These five hotels were fresh on the scene in 2013, bringing with them a new style of stay to some of the U.S.’s must-visit destinations.
The year’s top
The Jade Hotel
The Jade Hotel celebrates Greenwich Village history — a time before Sarah Jessica Parker and Magnolia Bakery — when speakeasies and literary salons and Art Deco were the norm, not just a trendy fixation. You’ll find the inspired 1920s theme throughout the hotel, including the food and cocktails at the onsite Grape & Vine bistro. Well-placed design elements, like fancy rotary phones and crystal chandeliers, channel Gilded Age opulence. Rooms can run on the small side (this is New York City, after all), but most offer the quintessential city view you crave in a destination like the Big Apple.
The Graham Georgetown
Tucked just off the main drag of Washington, D.C.’s M Street, The Graham Georgetown is a boutique hotel with 57 suites reflecting the area’s colonial and Federal architecture. The hotel is home to the upscale farm-to-table restaurant A.G.B., as well as The Observatory, Georgetown’s only public rooftop lounge. This is where D.C.’s elite crowd gathers for cocktails with a view — of the Potomac River, Kennedy Center and Washington Monument to be exact. Save time to wander Georgetown’s cobblestone streets; you’re an also easy ride from the White House, the Smithsonian, the National Mall and more.
Andaz Maui at Wailea
Andaz Maui at Wailea is what you want in a Hawaiian vacation: 15 acres of beachfront, tropical drinks and four cascading infinity-edge pools that look like they just dip right into the Pacific Ocean. Artwork and design pay homage to native Hawaiian culture, but the amenities are all about modern-day comforts. Take the ‘?wili Spa, for example, where products and treatments are completely customizable with the help of an apothecary assistant and local Maui ingredients like Hawaiian clay, coffee and noni fruit.
The Alexander Hotel
Nicknamed “the art hotel,” The Alexander collection features 60 works in its public spaces, plus installations in every guest room and 14 site-specific displays. The creative environment makes for one exciting stay, but The Alexander’s food and drink are also a major draw. Cerulean Restaurant has an often-changing, farm-fresh menu and the upstairs Plat 99 mixology lounge is a walk through drinking history, starting in 1850 with an absinthe-based drink. Ready to explore downtown Indy and its Cultural Trail? Hop on one of the hotel’s free bikes!
Burlington’s first independently-owned hotel manages to fuse eco-friendly values with sleek design. Hotel Vermont is rustic and charming, but not kitschy. Here, it’s all about supporting local — cocktails representing all of Vermont’s 11 micro distilleries, in-room amenities from Lunaroma and a bedtime menu with Vermont Teddy Bears and Vermont Flannel pajamas. Enjoy the view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains from Jupiter Lounge or Harbor Terrace, a 7,500-square-foot green space and garden, or sit down to dinner at Hen of the Wood, helmed by James Beard Award nominee, Chef Eric Warnstedt.