Good-looking hotels have been around for centuries. But the boutique hotel concept — as coined by Steve Rubell in reference to the Ian Schrager-designed Morgans in NYC — appeared on the scene only in the 1980s. Since then, the design-forward, highly curated lodging spaces have become icons of a particular kind of lifestyle — one we’d gladly join full time. At Fathom , our boutique, award-winning travel website, we research and travel the world to share the best travel resources, stories, products, and recommendations. Here’s a highly edited list of our favorite boutique hotels right now. A group so visually tempting, it’s hard to go back home.
The Dean Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island
An artfully arranged barebones hotel. Custom furniture, handmade objects from local purveyors, and antique artwork from around the world are thoughtfully positioned and placed throughout the early-20th-century building. There's a clear sense of intention in the decor, making it a dream space for anyone who appreciates an old school vibe created with modern day finds.