Young culture vultures are tripping over themselves to get a room at this boutique hotel—the name's a reference to Proust—to bask in its dramatic and quirky interior design. The under-40 crowd like the sex appeal of the glass showers, Bella Pella toiletries, grass-like rugs, recycled lamps, and free phone calls within North America. Custom furniture made of wood, steel, and snakeskin make great conversation pieces while guests sip chai during breakfast. Rooms have
big safes that can accommodate laptops.