Before we reveal our hidden gems, let’s talk about what on earth a hidden gem really is. According to our favorite Merriam-Webster…
hidden – adjective
hid·den | \ ˈhi-dᵊn \
being out of sight or not readily apparent; concealed
gem – noun
\ ˈjem \
something prized, especially for great beauty or perfection
Which to be honest, sounds like a winning combination to us. We’re big fans of the road less traveled when it comes to the hotel scene, and we’re passionate about partnering with properties we’re confident will provide you with a uniquely memorable getaway. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of uncovering a special place when you’re in adventure mode–like when you walk through a phonebooth to arrive at a hidden bar (minus the risk of Prohibition-era jail time). So we’ve dug up a few of our favorite hidden hotel gems that we hope you’ll consider next time you find yourself booking a stay in Miami, New York, or Palm Springs. Bonus: book these clandestine locales through our app and enjoy exclusive perks. Scroll on and enjoy your underground stay!
This hidden gem embodies the dynamic energy of its vibrant locale. Think of Little Havana as the heart of Miami’s Cuban culture, bustling with the rich history and colorful spirit of its nearby mother-island. Housed in a tropical, 1920s Art Deco mansion, LHLH is a total oasis. Chill out on a hammock in the lush, honeysuckle-lined courtyard and pat yourself on the back for carving your own path (aka not staying in South Beach). Enjoy fresh, local eats at the plant-driven Parcela Café and get ready to dance the night away at the overgrown rooftop haven that’s set to open this fall, boasting a pool and dining experience with incredible views of the Miami skyline.
Your perk: We’ll give you 30% off when you book your stay through our app using the code BIGDEAL.
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village
When you think of New York City, you don’t exactly picture warm, homey vibes. That’s because you haven’t been to the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village. Tucked away in the heart of “The Village” as locals refer to the cultural wellspring, Walker is an 18-story masterpiece. Lavish, Art Deco interior design blends seamlessly with luxurious, modern amenities—think Tivoli radios beside rotary phones. Channel the rich uncle you wish you had and sip on a small batch bourbon—neat—by the roaring fireplace. Suites are impeccably designed, with each being named after a street in the 10014 zip code (top ten most expensive neighborhoods in the country).
Your perk: Enjoy $50 in food and beverage credit at Chef Manuel Gonzalez’s Society Café when you book your stay through our app.
After an extended abandonment and a $1.9 million, two-year renovation, The Vagabond Hotel has officially re-emerged into a retro dreamscape, flaunting a carefully curated balance of modern amenities and nods to the property’s iconic past. Known as a favorite Rat Pack hangout in its first life, you’ll be channeling the cool kid vibes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and everyone else your parents still idolize from their youth. Most of the vintage-inspired rooms open out to the palm-tree clad courtyard, welcoming you to cool off in the pool or pull up to the bar for a tropical cocktail. There’s a flamingo crossing sign, but don’t get your hopes too high—we think it’s just for decoration.
Your perk: We’ll give you a $120/night flat rate with a free drink ticket per guest when you book through our app. You’re welcome.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially California-cool than our final hidden gem. Colony Palms Hotel has been providing a stylish escape from reality since 1936. Discreetly located in the heart of Palm Springs, the property boasts a relaxing, 65-foot saltwater pool with a contemporary-chic scene that’s a welcomed escape from the city’s notorious festival turnup. Enjoy serene mountain views, reinvigorating spa treatments with locally-sourced botanicals, and prepare yourself for a heavenly getaway.
Your perk: Use the code COLONY for $50 off your stay when you book through our app.