Traveler’s Choice: Boutique Hotel Awards

As travel experts, there are some really great hotels just don’t fit in any category. These awesome and not to miss spots s deserve recognition in their own right, so we made up categories just for them.

Swankiest Southern Hospitality - Hotel Zaza, Houston, TX

In the posh museum district, from a sultry overnight getaway in a Parisian inspired concept suite or high-tech rooms designed for watching the big game, these concept hotel suites in Houston fit each special moment, adding just the right amount of pizzazz to make them forever memorable.

5701 Main Street. Houston, Texas 77005. 713-526-1991. http://www.hotelzazahouston.com/

King of the Strip - THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

Cool like a wet bar, this billiards toting spot has suites big enough for 25 of your closest friends. Take a trip to the Bathhouse, the 14,000-square-foot European style spa with slate walls, marble floors, breathtaking water features, steam rooms, and saunas.

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89119. 877.632.7800. http://www.mandalaybay.com

Urban Chic - The James, Chicago, IL

Timeless and modern, The James stands for Luxury Liberated represents an expansive take on luxury - one that frees it from the traditional bonds of formality and embraces a spirit of possibility and imagination. From the in-room recycling program to complimentary bicycle, The James is devoted to preserving our planet’s precious resources.

55 East Ontario. Chicago, IL 60611. 312.337.1000. http://www.jameshotels.com

Slopes Reign Supreme - Amangani, Jackson Hole, WY

Amangani’s elegant suites are an expression of the surrounding countryside that inspired them: modern comforts, woven cowhide chairs and faux wolf throws are eased into a spacious environment using clean and simple lines creating an atmosphere that reflects the wonders and majestically aged-soul of its “wild west” host. Voted the No. 1 Ski Hotel in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, Amangani’s unique location offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of Grand Teton National Park.

1535 North East Butte Road. Jackson, Wyoming 83001. 307-734-7333. http://www.amanresorts.com/amangani/

South Beach Style - The Viceroy, Miami, FL

Designed by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, this luxury Miami hotel on Brickell Avenue deftly juxtaposes elite residential necessities with scene-making dining, roof-raising lounging and the intuitive service and unexpected delights recognized as Viceroy signatures. With Asian accents and South Beach style, vacation in comfort.

485 Brickell Avenue Miami Florida 33131. 305-503-4400. http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/miami/

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