Editors' Picks: Rooms We Adore
Happily, every now and then we hit the jackpot, as far as lodgings go. These top choices (from three writers with very different personalities) feature a little something extra. Whether it’s a rooftop restaurant in Louisville, snazzy digs in Houston, or a luxurious oasis in Chapel Hill, we think you’ll love these picks as much as we do.
And back to that killer view, I discovered I can achieve another rooftop scenic from the other tower. Here, Club 360―the health and fitness center―affords exercisers the same blimp-high sights. But I believe I’ll stick with the restaurant; there’s no candy cart in the health club.
Galt House Hotel: 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202; www.galthouse.com or (502) 589-5200. Rates: Start at $95.
The 11th floor boasts the Concept Suites. My fave: “Houston We Have a Problem” comes with a real space suit, a telescope, and stars on the ceiling. Another top pick of mine is the “Rock Star” Magnificent Seven Suite on the 12th floor. Step on your private elevator to get to this killer 2,160-square-foot place, where double-height windows, wraparound views of downtown, and walls lined with classic albums seduce.
The Warwick ranked as one of the most glam lodging spots in H-town when it opened in 1926. When it closed, people were devastated. Then ZaZa took over, style moved in, and that’s been the talk ever since.
Hotel ZaZa: 5701 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005; www.hotelzaza.com or (713) 526-1991. Rates: start at $199.
Luxury encompasses more than location though. Perhaps we are swayed by the cushy, swaddling beds. Maybe we are wooed by ordering a Hungarian goose down pillow from the pillow menu or finding exclusive chocolates after turndown. Even the sea spray wall color offers a soothing hue.
“There are no early checkouts here,” says general manager Michael Donaldson. We believe him. It’s not a rule; it’s a fact. We didn’t want to leave either.
The Franklin Hotel: 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; www.franklinhotelnc.com or 1-866-831-5999. Rates: start at $159.