Best Romantic Boutique Hotel (2015)


Sometimes the most romantic retreats are found right in the heart of a city. Such is the case for the 20 properties nominated by our panel of romance travel experts for the category of Best Romantic Boutique Hotel.

  • The Hermosa Inn

    The Hermosa Inn
    Paradise Valley, Ariz.

    The 34 hacienda-style rooms at The Hermosa Inn give couples a spacious and charming place to relax in Phoenix's Paradise Valley. Tucked in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, this delightful boutique feels "away from it all" while sitting only minutes from the area's best shopping, dining, art and golf.
    Photo courtesy of The Hermosa Inn

  • Culver Hotel

    Culver Hotel
    Culver City, Calif.

    The historic Culver Hotel in West Los Angeles, built in 1924 and once owned by John Wayne, has hosted numerous legendary guests, including cast members from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Romantic moments are all but guaranteed in the manor's 46 rooms, each appointed with modern amenities and historic touches, like crystal chandeliers and vintage furniture.
    Photo courtesy of Culver Hotel

  • The Betsy – South Beach

    The Betsy – South Beach
    Miami Beach, Fla.

    Welcome to Miami! The Betsy – South Beach, a 61-room boutique property located steps from the sand, boasts timelessly elegant accommodations with Ocean views. Couples enjoy morning yoga or afternoon naps on the Ocean Deck, in-room spa treatments, beach service and a secluded courtyard pool. Rooms are adorned with plantation-style shutters, walnut wood floors, Thassos marble bathrooms and in-room libraries.
    Photo courtesy of The Betsy – South Beach

  • Zero George Street

    Zero George Street

    Five resorted residential buildings surrounding a landscaped courtyard comprise Zero Geore Street, a 18-room contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Charleston. Each of the circa 1804 rooms features original architectural elements, including high ceilings, heart pine floors, period millwork and access to outdoor piazzas.
    Photo courtesy of Zero George Street

  • Hotel Veritas

    Hotel Veritas
    Cambridge, Mass.

    Located in Cambridge's historic Harvard Square, Hotel Veritas opened as a 31-room boutique in 2010. Luxury amenities include marble showers, Etro bath products, Villeroy & Boch fixtures and unique, modern rooms adorned in relaxing earth tones.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Veritas

  • Soniat House

    Soniat House
    New Orleans

    There's no denying the romance factor of New Orleans, and the experience is enhanced for guests who stay at Soniat House. The 31-room boutique, housed within a series of converted adjoining early 19th century French Quarter homes, offers amenities like Frette linens, turn-down service, Southern breakfast serve in-room, a fully-stocked wine cellar with selections from the U.S. and France and an honor bar in the sitting room for those dreamy nightcaps.
    Photo courtesy of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

  • Wentworth Mansion

    Wentworth Mansion

    Located in charming Downtown Charleston, Wentworth Mansion offers 21 luxe rooms in one of the city's grandest estates. Touches include Italian crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, gas fireplaces, day beds, over-sized whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers. Circa 1886, the restaurant housed in Wentworth's carriage house, ranks among the nation's most romantic restaurants.
    Photo courtesy of Wentworth Mansion

  • Hotel Elysée

    Hotel Elysée
    New York

    Built in the 1920s, Hotel Elysée offers luxurious, intimate and elegant accommodations in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The 100-room boutique is undeniably romantic and has featured in episodes of Sex and the City and Mad Men. The hotel often finds itself named the most romantic hotel in New York, which is quite the accomplishment.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Elysée

  • Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

    Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

    The Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head is a perfect base for enjoying the tropical-style romance of Hawaii. The 51-room boutique on Waikiki's Gold Coast sits just steps from the beach, and many rooms boast beautiful Pacific Ocean views.
    Photo courtesy of Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

  • The Independent Hotel

    The Independent Hotel

    Tucked away in the charming Philadelphia neighborhood of Midtown Village, the 24-room Independent Hotel offers intimate accommodations with one of the best locations for exploring the rich historical and cultural offerings of the city. Rooms are designed to make couples feel at home, with residential touches like fireplaces, exposed brick walls and cathedral ceilings. Weekday wine receptions set the mood for a night on the town.
    Photo courtesy of The Independent

Readers have been busy voting for their favorites for the past four weeks, and it was a photo finish between the top two. After the polls closed, it was the lovely Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz. that took home the title of Best Romantic Boutique Hotel.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Romantic Boutique Hotel are as follows:

  1. The Hermosa Inn - Paradise Valley, Ariz.
  2. Culver Hotel - Culver City, Calif.
  3. The Betsy – South Beach - Miami
  4. Zero George Street - Charleston
  5. Hotel Veritas - Cambridge, Mass.
  6. Soniat House - New Orleans
  7. Wentworth Mansion - Charleston
  8. Hotel Elysée - New York
  9. Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head - Honolulu
  10. The Independent Hotel - Philadelphia

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini, Susan Moynihan (The Honeymoonist) and Michelle da Silva Richmond (10Best Travel Expert) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of romance travel.

Other nominees for Best Romantic Boutique Hotel included 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, The Greenwich Hotel in New York, Hotel Ella in Austin, Hotel Lucia in Portland, Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, Rittenhouse 1715 in Philadelphia, The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport and XV Beacon in Boston.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.


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