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Chapter 4: Americans' Travel Habits
Just because you’re staying in a major city doesn’t mean you can’t venture off the beaten path when booking your hotel. Forbes recently profiled some of the hippest neighborhoods in the U.S., many of which offer hotels that have been rated as Excellent or Outstanding by Hotels.com Guest Reviews. If your travels bring you to any of these cities, be sure to check out these trendy neighborhoods.*
Just one subway stop away from Manhattan, Williamsburg offers some of New York’s best music, food and nightlife options against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. In addition to the numerous entertainment options found on Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg is home to Brooklyn Brewery, the Music Hall of Williamsburg and McCarren Park. The King and Grove Williamsburg (4.4 guest rating) and Hotel Le Jolie (4.4 guest rating) both come at a steep discount compared to many of Manhattan’s hotels, with rates starting from $195 and $159, respectively.
Mission District, San Francisco
Signified by the abundance of Mexican cuisine offerings and Latino influenced building murals, the Mission tends to feature some of San Francisco’s sunnier and warmer weather due to its geography. The neighborhood also boasts some of the city’s most popular festivals, such as the San Francisco Carnaval Parade and the San Francisco Street Food Festival. Stay at the Inn San Francisco (4.6 guest rating) from $175 per night to experience a B&B right in the middle of the action.
Wicker Park, Chicago
If you want to be in the middle of the best art galleries, beer gardens and music venues that Chicago has to offer, look no further than Wicker Park. The Wicker Park Inn (4.5 guest rating) has rooms starting at $99 and the Ruby Room (3.8 guest rating) offers rates starting at $186.
Pearl District, Portland
Formerly populated with warehouses, the Pearl District is now known for its art galleries and coffee shops and a brewery that was redeveloped into a five-block shopping and business district called Brewery Blocks. The area also features Portland landmarks such as Jamison Square and Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Stay at the Mark Spencer Hotel (4.2 guest rating) with rates starting at $99 or the Ace Hotel Portland (4.0 guest rating) with rates from $125.
Warehouse District, New Orleans
For those looking to stay away from the Bourbon Street scene, this neighborhood offers a different vibe within walking distance of the French Quarter’s attractions. Also known as the Arts District, the area features a number of art galleries and, much like the rest of New Orleans, there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants. The Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel (4.6 guest rating), with rates from $199, and the Lafayette Hotel (4.0 guest rating), with rates from $139, are just a couple of nearby hotel options.
North Loop, Minneapolis
Many of the old buildings in the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District have been turned into restaurants, bars, art galleries and boutique shops. Visitors can also check out the James I. Rice Park's bike trails and take the short walk over to Target Field. The TownePlace Suites by Marriott - Minneapolis Downtown (4.5 guest rating) offers rooms from $79.
*Hotel prices listed are based on average rates for the specific property as of March 1, 2013, not the Hotel Price Index average daily rate in 2012 for the market as a whole.