Too Cool For School: 5 Hipster Hotels We Love

For the independent thinking, creative minds with a love for artisanal everything, it’s no surprise that modern day hipsters make for discerning travelers — so finding a hotel that checks all the boxes is paramount. At these cool hotels, equally cool guests enjoy unique and luxurious décor, dining, and well thought-out details.

#1 James Hotel, New York City

The rooftop bar at The James is set against a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline

To say that the James Hotel is well thought out would be an understatement — one step through the door and guests are welcomed with warm greetings and for four legged companions, a bowl of treats and water await. With its sleek and chic furnishings, groovy ambiance, stylish rooftop and David Burke’s restaurant, the SoHo dwelling will please even the most discerning of travellers.

#2 Wanderlust, Singapore

Got Wanderlust, will travel

It’s no secret that we’ve all been bitten by the Wanderlust bug, so it’s fitting that this is one of our favourite boutique hotels in Singapore. There are only 29 rooms, all individually decorated as each level is designed by four award-winning local design agencies who were given free reins to be creative.

#3 The Cullen, Melbourne

The Cullen’s aesthetic is sleek and artsy

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, The Cullen pays homage to the Archibald Prize winner and one of Australia’s most collectible contemporary artists Adam Cullen. This ultra-modern boutique hotel in Prahran is only five minutes from the CBD, nestled among trendy bars, hipster cafes, restaurant, galleries and independent stores that neatly balances with the big name brands.

#4 Wythe Hotel, New York City

Industrial cool with that stunning skyline view

Situated in hipster mecca Williamsburg in Brooklyn (that’s also been dubbed the coolest neighbourhood in the world), the hotel is housed in a refurbished red-brick factory building that’s been part of the neighbourhood since 1901. With chic loft-like decor and farm-to-table restaurant Reynard’s, Wythe Hotel is undoubtedly the coolest place to be, located among an eclectic mix of stores, unpretentious bars, restaurants and institutions Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Bowl and the Brooklyn Flea market to browse on weekends.

#5 The Ampersand Hotel, London

The hotel’s rustic chic restaurant Apero serves up delectable Mediterranean dishes

Art, culture and history enthusiasts will love The Ampersand Hotel located in London’s famous museum district. In a city loved for its old-meets-new vibe, the hotel perfectly embodies that, having skillfully balanced heritage and contemporary luxuries in its decor, service and food. A total of 111 rooms are decorated in themes of botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy as a nod to the locale’s history.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve stayed?

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Sasha Yusof

This tiny nomad packs a punch, especially when it comes to weekend getaways, high fashion and hunting down the best local eats and coffee spots. She also loves cats. With a vengeance.

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