Loft 523, New Orleans, Louisiana $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
An unmarked entrance hints at the speakeasy vibe of this über-contemporary 18-room gem located a couple of blocks from Canal Street. The rooms are studies in sophisticated minimalism—concrete floors, neutral color palettes, low-slung couches—with plenty of room to lounge about or surf the Web (there's free hotel-wide Wi-Fi). The spacious and well-appointed bathrooms have smooth soapstone showers, stylish soaking tubs, and Aveda toiletries. Sister hotel the International House (located a block away) has fitness facilities and provides Loft's room service, but you won't have to go far for nightlife. Crowds pack the subterranean bar/lounge, where the decidedly urbane vibe is tempered by exposed brick and a worn wooden dance floor.