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Ready To Rock?: 11 of the Best Hotels for Music Lovers

Music is a passion shared by most: whether you like twangy down-home country sounds, the wailing of a guitar, or the beats of hip-hop in your headphones, we are united by our love of melodies and sounds.

Do you travel in pursuit of your favorite music? We’ve come to help! These outstanding hotels provide the perfect springboard from which to enjoy some of the finest music festivals, bluegrass bars, and boogie down discos in various cities across the country. Our trivago Award winners are chosen based on scores compiled from user ratings from a myriad of booking and review sites all over the internet. This has given us a transparent and unbiased look at America’s favorite properties in our most musical cities.

Want to see the full list of winners of the trivago Awards 2017? For a peek into which properties you decided were the best, see here!

Atlanta, GA

Festivals dominate Atlanta with large-scale events ranging from Jazz to EDM. Take advantage of the city’s festival spirit without needing the trouble of camping.

“I’ve known people that have moved to Atlanta just to be closer to the city’s music scene as you can find nearly every genre here. Major music venues and dive bars alike provide fans an opportunity to see both nationally-recognized and locally-grown acts.”

Heather Kirksey, Director of Public Relations, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Where to stay: Stonehurst Place

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Do your festival season next summer from the luxurious comforts of the trivago Awards winner in the Alternative Accommodation category for 2017, Stonehurst Place. Historic elements of the 19th-century mansion are balanced with modern comforts that are much nicer than a sweaty tent. The six room eco-friendly B&B is located in Atlanta’s Midtown district just two blocks from Piedmont Park and with easy travel to many music festival sites as well as the Downtown core. You’ll get a full homemade gourmet breakfast every morning to set you up for a day of antics– breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day.

Stonehurst Place

Top rated
Atlanta, 1.5 miles to Centennial Olympic Park
9.7 Excellent (480 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.7 / 10
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Franklin, TN

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get up close and intimate with both rising stars and those who have already struck it big, the city of Franklin begs a visit. Nearby Nashville sees the country and bluegrass influence carried through and live music venues are packed with concert-goers night after night.

“Franklin is a singer and songwriter town, home to many of the music makers you’ve been listening to for years. We are privileged to have some amazing music venues, like the historic Franklin Theater on Main Street which has hosted some of the biggest names in music, and many consider to be the best 300-seat music venue in the world. Music City Roots is taped in front of a live audience at The Factory in Franklin each week and even local restaurants like Gray’s on Main and Puckett’s have stages for people to watch and listen to live music almost every night of the week as they dine.”

Matt Maxey, Visit Franklin

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Where to stay: Drury Plaza

Need a place to kick your feet up following a night out in Franklin or nearby Nashville? Our 3-Star trivago award winner, Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Franklin, provides a fantastic home base for enjoying the local music scene. Attention, fans of freebies–and who isn’t?–you’re going to love the hotel perks from the free hot breakfast every morning to the 5:30 p.m. kickback with hot food and beverages, and the free soft drinks and popcorn in the lobby from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. To top it off, you’ll also get free parking and WiFi. This leaves you with more pocket cash for cover charges to the bars and clubs around town!

Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin

Top rated
9.5 Excellent (2490 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Chicago, IL

Whether you’re looking to stomp the night away to the sounds of Chicago house music in a legendary club or belt out show tunes with locals, Chicago is unified in its love of every kind of music. Former speakeasies are still hosting sensational jazz nights, and community centers host spoken word performances that hint at the next big MC talents in hip-hop.

“Chicago’s rich history with music has long made it a destination for music lovers and creators. Whether you’re seeking genres in which Chicago has played an important role, such as blues, jazz and house, or whether its other popular or emerging forms of musical styles, Chicago is a city that celebrates music, musicians and music lovers. From Lollapalooza to Windy City Smokeout, to live performances at legendary bars, and unique music incubators like 2112, Chicago is truly a music town and the options are diverse and plenty.”

David Whitaker, President & CEO Choose Chicago

Where to stay: The Peninsula

The Peninsula’s location makes it a winner, not only in the 5-Star trivago Awards category it took in 2017, but also for those with musical hearts. In the busy surrounding area are the Chicago Opera theater and easy access to the “L” (subway) station to take you to the more remote corners of Chicago’s underground music scene. Massive rooms are dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city or Lake Michigan and silk draped king-sized beds. Marble bathrooms have televisions at the foot of the bathtub, so that you can jam out to your favorite music channels while you take a relaxing dip.

The Peninsula Chicago

Top rated
Chicago, 1.1 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.5 Excellent (1903 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Where to stay: The Langham

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Consider yourself a cultural aficionado? If you’ve come to Chicago in search of musical and artistic enlightenment, extend it to architecture with a stay at the Langham Hotel. The luxury hotel is housed in a building designed by heavyweight Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe topped off with an impressive art collection. A glorious 67-foot swimming pool and the views of the Marina City complex helped garner this hotel a winning trophy in the 5-Star trivago Awards 2017 category. You’re minutes away from the Chicago “L” train stop and the downtown Loop which means you can easily hop from venue to venue while chasing your pick of jazz or hip hop gods.

Not looking to drop a month’s rent on a five-star Chicago experiences? Take your pick from our other Chi-City favorites!

The Langham

Top rated
Chicago, 0.6 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.8 Excellent (5902 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.7 / 10
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Newport, RI

With the likes of the internationally acclaimed folk and jazz festival, plus the ever-present year-round bar music scene, Newport is absolutely delightful for music lovers. Cafes, pubs, bars, and even hotels frequently feature live music nightly with mellow acoustic performances to bluegrass and even classical hitting the stage at some of the historic mansions.

“For both musicians and fans alike, Newport is hallowed ground. The world renowned Newport Jazz Festival, which made its debut in Newport in 1954, was the first multi-artist event of its kind. Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury—they have visionary Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein to thank. Five years later, he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger. Between the two landmark events, legendary artists who have graced Newport’s iconic stages include Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash…the list goes on and on. Today, both of these ground-breaking events continue in addition to the Newport Music Festival.”

Andrea McHugh, Marketing & Communications Manager at Discover Newport

Where to stay: Almondy Inn

Located a short but scenic coastal drive from the location of both the jazz and folk festivals is a vestige of Victorian Rhode Island. The Almondy Inn is in the bustling downtown of Newport, walking distance to the musical pubs, cafes, fantastic restaurants, and famous Newport Mansions. Decorated in period antiques and fireplaces, the Inn welcomes visitors who come for a sampling of Newport’s music, whether it be the strum of a folk guitar or the pitch of a quartet. As an alternative accommodation winner of the 2017 trivago Awards, you know you’re in good hands. Time your visit with a weekend to take advantage of the gourmet breakfast.

Almondy Inn

Top rated
Newport, 0.9 miles to Cliff Walk
9.5 Excellent (542 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Denver, CO

Denver’s indie music history goes hand in hand with the burgeoning craft beer scene. Come to Denver to see your next favorite band while they’re still considered indie. Both Tennis and the Lumineers got started here

“Denver’s music scene rivals some of the most well-known hotspots around the country. The city boasts a venue and a style for everyone; from Red Rocks Amphitheatre – which has been named the world’s greatest outdoor amphitheater and is on every fan’s and band’s bucket list – to intimate neighborhood venues, like the classic Bluebird and Ogden theaters, and the new Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club, and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Denver is also a hotbed for emerging bands; festivals like Underground Music Showcase and Riot Fest highlight the best of the local and national artists who descend on Denver on a regular basis to experience the collaborative nature of the city and its electric music scene.”

Justin Bresler, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Denver

Where to stay: Woolleys Classic Suites, Aurora

Just a short drive from downtown Denver and an even shorter drive from the airport, Woolley’s Classic Suites have created the perfect template for winning a 4-Star trivago Award. With everything included in your room price, the list of freebies makes room for the cash in your wallet to be spent wisely on craft brews while enjoying the Mile High City’s exciting music scene. Start your morning with a fully cooked breakfast, free wine, beer, and cocktails at the free happy hour in the evening. Complimentary WiFi across the hotel and even free shuttle service to the light rail station or airport are also available. Got a bit rowdy and spilled on your favorite t-shirt? Laundry is free, too. With King Sleeper Suites comfortably accommodating four people, grab your pals and make a weekend of jamming out in Denver.

For more hotel picks from our editors, see our Denver’s trendiest hotels.

Woolley's Classic Suites

Top rated
9.6 Excellent (5219 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.7 / 10
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Seattle, WA

Seattle has cemented its place in music history from the early days of grunge music to emo bands of the early 2000s, and palatable indie music. Music lovers should take note to visit the Experience Music Project Museum.

“Seattle – the city that produced such music legends as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix – has drawn from its classic jazz roots, rebellious grunge experience and innovative, high-tech atmosphere to produce a diverse and thriving music scene unlike any other. With a flourishing music scene that encourages music-lovers to experience all types of music in a variety of atmospheres – from intimate clubs and coffeehouses to large performance halls and city parks – Seattle takes center stage in American popular music.“

Kauilani Robinson, Public Relations Manager at Visit Seattle

Where to stay: Cedarbrook Lodge

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Experience all angles of Seattle from Cedarbrook Lodge. Located on 18 pristine acres of protected wetlands near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the hotel is only 14 miles from all the musical energy of downtown Seattle. Retreat each evening to the chill Northwest vibes of your room for views of the birds and grasses that dot the wetlands. Onsite you’ll find a farm-to-table restaurant and enjoy a free locally sourced breakfast every morning. This hotel is a 4-Star category winner for the trivago Awards 2017 and its lush surrounding landscape rounds out any Seattle experience.

Want to forgo the silence of the wetlands for a stay closer in the heart of the city? These sophisticated Seattle hotels put you straight into the beat of the city.

Hotel Cedarbrook Lodge

Top rated
9.5 Excellent (3672 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Las Vegas, NV

Vegas is an adult playground designed to seduce pretty much anyone who enters: from the champagne-soaked bachelorettes wanting to scream along to the lyrics of their favorite songs, to arena performances with big headliners or even the occasional low-key gig.

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Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental

The action of Las Vegas doesn’t need to translate into a hectic hotel. Imagined as an Eastern-inspired oasis for guests looking for a more restrained approach from which to enjoy Sin City, The Mandarin Oriental ensures your down-time is one of relaxation and rejuvenation. While the hotel lacks casino action in the lobby, you’re well connected to the bustle of the city via skybridges, trams or your own two feet since you’re only a stroll from the center of the Strip. Upon returning home from your musical event of choice, you’ll be able to sink into the freestanding tub with bath salts, champagne, and find yourself reaching for Zen in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Is our five-star winner a bit high-brow for your Vegas antics? Check out these quintessentially Vegas hotels for your adventures instead.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 2.3 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.5 Excellent (4402 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Bentonville, AR

Arkansas has a rich musical heritage with icons like Johnny Cash and Al Green both calling the state “Home.” Legions of other lesser known, but talented musicians have benefited from the musical incubation of small towns. Likewise, Bentonville has embraced an arts and culture spirit with vigor, and it’s apparent in the high density of music events that populate its monthly calendar.

“Nothing beats the eclectic entertainment Bentonville is providing in our small community. Many weekends, local bands or artists can be found in our restaurants serenading our residents and visitors. Bentonville’s median age is 31. Millennials see the value in experiences and they care deeply about shareable, personalized experiences such as music, concerts and festivals. We continue to see new music experiences happening in Bentonville at restaurants, outdoor festivals, and small concerts in our amphitheater.“

Kalene D. Griffith, Visit Bentonville

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Where to stay: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville

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The 21c Museum Hotel has put in the work in nailing Bentonville to the global arts and culture map. The 4-Star trivago Awards category winner regularly hosts musical events like Notes at Night in addition to hosting both permanent and temporary art exhibits. The modern hotel has vast rooms with natural yet opulent Malin + Goetz bath amenities, plus original art dotting the walls. The fantastic location puts you mere minutes walking distance to the heart of this quaint, artsy city, making the 21c a perfect musical pairing to a visit to Arkansas.

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

Top rated
9.6 Excellent (1000 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.7 / 10
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Key West

Songwriters have flocked to Key West for years, chasing endless amounts of sunshine and inspiration in margaritas and a slowed down pace. Visitors can enjoy this unique relationship the island has with musicians in the nightly bar music scene.

“Over the last 21 years, we’ve had thousands of performing songwriters come to Key West to perform at the Key West Songwriters Festival. Many are just getting to Nashville to make a go of it and many are veterans who have multiple No. 1 hits. Many have gone on to become performing stars in their own right. Many return during the rest of the year and many never leave.”

What are the top reasons that musicians flock to Key West?

“Climate, a creative atmosphere, its open and casual island vibe and oh yeah, the fishing! These are some of the reasons we wind up with so many creative singer-songwriters on our little island hideaway. It’s also a great place to test out new material for traveling artists who come down for short stays.”

Charlie Bauer, President of the Key West Songwriters Festival and Managing Partner of Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

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Where to stay: The Marquesa

The Marquesa Hotel is located just around the corner from the noise of Duval Street and is an easy wander home post-Margaritas. This award-winning hotel has two pools from where to recover from the raucous action of the previous evening and a homey atmosphere that is easy to fall in love with. Rooms are airy, awash in shades of pale yellows and blues, and come complete with free WiFi, marble bathrooms and the necessary central air conditioning. Onsite restaurant Cafe Marquesa is top rated for local seafood. We recommend the Grilled Spiny Lobster Tail & Key West Pink Shrimp, both sourced locally, for the perfect start to an evening of reggae-infused rock tunes on Duval.

Marquesa Hotel

Top rated
Key West, 0.4 miles to A&B Marina
9.7 Excellent (643 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Where to stay: Almond Tree Inn

You may be coming to Key West to throw back some Margaritas and air guitar your way across the numerous music venues, but your hotel should provide the oasis of calm you need to refresh and turn back to Key West time. A slow pace welcomes guests of Almond Tree Inn, one of the top ten 3-Star winners in the 2017 trivago Awards. A free continental breakfast awaits you every morning and rooms decorated in whites, tropical greens, and yellows provide a cheery respite from Duval Street, just a short walk away from the hotel.

Almond Tree Inn

Top rated
Key West, 0.8 miles to A&B Marina
9.5 Excellent (1770 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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