Escaping Holiday Inns (and Other Chains)
In my ongoing search for lodging that is above the ordinary, I recently discovered Provenance Hotels, a group that offers just the kind of creative off-beat properties I like. All of the group's four properties (and a new one opening soon) are unique. The hotel deluxe, located in Portland, Ore., has a classic glamour film theme. All the decor -- from a wall with an oversized portrait of Jimmy Stewart to a whole floor devoted to Hitchhock -- is celluloid-oriented. The Hotel Lucia, also in Portland, is decorated with pictures by David Hume Kennerly, the former White House photographer. The Hotel Rex, in Seattle, features a whole floor of photos of grunge performers. At the zany Hotel Preston in Nashville, guests can borrow a goldfish bowl complete with fish to keep in the room during their stay. A new property, the Murano, set to open this fall in Tacoma, will be adorned with works by glass artists from all over the world.
Has anybody else out there discovered offbeat or novel hotels or hotel groups they can recommend?
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