Hotel Preston, Nashville, Tennessee $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Allergic to kitsch? Watch out. This boutique hotel is drenched in over-the-top decor: red leopard-print pony-skin walls, purple lava lamps, and live (!) goldfish in the bedrooms. And management sure enjoys its cutesy double entendres: Until recently a woman wearing nothing but a pink negligee "lived" behind a glass wall in the hotel bar, called—wait for it—Pink Slip. On the other hand, the Preston certainly has more personality than your average Nashville hotel. Quirky amenities include a pillow menu with nine styles from squishy to hard as well as a "Spiritual Menu," offering the Bhagavad Gita, Koran, Torah, and many other books of worship that you don't normally find in the Bible Belt. These selections are delivered to your room, day or night, via the "You Want It, You Got It" button on the in-room phones. Rooms themselves are slightly more understated with soft espresso-colored headboards, handblown glass lamps, and tasteful black-and-white photographs. Though it's in a strange area—located on a dubious-looking side road just yards off Interstate 40 near the airport and several miles from any tourist attraction or non-fast-food restaurants—the consistently low prices make this a popular choice for air travelers or those who don't mind driving a bit to do their sightseeing.