Free wi-fi, a couple bottles of water, coffee, and gym access were once considered hotel luxuries, but they’re now just the baseline when it comes to travel perks. Hotel chains are packaging up unforgettable experiences for visitors, featuring some truly out-of-the-box amenities, activities, company, and memories.

While some can get pretty pricey, these amazing experiences are more often than not worth it. Take a look at some of the sweetest hotel perks travelers can get right now.

Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria in NYC

A Personal Concierge

Folks who stay at any of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria properties — such as its flagship location in New York City, located just blocks from Rockefeller Center and Broadway — can have their trip planning taken care of. Waldorf offers a personal concierge to “guarantee your every request is met” before, during, and after each visitor’s stay. The concierge waits for arriving visitors in the lobby to show them straight to their rooms. They’re also available throughout the stay to answer questions and suggest enjoyable (and sometimes discounted) events in the area. And when it’s time to go, they will neatly pack the visitors’ suitcase and send them on their way.

Close-up of guitar strings at Hard Rock Cafe

Fender Guitars

The Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago offers is fair share of standard perks, as rooms include flat screen TVs, mini-bars, and coffee-makers. But this property also cranks things up a notch, in true Hard Rock fashion. Visitors get Coronado Guitar to a Baja 60s Telecaster. The chosen guitar is delivered right to the visitor’s room, along with a headphone amplifier and Nixon headphones.

Photograph taking a photo of you -- perfect lens view

Your Very Own Photographer

When it comes to exciting vacations, the generally accepted mantra these days seems to be “Pics or it didn’t happen.” This next hotel perk, offered at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, is a few steps above an artsy, filtered Instagram posts of the property’s luxurious outdoor pool or stunning city views. Visitors who choose the “California Getaway” package get to enjoy an hour-long photoshoot with a professional photographer in iconic locations like the Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory or Rodeo Drive. Other perks in the package include laundry service, valet parking and unlimited in-room entertainment  but those won’t last a lifetime like photographs.

Best hotel perk ever? This Ferrari 458 Italia!

Super Cars

To call a Ferrari 458 Italia a hotel perk might just be the understatement of the year, but that’s what it is for visitors of the Arizona Bitmore in Pheonix. This Waldorf hotel used to be an invitation-only resort, but now anyone can book a room and enjoy the 39-acre property, plus its gardens, golf courses, pools and supercars. Select Waldorf locations offer “driving experiences” that let visitors drive Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other fancy sports cars around the stunning property.

This dalmation could be yours....but are you okay with renting a pet?

A Part-Time Pet

Pet-friendly accommodations are becoming increasingly common and luxurious at hotels across the country, but what about vacationers who don’t have a pet? Well, folks who stay at the Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah can borrow a puppy in what’s perhaps the most adorable hotel perk ever. The adventure spa provides access to unlimited exercise and wellness classes, including a “Pound Puppy Walk” during which visitors travel to the local shelter and enjoy a morning walk with a dog in need of a home. Other more standard perks at this remote haven include an extensive spa menu and flat-screen televisions, but a part-time puppy has to be the cherry on top.

  This article was posted on Hipmunk's Tailwind blog by The Hipmuk on February 12th.

Planning your summer vacation already? Check out these up-and-coming destinations.

The Biloxi Lighthouse, Mississippi
The Biloxi Lighthouse by Ipung Zan via Flickr

Biloxi, Mississippi

The beachfront city of Biloxi is a popular summer destination for people looking to enjoy the gulf. Water-based activities such as fishing are some of the biggest pastimes of the area. In fact, every 4th of July the city holds the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which draws crowds in excess of 50,000 people. Nearly all the hotels in town are located on or near the water, and because gambling is legal in Biloxi, most have casinos as well.

Charlotte, North Carolina skyline as seen from the Central Ave. bridge over Independence Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina skyline by James Willamor via Flickr

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is the largest and most well-known city in North Carolina. Home to nearly 3 million people, there is no shortage of sights, activities, museums, theme parks, festivals, and excitement to keep visitors of all ages and interests amused. Plus, all the sports fans will be excited to hear that not only does Charlotte have a team for every major sport, it is also the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Sunset over Deer's Head in Salisbury, Maryland
Sunset on the grounds of Deer's Head in Salisbury, Maryland by Eric B Walker via Flickr

Salisbury, Maryland

Salisbury is a small city at the head of Wicomico River in southeastern Maryland. It is a peaceful, unassuming town that is perfect for a family weekend getaway or a quiet pit stop on an American road trip. Venues like the Salisbury Zoo, Coco's Funhouse, Pemberton Historical Park, and the Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center are perfect for the entire family. Other places, such as the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, are geared more toward older guests. When it comes to lodging, the Hampton Inn Salisbury is the only one you should consider. Not only does it have a central location, but it's also the highest-rated hotel in town!

Main Street in College Park, Georgia
Main Street in College Park, Georgia by Robert S Donovan via Flickr

College Park, Georgia

Contrary to the name, there is no college in the small, charming southern town of College Park; the building that was a college many years ago is now city hall. Despite having a population of only 14,000, the city has over 850 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, making it an intriguing destination for anyone interested in the historical side of Georgia. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, College Park is home of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport. As such, there is no shortage of hotels and restaurants in town.

Sunset over Bardstown Road in Louisville, Kentucky
Sunset over Bardstown Road in Louisville, Kentucky by Scott Smithson via Flickr

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is Kentucky's largest city and one of the most popular year-round destinations for out-of-state visitors thanks to its abundance of things to see, do, and eat. Baseball fans will immediately recognize the city because it is the home of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the iconic baseball bat. However, the city is also the home of the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center, among others. Plus, just outside of town are countless parks, trails, lakes, and rivers offering a seemingly never-ending amount of outdoor activities. If you've got an entire family to keep happy or just want to pack as many diverse activities as possible into one trip, definitely put Louisville on your list of destinations this summer!

Smack dab in the center of California's west coast lies Monterey, another of the state's amazing year-round destinations. The city was the capital of California back in the early 1800s when it was part of Mexico. Nowadays however Monterey is known for outdoor activities like golfing, sailing and biking, not to mention its many vineyards and fine dining options. With so many diverse reasons to visit the area attracts all types of visitors. As such, here are the best hotels for every kind of traveler:

For the Explorers

Eager to make the most of your time in Monterey and don't plan on spending much time at the hotel? Consider staying at El Castell Motel just off the 101. Not only is it affordable but all rooms are soundproof and come standard with blackout drapes, making it the perfect place to take that much-needed rest once your explorations are done, regardless of the time of day. The Monterey County Fairground is only steps away and the Monterey State Beach not much further than that.

For the Ocean Lovers

Situated between El Estero Lake and Monterey State Beach lies Monterey Bay Lodge, just 150 steps from the Pacific Ocean. Here is where convenience and affordability mix. Rooms here are decorated in modern minimalist theme and all furnished with a refrigerator, microwave and, of course, a TV with premium channels, including HBO. Luxury suites with a fireplace and spa are also available, as are family suites with video game entertainment systems to keep the children amused.

For the Peace and Quiet Lovers

With only 22 rooms, Merritt House Inn is in no danger of becoming a loud or crowded party house. Relaxation comes first here, as quickly becomes evident to guests thanks to the lush gardens, outdoor dining area, and spacious suites. In-room massages and a concierge service that goes above and beyond further add to the peaceful nature of this B&B. Merritt House Inn is even on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the Luxury Travelers

Located right in the heart of downtown Monterey, discerning travelers need look no further than Spanish-style Hotel Abrego. Exquisitely designed rooms come fully loaded with premium bedding featuring Italian linens, high-end toiletries, a gas fireplace and mini refrigerator. Other hotel amenities include terrace dining, an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as an exercise studio to never miss a workout. The ocean is a half-mile away and Monterey's world-renowned aquarium just two miles.

For the Budget Travelers

California is one of the most expensive states in the United States so if you don't plan on spending much time in your hotel room, why get an expensive one? Save that money for all the stuff to do in and around Monterey! Carmel Hill Del Monte Pines offers clean, comfortable rooms with spacious bathrooms. Each room comes standard with a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, plus the entertainment that comes from premium TV channels and free in-room wi-fi. There are also barbecue grills and tennis courts on the grounds, allowing you to soak up that California sun without having to leave the hotel.

  Feature photo by mtch3l via Flickr

Nestled between the Great Salt Lake and the snow-covered peaks of the Wasatch Range is Salt Lake City, one of the most popular cities in all the state of Utah. It has outdoor activities and adventures, breathtaking scenery, delicious food, hip neighborhoods, historic buildings, and impressive architecture. There is truly something here for everyone. The only question now is where to stay. Those traveling with their favorite furry companions will be happy to know that all these hotels are pet-friendly.

Classy But Cheap

If you want to stay in a fancy hotel without breaking the bank, check out the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, a Kimpton Hotel. Kimpton properties are known for exceptional service, and the Hotel Monaco holds true to that standard. Plush, spacious rooms and designer toiletries ensure you have a comfortable stay. An on-site health center and complimentary breakfast keep you feeling your best.

Crazy Unique!

Regardless of the city, always seek out the quirky, offbeat, and unique hotels. It just makes the trip more interesting. The Anniversary Inn - 5th South takes the cake as Salt Lake City's craziest and coolest boutique hotel! Rooms here have elaborate decorations in over thirty themes, including The Wild West, Jungle Safari, Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, Romeo And Juliet, Sultan's Palace, and Mysteries of Egypt, just to name a few. It's perfect for a romantic retreat.

A Familiar Face

Everyone knows the Hyatt name. If you feel most comfortable with a name brand hotel, then the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway is for you. Rooms here are surprisingly spacious, and the sleek modern design places a heavy emphasis on dark hardwoods contrasted with light colors. Most of the facilities are open 24/7, including the fitness center, business center, and restaurant. The Hyatt Place is next to The Gateway, Salt Lake City's premiere establishment for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

For the Budget Savvy

Visitors who plan on using their hotel room only for sleep might as well save a few dollars and opt for the Royal Garden Inn. Rooms are spacious but have a minimalist design. Wooden furnishings and quilted bed covers give them a distinctly rustic Utah charm. WiFi is free and the hotel boasts one of the largest outdoor pools in Salt Lake City. Since you won't be spending much time in your room, it helps to know that several key Salt Lake attractions, including Temple Square, are just a few minutes walk away.

Step Back in Time

No hotel in Salt Lake City has more old-world charm than The Peery Hotel. Rooms here don't just have a historic feel. They are actually furnished with antique furniture and vintage light fixtures for an authentic experience. Of course, the hotel did not forget to include the most important modern conveniences, including TempurPedic beds, flat screen TVs, and of course, free WiFi throughout the property. Located in the heart of downtown, there is plenty to occupy your time within just a few minutes walk.

  Featured photo by countylemonade via Flickr.

Located about 60 miles from Denver, the charming mountain town of Colorado Springs is considered to be one of America's best cities. Colorado Springs is technically in the high desert, near the base of Pikes Peak, one of the country's most noted mountains. If you're looking to take a holiday in Colorado Springs, here's five really cool boutique hotels to consider.

Luxury Resort: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a four-diamond resort in Colorado Springs. There are 316 guestrooms with a variety of luxurious amenities, including plush robes and lemongrass bath products. There is a $21 daily resort fee that includes amenities like parking, Wi-Fi, boating, outdoor tennis, and fitness classes. Cheyenne Mountain Resort features five swimming pools, a 35-acre recreation lake, and a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole championship golf course. Don't miss the food either, especially local Colorado cuisine at the Mountain View Restaurant.

Victorian Charm: Spurs n Lace Inn

Enjoy Victorian-themed rooms at Spurs n Lace Inn in Colorado Springs. Crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and antique light fixtures are among the vintage touches you'll find at this property. Start your day with a free three-course breakfast and then take a stroll along the beautiful walking paths. Spurs n Lace Inn is also located nearby to a variety of Colorado Springs' best attractions, including the Ghost Town Museum, Simpich Showcase Theater, popular restaurants and stores, Cave of the Wines, and Seven Falls.

The Historic Broadmoor

The Broadmoor is a historic Colorado Springs Hotel featuring 779 rooms and a dizzying array of activities. There are 19 restaurants to choose from, a large golf course, movie theater, salon, and spa. Want to go shopping? There are 26 on-site stores to keep you busy! The Broadmoor offers transportation to the airport and even childcare if you are in need of a romantic night out. The rates at The Broadmoor are not cheap, with standard rooms around $400, suites at $750, and a full cottage for $1,000 per night.

Centrally Located: The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs

The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs is conveniently located near a variety of attractions like Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Pike's Peak, and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). One of the best known features of the property is its complimentary breakfast with made to order omelets and waffle bar. The 200 rooms at The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs feature everything from a fridge to memory foam mattresses. Relax at the atrium indoor pool with waterfalls, get a workout in the fitness center, or read a book in the fireside lounge.

Million Dollar Views: Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

The four-star Garden of the Gods Club and Resort is one of Colorado Springs' best deals at under $140 some nights. Rooms have private balconies, premium bedding, and a tub/shower combination. The views out to the Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak are best enjoyed from the heated infinity pool. Garden of the Gods Club and Resort also features 11 tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, health club, day spa, cycling and hiking trails, and a 27-hole championship golf course.

  This post originally appeared on No Checked Bags5 Cool Boutique Hotels in Colorado Springs” on February 24th.

If you're a college student, you should know that traveling abroad is good for you. It's been shown to improve learning outcomes and may even be a predictor for better grades and higher incomes later in life. It also teaches valuable life and professional skills such as adaptability, independence, communication, and cross-cultural understanding.

The only downside? All those benefits come with a price tag. And if you're a college student, odds are good that you're not exactly rolling in the dough. The good news it that it's still possible to travel on a tight budget— you just have to know where to go. Here are 12 cheap, lesser-known, and wonderful destinations to get you started. No matter which locale you choose, expect to pay well under $50 a night for the privilege of staying there.

Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania

1. Bucharest, Romania

Gorgeous architecture, historical attractions, and European sophistication distinguish Bucharest as a must-see city. Don't miss the National Art Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Parliament Palace, or Calea Victoriei, a popular street packed with traditional cafes, bars, and restaurants. Visit in the summer for the best rates and mild weather.

2. Chennai, India

Located on the Bay of Bengal, Chennai offers visitors beautiful scenery, historical attractions, and a rich cultural heritage. Because it's not a particularly well-known tourist destination, Chennai boasts budget-friendly accommodations year-round. Visit between November and February for great weather—highs are typically around 70 degrees. January is one of the most popular months because it features Chennai Pongal, a four-day celebration of the end of winter.

3. Ko Samui, Thailand

It’s a wonder this gorgeous island hasn't been overrun with tourists: Palm-covered beaches, stunning waterfalls, unique geological features, and a relaxed culture make for a perfect island getaway. The island is 88 square miles, so choose accommodations near the beach for easy waterfront access. Rates are very budget-friendly—you can rent a room or a whole home for around $29 a night. If you want to avoid monsoon season, plan to visit between March and May.

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at night

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia's capital offers something for every kind of traveler, from jaw-dropping architecture (hello, Petronas Twin Towers) to primo shopping, delicious food, relaxing gardens, distinct neighborhoods, and spiritual exploration in mosques and temples. The city is also close to other attractions such as the Batu Caves and Putrajaya, which is one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

5. Lapu-Lapu, Philippines

Lapu-Lapu is home to some of the most significant historical sites in the Philippines, making it a great destination for history buffs and anthropology majors. The city is also packed with art, restaurants, nightlife, live entertainment, beachfront scenery, and other cultural attractions. You can enjoy it all on a shoestring budget: Wallet-friendly accommodations start at $16 per night.

6. Lima, Peru

Ancient Incan ruins, ocean views, and a bustling metropolitan culture—Lima is ideal for the traveler who wants to experience big-city energy in a gorgeous setting. The city's off-season runs from June to October, and this is when you'll find the best deals on accommodations. The Festival season begins in October and continues through November; expect large crowds and a variety of cultural attractions, including the biggest religious procession in Latin America.

Montego Bay, Jamaica, a travel destination that even students can afford

7. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Coral reefs, palm-covered beaches, and budget-friendly hotels—Montego Bay is the tropical destinations for travelers with limited funds. Visit from October to early December for the best rates, abundant sunshine, and warm temps. Take a tour of the old sugar plantation or the working coffee plantation, practice your swing on the gorgeous fairways, soak up the sun on the white sand beaches, or kick back and enjoy the views of the Catadupa Mountains.

8. Nha Trang, Vietnam

If you love the water, then get yourself to Nha Trang. Scuba diving and beautiful beaches await visitors to the city, which is located on Vietnam's south-central coast. While airfare will cost a pretty penny, you'll spend very little once you arrive—rates for budget-friendly hotels start as low as $8 per night, while luxury accommodations can be found for as little as $75 each night.

9. Quito, Ecuador

Located in the Andes Region of Ecuador, Quito is a nature lover's dream. It's also packed with colonial architecture, historical attractions, and a vibrant culture that you have to experience to fully appreciate. The city boasts a wide variety of budget hotels with rates starting as low as $20 a night. Before scheduling a trip, be aware that Quito's winter runs from June to September, while the popular summer months run from December to March.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, a travel destination that even students can afford

10. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is an island paradise—think white beaches and tropical rainforests—any time of the year. The winter months (from December through April) promise the best weather, but you'll find cheaper rates from May through September. If you're visiting in June, don't miss the city's SoFo Culinary Week. If you're an American citizen, you won't need a passport to enter San Juan, and you can use U.S. dollars as currency. (That's because Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.)

11. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Despite being the Dominican Republic's capital city, Santo Domingo has yet to attract large herds of tourists. And that's great news for the wallet-conscious traveler, because low-budget accommodations abound (even during spring break!). Enjoy your savings while soaking up rays on the city's beaches or tearing it up in one of the many salsa/merengue clubs.

12. Ubud, Indonesia

You may know Ubud from a little book called Eat, Pray, Love. Bali's gorgeousness is on full display here, as are pretty rice paddies, open-air markets, and mystical attractions. Visit between July and September for the best weather. (But do be prepared for larger crowds than you'll find during the city's rainy months.) Homestays are popular in Ubud, but you'll also find plenty of budget-friendly hotels both within and outside of the city's center.

And there you have it: Even if you're an impoverished college student, a wide variety of amazing cultural, natural, and historical destinations are within your reach. Save every dollar you can, and soon enough you'll have enough money to get there.

  This article was originally posted on Hipmunk's Tailwind blog on February 14th.

Palm Springs is a modern oasis in the desert of Southern California, a jewel that beckons to all those looking for a hip yet laid-back retreat from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The city is known for its breathtaking beauty, natural hot springs, stylish hotels, gorgeous golf courses, and amazing spas. But it isn't all luxurious resorts and high-end lodging. There are several amazing boutique hotels in Palm Springs that offer affordable luxury, such as:

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock is synonymous with great music, hip style and good times. Guests of their hotels and restaurants know what to expect. Thankfully the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs maintains this level of superiority and does not disappoint. Their spacious rooms feature hand-picked artwork, custom-designed furniture and luxurious amenities and toiletries. Plus the entire property is full of the obligatory nostalgia-inducing musical memorabilia that guests have come to expect from Hard Rock.

Vagabond Inn Palm Springs

Vagabond Inn in Palm Springs, California

Vagabond Inn is a budget hotel chain that first started in California in 1958. Now they have locations in a half dozen states throughout the West Coast, however the Vagabond Inn Palm Springs is one of my favorite locations. Why? As a solo traveler and with most of the accommodation options in Palm Springs are geared towards expensive romantic getaways, finding an affordable, comfortable place to stay always makes the journey easier -- both on myself and my wallet.

Alcazar Palm Springs

Opened in 2011, Alcazar Palm Springs is a sleek 34-room boutique hotel perfect for those who want a quiet, comfortable stay without having to spend excess money on unnecessary luxury frills. Their rooms feature a minimalist design with a focus on unique, modern artwork and stylish furnishings. Italian linens, flatscreen TVs, fireplaces and mountain views, the rooms here have everything you need! Complimentary pastries from Cheeky's and bicycles plus a pool, jacuzzi and pet-friendly rooms seal the deal.

Royal Sun Inn

Discreetly tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown Palm Springs, Royal Sun Inn is the ideal hotel close to the action but away from the loud, busy streets. Their comfortable rooms come standard with a flat screen TV, private balcony or patio, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. It's also a great place to stay for families because of the large outdoor pool and barbecue pits. The best part, however, is the price. Royal Sun Inn is one of the least expensive hotels, given its many amenities, making it the perfect choice for budget conscious travelers.

Caliente Tropics

Palm Springs ... or Polynesia? Why choose between the two when there's the unique fusion that is Caliente Tropics. Staying here is like stumbling into a lush tropical oasis at the edge of the desert. Sure, it may take you by surprise — but 5 minutes later you are calling it home and never want to leave. Guests can partake in less stereotypical Palm Springs activities such as shuffleboard, frisbee, or a backyard barbecue. All the other activities are still around, but for those who crave the laid back island lifestyle, this is the place.

  Featured image by docentjoyce via Flickr

Few cities in America are as photogenic as Sedona, Arizona. Here majestic red rocks rise up from the lush pine forests like sand castles carved by a race of giants who have long since disappeared. It is a photographer's dream destination, as well as an ideal place for destination weddings.

The next time you find yourself planning a trip to Sedona, soak up the scenery from one of these amazing hotels:

Sedona Real Inn & Suites

For a really different experience from all the other nearby properties, check out Sedona Real Inn & Suites. This boutique hotel is family owned and is a great way to support locals, instead of international hotel chains. In fact, the place feels so much like home, I loathe to even call it a hotel. They have a variety of room and suite options for both romantic couples getaways and family vacations, plus a swimming pool and playground. And yes, they are pet-friendly as well!

Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort

Coming to Sedona solely for the world-class golfing, but having a hard time finding a golf resort that is budget-friendly? Look no further than Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort in the gentle rolling slopes of southern Sedona. In addition to the 18-hole golf course, the Ridge on Sedona boasts a variety of amenities designed to maximize your outdoor activities, including secluded trails, mountainside hot tubs, heated outdoor pool, BBQ facilities, and picturesque picnic area.

Poco Diablo Resort

Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona, Arizona

Nestled between Highway 179 and Oak Creek on the southern side of Sedona, Poco Diablo Resort is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to bask in the natural beauty of Sedona. With four tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and spa, heated for year-round enjoyment, nine-hole golf course spread across eight acres, and plenty of hiking trails located just a few minutes away from the resort, what more could you want?

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

If it's romance among the red rocks that you are searching for, consider the amazing Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, a Diamond Resorts property. Diamond Resorts, with a proven record of world-class resorts, now has locations in over 30 countries around the world. Their expansive Sedona property has 22 acres of walking trails filled with fountains and benches, all situated against the breathtaking scenery of Sedona. After an afternoon stroll, the spa at Los Abrigados Resort is a soothing way to wind down. Plus they even have cottages available, which off a bit more privacy than their basic hotel rooms.

Sedona Rouge Hotel And Spa

The expanded Sedona Rouge Hotel And Spa in the western side of Sedona is a great option for families on vacation. Their spacious rooms are both kid- and pet-friendly, plus the concierge can help arrange babysitting services if parents need some time to themselves, or want to spend a couple of hours getting rejuvenated at the spa. Additional amenities such as a refrigerator, coffeemaker, and free DVD rental service make your family vacation that much easier.

  Featured photo by Don Graham via Flickr.

New York City has no shortage of hotels. Unfortunately, many of them are rather boring, and a boring hotel can make for a boring trip. So I'm on the hunt around NYC to find the coolest unique boutique hotels the city has to offer.

YOTEL New York at Times Square

YOTEL is a fresh, modern take on what a hotel should be, and the YOTEL New York at Times Square is the chain's most popular location. The rooms are smartly designed, and the entire hotel process has been refined, thanks to its electronic check-in process. The NYC property even has a robotic luggage concierge that has become a tourist attraction of its own. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it!

Robot luggage concierge at Yotel Hotel in New York City
The robotic luggage concierge found in the Yotel lobby has become a tourist attraction on its own. Photo by Jason Paris via flickr.

Martha Washington

When the Martha Washington Hotel first opened in 1903, it was exclusively for women. Thankfully, nowadays all people and all types of travelers are welcome here. In 2012 the hotel was even dedicated a New York City historical landmark. That sense of history is still evident in the rooms, which feature the same seamless fusion of vintage and modern luxury that can be found throughout the hotel. Marta, the Martha Washington's Roman-inspired pizzeria, has delicious food and even offers in-suite dining. You'll also find a sleek 24/7 fitness center to burn some calories should you find yourself over-indulging on food and want to burn off some of those calories.

Omni Berkshire Place

Omni has a reputation for offering luxurious stays at affordable prices, and Omni Berkshire Place is no different. The hotel first opened in 1926, but it has had several massive renovations over the years to maintain a modern level of comfort and style. However, one thing has not changed over the years: Berkshire Place was originally loved because of the size of its rooms, and it still offers some of the most spacious rooms in all Manhattan.

Pod 39

If all of these hotels are sounding a bit excessive, then Pod 39 is your answer. Cool and quirky, this hotel refers to its cute little rooms as "pods." These pods come in several variations, such as single, full, bunk and double, yet each offers maximized features and functionality in minimal space. By curbing excess, Pod 39 was also able to trim the price — it is one of the cheapest hotels in New York City. The entire property has a unique, funky, artistic feel, and the visual element of that is a treat all by itself. Did I mention the rooftop bar and lounge?

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

The Carlyle Hotel in New York City
Photo by Arvind Grover via flickr.

For those who have come to New York to shop, look no further than The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel located right in heart of the action on Madison Avenue. All the high-end brands have shops located mere steps away, and thankfully, The Carlyle has spacious rooms that can handle all the extra shopping bags. Another of New York City's historic hotels, The Carlyle just celebrated its 85th anniversary last year. But as with all great things, it only gets better with time!

Palm Springs is a modern oasis in the desert of Southern California, a beckoning jewel for all those look for a hip yet laid-back retreat from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The city is known for its breathtaking beauty, natural hot springs, stylish hotels, gorgeous golf courses, and amazing spas. Here is a look at some of the most affordable boutique hotels and resorts in Palm Springs.

Royal Sun Inn

Discreetly tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown Palm Springs, Royal Sun Inn is the ideal hotel close to the action but away from the loud, busy streets. Their comfortable rooms come standard with a flat screen TV, private balcony or patio, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. It's also a great place to stay for families because of the large outdoor pool and barbecue pits. The best part, however, is the price. Royal Sun Inn is one of the least expensive hotels, given its many amenities, making it the perfect choice for budget conscious travelers.

Riviera Resort & Spa

When it comes to affordable luxury, look no further than Riviera Resort & Spa. With rooms starting at just over $100 a night that look like something costing three times as much, this resort is the way to live the life of a rock star without breaking the bank. The property has funky, stylish decor, spacious rooms with amazing views of Palm Springs' natural beauty, marble bathrooms, world-class spa, modern fitness center, and two beautiful pools. It's even pet-friendly! What more could you want?

Saguaro Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California
Photo by rheinitz via flickr

Colorful person? Then, Saguaro Palm Springs is the hotel for you! This rainbow-colored hotel is as vibrant on the inside as it seems on the outside. Colors combinations you've never imagined flow together in an impressive, stylish design that is a visual treat. Their gorgeous rooms come in a variety of combinations and offer either a mountain or a pool view, whichever you prefer. However, it is the property's two restaurants and Iron Chef Jose Garces that the hotel is most proud of. So if you want somewhere to stay that is a treat for all five senses, there is no better place to stay than Saguaro Palm Springs.

Caliente Tropics

Palm Springs ... or Polynesia? Why choose between the two when there's the unique fusion that is Caliente Tropics. Staying here is like stumbling into a lush tropical oasis at the edge of the desert. Sure, it may take you by surprise — but 5 minutes later you are calling it home and never want to leave. Guests can partake in less stereotypical Palm Springs activities such as shuffleboard, frisbee, or a backyard barbecue. All the other activities are still around, but for those who crave the laid back island lifestyle, this is the place.

Ivy Palm Resort & Spa

When location trumps all, stay at Ivy Palm Resort & Spa within walking distance of downtown. The property has a thick foliage cover that is a stark contrast to the boring desert themes that pervade most of the hotels in Palm Springs. Two pools, a spa, and fitness center allow guests to relax in this natural shade. The friendly staff will help coordinate all your around-town activities, and a free daily breakfast will give you the energy to start the day, so make sure to get out and have some fun!

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