Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, the Nines hotel has debuted in a 1908 building that once housed a famed department store. Today, the 331-room Starwood property is fresh from a major renovation that preserved its architectural heritage while introducing a number of eco-conscious initiatives; Silver LEED certification is pending. The seven-story atrium lobby is bathed in natural light. Rates from $249. www.thenines.com.
Kimpton Hotels recently unveiled the chic new Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria. Noted interior designer Vicente Wolf has created modern interiors that respect the city’s historic charm. Bathrooms juxtapose contemporary vanities in gray stone with elegant claw-foot tubs. The Lorien is also home to the restaurant BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier. Rates from $269, with weekend specials available. www.lorienhotelandspa.com.
The historic Carolina hotel at North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort has just put the finishing touches on a new presidential suite. Designed by Gary Inman of Glavé & Holmes Associates in Richmond to reflect the hotel’s provenance, the 1,700-square-foot retreat boasts a bedroom that opens to an octagonal study. Rates from $1,200, including breakfast and dinner. www.pinehurst.com.
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