Eõ Inn & Spa, Orlando, Florida $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The antithesis of a theme park hotel, the Eõ Inn & Spa in downtown Orlando is low on frills. The former hostel was reborn as a hotel in 1999, but the only hints of the dorm days are the individual AC units in each room. The 17 rooms are simply decorated in a gray-and–sage green color scheme accented by black-and-white photographs of Central Florida scenes by Orlando photographer Ben Van Hook. King rooms on the corners of the chocolate-brown building have large bathrooms with sunken tubs and desk space fronting windows that overlook Lake Eola, while rooms on the south side share a wide balcony with curtains as privacy dividers. (The hotel draws mainly business travelers, not theme park–bound families, so only one room has two beds.) The "spa" in the name refers to four treatment rooms for massages and facials. Other perks include a large hot tub on the rooftop terrace and free WiFi and off-street parking. Not that you will need your car that much—the boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants in the stylish Thornton Park neighborhood are right out the door.—Terry Ward
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