Boutique hotels by signature designers are popping up across the country faster than you can say "room service." A few of the latest, from coast to coast: BOSTON The Bulfinch Hotel (107 Merrimac St.; 617/624-0202; www.bulfinchhotel.com; doubles from $169) brought in Campion A. Platt (who designed New York's MercBar and the Park Avalon) to re-create its historic building a few blocks from Beacon Hill. The 80 rooms have leather headboards, white-on-white damask striped sheets, and sleek marble bathrooms—all at an affordable price. NEW YORK Kimpton's first venture in Manhattan, 70 Park Avenue (877/707-2752; www.70parkave.com; doubles from $469), has a pied-à-terre-inspired look—pale stone foyers,mahogany armoires, floor-to-ceiling mirrors—courtesy of the City Club Hotel's Jeffrey Bilhuber. In its Silverleaf Tavern, chef Kevin Reilly (formerly of Union Square Café) puts a contemporary spin on a local classic: a knish stuffed with short ribs.
PALM SPRINGS Jonathan Adler has converted the former Merv Griffin Givenchy Resort & Spa into the Parker Palm Springs (4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/770-5000; www.theparkerpalmsprings.com; doubles from $150). The 144 rooms and villas reflect Adler's quirky sensibility with bamboo-framed leopard-print chairs and bird-themed tapestries.
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