A stone's throw from West Lake, this high-end hotel sits in a lively neighborhood of restaurants, bars, and shops. Gauzy curtains and grand columns divide the distinctive lobby, distinguished by a gold-and-black mural of the city's landmarks. The rooms—most of which have lake views—are thoughtfully designed, with sleek desks, a contemporary beige palette, and nice big bathrooms. A Roman-style pool overcomes its drab basement location, and there is a lovely terrace
on the sixth floor with views of the lake. The hotel is a block north of Orioles Singing in the Willows.