Whether you want a snowy or sunny winter getaway, these new or newly revamped hotels are hot on our list of places to stay this winter. From a ’70s-inspired motel makeover to a swoon-worthy ski lodge, these hotels are swallowing up all the buzz. Book now before the word gets out!

Silver Lake Pool and Inn: Los Angeles, CA

Located in LA’s most hipster neighborhood (one sorely lacking in accommodations), the Silver Lake Pool & Inn is a community oasis of cool. The feel of the hotel is light and airy, reflecting a boho SoCal vibe. Think vintage leather furniture, minibars fully stocked with locally sourced items, patio dining and an elevated pool deck. The Inn is the perfect meetup spot for locals or for visitors seeking East Side chic.

Dive Motel & Swim Club: Nashville, TN

A former ’50s motor inn, the new Dive Motel & Swim Club has been fully updated… to look like the ’70s. Choose to stay in one of 23 uniquely decorated rooms featuring retro decor such as wood paneling, platform beds and shag carpet (each room comes equipped with a disco ball and party switch). Book the Penthouse Suite for a private deck overlooking the pool, stop by Dive Bar for a cold drink and hot meal, or become a Swim Club member and enjoy pool benefits anytime. This super Insta-worthy hotel will definitely leave you feeling groovy.

Hotel Joaquin: Laguna Beach, CA 

A newcomer to coastal Orange County, Hotel Joaquin is an upscale boutique hotel with lots of swagger. With a mid-century modern meets beach-chic vibe, this petite accommodation feels like a private beachside residence, but with impeccable service, curated activities, fine dining and a relaxing pool. Restaurant Saline (for guests only) serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. Even better, the hotel will pack a picnic to take to the beach—which is just steps away.

Papaya Playa Project: Tulum, Mexico

Escape to the beautiful beach town of Tulum and enjoy a stay at the sustainable Papaya Playa Project. Views of the jungle and ocean provide a serene setting for guests to explore their creativity, commune with nature, or just unplug and relax—assuming they can pull themselves away from the hotel’s rowdy Saturday night party. The beach, meanwhile, offers an extension of the resort and a place where guests can dine, stroll, do yoga, get a massage, experience live music or meditate.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Hollywood, FL

Photo: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood impresses again thanks to the addition of its larger-than-life Guitar Hotel, a new tower building in the shape of back-to-back guitars, complete with a spectacular light display. Party like a rock star in the DAER night and day club, try your luck on the 140,000-square-foot casino floor, enjoy celebrity entertainment (think Ellen, Billy Joel and Trevor Noah), dine on everything from snacks to fine food, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the choice location near the beach, minutes from Fort Lauderdale and about 25 miles from Miami.

Hotel Orania: Berlin, Germany

Hotel Orania, located in the creative hub of Kreuzberg, offers guests a five-star stay in rooms that are light and cheerful with warm wood accents and Asian influence. The restaurant specializes in a four-course gourmet meal featuring duck in each course. Catch a free concert in the hotel’s “salon,” sip a hand-crafted cocktail at the bar, or explore the ‘hood’s famous thrift shops, cafes and Turkish eateries.

Civana Wellness Resort & Spa: Carefree, AZ 

Get in touch with your body, mind and spirit in the Sonoran Desert at the Civana Wellness Resort & Spa. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable with earth-toned decor reflecting the surrounding environment. Enjoy a variety of classes focusing on fitness, nutrition and mindfulness, or step into the award-winning spa that features a hydrotherapy thermal circuit, a sanarium spa and a grounding ritual. No wellness retreat would be complete without health-conscious cuisine made with local, sustainable ingredients.

Snowpine Lodge: Alta, UT

The ski-in/ski-out Snowpine Lodge, situated on the slopes of Alta Ski Resort just 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City, offers an upscale, cozy retreat. Having undergone a $50-million dollar renovation, the lodge now offers unrivaled luxury and impressive amenities such as a ski valet, ski boot warmers, a fully-stocked game room, an indoor grotto and farm-to-table dining featuring slope views. Guest rooms range from family-friendly suites to budget-conscious shared dorms.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa: Indian Wells, CA

Experience a warm winter escape just a stone’s throw from Palm Springs at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation last fall. Work on your swing at the 36-hole championship course at Indian Wells Golf Resort, dine on seasonal dishes with mountain views at Cava, and chase it with a therapy bath and an aromatherapy massage at the resort’s spa. End your day with sake and sushi at Glo Sushi before returning to your perfectly spacious and modern guest room.

Sharael Kolberg
​Sharael, founder of Family Travel Channel (familytravelchannel.com), has been writing about travel since 1995. Her work has appeared in Sunset magazine, Outside magazine, ForbesTravelGuide.com, MSN.com, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @FamTravChannel, FB and Instagram @FamilyTravelChannel. See more of her work at Sharael.com.
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