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The National Hotel Heatmap: Where to Stay Right Now

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Classic, decades-old mainstays—and gimmicky novelty packages, for that matter—will always be an option for travelers, but hotel obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which independent hotelier just converted a turn-of-the-century building into a boutique hotel inspired by, well, the turn of the century, and what U.S. city 21C Museum Hotels will expand to next. Thus, here now is the Curbed National Hotel Heatmap, which chronicles the "it" places of the moment. The criteria for compiling this inaugural list were simple: properties had to have opened within the last six months, and they have to bring something to the table, architecture and interior design-wise. And because room rates vary so drastically based on day of the week, season, and so on, prices are deliberately omitted.

Check out the map of the country's 20 hottest hotels below, and as always, voice additions/deletions in the comments.


And for select city-by-city Heatmaps around the Curbed universe, do check out:

Boston · Chicago · NYC · San Francisco · Ski

· All Hotels Week 2013 posts [Curbed National]

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1. Hotel Vermont

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41 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Burlington’s aptly named Hotel Vermont opened in mid May and describes itself ever so succinctly as “rustic and modern, local and global, natural and sophisticated, hand wrought and high tech.” Inside, 125 guest rooms boast modern built-in seating and cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling headboards, and pendant lighting.

2. The Boxer

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107 Merrimac Street
Boston, MA 02114

Relive that Stanley Cup magic—or misery, depending—with a visit to The Boxer, which overtook the Bulfinch Hotel in a triangular 1904 building just a stone's throw from TD Garden, in May. Now the 80-room hotel "has a vintage feel," according to a recent Boston Globe piece, "with an old-time room key rack behind the front desk, a circa 1860 map of Boston on the lobby ceiling, and industrial-era accordion lamps in the guest rooms."

3. The Jade Hotel

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52 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

The Jade Hotel, which opened in March near Manhattan's Union Square, was designed by Andres Escobar to reflect a 1920s Parisian aesthetic. Each of the 113 guest rooms boast wood headboards, modern lightning, worn leather furniture, and vintage accents—old-school rotary phone, anyone?

4. Refinery Hotel

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63 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

The 13-story Refinery Hotel, which opened in June, was designed to "play a part in simulating what it would have been like to be a tenant in a milliner's workplace at the turn of the century," according to an old HotelChatter piece. Inside the Stonehill & Taylor restoration: a lobby with a 1920s-inspired tea parlor, plus 197 loft rooms designed with "industrial accents that hark to the building’s early-19th century milliners and hat factories," according to the official site. Fans of "desks designed to look like sewing machines," this one's for you.

5. High Line Hotel

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180 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
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The High Line Hotel opened in May in an 1895 building originally designed as student housing for the General Theological Seminary. A wave of hotelier Klaus Ortlieb's magic wand and one Roman and Williams interior overhaul later, each of the 60 guest rooms have different furnishings and decor that all play off the Gothic architecture. In the lobby: New York's first Intelligentsia Coffee location.

6. Topping Rose House

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Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY

It wouldn't be the Hamptons without Frette linens, Madeline Weinrib rugs, or Matouk bath towels, and Bridgehampton's Topping Rose House, which opened in March, delivers on all these rather genteel fronts. The hotel is housed in a Greek Revival mansion originally built in 1842, and chef Tom Colicchio runs the restaurant on the ground floor.

7. Capella Washington D.C.

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1050 31st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Capella's first and only U.S. property, which opened in early April, has 49 rooms intended to explore the "the history of American architecture," according to a press release. Designer Peter Silling mixed modern art with the hallmarks of traditional furnishings, such as tufting, nail heads, wing back chairs, scroll-arm love seats, and fringed curtains.

8. The Graham Georgetown

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1075 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

In May, DC's Monticello Hotel was reborn as The Graham, thereby staking its claim—and this is just a guess here—as the only hotel in the country to be inspired by Alexander Graham Bell. The telephone inventor, who lived and worked in the area, surely would have liked the hotel's 3,000-square-foot rooftop bar (offering awesome views of the city), Bulgari bath amenities, and 57 modern, cleanly appointed guest rooms hiding behind the building's Federal-style façade.

9. Zero George Street

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0 George Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Eighteen studios and suites have been carved from the original three main and two carriage houses constructed in 1804 at 0 George Street in Charleston, forming Zero George Street, a boutique hotel that opened in January. The hotel has maintained the original floors, millwork, and high ceilings; guest rooms also pay tribute to the site’s local culture and history through motifs such as “British Tirade,” “French Romantic,” and "Yachting Design." Outside, there are private verandas and a lush garden courtyard.

10. B2 Miami Downtown

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146 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

The b2 Miami Downtown, which wrapped up renovations in April, has joined Downtown Miami's "bonanza of lights," as Curbed Miami puts it, with an illuminated nighttime façade that glows all shades of neon pink and purple. Not that you'd know it on the inside, where 243 guest rooms are bedecked in white and tan and fall into the cutesy categories "Chic," "Captivating," "Stunning," "B Enhanced," and so on. Ah, hotel room names.

11. The Alexander Hotel

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333 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Alexander opened in mid January in downtown Indianapolis, offering 157 guest rooms and 52 extended-stay rooms all adorned with neutral furnishings and pops of color. All the wall art was commissioned from local artists, and the hotel's pitch about having your wedding here is pure poetry: "The Alexander was built to inspire guests with the power of art. But nothing is more powerful than love."

12. Aloft Chicago City Center

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515 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Aloft opened its first location in Chicago proper just last week—there's one at O'Hare, too—with 136 guest rooms billed as "loft inspired"; think nine-foot ceilings, large windows, and wood headboards that double as art. The 180-foot-tall building sports a contemporary glass façade and has been designated a Certified LEED hotel by the U.S. Green Building Council.

13. Radisson Blu Mall of America

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2100 Killebrew Drive, Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425

There are more then 230 Radisson Blu properties worldwide, but the one that just opened in Bloomington, Minn., is noteworthy for a few reasons. Connected by ski bridge to the Mall of America, the hotel is filled local, Scottish, and graffiti art, thanks to the vision of Scotland-based designer Jim Hamilton—whose glitzy mirrored lobby concept is a work of art in itself. What's more, one of the public spaces has a suite of red midcentury chairs, including the Egg Chair, which Arne Jacobsen created in 1958 for his Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. There's also a meeting room filled with red Jacobsen Swan Chairs.

14. 21c Museum hotel

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200 Northeast A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

21c Museum Hotel expanded its hybridized hospitality-culture brand to Bentonville, Ark., in February, offering 104 rooms, a 12,000-square-foot contemporary art museum, and a civic center all tucked in a 100-year-old historic bank building downtown. The renovation was completed by NYC-based architect Deborah Berke; much like the brand's other locations, in Cincinnati and Louisville, there's funky art, ultra-modern furniture, and head-turning lighting just about everywhere.

15. Nobu Hotel

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3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The newly opened Nobu Hotel, the world's first, is a hotel-in-hotel in Caesar's Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. With low-slung furniture that pays tribute to Japanese masters such as George Nakashima, and Asian decor motifs such as cherry blossoms and calligraphy-inspired wall art, the David Rockwell-designed interiors offer a peaceful respite from the gaming insanity going on just outside. [link]

16. Palihouse Santa Monica

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1001 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

The Palihouse Santa Monica is the newest extension of L.A. hotelier's Avi Brosh's hip brand, and was "established with the conviction that neighborhoods, unique experiences and inspiring places are integral to a life well-traveled," according to the official site. The 36-suite hotel, designed for extended stays, is tucked into a landmarked 1927 building that boasts "Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture." Whimsical wallpaper and upholstery define the interiors.

17. Sirtaj Hotel

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120 South Reeves Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The Sirtaj, a minuscule new hotel in Beverly Hills—and minuscule means only 32 rooms—bills itself as "modern and sleek with a hint of the East." The warm-toned rooms are designed to be "haven[s] of sleek simplicity with subtle hints of exotic inspiration," with Lavazza espresso machines, mini bars stocked with locally sourced snacks and drinks, and 350-count linens.

18. The Anza Hotel

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23627 Calabasas Road, Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center
Calabasas, CA 91302

After a $6M renovation, the Anza Hotel, formerly the Country Inn & Suites, aims to "blend the style of Los Angeles with the quaintness of Old Town Calabasas," according to a release. Guest rooms average 400 square feet and are bedecked in browns, blues, and tans, creating "an inviting sense of calm and comfort and mindful amenities provide all the comforts of home." Translation: individual foyers with coffee bars, fridges, and "an upscale tile floor."

19. Hotel Zetta

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55 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

While early Yelp reviews of Hotel Zetta, in San Francisco's SoMa district, aren't overwhelmingly kind—one guy called the vibe an "an IKEA filled, poorly designed labyrinth of cheap wannabe art and decor"—the hotel, which opened in February, is owned by the seasoned Viceroy Hotel Group, so it's likely it'll settle in and find its rightful place in the city's boutique-hotel scene. Here, guest rooms (there are 116 of them, plus six studios and two suites) are not just guest rooms but rather "urban enclaves," each with a pillow-top mattress and a unique Oriental rug.

20. Hotel Ballard

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5216 Ballard Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107

Tufted leather headboard, large, stately furnishings, and sliding doors made from reclaimed wood all contribute to the classic, masculine vibe of Seattle's Hotel Ballard, which opened in early May. The hotel has 29 guest rooms and offers views of the Olympic Mountains and historic Ballard, a hip little neighborhood.

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1. Hotel Vermont

41 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Burlington’s aptly named Hotel Vermont opened in mid May and describes itself ever so succinctly as “rustic and modern, local and global, natural and sophisticated, hand wrought and high tech.” Inside, 125 guest rooms boast modern built-in seating and cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling headboards, and pendant lighting.

41 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401

2. The Boxer

107 Merrimac Street, Boston, MA 02114

Relive that Stanley Cup magic—or misery, depending—with a visit to The Boxer, which overtook the Bulfinch Hotel in a triangular 1904 building just a stone's throw from TD Garden, in May. Now the 80-room hotel "has a vintage feel," according to a recent Boston Globe piece, "with an old-time room key rack behind the front desk, a circa 1860 map of Boston on the lobby ceiling, and industrial-era accordion lamps in the guest rooms."

107 Merrimac Street
Boston, MA 02114

3. The Jade Hotel

52 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

The Jade Hotel, which opened in March near Manhattan's Union Square, was designed by Andres Escobar to reflect a 1920s Parisian aesthetic. Each of the 113 guest rooms boast wood headboards, modern lightning, worn leather furniture, and vintage accents—old-school rotary phone, anyone?

52 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

4. Refinery Hotel

63 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018

The 13-story Refinery Hotel, which opened in June, was designed to "play a part in simulating what it would have been like to be a tenant in a milliner's workplace at the turn of the century," according to an old HotelChatter piece. Inside the Stonehill & Taylor restoration: a lobby with a 1920s-inspired tea parlor, plus 197 loft rooms designed with "industrial accents that hark to the building’s early-19th century milliners and hat factories," according to the official site. Fans of "desks designed to look like sewing machines," this one's for you.

63 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

5. High Line Hotel

180 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

The High Line Hotel opened in May in an 1895 building originally designed as student housing for the General Theological Seminary. A wave of hotelier Klaus Ortlieb's magic wand and one Roman and Williams interior overhaul later, each of the 60 guest rooms have different furnishings and decor that all play off the Gothic architecture. In the lobby: New York's first Intelligentsia Coffee location.

180 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

6. Topping Rose House

Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY

It wouldn't be the Hamptons without Frette linens, Madeline Weinrib rugs, or Matouk bath towels, and Bridgehampton's Topping Rose House, which opened in March, delivers on all these rather genteel fronts. The hotel is housed in a Greek Revival mansion originally built in 1842, and chef Tom Colicchio runs the restaurant on the ground floor.

Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY

7. Capella Washington D.C.

1050 31st Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007

Capella's first and only U.S. property, which opened in early April, has 49 rooms intended to explore the "the history of American architecture," according to a press release. Designer Peter Silling mixed modern art with the hallmarks of traditional furnishings, such as tufting, nail heads, wing back chairs, scroll-arm love seats, and fringed curtains.

1050 31st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

8. The Graham Georgetown

1075 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007

In May, DC's Monticello Hotel was reborn as The Graham, thereby staking its claim—and this is just a guess here—as the only hotel in the country to be inspired by Alexander Graham Bell. The telephone inventor, who lived and worked in the area, surely would have liked the hotel's 3,000-square-foot rooftop bar (offering awesome views of the city), Bulgari bath amenities, and 57 modern, cleanly appointed guest rooms hiding behind the building's Federal-style façade.

1075 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

9. Zero George Street

0 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Eighteen studios and suites have been carved from the original three main and two carriage houses constructed in 1804 at 0 George Street in Charleston, forming Zero George Street, a boutique hotel that opened in January. The hotel has maintained the original floors, millwork, and high ceilings; guest rooms also pay tribute to the site’s local culture and history through motifs such as “British Tirade,” “French Romantic,” and "Yachting Design." Outside, there are private verandas and a lush garden courtyard.

0 George Street
Charleston, SC 29401

10. B2 Miami Downtown

146 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

The b2 Miami Downtown, which wrapped up renovations in April, has joined Downtown Miami's "bonanza of lights," as Curbed Miami puts it, with an illuminated nighttime façade that glows all shades of neon pink and purple. Not that you'd know it on the inside, where 243 guest rooms are bedecked in white and tan and fall into the cutesy categories "Chic," "Captivating," "Stunning," "B Enhanced," and so on. Ah, hotel room names.

146 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

11. The Alexander Hotel

333 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Alexander opened in mid January in downtown Indianapolis, offering 157 guest rooms and 52 extended-stay rooms all adorned with neutral furnishings and pops of color. All the wall art was commissioned from local artists, and the hotel's pitch about having your wedding here is pure poetry: "The Alexander was built to inspire guests with the power of art. But nothing is more powerful than love."

333 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

12. Aloft Chicago City Center

515 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Aloft opened its first location in Chicago proper just last week—there's one at O'Hare, too—with 136 guest rooms billed as "loft inspired"; think nine-foot ceilings, large windows, and wood headboards that double as art. The 180-foot-tall building sports a contemporary glass façade and has been designated a Certified LEED hotel by the U.S. Green Building Council.

515 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Radisson Blu Mall of America

2100 Killebrew Drive, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

There are more then 230 Radisson Blu properties worldwide, but the one that just opened in Bloomington, Minn., is noteworthy for a few reasons. Connected by ski bridge to the Mall of America, the hotel is filled local, Scottish, and graffiti art, thanks to the vision of Scotland-based designer Jim Hamilton—whose glitzy mirrored lobby concept is a work of art in itself. What's more, one of the public spaces has a suite of red midcentury chairs, including the Egg Chair, which Arne Jacobsen created in 1958 for his Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. There's also a meeting room filled with red Jacobsen Swan Chairs.

2100 Killebrew Drive, Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425

14. 21c Museum hotel

200 Northeast A Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

21c Museum Hotel expanded its hybridized hospitality-culture brand to Bentonville, Ark., in February, offering 104 rooms, a 12,000-square-foot contemporary art museum, and a civic center all tucked in a 100-year-old historic bank building downtown. The renovation was completed by NYC-based architect Deborah Berke; much like the brand's other locations, in Cincinnati and Louisville, there's funky art, ultra-modern furniture, and head-turning lighting just about everywhere.

200 Northeast A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

15. Nobu Hotel

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The newly opened Nobu Hotel, the world's first, is a hotel-in-hotel in Caesar's Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. With low-slung furniture that pays tribute to Japanese masters such as George Nakashima, and Asian decor motifs such as cherry blossoms and calligraphy-inspired wall art, the David Rockwell-designed interiors offer a peaceful respite from the gaming insanity going on just outside. [link]

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

16. Palihouse Santa Monica

1001 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

The Palihouse Santa Monica is the newest extension of L.A. hotelier's Avi Brosh's hip brand, and was "established with the conviction that neighborhoods, unique experiences and inspiring places are integral to a life well-traveled," according to the official site. The 36-suite hotel, designed for extended stays, is tucked into a landmarked 1927 building that boasts "Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture." Whimsical wallpaper and upholstery define the interiors.

1001 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

17. Sirtaj Hotel

120 South Reeves Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The Sirtaj, a minuscule new hotel in Beverly Hills—and minuscule means only 32 rooms—bills itself as "modern and sleek with a hint of the East." The warm-toned rooms are designed to be "haven[s] of sleek simplicity with subtle hints of exotic inspiration," with Lavazza espresso machines, mini bars stocked with locally sourced snacks and drinks, and 350-count linens.

120 South Reeves Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

18. The Anza Hotel

23627 Calabasas Road, Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center, Calabasas, CA 91302

After a $6M renovation, the Anza Hotel, formerly the Country Inn & Suites, aims to "blend the style of Los Angeles with the quaintness of Old Town Calabasas," according to a release. Guest rooms average 400 square feet and are bedecked in browns, blues, and tans, creating "an inviting sense of calm and comfort and mindful amenities provide all the comforts of home." Translation: individual foyers with coffee bars, fridges, and "an upscale tile floor."

23627 Calabasas Road, Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center
Calabasas, CA 91302

19. Hotel Zetta

55 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

While early Yelp reviews of Hotel Zetta, in San Francisco's SoMa district, aren't overwhelmingly kind—one guy called the vibe an "an IKEA filled, poorly designed labyrinth of cheap wannabe art and decor"—the hotel, which opened in February, is owned by the seasoned Viceroy Hotel Group, so it's likely it'll settle in and find its rightful place in the city's boutique-hotel scene. Here, guest rooms (there are 116 of them, plus six studios and two suites) are not just guest rooms but rather "urban enclaves," each with a pillow-top mattress and a unique Oriental rug.

55 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

20. Hotel Ballard

5216 Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107

Tufted leather headboard, large, stately furnishings, and sliding doors made from reclaimed wood all contribute to the classic, masculine vibe of Seattle's Hotel Ballard, which opened in early May. The hotel has 29 guest rooms and offers views of the Olympic Mountains and historic Ballard, a hip little neighborhood.

5216 Ballard Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107