DONOVAN HOUSE DC
Now that the Obamas have moved into the White House, everyone is clamoring to visit our nation’s capital. Check into the luxe Donovan House for the perfect blend of style and substance. Managed by Thompson Hotels (of 60 Thompson fame), Donovan House is cool without sacrificing comfort. Studio Gaia designed the 193 rooms, which feature custom hanging egg chairs, teakwood, limestone, and a vibrant deep-green and purple color scheme. Don’t miss dinner at celebrity chef Todd English’s newest restaurant, CHA, or cocktails under the stars at the ADC (“Above DC”) rooftop bar, with its fireplace, heated pool, and stunning views. April also marks the month that the cherry blossoms bloom in DC, so prepare to be blown away by the flora. Donovan House, 1155 14th Street, Washington, DC, 202-737- 1200; thompsonhotels.com.
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
Beverly Hills is known for its glitz, so it comes as no surprise that the hotels in this upscale neighborhood are equally opulent. One perfect example: the 201-room Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, a tribute to old Hollywood glamour (think Mediterranean influences in hues of gold, salmon, coral, and cream) decked out with original set drawings and costume designs from the great movies of the 1930s. There are three restaurants to choose from (as well as a lobby lounge for cocktails), and the 20,000-square-foot Montage Spa, with its co-ed mineral pool and herbal steam rooms, is a treat. Or enjoy a quiet moment in the European garden, with its verdant landscaping and three fountains. No doubt—this is the hotel of choice for moguls who know how to turn off their BlackBerries. Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-860-7800; montagebeverlyhills.com.
Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the 339-room Peninsula Chicago is surrounded by the city’s most spectacular shopping and dining outlets. Guests can explore the boutiques, jazz clubs, and museums, or enjoy the views of Lake Michigan. But then, why even leave the hotel, with its two tantalizing restaurants (Avenues and Shanghai Terrace) and sumptuous guest rooms? The 15,000-square-foot Peninsula Spa by Espa makes even a business trip feel like a vacation, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a sundeck, 25-meter pool, fitness center, and full range of body and beauty treatments. Peninsula Chicago, 108 East Superior Street, Chicago, 312-337-2888; peninsula.com.