Ashton Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Occupying two venerable, impeccably restored Italianate buildings, one built in 1890 and the other in 1915, this 39-room boutique hotel has a prime site just a block from Sundance Square, the vibrant, nightlife-friendly centerpiece of Fort Worth's downtown revitalization. The recently renovated rooms are luxuriousItalian linens, down duvets, two-person claw-foot whirlpool bathswith an unfussy 1930s style, a good fit with the Ashton's fine collection of paintings by pioneering Fort Worth modernists of the 1930s through 1950s. The Café Ashton is an inviting space that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as offering late-afternoon teatime (which must be arranged for a day in advance).