The Carpenter Hotel in Austin, Texas

With high ceilings and a minimalist design, this repurposed union hall is the coolest building on the block and that’s a high bar to top in Austin’s trendy Zilker neighborhood. Still, The Carpenter Hotel manages to feel homely. Coffee and cinnamon buns are served regularly in a communal boutique. For those looking for a reprieve from the Texas sun, there is an outdoor pool. And for the gastronomically-inclined, there is Carpenter’s Hall: the hotel’s on-site restaurant that serves Austin-style comfort food by chef Grae Nonas.