The three of us―all Southern Living Travel staffers―have slept in our share of so-so hotels as we research stories around the South. We all have tales about
bad mattresses, dripping faucets, and air-conditioning units that sound like a 757 idling on the runway.
Happily, every now and then we hit the jackpot, as far as lodgings go. These top choices (from three writers with very different personalities) feature a little something extra. Whether it’s a rooftop restaurant in Louisville, snazzy digs in Houston, or a luxurious oasis in Chapel Hill, we think you’ll love these picks as much as we do.