This inn wasn't named Castle Marne by accident. Architect William Lang crafted this true castle a mile east of downtown out of lava stone in 1889 and it remains one of the most distinctive addresses in the entire city. The more you look, the more details jump out at you, from the pagan Green Man carved into the mantel to the stained-glass Peacock Window strutting its stuff on the second floor. A real-estate bust in the 1980s led to the castle's abandonment, until the Peiker family lovingly breathed life into it as a B&B in 1988. A quarter-century later, Castle Marne is one of the best inns in the city, with a nice variety of antique-furnished rooms, and a remarkable study in preservation and restoration.
- Frommer's Staff