Top 10 Urban Inns

When traveling to a new city, we can’t think of a better way to capture its natural vibe than by staying right in the middle of it all and hanging out where the locals are. This month, we’re celebrating ten chic bed and breakfasts in the heart of some of the world’s largest cities. The winners are listed alphabetically and were chosen based on their incredible location within a major city, as well as their excellent amenities and unforgettable atmosphere.

11th Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast

Seattle, WA

11th Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast

This charming bed and breakfast built in 1906 sits on a picturesque tree-lined street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The nine guestrooms combine the historic with the modern with their original wood floors, antique furniture, and flat-screen TVs. All of the rooms have private bathrooms and nearly all have queen beds (some have two twin beds) made up with pressed sheets, down blankets, and cotton quilts. In the morning, enjoy a hot breakfast of savory omelets, fruit-filled crepes, and decadent French toast prepared by innkeeper David Williams and his staff before heading out for the day. Just a twenty-minute walk from downtown and a thirty-minute walk from the Pike Place Market and Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle), this intimate boutique hotel is an ideal choice for those who want to explore the city on foot. You’ll also be within minutes of more than 50 restaurants, and free on-site parking is available if you do decide to bring a car.

The Canal Park Inn

New York, NY

The Canal Park Inn

Situated on the border of the Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan, this inn shares a building with the Canal Park Playhouse, a popular venue for theatre and cabaret. This intimate inn features four spacious guestrooms with décor that pairs 19th-century antiques with classically-designed contemporary furniture handcrafted by proprietor Kipp Osborne, who, along with his wife Margot, was a furniture maker by trade before becoming an innkeeper. All of the rooms have private bathrooms with claw-foot bathtubs and period shower fixtures, central air-conditioning, and sound-proofed walls, which translates to peaceful nights in the city that never sleeps. Start your day by dining on a complimentary breakfast of French toast and granola with yogurt and fresh berries in the Playhouse’s Café before wandering the city. The inn, which is surrounded by five-star restaurants, is just one block from the Hudson River Park and within easy walking distance to the East Village and Greenwich Village.

Close to Passeig de Gracia B&B

Barcelona, Spain

Close to Passeig de Gracia B&B

If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the culture of Barcelona, then book a stay at this comfortable and affordable bed and breakfast with an unbeatable location in the center of the city. Animal-lovers will especially love this property since it’s a pet-friendly establishment. You’ll be close to trendy bars, four-star restaurants, and designer boutiques. The modernist architecture of the building exemplifies the vibe of the neighborhood, and the interior has been recently restored to include modern amenities in each of the four guestrooms, including air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. While exploring popular area attractions such as the Pedrera and Casa Batlló (modernist buildings designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí) and Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian mall that draws locals and tourists alike, be sure to look for the hexagonal-shaped paving stones of the Passeig de Gracia, known as the “grandest boulevard in Barcelona”.

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Philadelphia, PA

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Located only minutes away from Philadelphia’s Center City, this family-owned and operated bed and breakfast accommodates both business and leisure travelers alike. The meticulously restored Victorian stone mansion with green and red trim and a wide porch is within easy walking distance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. Each of the six guest suites and rooms has a name the represents the inn’s host city, such as The Franklin Room (named for Founding Father Benjamin Franklin) and The Furness Room (named for Frank Furness, the architect who influenced much of Philadelphia’s landscape). The spacious guest suites on the second and third floors provide ample room for families or those traveling in groups and include luxurious linens in ensuite bathrooms, one of which features a skylight and a whirlpool tub. In the morning, don’t miss breakfast downstairs in the dining room, where innkeepers Liz and Dennis will serve up guest favorites such as blueberry pancakes, quiche, and maple sausage with bottomless cups of coffee.

Embassy Circle Guesthouse

Washington, DC

Embassy Circle Guesthouse

Renowned for its warmth and genuine hospitality, this elegant bed and breakfast is housed in a lovingly renovated former embassy in the cosmopolitan Dupont Circle neighborhood at the heart of downtown Washington, DC. Immediately surrounding the inn are dozens of active foreign embassies on Embassy Row and old homes praised for their architecture and commitment to historic preservation. Each of the Guesthouse’s 11 spacious rooms is individually furnished with original artwork (nearly all of which has been created by guests), handmade Persian rugs, and beds outfitted with luxurious mattresses designed to provide the ultimate comfort. In the morning, linger over a healthy, protein-rich hot entrée, as well as an extensive breakfast buffet of fresh fruit and yogurt, smoked salmon, and artisanal bread or nibble on decadent brownies and cookies in the afternoon over coffee or tea. In the evening, share a glass of wine and light snacks with fellow guests in the living room or in the privacy of your own room before heading out for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Several of the restaurants are open for late-night dining, especially in the neighborhood of Georgetown just on the other side of the Dumbarton Bridge.

Hollywood Pensione

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Pensione

With many of the luxuries and amenities of a high-end hotel and all the comforts of home, this eco-conscious boutique inn is located on a residential street just below the iconic Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. The three guestrooms, featuring ceiling fans, luxurious natural latex mattresses, organic bed linens, have private spa-like bathrooms stocked with plush bamboo towels and organic bath products. Wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast, prepared by innkeepers Erika and Dougald McQueen, complete with freshly baked breads or pastries, freshly squeezed juice, and a selection of gourmet coffee and tea. With the free off-street parking, you can leave your car at the bed and breakfast as you explore the neighborhood cafes and boutiques, hike in Griffith Park, or feed your inner science geek with a visit to the Griffith Observatory. Other easily accessible landmarks include Mann’s Chinese Theater (where you see if your hands or feet fit in the handprints and footprints of popular film stars), the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Kodak Theater.

les3chambres

Paris, France

les3chambres

This intimate boutique hotel in the heart of Paris offers guests a comfortable stay and ideally located to several of the major attractions in the city, including the Paris Opera, the Palais Royal, and the Louvre. The bed and breakfast is housed in a typical Parisian apartment and, as its name suggests, has three luxurious guestrooms individually decorated to showcase traditional French styles and design. The property has been renovated and decorated in a range of cheerful colors that call to mind a Victorian mansion, from the tranquil turquoise of the lounge library to the various shades of orange in the kitchen. The guestrooms themselves have ensuite bathrooms, queen-sized beds, and modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPhone docking stations, and in-room Nespresso coffee machines. Whether you’re in Paris for business or for a romantic getaway, proprietor Laurent will ensure that your every need is addressed, starting with a delicious daily breakfast featuring warm croissants, homemade jam, and fresh fruit served in the lounge. Feel free to ask for Laurent’s advice in planning your sightseeing itinerary, as he’s always willing to offer suggestions!

Stonehurst Place

Atlanta, GA

Stonehurst Place

Located in the center of Atlanta’s arts scene, this elegant eco-conscious bed and breakfast is set in a 19th-century mansion and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building’s original details have been beautifully preserved and combined with up-to-date features, contemporary mahogany furniture, and marble bathrooms, presenting a subtle juxtaposition between the past and the present. To fit the vibe of the neighborhood, the walls of each room, including the six guestrooms and suites, are filled with art from personal collection of the inn’s interior designer and owner, including works by Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, and Pablo Picasso. Whether you’re relaxing in the peaceful landscaped gardens, reading a book in the front parlor, or dozing off on a couch on the screened-in porch, you’ll feel right at home.

Washington Square Inn

San Francisco, CA

Washington Square Inn

This charming, beautifully renovated property in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach district (also known as the city’s Little Italy) blends the modern luxuries of a boutique hotel with the expected feel and architecture of a bed and breakfast. The inn faces picturesque Washington Square Park and sits within walking distance of numerous sidewalk cafes, coffeehouses, and quaint little shops. Individually decorated in warm tones and a mixture of traditional furnishings and antiques, the 15 guestrooms are outfitted with private bathrooms supplied with luxurious bath products. Some of the rooms have working fireplaces and bay windows with window seats, while some offer views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill and Saints Peter and Paul Church. In the morning, enjoy a European-style breakfast in the morning with an assortment of baked goods, yogurt, and granola and fresh fruit before heading out for a day of exploring.

The Wicker Park Inn

Chicago, IL

The Wicker Park Inn

This boutique hotel in the popular Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago proves that being trendy doesn’t always mean being expensive and offers guests a luxurious experience at an affordable price. Located just minutes from Downtown on a quiet, tree-lined street of turn-of-the-century row houses, the Wicker Park Inn is within steps of cafes and restaurants, specialty shops, and the nightlife hot spots. The five comfortable rooms feature a king- or queen-sized bed and a private ensuite bathroom. Guests are invited to the common room in the mornings for a continental breakfast that includes croissants and pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt, and an assortment of cereals. Families or those traveling in groups requiring more space can stay in one of the three apartments equipped with full kitchens that are stocked with all the basic cooking supplies you’ll need to prepare breakfast, or other meals, at your leisure.