The classic facade of this handsome 1884 Italianate in the architecturally rich Western Promenade area gives no hint of the splashy, modern surprises within. The large common spaces have who-would-have-thunk-it combinations like bright faux marble walls, a painted checkerboard floor, and a leopard-print runner; most of the guest rooms are hand-painted with fun florals, bird motifs, and even gold pom-pom balls. The inn feels like a gallery, with almost every available surface
covered by contemporary art. Somehow it all comes together, creating a whimsical, outrageous, and wonderful effect.