A former 10th-century castle turned into a 41-suite boutique hotel, Hotel Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residences is located in the company’s 4,200-acre private estate in Tuscany, within an hour of Florence, Siena and the Chianti and Montalcino wine regions.

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The central-city district near Sanlitun Road is arguably the hippest district in Beijing, and The Opposite House is unarguably the hippest hotel on that busy, buzzy shopping, drinking and clubbing street.

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While it’s not a posh 5-star hotel, Santa Fe’s Inn on the Alameda boasts grace notes that equal or surpass the offerings of most 4-star properties.

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Located in the Presidio’s historic Pershing Hall, previously the post’s bachelor officers’ quarters, Inn at the Presidio aims to provide an authentic experience of the privilege once reserved for the ‘top brass’.

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Located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets in Manhattan, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique hotel in what is labeled as the ‘Nolita’ district. The Nolitan has 55 rooms and is aiming to provide personalized attention and intuitive service.

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Rather than touting the amenities of its hotel interiors, as do most other hotels, boutique-hotel group Affinia Hotels is promoting the rooftop bars, pool decks, and terraces of its properties in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2011.

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After buying and converting a former textile atelier in Istanbul’s popular Nisantasi district into Gallery Residence & Boutique Hotel, Yes Hotels Turkey has bought another textile atelier on the same street and converted it into the Jazz Hotel Istanbul in less than 150 days.

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Long known as a golf and tennis resort in an idyllic setting in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the new Carmel Valley Ranch debuts in the fall of 2010 as an experiential resort.

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