Now some hip lodgings encourage you to get the lead out with amenities like vinyl collections and loaner guitars.
Until recently, music and hotels didn’t so much come together as collide: Picture rockers like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland smashing TVs, clocks, and chairs. But now some hip lodgings encourage you to get the lead out—albeit in a more respectful manner—with amenities like vinyl collections and loaner guitars.
HOTEL SAINT CECILIA
Making the most of the city’s musical history, this impossibly cool South Congress place outfitted its 14 units with record players. And in case the airline lost your vinyl, the staff will pull your favorite artists from its ever-growing house library. 112 Academy Dr., 512-852-2400; hotelstcecilia.com; doubles from $250
Located in the gritty Eastern Docklands, the eccentric Lloyd holds frequent free concerts featuring acts ranging from punk bands to experimental pop outfits to avant-garde drum troupes. The crowd’s a mixed bag—probably because of the hotel’s broad appeal: It has one-star rooms, five-star ones, and everything in between. Oostelijke Handelskade 34, +31 (0)20 561 3636; lloydhotel.com; doubles from $136
HARD ROCK HOTEL
This North Michigan Avenue party hub hands over more than a room key at reception: Guests can choose from a line of vintage Gibson guitars (including signature axes from Angus Young and Les Paul) and shred in their rooms—with the included amp and earphones, naturally. 230 North Michigan Ave., 312-345-1000; hardrockhotelchicago.com; doubles from $199