MUSIC LIST: Hotels for Music Lovers

From up-and-coming artists performing on-site, famous musical guests, to location, location, location, these hotels cater to music lovers in every way possible and would love to share this curated list with your readers.

Live Local Talent @ Aloft Miami Aventura – The much-anticipated Aloft Miami Aventura, located just minutes from Hard Rock Stadium provides the perfect harmony for music lovers coming to South Florida. Featuring loft-inspired rooms with edgy urban décor (queue rock and roll beads), the property also offers “Live at Aloft” weekly events at the W XYZ Bar showcasing local talent and up and coming artists.

Lennon’s Birthday Spot – A year after The Beatles broke up, John Lennon visited Syracuse, NY where he celebrated his birthday at the former Hotel Syracuse (reopened in 2017 as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown), with wife Yoko Ono and friends Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. Initially opened in 1924 as the “Waldorf of the Finger Lakes,” the recent renovation of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown restored the landmark’s historic components with modern amenities including a new and rustic Eleven Waters farm-to-table bistro, barber shop, lobby bar, and a steakhouse on the penthouse floor.

An Electric Paradise in Punta Cana – The multimillion-dollar reimagined Sanctuary Cap Cana is just a walk on the Caribbean shoreline away from the renowned Electric Paradise festival. Those staying at the adults-only resort will be able to stroll to the event, which last year saw the likes of Cardi B, Foster the People, Disclosure, J Balvin, Ozuna and Wiz Khalifa. After a weekend of dance and soundwaves, guests can tone back down at the resort with soothing treatments at the revamped Sanctuary Spa and views from their Castle Island Suites.

Stay and Jam at a Concert – Finger Lakes visitors staying at the former temple and theatre Hotel Skyler will be just a five-minute drive from the award-winning premier live music venue at The Westcott Theater. Initially constructed in 1919 as a movie theatre, the site hosts a vast array of artists from the Avett Brothers to Grace Potter. Guests can hit up the latest avant-garde act in between rests in the artisanal charm of Hotel Skyler, which still incorporates remnants of its past as a theater.

Weekly Music Sessions in Quaint Seneca Falls, NY – Located in the charming town of Seneca Falls in the Finger LakesThe Gould Hotel is a boutique hotel that has proven itself to be a social epicenter boasting revitalized architecture, contemporary cuisine and weekly live music by local artists. Regulars at these sessions giving guests a local taste are popular acts like Frankie Wheeler and the Ende Brothers.

Reggae Sumfest – Montego Bay, Jamaica – Recognized as Jamaica’s premier music festival, the Montego Bay-based Reggae Sumfest takes place every July and features Jamaica’s top reggae and dance hall artists, Red Stripe beer and traditional Jamaican jerk dishes. Ideal for groups making the trek to enjoy the magical music festival, concertgoers can continue the party at the nearby adults-only all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. Featuring its famed jerk hut Barefoot JerkZ and nightly entertainment and dancing, the party never has to stop.

Melody Maker Cancun – Melody Maker Cancun pairs the lifestyle and excitement of a beachfront hotel, world-class entertainment and fine dining with the amenities of a luxury resort, creating an unparalleled “Vegas-meets-Cancun” experience. Ideal for devoted music lovers, the all-inclusive resort features the premier Delirio Day Club, music-driven hotel programming, and a top-tier concert schedule with private acts like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Maná and more.

Crowne Plaza HY36 – Located just one block from one of NYC’s most iconic concert venues, Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, travelers and locals alike can sip on pre-show drinks at the centrally located urban oasis Crowne Plaza HY36 before rocking out to world-famous artists or busting a gut to renowned comedians.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – Renowned for its nightly live music, the retro-inspired boutique Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club invites local and global indie artists to perform poolside at the hotel’s famed “Wish You Were Here” pool. Through a collaboration with these musicians, the performances were recorded for the Surfjack’s forthcoming limited-edition vinyl, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Hawaiian music and arts-driven charity Mana Maoli Foundation.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – Created by Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar’s sophisticated open-air rum and cigar lounge T2  honors the pop star with two specialty cocktails named in his honor. Paying tribute to his 2006 smash hit, Sexy Back features sweet and spicy flavors that allow guests to savor the patron and berry combination whereas Justified – in homage to Justin’s successful debut album – introduces a slightly bitter profile with apricot liqueur and grapefruit juice.

The Bristol Hotel – Recognized as “The Birthplace of Country Music” by the United States Congress in 1998, the diverse mountain city of Bristol, VA is the main stop on Virginia’s famed music trail, The Crooked Road and the home to first and only boutique hotel in the region.

Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo – A favorite escape for some of the music industry’s most famous voices (including Rihanna, Bono, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z), Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo goes to great lengths to inspire guests through music – their staff even boasts a Sound Designer, the French composer Béatrice Ardisson, who develops original soundtracks to fit the distinctive moods of each of the hotel’s spaces.

Windsor Court Hotel – NOLA – Located in the heart of the Big Easy, the Windsor Court Hotel is an award-winning haven for those seeking luxury, southern hospitality, and an undeniable musical flare. Known as “The Songbird of New Orleans,” jazz singer Robin Barnes headlines every Friday and Saturday night providing locals and hotel guests with live jazz while dining at The Grill Room or while sipping on a classic cocktail in the Polo Club Lounge. Fun fact: Windsor Court has also had its fair share of notable musicians stay at the hotel. Musicians include Billy JoelJustin TimberlakeSir Roger Waters, and Sir Paul McCartney.

New York Hilton Midtown’s storied musical past dates back to 1971 when John Lennon famously penned the lyrics to “Imagine” on the hotel’s stationery during his stay. Other notable occasions include the hotel being home to The Beatles for their first American television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards staying in the Penthouse during the Rolling Stones’ North American tour.

Hilton West Palm Beach – In the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach’s thriving cultural scene, Hilton West Palm Beach offers music lovers a harmonious stay with weekly live music by local artists including R&B melodies by Mr. Trombone every Friday night at signature restaurant, Galley and poolside tunes by DJ Adam Lipson during the lively Saturday Brunch. Those in search for a blast from the past can visit the historic Sunset Lounge, an abandoned jazz club located just down the street which brought black and white music-lovers together in the 1940s and 1950s to appreciate crooners like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.

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