Where you rest your head for your bachelorette party is one element that could make or break the weekend. Since these ladies are already dishing out for dresses and other big-ticket items for your big day, give them the gift of a bachelorette party that feels like just as much of a vacation for them as it does a celebration of your last days of singlehood. After all, these are the girls who have been there during your highest of highs and lowest of lows (and always had that tub of Ben & Jerry’s ready when you needed it).
Skip the lavish hotel suite and opt for something just as epic but at a price that won’t have the girls cringing when they’re sending over their portion via Venmo. From shared loft spaces in New York City to six-bed suites in Los Angeles, these are the top boutique hotels to host your bachelorette getaway at price points that won’t break your bridesmaids’ banks.
Housed in a building once described as the “most lucrative waterfront property in the world,” the Jane has hosted everyone from survivors of the Titanic to the YMCA before it officially opened its doors as a hotel. Back in 1908, standard “cabins” were only 25 cents and while it’s been more than a century, these single-bed rooms (perfect for girls who want a little personal space) still start at only $99. Staying here makes crawling into bed after a late night out so much easier, especially when the destination for the evening is right downstairs.
Start the party with drinks in the nearby Meatpacking District before dancing the night away back at the Jane Ballroom. A legend in its own right, the Ballroom exudes a look that’s just as regal as its name implies (think vintage tiles hailing from Argentina, Scottish animal horn-framed mirrors, and a fireplace transported from Belgium). The Ballroom also has some of its quirky character from its days operating as the Jane Street Theater where well-known rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch was born.
When you’re finally ready to call it a night, post up in one of the luxury train-inspired cabins that feel as Old World as a ride on the iconic Orient Express.
Pool party scenes may seem reserved for cities like Las Vegas or Miami, but now you can take a dip while sipping on one of the best craft cocktails in Los Angeles right in the heart of downtown. Taking over the 1920s Commercial Exchange building (where writers like Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs once worked), the Freehand follows behind its sister properties in Miami and Chicago, but this one is decidedly more hotel and less hostel. Spread out in the top floor apartment-style Loft Suite or get the party together in one of the girls-only shared rooms, which can fit four, six, or eight people in cedar bunks for an urban spin on classic summer camp cabins.
When you’re ready to kick off the festivities, all you have to do is head to the rooftop and take a seat at the Broken Shaker, dubbed one of America’s best cocktail bars thanks to its whimsical, beach-inspired libations. With drinks called Trash Tini and Coco-Nutcase, how can you go wrong?
While the Moxy Times Square has 612 rooms, this spot is definitely more intimate than its high-rise neighbors. Set inside the historic Mills Hotel, this hotel was initially built in 1907 for men who were chasing the American Dream. Now it’s like a mini version of Vegas sitting in Times Square. On the largest all-season hotel rooftop in the city, you’ll find all the elements you need to get your weekend started off right. Admire views of the Empire State Building from the 18th floor Magic Hour bar while noshing on state fair–inspired bites (think carnival burgers and Dippin’ Dots Shots).
Keep up with the amusement park vibe by playing a round of golf at the mini putt-putt course that’s aptly dubbed Foreplay and features scandalous pink animal statues in risqué poses around the golf holes. Rooms here are just as playful and easy to personalize thanks to all the foldaway furniture (which conveniently hang on the wall). With loft rooms and quads sleeping three or four, this is just the slumber party setting the girls had in mind that’s definitely a step up from your college days.
You may not be able to jet off to Paris for a girls’ getaway, but you can still get a taste of France while staying at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, the first of the French brand’s boutique properties to make its way stateside. The six-story hotel is home to just 70 rooms and shows off one of the best views of the city with 360-degree vistas from the Hollywood sign to Downtown, South Bay and the Westside. Retro-inspired rooms have all the perks you’d find at some of the fancier hotels in town but the vibe here is much more laid back.
Case in point: You don’t need a reservation to snag a seat at the rooftop restaurant. Plus, it’s the perfect launch pad for a weekend exploring L.A.’s bar scene, starting right downstairs at Mama’s bar, whose chalk art ceiling has been lovingly referred to as Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel. And whether you’re going for a saint or sinner theme for the weekend, you’ll find two versions of the Bible tucked away in your bedside table: the original and Keith Richards’ autobiography.
South Beach may still seem like the place to party in Miami, but downtown is slowly creeping up as a much-welcome addition to the Magic City’s nightlife scene. Skip the crowds on the beach and post up in one of the newer hotels, the 126-room Eurostars Langford. Once home to the Miami National Bank, this 1925 building is a modernized version of Miami’s Gilded Age and is surrounded by some of the city’s best new bars and restaurants, such as 1940s-style Cuban supper club El Tucán and farm-to-table Mediterranean eatery Fooq’s.
If you really want to make it an all-nighter, you’re right next door to E11even, the “world’s only 24/7 ultraclub.”
Envisioning a weekend of live music, karaoke, and craft cocktails? Nashville might just be your place. Just opened in March 2018, the 81-room Fairlane Hotel has taken over the former downtown bank building with a penthouse featuring a wraparound terrace perfect for toasting to the weekend ahead while admiring stunning shots over Music City. Since you’re within walking distance of some of Nashville’s best country music spots like Layla’s and Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, your bar-hopping bachelorette weekend begins as soon as you step through the hotel’s chic 1970s-themed doors.
But don’t think you need to wait until nightfall to soak up the city’s party scene. Grab a drink from the vintage bar cart that rolls around at 5 p.m., serving up signature local bourbon and bottled Coca Cola while playing classic soul tunes that are sure to get you in the mood for the festivities ahead.