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Year opened: 1940
Year opened: 1925
The Admiral is an Art Deco-style hotel dating to 1940. Now part of Hilton's Curio Collection, it features 156 newly designed guest rooms and suites, 2 locally inspired on-site restaurants, inviting public spaces, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool.


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On the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Tutka is owned by chef Kirsten Dixon and her husband Carl. It combines a wilderness lodge experience with outstanding sea-to-table food (with guests able to participate in fishing, foraging for herbs and berries, and digging for clams or harvesting mussels). Kayaks make it easy to explore the miles-long fjord on your doorstep. With only six cabins, the lodge can often feel entirely yours.
Located in the heart of the Denali National Park only accessible by helicopter, this property is one of Alaska’s treasures. The back-story to the rise of Sheldon Chalet is remarkable and it has taken three generations of the Sheldon family to make their dream come true. Today, perched at 6,000 feet in five acres of private land on the flanks of North America’s highest Mountain, Denali, is a beautiful boutique chalet offering just five double rooms and the very best of Alaskan adventures.


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The Under Canvas hotels bring the concept of luxury camping to some of the most famous outdoor destinations in the United States, and this one might be the most famous of them all. Under Canvas Grand Canyon is set just 25 minutes from the South Rim, and its tents are a cut above the ordinary camping experience: think king beds, full en-suite bathrooms, and wood-burning stoves, with meals served at communal tables beneath peaked canvas roofs.
Tucson is no mere college town — but the Graduate Tucson, just across the road from the University of Arizona campus, is oriented almost entirely towards the collegiate life. Its interiors make much use of the school colors, in this case navy and cardinal, but here they’re softened by the inclusion of the pastel colors of Southwestern art and design, as well as materials like hardwood and leather.


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The AC Hotel Little Rock Downtown is set in the Beaux Arts-style Hall Davidson building from 1932 and an adjoining annex built in the 1950s. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places. Each of the clutter-free 114 guest rooms features an original photograph by Chris Cranford of details of the hotel before its renovation. The AC Lounge features artwork by Rayna A. Macky and furniture made in Dermott by the Paul Michael Co.
This boutique-style property is one of the early 21c Museum hotels chain (now part of Accor), famous for their collections of modern art. If the art on display in the hotel is not enough, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is just a short walk away.
AJ Capital Partners has turned the former Chancellor Hotel (which was built in 1981 as a Hilton and also operated as a Radisson) into Graduate Fayetteville, part of their hip, Americana, college and preppy style Graduate Hotels collection. The 206-room hotel is located in downtown Fayetteville, just a half-mile from the University of Arkansas campus.


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The DNA: This large resort (250 rooms), a former Embassy Suites, is currently being reimagined as will re-open as part of Hilton's Curio Collection. It is situated on the beach, between Malibu and Santa Barbara.
Palihouse Santa Barbara offers guests an intimate and elegant coastal hideaway in the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown Historic Presidio Neighborhood. It features 24 spirited and handsomely appointed guest rooms and suites, all situated amongst a tranquil Mediterranean style courtyard, sparkling pool area and a delightful garden café, cocktail bar and lobby lounge.
Don’t let the word ‘inn’ fool you—the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa isn’t some rustic little bed and breakfast, but a secluded and spectacular resort, a 1920s Spanish Colonial revival and Mission-style compound sprawling across several hundred acres of a wooded mountain valley. It’s long been a favorite getaway for refugees from the bright lights of Hollywood, as well as anyone who appreciates the laid-back charm of the Santa Barbara area.

Central Coast California

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This 1928 beauty has become the sort of hotel that even the most jaded world traveler could love. It is playfully retro, with a certain mid-century swank, and there’s more than a little bit of luxury about it.

California Central Valley

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The DNA: The Madrona may be new, but the Mansion, the hotel’s ornate centerpiece, certainly isn’t — this 1881 mansion was built in Aesthetic Movement style, and stands in stark contrast to the Tuscan and Provençal pretensions of so many other wine-country hotels. It’s set on the west side of Healdsburg, and its extravagant silhouette isn’t the only surprise for arriving guests.
California’s wine country is full of architectural homages to Europe, and this one, built in the 1980s by salt heiress Mary Tilden Morton, is a hacienda-style tribute to the Spanish countryside, built from timber reclaimed from a 19th-century barn. In its current life as a luxury boutique hotel, the Rancho Caymus Inn remains somewhat intimate, weighing in at a mere 26 rooms and suites.
A Calistoga classic since 1952, this legendary wellness destination has been upgraded for today’s traveler, while keeping its playful, retro spirit alive.

California Wine Country

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Set in the 1926 Constance Hotel, the hotel was recently renovated and has 161 rooms.
The DNA: The Aster is, before anything else, a private club, a much-needed oasis at the very public intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The obvious way in is to become a member — but the Aster’s 35 suites are open to overnight guests as well, and it’s perhaps no surprise that they’re up there with the finest suites in town.

Los Angeles

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In typical Kimpton fashion, this beachfront resort comes on strong with the summer camp vibes. The bright and airy lobby feels more like a boutique hotel, filled with bikes, rustic, wood-hewn furniture, and leafy green plants. Additionally, the location can't be beat: The hotel is located directly across the street from the Huntington Beach pier.
Hotel Joaquin is where the surfboard swagger of Montauk meets the beach chic of St Barths, at an unplugged oceanside bungalow just an hour outside Los Angeles. The art-filled interiors are bathed in sunlight and filled with flea-market furniture sourced from France, while in the individually designed rooms you’ll find natural oak, reclaimed terracotta, and your very own record player with a selection of vintage vinyl.

Orange County

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The DNA: Pioneertown was born when Western film stars like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers wanted to find an Old West atmosphere a little closer to Hollywood, so they established their own Westworld in the high desert, not far from Palm Springs. It never took off as the resort town they intended it to be — nor did it have its own boutique hotel — until now.
Originally built in 1959, Azure Sky is an adult-only, midcentury modern hotel with 14 rooms. Guests are greeted by a premium cocktail bar and cozy fireplace, accented by vintage lighting and custom woodwork. Making their way through the lobby, guests will come to the focal point of the property: a pool with a large, inviting jacuzzi. Guests looking to gather outdoors will also find two additional courtyards, as well as two fire pits, lounge seating, and chaise lounges littering the property.
You sweep up to an impressive driveway, bursting with brightly coloured flowers, and arrive at a white wall of concrete lattice work, which masks the main entrance: flamboyant tangerine-coloured double doors. Designed by Jonathan Adler, the Parker has a retro-modern look with lots of nooks for relaxation in the extensive gardens. It has a reputation as a celebrity hangout and is often used as a backdrop for fashion shoots.

Palm Springs

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The DNA: A revamped 1940s motel right on the Pacific Coast Highway, melding together the historic bungalow architecture with a modern yet laidback surf vibe. The interior space doubles down on the California-cool aesthetic with pieces from local artists, midcentury modern furniture, Moroccan rugs, and playful tiling. Outside, a cedar-style hot tub and fire pit, along with picnic tables offers guests a way to socialize.
Originally built as a wooden Victorian beach resort dating to 1888, it is one of the last remaining architectural examples of its kind, with many of the original features still remaining. The lobby is lined with glossy mahogany and the impressive Crown Room, with its striking crown shaped-chandeliers, was constructed from Oregon sugar pine. The hotel provided the backdrop for Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.
This historic grand hotel opened in 1910 and is named after US President Ulyssus S. Grant and was opened by his son with the same name. The hotel is operated by Marriott's Luxury Collection.

San Diego

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Once destroyed by the great earthquake of 1906, and reopened just two years later, the Palace is a grand dame among San Francisco's historic hotels. Over the decades, Hollywood stars and visiting royalty have slept here, as have countless wedding parties. Beaux Arts in architectural style, the hotel shows off refashioned interiors that speak to a sophisticated, contemporary style. Marble pillars and floors gleam around the lobby, which is adjacent to the airy Garden Court restaurant and bar.
This iconic white hotel from 1915 is located straddling Berkeley and Oakland and offers views of the San Francisco Bay. It is operated by the Fairmont chain.

San Francisco & Bay Area

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Year opened: 1874
When the Hotel Marcel opens april 2022 in New Haven, Connecticut, it will be a shining example of sustainability and what every hotel could and should be. The 165-room hotel will be the result of the brutalist Armstrong Rubber Company Building, aka Pirelli Building, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1967 and opened in 1970. It will be run by 100 percent solar power, meet net-zero energy standards, and will target LEED Platinum certification.


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Year opened: 2022. Architecture: ODA. Interior design: DesignAgency. Located along The Wharf, a mile-long waterfront destination set on the Potomac River, Pendry Washington DC features 131 guestrooms and suites; three signature dining and bar concepts, including a pool terrace and rooftop cocktail lounge with panoramic views; Spa Pendry; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a curated art collection.
This stylish hotel with a social justice mission attracts hip young travellers with its artisan design features, new-age wellness programme, and quality drink and dining offerings. Retro furnishings, an impressive library, radio station, political art gallery and cinema add to the unique appeal of this bold concept.
Dating from 1922 and a historical landmark (originally The Commodore Hotel), it underwent a top-to-bottom renovation in 2016 that gave it a crisp, contemporary look while retaining its historic bones. The Dubliner Pub and Restaurant serves authentic Irish cuisine (the owners being Irish and the hotel named after a park in Dublin).

Washington, DC

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The DNA: A massive and ornate estate-style resort, comprising six separate elements, it boasts the 1926 classic The Cloister Inn at its centre, full of Spanish revival architecture with Moorish and Gothic influences. It is packed with tasteful colonnades, vaulted ceilings, marble floors, stone steps, elaborate artwork and landscaped gardens, creating an air of Gilded Age glamour. Banyan and pine trees dot the resort, along with fountains, gracious staircases, a croquet lawn and bocce court.
The Breakers has been Florida’s most outstanding resort since its founding in 1896 by oil and railroad baron Henry Morrison Flagler. It has been rebuilt twice since, most recently in 1926, but remains a cathedral to period design with a signature style that marks the 540-room resort out as truly sumptuous.
A registered Historical Hotel of America dating back to 1928, when it hosted the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald and other celebrities of the period, The Don has an imposing pink exterior that gives way to an elegant lobby draped in dazzling white, with contemporary light fittings and striking Areca palm trees. The original infrastructure of the building is maintained to a wonderful degree, ensuring a small-scale, intimate style throughout.


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Casa Marina was built in 1920 to serve the well-heeled customers of Henry Flagler’s audacious Overseas Railroad that connected the Keys to the mainland for the first time. It still bears the hallmarks of that opulent period, with elegant colonnades, wooden-beamed ceilings and grand staircases. Spectacular modern amenities and landscaping have been sympathetically sewn into the boutique, period style to ensure a fully luxurious modern-day experience.
This hideaway had been catering to the travel elite since 1988, but was ravaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Spinning tragedy into opportunity, the resort embarked on a complete rebuild and redesign that took nearly three years to complete.
A winner from Historic Key West Inns, this friendly compound houses some simple but elegant rooms, suites and cottages. The suites are highly recommended: classy but not stodgy, breezy enough for a tropical idyll but not so laid-back that they’re tacky. Although the cottages, with their Jacuzzi-jet bathtubs, aren’t so bad either…

Florida Keys

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The DNA: Created by visionary developer George Merrick, The Biltmore is a Miami icon with a rich history nearly as old as the city itself. Stunning with vaulted ceilings, travertine floors, marble columns, restored hand-painted frescos and lavish gardens and courtyards, The Biltmore is a luxurious, stately hotel that exudes Old Florida opulence. The sprawling property has long been an elegant gathering place for the city’s social set and international travellers.
The DNA: New York-based real estate developer SHVO announced that the iconic Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach will be managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts when it finally reopens in 2025. Noted architect and designer Peter Marino will lead the US$243 million development deal for the hotel closed since 2017. The project includes a new 17-story condo tower with 44 units facing the beach and a members-only beach club. The iconic Raleigh swimming pool is expected to remain intact.

Miami & Miami Beach

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style: Queen Anne. Originally a private member's club dating to 1888, which closed in WWII. After the war it operated as a public resort by the State of Georgia. In 1971 it closed again and in 1985 it opened as a hotel.
Year opened: 1973. The DNA: A recent full renovation has brought an eclectic, soulful personality to this 1970s built hotel.


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Originally opened in the early 1960s, the iconic hotel closed in 2011 after structural and property damage it sustained in a tsunami. It will reopen with 150 standalone hales (palm thatch roofed houses).
Its campy pink stucco exterior has made the Royal Hawaiian an icon on the Waikiki strip for 90 years. Though it doesn’t feel particularly Hawaiian, it does offer a shady seaside garden oasis, blending nostalgic relics and modern furnishings to meet contemporary expectations.


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Set in a former 1960 Travelodge motel, the Modern Hotel was one of the first in the current Americana craze of restored and redesigned motels. The hotel is located in Boise's downtown Linen District. Mid-century modern rooms have a minimalist design with teak furnishings, Nelson lamps and come with rainfall showers. The landscaped courtyard doubles as a gathering space for guests and spill-over for the hotel’s Modern Bar, and summer music concerts are offered.


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The Park Hyatt Chicago has resumed operations, unveiling a stunning $60M redesign of guestrooms and public spaces. Located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood at 800 N. Michigan Avenue, the storied property has been a landmark Chicago destination since it first opened in 1980 as the first Park Hyatt hotel.


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Built in 1954 in typical university hall style, the Morris Inn sits at the heart of the University of Notre Dame’s storied campus, and continues to be “the living room of the University.”
Le Méridien Indianapolis debuts following a $9.5 million renovation of the 1928 Canterbury Hotel, a landmark property in the heart of downtown. The hotel features a chic design ethos that juxtaposes the property's historic architecture with a contemporary style. As part of the comprehensive renovation, the luxury hotel features 99 modern guest rooms, local cuisine in a re-designed restaurant and lounge, and an expanded fitness centre.
Thriving on business from the 300-passenger trains that arrived daily at Union Station, the Grand Hotel of Indianapolis represented the height of luxury from 1913 until the late 1930s. Today, this elegant property with many of its original features survives as the Omni Severin Hotel. In the Ballroom, a magnificent Austrian crystal chandelier, a dramatic marble stairway, and ornate railings show the hotel’s lavish history. Original solid mahogany dressers are located on each elevator landing.


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Year opened: 1915. Style: Renaissance Revival.
Like its historic sister hotel, The Blackhawk, this art-filled, boutique-style hotel is set in a 1910 redbrick former office building. It features a rooftop terrace and bar with views over Davenport and the Quad Cities' Mississippi riverfront.
Year opened: 1910. The building was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most prominent 20th-century architects. The Park Inn is the last hotel designed by Wright that is still in existence while the adjacent City National Bank is one of two remaining banks Wright designed. In 1972, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel and bank have been restored to their original glory.


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