The Best City Hotels in the American West | Fauna Travel

The Best City Hotels in the American West

By: Scott Dubois, Fauna Travel Designer

We love the American West for its dramatic landscapes and national parks, but it also has some of our favorite cities in the country for fine dining and boutique hotels. The properties listed here are perfect places to settle in for a few days at the start or end of a classic Western road trip.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Austin, Texas

Hotel Saint Cecilia Bedroom / Courtesy of Bunkhouse Hotels
Hotel Saint Cecilia Bedroom / Courtesy of Bunkhouse Hotels

The number of luxury hotels in Austin is rapidly growing, but the original Hotel Saint Cecilia is still our favorite. The hotel is comprised of a collection of quirky yet stylish bungalows tucked under massive live oak trees in the popular South Congress shopping district. Drink a cocktail by the iconic “Soul” pool and spend the night two-stepping at the Broken Spoke for us while you’re here. Learn More »

Hotel Emma

San Antonio, Texas

Hotel Emma at the Pearl Brewery / Courtesy of Hotel Emma
Hotel Emma at the Pearl Brewery / Courtesy of Hotel Emma

In 2015, the derelict Pearl Brewery in downtown San Antonio was redeveloped into a luxury hotel. Original brewery elements like vats and pipes were reimagined in a new context, and the result was the fantastic Hotel Emma. Start your exploration of Texas’s historic missions and hill country, with a margarita in the hotel library or with a fine dining meal at Larder, the hotel restaurant. Learn More »

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Poblanos lavender fields / Courtesy of Los Poblanos
Los Poblanos lavender fields / Courtesy of Los Poblanos

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is a gem of a hotel on the outskirts of Albuquerque in the shady Los Ranchos de Albuquerque suburb. The centerpiece of the hotel is the large lavender field and farm, which are perfect for a quiet afternoon stroll. The hotel produces a line of premium body products from the lavender, which is featured in the rooms and the charming farm store. Campo, the hotel restaurant, serves some of the most creative farm-to-table New Mexican food in town. It all makes for a lovely start or finish to a New Mexico or Colorado itinerary. Learn More »

Hermosa Inn

Scottsdale, Arizona

Lon's Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn / Courtesy of the Hermosa Inn
Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn / Courtesy of the Hermosa Inn

Scottsdale is famous for its large resorts, golf courses, and massive pools, but the Hermosa Inn does not fit that mold. It is a hotel for those seeking a more quiet and understated place to stay in town. The small adobe lodge features beautifully landscaped grounds, supremely comfortable beds, and Lon’s Restaurant, a favorite dining destination of well-heeled locals. Learn More »

Ramble Hotel

Denver, Colorado

Bedroom at The Ramble Hotel / Courtesy of The Ramble Hotel
Bedroom at The Ramble Hotel / Courtesy of The Ramble Hotel

The Ramble Hotel is the stylish new place to stay in Denver’s hip River North Art District. The hotel exudes a modern industrial vibe and features a reservations-only cocktail bar and music venue. It’s a place to meet people and experience the blend of Western culture Denver has to offer. Learn More »

Canyon Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

Canyon Ranch Tucson / Courtesy of Canyon Ranch
Canyon Ranch Tucson / Courtesy of Canyon Ranch

If you’d like to start your Arizona itinerary with a bit of wellness, you won’t want to miss Canyon Ranch in Tucson. The hotel is one of the world’s premier retreats for yoga and spa aficionados. During their stay, guests set an intention and plan activities with a wellness coach who is focused on helping them achieve their goals. Other activities on offer include nature walks, fitness classes, and meditation. Learn More »

Kimpton Armory

Bozeman, Montana

Kimpton Armory Hotel Lobby / Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton Armory Hotel Lobby / Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Most trips to Montana start at the Bozeman International Airport, and the new Kimpton Armory is the best hotel option in town. The Art Deco structure, originally built in 1941 to house the national guard, now contains one hundred modern rooms, a bar/restaurant, and a rooftop pool for those warm Montana summers. It’s a great place to unwind before or after a long trip to a luxury ranch or Yellowstone National Park. Learn More »

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