These days there are few things guests desire more from their travels than an authentic experience. In response, hotels have done everything possible to create a unique sense of place—from offering regional cuisine to showcasing artisanal furniture and artworks to capturing the essence of a locale with a signature scent.
But there may be nothing more powerfully evocative than live music. Whether it's sunset concerts sung in the local language at Malawi's Kaya Mawa resort, up-and-coming musicians performing at the Santa Monica beach club Casa del Mar or access to one of the most renowned music venues in the world at the W Austin, hotels have found a way to truly shape their atmosphere. Read on for more that hit just the right note. —Sasha Levine