The Culture Hound
- Love live music?
- Constantly quote your favorite films?
- Always have your nose in a book?
Within its 3,000-volume collection, this hotel touts one of the world’s largest autographed libraries. See signed editions from Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, U.S. poet laureates, and former presidents, all of whom have stayed the night. From $129
Hotel Van Zandt
Located on bustling Rainey Street and named for singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, this hotel is perfect for exploring the Live Music Capital of the World. Come March, acts fill the lobby for South by Southwest, but you can take in the music-themed decor and the pool’s under-water playlist year-round. Plus, at Geraldine’s, there are live tunes and cleverly named cocktails like It’s the Fennel Countdown. From $299
Lights, cameras, action—this Beverly Hills hotel has it all. You’ll find movie-inspired murals, items repurposed from Hollywood backlots, and a circular fireplace that mimics a camera lens. Borrow a mountain bike, GPS, and GoPro from the front desk to explore the set of M*A*S*H and the bat cave from Batman. From $249
21c Museum Hotels
In 2006, two collectors imagined a hotel that could double as a contemporary art gallery and 21c Louisville was born. Now, there are nine locations, including Kansas City, Nashville, and Chicago. Each offers a distinct vibe and a themed exhibition featuring local, national, and international artists. Take a docent-led tour or go on your own; galleries are free and open 24 hours. Rates vary