B&B Style Icons: 10 Cutting-Edge Boutique Inns

Discover 10 stylish boutique inns and contemporary guesthouses where updated interiors, high-end amenities and trendy breakfasts come standard. Their super-chic details and hip perks—from hand-crafted bicycles and fiber-optic Internet to light-filled guestrooms and sleek architecture—are sure to turn anyone into a B&B fanatic.

Made INN Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

It's won accolades from Yankee MagazineTravel + Leisure and Huffington Post, not to mention some 85 reviewers who love its "urban-chic" vibe. Welcome to Made INN Vermont, a tucked-away Burlington boutique hotel set in a lovingly restored Victorian home. Made INN Vermont is packed to its gabled roof with amenities: a six-person hot tub, art books, contemporary paintings, musical instruments, beer service, vinyl records, a fire pit for roasting s'mores and more. But all the hip inclusions don't get in the way of a truly romantic stay, topped off by picture-window sunsets over Lake Champlain.

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Bespoke Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona

Bespoke Inn lives up to its name: A small hotel in the heart of Scottsdale hand-crafted for a healthful, experiential getaway where the focus is you. Virtu, the on-site cafe, racks up awards from James Beard and Esquire for its innovative cuisine. A fitness studio offers yoga and Pilates mats. A 43-foot-long stainless steel infinity pool relaxes or energizes, depending on your pace. But what truly sets this Scottsdale inn apart is its bicycles. A stash of handmade British Pashley city bikes, reserved for guest use, lets you toddle around town at your leisure.

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The Lofts on the Park, Miami, Florida

High-priced hotels are a dime a dozen in Miami. For a change of pace in this tropical town, check out the modern Lofts on the Park, located in North Miami right near South Beach and Sunny Isles. Stretch out in one of 18 split-level lofts (each well over 1,000 square feet) fitted with full designer kitchens and brightly decorated primary suites. Gated parking, laundry facilities, and a gym room all add to the modern, residential feel without becoming your run-of-the-mill chain hotel. And the included breakfasts start off sultry beach days on a high note. 

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Kimber Modern, Austin, Texas

Austin certainly isn't hurting for hip hotels or snazzy artists' studios, but Kimber Modern stands out among the rest. Its sleek architecture and light-filled interiors adorned with modern art and custom furniture are cool to the core. An outdoor multilevel deck, shaded by towering Texas oak trees, is perfect for enjoying a local breakfast or cup after cup of espresso. But privacy is the key here: Guests receive electronic codes to enter and exit the property; breakfast is served at their leisure; and a private courtyard offers respite from the bustling city outside. This is the place to crank out your great American postmodern novel. 

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9 Cranes Inn, Seattle, Washington

The motto at 9 Cranes Inn is "no doilies allowed." True, you won't find a single doily inside, but you will find modern, brightly painted rooms with plenty of homey touches, from jetted tubs to comfy robes to two-course breakfasts (if only your own home came with lemon-blueberry crepes). Everything here is cozy un-self-conscious comfort, perfectly suited to its Pacific Northwest location. Check into the Ballard View room at the top of the house for a view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound in the distance. 

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The Buckingham Inn, Madison, Wisconsin

Go back to school at the Buckingham Inn, a historical B&B in downtown Madison, right near the University of Wisconsin. The Buckingham plays host to just three suites that are filled with antiques, yet feel anything but stuffy. Free high-speed Wi-Fi, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, and in-room Netflix are just a handful of the modern amenities the inn offers (not to mention complimentary passes for Madison's bike-share program). Innkeepers and former U of W classmates Tom and Heidi Notbohm offer gracious touches and plenty of local recommendations. Here, your college dorm is but a distant memory. 

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Villa D'Citta, Chicago, Illinois

At Villa D'Citta, innkeeper Cathy Hartman expertly brings Tuscany to the Windy City. Luxurious rooms and modern amenities (DirecTV, high-speed Internet) marry well in this Chicago mansion smack-dab in the middle of Lincoln Park. Come for the massive suites and jetted tubs, the pillow-top beds and Juliet balconies, the steam rooms and fireplaces. But the reason you'll return is stored inside a Subzero fridge: Italian charcuterie, eggs, ham, and freshly baked Italian breads, perfect for a midnight panini. True Italian hospitality makes leaving near impossible. 

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The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, Harwich, Massachusetts

Recently renovated, the Platinum Pebble Inn is filled with historical New England touches. Formerly the 19th-century home of a famed sea captain, today it is a contemporary boutique hotel that retains its old charms, updated with minimalist furniture and classic Cape style (think crisp white linens and brightly colored accents). In summer, an on-site pool, nearby beaches, and bicycle rentals offer outdoor fun. In winter, an outdoor fireplace keeps the New England chill at bay. Best of all, the Platinum Pebble is uniquely eco-friendly, and its recycling practices and renewable energy have earned it accolades from local authorities. 

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Buchanan Lofts, Lafayette, Louisiana

This is your artsy stay in the heart of Cajun Country. Built in a renovated warehouse, Lafayette's Buchanan Lofts is the studio you wish you were creative enough to own. Each loft is unique, with quirky touches, creative furnishings, and stacks of art magazines on every polished surface. Seventeen-foot-high ceilings soar over airy rooms furnished in a minimalist-industrial style. Guests can enjoy super-cool inclusions like fiber-optic Internet, fully fitted stainless steel kitchens, and Blu-Ray players before heading out for Lafayette's stomping music scene and Cajun eats.


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