Renaissance Arts Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The 217-room Renaissance—not your typical entry from this business-oriented chain—sums up the aspirations of the rapidly developing Warehouse District. Located in a 1910 storage depot, the hotel is filled with modern and contemporary artwork selected by Arthur Roger, a luminary on the local gallery scene. The lobby is dominated by blown-glass chandeliers from Seattle's Dale Chihuly and a haunting cast-glass wall from local artist Mitchell Gaudet, whose pieces also adorn the rooms. The enclosed atrium is a sculpture garden, with works by the late Ida Kohlmeyer and New Orleans's John Scott (whose studio was wrecked by the storm). The rooms are enlivened by modern paintings and bright candy-striped headboards. Standard kings are spacious enough to accommodate a reading chair and ottoman, plus a separate desk area with an Aeron chair—a bonus for fussy road warriors.
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