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Best Night's Sleep: Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
If curiosity is what moves us at Martha Stewart Living, it stands to reason that our editors love to travel. We've compiled a short list of the hotels we've fallen in love with during our trips around the country. These hotels stood out to our editors for their exquisite attention to detail and hearty craftsmanship.
This hotel is designed to make you forget you’re in the middle of the city. Rooms are modern yet incredibly comfortable, are perfectly soundproofed, and have Rivolta Carmignani Italian bedding that begs you to sleep in and then order room service.
From $395 per night, cwaldorfastoria3.hilton.com.
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Best Renovation: Sunset Tower, Los Angeles
Interior designer Paul Fortune masterfully channeled this hotel’s Art Deco roots and long Hollywood history without creating a time capsule. Rooms are decorated in a warm, unexpected palette of lavender and brown, with brass deco-inspired fixtures. For its people-watching and old-school menu, the Tower bar and restaurant is worth the trip in itself.
From $325 per night, sunsettowerhotel.com.
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Best Amenities: Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin, Texas
Turntables in every room and a library of vintage vinyl in the lobby. Minibars stocked with European candy and Russian caviar. A carafe of locally sourced rainwater at turndown. Every detail at this chic hotel by designer Liz Lambert is carefully considered and a little quirky.
From $295 per night, hotelsaintcecilia.com.
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Best Craftsmanship: Rolling Huts, Winthrop, Washington
They’re the modern equivalent to the log cabin: six steel-and-plywood structures by Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig. Each offers modular furnishings, sleeps up to four, and has a wall of glass to take in the views of the mountains -- which are snowy or strewn with wildflowers, depending on the season.
$135 per night, rollinghuts.com.
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Best Palette: The Wheatleigh, Lenox, Massachusetts
There is nothing standard-issue about this 19-room country house hotel in the Berkshires. Decorated by Calvin Tsao, it combines the character of a private estate with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Furnishings seem handpicked, and the muted paint and fabric colors are elegant and inspired.
From $715 per night, wheatleigh.com.
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Best Views: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Accommodations blend into the forest landscape (sod roofs complete the camouflage) and are situated to maximize the mountain and ocean vistas. Every room has a stone soaking tub surrounded by glass walls that open.
From $675 per night, postranchinn.com.
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Best Craftsmanship: The Inn at Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
For Shakers, quality craftsmanship was nothing short of a religious calling. At this preserved 19th-century village, you can live among reproduction Shaker beds, rocking chairs, and pegboards (and even take some home from the on-site shop).
From $100 per night, shakervillageky.org.
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Best Antiquing Home Base: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Round Top, Texas
Designer Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame fell so in love with Round Top, the site of a quadrennial antiques market, she opened a hotel there. The two cottages and two houses are decorated in her trademark style -- vintage furnishings, chandeliers, and lots of chintz.
From $200 per night, theprairiebyrachelashwell.com.
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Best Collections: Washington School House, Park City, Utah
Chalkboards and kids' desks have given way to bergere chairs and claw-foot tubs in this landmark 1889 schoolhouse-turned-boutique hotel near the ski slopes of Park City. Each of the 12 rooms in the new property is decorated in an interesting mix of French and Swedish antiques.
From $395 per night, washingtonschoolhouse.com.
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Best Porch: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
The 660-foot-long porch, lined with rocking chairs and thousands of flowers and overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, sets the tone for this 1887 hotel. Designed by Carleton Varney (a protege of Dorothy Draper), its colorful, opulent interiors still live up to the hotel's name.
From $254 per night, grandhotel.com.
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Best Craftsmanship: Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona
This 1929 hotel is full of geometric details influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked as a consultant with designer Albert Chase McArthur. The amount of gold leafing in the lobby, the Aztec Ballroom, and the Gold Room, was second only to that of the Taj Mahal when it debuted. Originally open to guests by invitation only, the hotel retains its air of exclusivity and grandeur.
From $109 per night, arizonabiltmore.com.