by Jonathan Vatner | October 01, 2004

A room at the Hotel Victor" Hotel Victor (right) in South Beach, Fla., designed by Jacques Garcia, opens this month. The 91-room retreat features a spa with an ornate Turkish bath, and colorful rooms with oversize terraces and marbled bathrooms. (305) 428-1234;

" Kimpton Hotels & Resorts’ first New York City property, the 205-room 70 Park Avenue Hotel, debuted in July near Grand Central Station. The style focuses on comfort over glitz, with a hefty dose of in-room technology. (212) 973-2400;

" “It” hotelier Vikram Chatwal combined the talents of David LaChapelle and Deepak Chopra to create the 228-room Dream, a New York City oasis complete with recording studio and wellness spa. The hotel’s transcendent public and private spaces are designed with concrete, glass and water. (212) 247-2000;