Imagine dropping into Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole: this is the sleek, textured, and tchotke-filled lobby of the SLS from design maestro Philippe Starck. Hotel guests enter into the edgy Tres Lounge, which encourages socializing with its fireplaces, hidden nooks, and a communal table for cocktails and dining. Visual stimulation ranges from the succulents garden in oversize pots and white leather couches out front to the elevators backed with oversize portraits. Rooms
have crisp, fine linens, and high-tech sound and video systems built into the mirrors. There's atmosphere, photo-ready spots (the rooftop pool is a scene), and dining by celebrated Spanish chef José Andrés. Forward-thinking amenities abound: gym equipment is stellar, each room has a fully stocked bar, and the Ciel spa feels like a dreamy lounge.