In honor of World Record Store Day, we present you with our list of hotels who are still spinning the vinyl. Many of them feature massive record libraries most of which are available for borrow to hotel guests. When was the last time you heard the satisfying scratch of a new record put on the decks? Or maybe you’re a record virgin — in any case, prepare to fall in love with these uber-cool hotels with record players.
The W Hotel
The W Austin is part of a chain which takes music seriously–especially in this fabled music city. Not only can you hang out in the Records Room section of the W Austin Living Room lounge, which has over 8,000 vinyl records, the W also creates custom music mixes available to download on iTunes. The music, both in the Records Room and the iTunes playlist is carefully curated by the W Hotels Global Music Director and mixed by emerging DJs from all over the world.
The Hotel Max
Heading to the city of grunge? Make sure you stay on the 5th floor of Hotel Max which is entirely dedicated to Sub Pop Records. As soon as you hit the floor you are confronted by huge black and white photos from Charles Peterson, the photographer of many of Sub Pop’s early record release art. Each room has Crosley record players and a curated vinyl selection by Sub Pop with albums from the likes of Iron and Wine and Fleet Foxes. The selection is constantly updated so you get to sample something new each time you stay! Plus, turn on the TV and enjoy the Sub Pop channel playing all your favorite current and classic music videos from the label.
The Redbury Hotel
LOS ANGELES, CA
When you check into the Redbury Hollywood, you may not want to check out. Each suite is entirely self-sufficient and decorated in a beautiful boho style. There’s a kitchen with gas burners (although considering the LA foodie scene, you may not want to cook), a walk-in rain shower and most importantly, that treasured record player. Each room comes with a different mini collection of vinyl so pick a theme song and hit repeat.
The Verb Hotel
Looking for a retro-cool blast to the past? Check out The Verb hotel in Boston. Stuffed with retro rockabilly memorabilia like working jukeboxes and electric guitars which are plugged into amps and ready for your best Hendrix impression. The record player comes with a drool-worthy library of music. Its location can’t be beat as it is right next to Fenway, and there is even a heated outdoor pool. The Verb is bringing the funk to your stay in Boston.
The Ace Hotel
NEW YORK, NY
The Ace Hotel is well-known as one of the hippest hotel chains in the world. They have been leading the race of cool hotel room features for the past couple of years– including record players and vinyl. The Ace Hotel in New York has a carefully curated collection culled from Other Music, a downtown New York record store in many of the rooms. The cooler-than-cool vibe continues in the hotel room decor, the lobby and basically every square inch of the hotel. It’s time to join the cool club.
The Dean Hotel
Music-lovers might want to make a special pilgrimage to the Dean Hotel in Dublin. It’s not just for the Rega RP1 turntables and collections of Tower Records vinyl in the rooms, all hand selected to reflect some pretty eclectic tastes of indie albums, seminal records, and lots of Irish underground and indie. The hotel actually also owns one of the last Tower Records still existent in the world! They will be celebrating Record Store Day with a two-day bender at the Tower cafe with an incredible lineup of live bands. The hotel, which is loaded with cool details like limited edition Martin guitars, retro furniture and Netflix on all the TVs, also regularly hosts DJs in the lobby.
SANTA BARBARA, CA
This mid-century modern Santa Barbara hotel is a whole other level of chic. The Goodland is just a couple of miles from the beach and this California Cool resort has vintage Crosley record players in all the rooms. Give Lea Sindija, the Record Concierge on staff a ring to bring by some recommended vinyl, whether it’s just some golden oldies or you’re looking for something new to spin. You’ll never want to leave this amazingly retro paradise!
To which hotel would you bring your vinyl? Let us know in the comments!
– Cover photo by Adrian Korte, Unsplash