What makes a hotel trendy? Fashion-forward design, sleek accents, and a tragic hipness of the guests. With ever-evolving style and continually changing definitions of what’s “cool” it is much harder to build for the times than to be classically timeless. Here’s to celebrating five that got it very right for right now.
W South Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Glamour, location, style. Playful, energetic, whimsical. In a beachfront oasis where organic architectural elements blend with contemporary design, the South Beach celepity jet set and fashionable trendsetters are creating a sizzling scene at the first W in Miami—an intimate and sensual escape in the heart of all the action. Peek into your room, and WOW. All ocean. And it’s all yours. Oversized and edgy, each guest room and suite provides a sanctuary from the pulsating vibe of the city, with showers large enough to share. From the internationally acclaimed Mr. Chow to the Spanish-influenced Soleá, six destination bars keep the night young with the strip’s most exclusive mixing and mingling.
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. (954) 414-8200. http://www.wsouthbeach.com/
Hotel Palomar - Philadelphia, PA
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel, sets “art in motion” in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The first of its kind, our LEED Gold Certified luxury hotel in the heart of Center City Philadelphia is a testament to superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service and genuinely warm hospitality.
117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. (888) 725-1778. http://www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com/
The Curtis - Denver, CO
Fun and funky pop-culture themed floors catapult you into a whole new lodging experience in Denver. Is it a hotel, a playground or a celepation of pop-culture? Actually, The Curtis is all three. Recently launched in Denver’s vivacious Theater District, the front desk at The Curtis has been known to set-up impromptu hula hoop contests and organize Guitar Hero tournaments on the Wii in the lobby. Hungry for nostalgia? Stop by the 5 & Dime Store kiosk offer memorable merchandise from Orange Crush to Bazooka Joe bubblegum, and classic travel diversions like Etch-a-Sketch.
1405 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80202. (800) 525.6651. http://www.thecurtis.com/
21c Museum Hotel - Louisville, KY
21c Museum Hotel is more than just a place to spend the night – it’s a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center nestled in the heart of Museum Row in historic downtown Louisville. Among the many upscale offerings: iPods with a wide variety of music for guests’ listening pleasure, award winning design and décor, poster art, and of course silver mint julep cups.
700 W Main St. Louisville, KY 40202. (502) 217.6300. http://www.21chotel.com/hotel/
Aloft Portland Airport - Portland, OR
With a state-of-the-art loft inspired design and the great Pacific Northwest at your doorstep, experience a new twist on travel. Touch-screen technology lets you choose your exact room and floor, confirm rates, get keys, and even print your boarding pass. There’s even a doggie bed and treats for fido. Meet & mingle with friends at our w xyz(SM) bar, grab a sweet, savory, or healthy snack from re:fuel by Aloft(SM) 24/7 pantry, or play in our re:mix(SM) lounge.
9920 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, OR 97220. (877) 462-5638. http://www.aloftportlandairport.com/