Do you travel for the scene? To find peace and quiet? Or perhaps to party with indie rock stars? Don't get stuck at the wrong retreat. Whether you're happiest in tailored threads or sporting boho dreads, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have lined up four hot hotels to suit your style.
Dapper Don in NYC> Smyth Tribeca
Say pleats and thank you: this Manhattan Smyth channels a bygone era when there were pinstripes on every pant leg and a martini in every glass. Styled with '60s sophistication, this Tribeca escape is like an elite boys' clubhouse, complete with retro clocks, a display of vintage robots and a low-key lobby bar that?s perfect for work or play. In the rooms, leather-lined walls and mod furniture rival the eye-widening city views. When it?s time to let loose, retreat to the sultry red Toro Lounge for nightcaps beneath mounted bulls' horns.
85 West Broadway, New York, NY; doubles from $299
The Playboy in Waikiki> Modern Honolulu
Like an ultra-exclusive nightclub that just so happens to be on the beach, this Ian Schrager-designed hotel brings a whole new level of hip to Honolulu. Instead of bold Hawaiian shirts and swaying palms, Modern has whitewashed oceanfront suites and a display of fragmented surfboards (broken in competitions on Oahu's North Shore by Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and other wave-hunters). Lounge by day at the adults-only Sunset Pool, which has a laid-back bar and man-made sandy beach. By evening, the lobby bookcase swivels to reveal a hidden bar, and Morimoto, the hottest restaurant on the island, fills with the tanned and glam.
1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI; doubles from $199
The Auteur in LA> The Charlie
Planning to pen a future Oscar winner? Bed down in a cosy, English-style cottage at this West Hollywood enclave, where silver screen icons including Clark Gable, Bette Davis and namesake Charlie Chaplin once sought inspiration. Writing something racy? Opt for the Marilyn, where the buxom blonde hid away from the cameras. The private patio, set in flower-filled gardens, is ideal for soaking up the SoCal sunshine.
819 North Sweetzer Avenue, West Hollywood, CA; doubles from $400
The Hipster in Toronto> The Drake
Start grooming your mustache in preparation for the edgy cool of this Toronto temptress, beloved of the creative set. Rooms, called Crash Pads and Dens, feature exposed brick, custom millwork, memorable minibars, photographs of garage bands and, to top it all off, a resident handmade sock doll. To get you in the mood, the little leather "pleasures menu" includes massage oils, velvet cuffs, videos and other naughty accessories. There's little reason to go outside: the Underground club hosts a packed roster of indie it-bands, and the hotel's contemporary art exhibitions rival what you?ll see at most top-tier galleries.
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario; doubles from $190