Windsor Court Hotel
The 316-room Windsor Court is sitting pretty after a $22 million restoration that added a distinctly French allure to the classic English-inspired property. Jazz bands still serenade crowds in the elegant Polo Club Lounge, and museum-worthy sculptures, paintings, and tapestries line the lobby and halls. Take an aperitif before you head to the sophisticated surrounds of the Grill Room, or spend a refined afternoon taking one of the few English-style high teas available in the city. Guest rooms (80% are suites) are appointed with Italian marble bathtubs and modern touches such as iPod docking stations, and the higher floors have wonderful views over downtown and the Mississippi River.