Bungalow Hotel; Long Branch, New Jersey
Fans of the hit reality-TV show Jersey Shore may be surprised by the tastefulness of this beachfront hotel. Husband-and-wife team Robert and Cortney Novogratz of Sixx Design (stars of HGTV's Home by Novogratz) are responsible for the funky cowhide chairs and one-of-a-kind artwork, like surfing photos by Jeff Devine. There is no on-site restaurant but the hotel owners also operate the fantastic seafood-centric brasserie Avenue, just one block away.
Postcard Inn; St. Pete Beach, Florida
Restaurateur Steve Hanson turned a 1950s Colonial Gateway Inn into a retro-style hotel with vintage surfboards in many of the 196 rooms and a photo booth in the lobby. Beachwood BBQ & Burger, an outpost of NYC's Wildwood, serves mahi mahi tacos in addition to ribs and brisket.