by By Hunter R. Slaton | May 01, 2009

0509OT LiasonCapitol idea. The stylish Liaison, a one-year-old, 343-room Affinia hotel on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill, is a great choice for art lovers (contemporary works abound) and those who want to stroll to must-sees like the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol.






0509OT EncoreOnly in Vegas. One of the gaming mecca's newest properties, the 2,034-suite Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, opened last December. A theme of indoor/outdoor space predominates: Each 700-square-foot suite has one full window wall, while the casino floor is lit by natural light. Sinatra's, one of five F&B outlets, is the first restaurant concept by the Sinatra family.







0509OT SmythBig Apple boutique. Thompson Hotels' cozy new Smyth fits right in with the sophisticated vibe of New York City's posh Tribeca district. Each of its 100 rooms comes with amenities like Kiehl's bath products, Sferra linens and nibbles from Dean & DeLuca and Zabar's.










0509OT Ave Sky LoungeChicago Sojourn. One block off Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile, is the year-old Avenue Hotel, with 200 standard guest rooms and 150 suites. Enjoy a pint at the hotel's ground-floor Elephant & Castle pub, or marvel at the Windy City's stunning skyline from the 40th-floor Sky Lounge restaurant.