 2017. The counterpart folk-centric festival to Newport’s Jazz festival.
  • Newport Music Festival – July 7-23, 2017. Classical music lovers flock to this festival founded in 1953. They also hold a winter concert series from October until April.

Where to stay: Almondy Inn

Almondy Inn Newport

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Located a short but scenic coastal drive from the location of both the jazz and folk festivals is a vestige of Victorian Rhode Island. The Almondy Inn is in the bustling downtown of Newport, walking distance to the musical pubs, cafes, fantastic restaurants, and famous Newport Mansions. Decorated in period antiques and fireplaces, the Inn welcomes visitors who come for a sampling of Newport’s music, whether it be the strum of a folk guitar or the pitch of a quartet. As an alternative accommodation winner of the 2017 trivago Awards, you know you’re in good hands. Time your visit with a weekend to take advantage of the gourmet breakfast.


Denver, CO

Bluebird Theater Denver

Denver is the place to hear live indie bands. Photo by Evan Semon for Visit Denver.

Denver’s indie music history goes hand in hand with the burgeoning craft beer scene. Come to Denver to see your next favorite band while they’re still considered indie. Both Tennis and the Lumineers got started here

Denver’s music scene rivals some of the most well-known hotspots around the country. The city boasts a venue and a style for everyone; from Red Rocks Amphitheatre – which has been named the world’s greatest outdoor amphitheater and is on every fan’s and band’s bucket list – to intimate neighborhood venues, like the classic Bluebird and Ogden theaters, and the new Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club, and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Denver is also a hotbed for emerging bands; festivals like Underground Music Showcase and Riot Fest highlight the best of the local and national artists who descend on Denver on a regular basis to experience the collaborative nature of the city and its electric music scene.”

Justin Bresler, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Denver

Where to catch a tune

Red Rocks Park Amphitheater live music

A glorious setting at the Red Rocks for live music. Photo by Steve Crecelius and VISIT DENVER.

  • Ziggie’s: For four nights a week since 1964, Ziggie’s stage has been decorated with a rotation of musicians providing acoustic jams and blues. Catch an open mic to see the best local talent.
    Type of music: Blues, jams and acoustic guitars
    When to go: Sundays – Wednesdays
  • El Chapultepec: Standing tall since 1933, there’s jazz and blues always playing at El Chapultepec. Local faves and cool cats like Sinatra (back in the day) and the cheap drinks and good food keeps the locals coming back night after night.
    Type of music: Jazz and blues
    When to go: Live music every night of the week.
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater: Should you get the opportunity to witness a concert against the dramatic backdrop of the jagged rocks, take it. The sunsets here are as melodic as the acoustics.
    Type of music: Varies by concert.
    When to go: From May until late October.

Where to stay: Woolleys Classic Suites, Aurora

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Just a short drive from downtown Denver and an even shorter drive from the airport, Woolley’s Classic Suites have created the perfect template for winning a 4-Star trivago Award. With everything included in your room price, the list of freebies makes room for the cash in your wallet to be spent wisely on craft brews while enjoying the Mile High City’s exciting music scene. Start your morning with a fully cooked breakfast, free wine, beer, and cocktails at the free happy hour in the evening. Complimentary WiFi across the hotel and even free shuttle service to the light rail station or airport are also available. Got a bit rowdy and spilled on your favorite t-shirt? Laundry is free, too. With King Sleeper Suites comfortably accommodating four people, grab your pals and make a weekend of jamming out in Denver.

For more hotel picks from our editors, see our Denver’s trendiest hotels


Seattle, WA

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The Space Needle meets EMP Museum in the city of Grunge. Photo from Visit Seattle.

Seattle has cemented its place in music history from the early days of grunge music to emo bands of the early 2000s, and palatable indie music. Music lovers should take note to visit the Experience Music Project Museum.

Seattle – the city that produced such music legends as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix – has drawn from its classic jazz roots, rebellious grunge experience and innovative, high-tech atmosphere to produce a diverse and thriving music scene unlike any other. With a flourishing music scene that encourages music-lovers to experience all types of music in a variety of atmospheres – from intimate clubs and coffeehouses to large performance halls and city parks – Seattle takes center stage in American popular music.

Kauilani Robinson, Public Relations Manager at Visit Seattle

Where to catch a tune

Neptune Theatre Seattle Washington

Patti Smith performing at the Neptune Theatre. Photo by David Lee CCBY

  • Neptune Theater: This historic theater dating back to 1921 was transformed into a multi-use arts venue that hosts a wide range of musical talents. A single screen airs psychedelic visuals behind memorable performances of all sorts.
    Type of music: Varies by concert.
    When to go: Check the schedule for times and tickets.
  • Q Nightclub: Bringing an incredible clubbing experience to Seattle, this award-winning architectural space boasts an incredible Funktion One soundsystem alongside an audio visual program that matches their high level of quality.
    Type of music: House, techno, electronic and hip hop
    When to go: Every night of the week.
  • Neumos: An incredible lineup of live acts will satisfy the most hardcore hipsters. Once called Moe, this is one of Seattle’s greatest rock clubs boasting an impressive 20-year history of musical performances.
    Type of music: Rock
    When to go: Depends on the event, check listings.

Where to stay: Cedarbrook Lodge

Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle exterior at night

Cedarbrook Lodge sparkling near Seattle. Photos by Jeff Caven for Cedarbrook Lodge. 

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Experience all angles of Seattle from Cedarbrook Lodge. Located on 18 pristine acres of protected wetlands near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the hotel is only 14 miles from all the musical energy of downtown Seattle. Retreat each evening to the chill Norwthwest vibes of your room for views of the birds and grasses that dot the wetlands. Onsite you’ll find a farm-to-table restaurant and enjoy a free locally sourced breakfast every morning.  This hotel is a 4-Star category winner for the trivago Awards 2017 and its lush surrounding landscape rounds out any Seattle experience.
Cedarbrook Lodge lobby

Want to forgo the silence of the wetlands for a stay closer in the heart of the city? These sophisticated Seattle hotels put you straight into the beat of the city. 


Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas music scene

Las Vegas brings the music parties to new extremes! Photo by Avarty Photos CCBY

Vegas is an adult playground designed to seduce pretty much anyone who enters: from the champagne-soaked bachelorettes wanting to scream along to the lyrics of their favorite songs, to arena performances with big headliners or even the occasional low-key gig.

Where to catch a tune

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

The Brooklyn Bowl stage has seen the antics of many musicians. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Bowl Facebook page.

  • Britney: Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood: Spears’ beloved residency has been extended until 2017. Expect to hear her greatest hits and witness electrifying dance performances from the Queen of Teen Pop.
    Type of music: Pop
    When to go: Wednesday, Friday or Saturday
  • Tacos and Beer: Get a taste of Vegas’ underground techno scene. Techno Taco Tuesday embraces both local and international DJs with a tireless commitment to both good times and good food.
    Type of music: Techno
    When to go: Tuesdays and Sundays
  • Brooklyn Bowl: This massive entertainment complex has incredible acoustics. Catch everything from rock to reggae, jazz and hip hop concerts while bowling your heart out.
    Type of music: A wide range depending on the night.
    When to go: Depends on the concert.

Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental

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The action of Las Vegas doesn’t need to translate into a hectic hotel. Imagined as an Eastern-inspired oasis for guests looking for a more restrained approach from which to enjoy Sin City, The Mandarin Oriental ensures your down-time is one of relaxation and rejuvenation. While the hotel lacks casino action in the lobby, you’re well connected to the bustle of the city via skybridges, trams or your own two feet since you’re only a stroll from the center of the Strip. Upon returning home from your musical event of choice, you’ll be able to sink into the freestanding tub with bath salts, champagne, and find yourself reaching for Zen in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Is our five-star winner a bit high-brow for your Vegas antics? Check out these quintessentially Vegas hotels for your adventures instead. 


Bentonville, AR

Bentonville square

It’s not unusual to be drawn to Bentonville Square by the sound of music. Photo taken from the Downtown Bentonville Facebook page.

Arkansas has a rich musical heritage with icons like Johnny Cash and Al Green both calling the state “Home.” Legions of other lesser known, but talented musicians have benefited from the musical incubation of small towns. Likewise, Bentonville has embraced an arts and culture spirit with vigor, and it’s apparent in the high density of music events that populate its monthly calendar.

Nothing beats the eclectic entertainment Bentonville is providing in our small community. Many weekends, local bands or artists can be found in our restaurants serenading our residents and visitors. Bentonville’s median age is 31. Millennials see the value in experiences and they care deeply about shareable, personalized experiences such as music, concerts and festivals. We continue to see new music experiences happening in Bentonville at restaurants, outdoor festivals, and small concerts in our amphitheater.

Kalene D. Griffith, Visit Bentonville

Where to catch a tune

Bentonville First Fridays Music series

Photo courtesy of Downtown Bentonville Facebook page.

  • Meteor Guitar: This unassuming instrument store is run by a family of music lovers in an old movie theater. Learn a bit of guitar history, admire the hundreds of vintage and new guitars decorating the shop and sit in on intimate performances.
    Type of music: Varies by concert.
    When to go: Fridays and Saturdays. Check the event calendar.
  • Notes at Night: Taking part in various venues across town, this weekly event hosts an eclectic array of local and visiting musicians.
    Type of music: Varies by concert.
    When to go: Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • First Fridays: Get the whole family involved in this monthly community block party in Bentonville Square. Get serenaded with live music, snack on delicious food, and get the younger generations into the boogie down spirit!
    Type of music: Varies by concert.
    When to go: First Friday of every month.

Where to stay: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville

21C Museum Hotel Bentonville Suite

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The 21c Museum Hotel has put in the work in nailing Bentonville to the global arts and culture map. The 4-Star trivago Awards category winner regularly hosts musical events like Notes at Night in addition to hosting both permanent and temporary art exhibits. The modern hotel has vast rooms with natural yet opulent Malin + Goetz bath amenities, plus original art dotting the walls. The fantastic location puts you mere minutes walking distance to the heart of this quaint, artsy city, making the 21c a perfect musical pairing to a visit to Arkansas.

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Key West

The Green Parott Key West

Key West is a longstanding favorite among musicians chasing eternal summer… and margaritas. Photo taken from the Green Parrot Facebook page.

Songwriters have flocked to Key West for years, chasing endless amounts of sunshine and inspiration in margaritas and a slowed down pace. Visitors can enjoy this unique relationship the island has with musicians in the nightly bar music scene.

Over the last 21 years, we’ve had thousands of performing songwriters come to Key West to perform at the Key West Songwriters Festival. Many are just getting to Nashville to make a go of it and many are veterans who have multiple No. 1 hits. Many have gone on to become performing stars in their own right. Many return during the rest of the year and many never leave.

What are the top reasons that musicians flock to Key West?

Climate, a creative atmosphere, its open and casual island vibe and oh yeah, the fishing! These are some of the reasons we wind up with so many creative singer-songwriters on our little island hideaway. It’s also a great place to test out new material for traveling artists who come down for short stays.

Charlie Bauer, President of the Key West Songwriters Festival and Managing Partner of Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

Where to catch a tune

Smokin Tuna Saloon Key West

Photo taken from the Smokin Tuna Sloon Facebook page.

  • Smokin’ Tuna Saloon: A courtyard stage welcomes music lovers outside to enjoy the good weather next to some good tunes and spectacular seafood. A fair share of big names creep onto this stage. Paired with the seasonal stone crab, it’s an altogether delicious experience.
    Type of music: Jazz and blues
    When to go: Every night with music usually starting around 8:30 p.m.
  • The Green Parrot Bar: Dive bar appeal has seen this Key West institution pleasing music-loving patrons since 1890. Whether it’s on the jukebox or a live show, the Green Parrot is a Key West musical institution.
    Type of music: Rock to Reggae and some surprises.
    When to go: Every night with music usually starting around 8:30 p.m.
  • Little Room Jazz Club: For jazz aficionados, swinging by the intimate listening room is a must while in town. Craft cocktails make for a rather posh atmosphere that’s very different from the average Key West bar.
    Type of music: Jazz
    When to go: Every night with music usually starting around 9:00 p.m.

Where to stay: The Marquesa

Marquesa Hotel Key West

A sunny oasis in Key West. Photos taken from the Marquesa Facebook Page.

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The Marquesa Hotel is located just around the corner from the noise of Duval Street and is an easy wander home post-Margaritas. This award-winning hotel has two pools from where to recover from the raucous action of the previous evening and a homey atmosphere that is easy to fall in love with. Rooms are airy, awash in shades of pale yellows and blues, and come complete with free WiFi, marble bathrooms and the necessary central air conditioning. Onsite restaurant Cafe Marquesa is top rated for local seafood. We recommend the Grilled Spiny Lobster Tail & Key West Pink Shrimp, both sourced locally, for the perfect start to an evening of reggae-infused rock tunes on Duval.

Where to stay: Almond Tree Inn

Almond Tree Inn pool

Tropical take on Southern hospitality. Photo taken from trivago.

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You may be coming to Key West to throw back some Margaritas and air guitar your way across the numerous music venues, but your hotel should provide the oasis of calm you need to refresh and turn back to Key West time. A slow pace welcomes guests of Almond Tree Inn, one of the top ten 3-Star winners in the 2017 trivago Awards. A free continental breakfast awaits you every morning and rooms decorated in whites, tropical greens, and yellows provide a cheery respite from Duval Street, just a short walk away from the hotel.

Did we leave out your favorite music destination in the States? Let us know in the comments! 

*Cover image courtesy of The Langham Chicago