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This beautiful hotel rescued an architecturally distinct late-19th-century building from an ignominious fate as a parking garage. All that was left of the original was the carved limestone facade, but the boutique hotel constructed inside that shell is perhaps more glamorous than the original structure. All the rooms have soaring ceilings, and many are equipped with decorative marble fireplaces. Plush carpeting underfoot coordinates with upholstered furniture. While decor varies from room to room, many have canopy or four-poster beds—or beds set into alcoves framed by columns. The designer bathrooms are some of the best we have seen in any hotel, and include contemporary marble shower areas as well as deep free-standing soaking tubs. The hotel has no meeting rooms, and hence deals almost entirely with guests on vacation. There’s a definite Old World grace about the hotel—front desk staff wear frock coats, for example—yet it is comfortable, low-key, and very warm and inviting.