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Old Town Debut

Hotel AKA Alexandria, the first U.S. hotel designed by Piero Lissoni, has opened in Old Town. A dark steel floating staircase—a signature of the Italian architect—makes a statement in the lobby of the minimalist,180-room property. Public spaces are graced by thought-provoking artwork, including Mamacloud (above), a dramatic light installation by Frank Gehry that hangs over the bar in the lounge. A guest room (left) is appointed with a custom bed, a Living Divani chaise and a Porro side chair—all designed by Lissoni. Outdoors, travelers can gather around multiple fire pits or relax in the Zen Garden. Rates from $295. 625 First Street; stayaka.com

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