THE MARITIME HOTEL
New York, New York
The location places you on the edge of the thriving nightlife of the Meatpacking District. It's a hot spot even in winter, but come springtime the Maritime's terrace is one of lower Manhattan's hottest tickets.
The latest from the prolific Loh Lik Peng is, as usual, about twice as fun as you'd expect a Singapore hotel to be. The neighborhood, Little India, is authentically funky, and the French bistro packs them in.
HOTEL SAN JOSE
When in Austin, South Congress Avenue is the place to be, and this converted motor lodge is perfectly placed — the coffee bar gets busy early, and the courtyard lounge serves the locals late into the night.
HOTEL SANTA TERESA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ipanema and Copacabana may be more famous, but the newly revitalized Santa Teresa is the heart of bohemian Rio. Savor the views, cocktail in hand, and mingle with the city's most interesting crowd.
The Quote is a hotel with something to prove: namely, that Taiwan is a bona fide world capital. A look at the pan-global crowd in the 333 Restaurant & Bar will likely convince you they've got a point.
25HOURS TAILORED BY LEVI'S
The German boutique brand partners with the venerable American denim house to create a hip hotel for the ages, with a funky vintage aesthetic that makes it a favorite of Frankfurt's creative class.
Mexico City, Mexico
La Condesa is perhaps Mexico City's most stylish enclave, and Condesa DF is as urbane as they come. The courtyard patio serves inventive "Jap-Mex" cuisine, and the triangular roof terrace is like nothing else in town.
Vancouver, British Columbia
This stylish boutique hotel in Vancouver's happening Yaletown is a hit — the Opus Bar has been packed since day one, and the pop-up restaurant 100 Days, with its '70s glam-rock theme, was such a success it's been held over for a further 100 Nights.
ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB
Palm Springs, California
The second half of the name isn't merely ornamental. The two pools do quite a bit of business, given the high-desert heat, and the atmosphere is clubby throughout, not just poolside but in the restaurant and bar as well.
Here "establishment" never means old-fashioned — the Establishment is Sydney's boutique to beat, and its nightclub, lounge and 150-foot-long cocktail bar don't exactly bode well for the competition's chances.