Nicholas DeRenzo
May 2021
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Surety Hotel

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa The trendsetting Aparium Hotel Group has a knack for pinpointing the next cool city, so take notice when they open a new hotel. Last November, they debuted this 138-room property in the 1913 beaux-arts building that originally housed the Iowa Loan & Trust Company. The hotel takes its name from a type of bond that—we’re not economists here!—basically means they have your back. In that spirit, you’ll feel taken care of at every turn, from the lobby café, where coffee is served in custom ceramic mugs from Alfar Pottery in Ames, to the Mulberry Street Tavern, a modern steakhouse serving killer burgers, wedge salads and French onion soup.

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Bottleworks Hotel

Indianapolis, Indiana

Did you know that Indianapolis was once home to the world’s largest bottling plant, filling two million bottles of Coca-Cola each week in its heyday? Today, that factory has been reimagined as the buzzy Bottleworks District, and it’s anchored by this 139-room hotel, brimming with Art Deco details that might remind you more of Midtown Manhattan than the Midwest. Though the building first opened in 1931, every inch seems to have been designed with future Instagrammers in mind: think a bas-relief fountain over the front entrance, a central light fixture inspired by soda bubbles and Coca-Cola red guest room doors.

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Hotel Carmichael

Carmel, Indiana

This stylish Indy suburb punches well above its weight class culturally, boasting its own performing arts center and Arts and Design District. Now, it’s also home to a polished Autograph Collection hotel with grand detailing—Doric columns, more than 100 chandeliers—inspired by the works of 18th-century Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam. Music and art abound throughout the property, which includes a Steinway & Sons grand piano in the Adagio lounge. This spring, the hotel even debuted its own cabaret venue, a partnership with Michael Feinstein, who owns the renowned 54 Below club in New York and opened The Great American Songbook Foundation in Carmel.

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The Peregrine Omaha Downtown

Omaha, Nebraska

Opened in March, this new member of Hilton’s Curio Collection sits in the shadow of the 478-foot WoodmenLife Tower, Nebraska’s tallest skyscraper. Since 1988, that high-rise has been home to reintroduced peregrine falcons—the world’s fastest animal, with diving speeds of up to 186 miles per hour—and those stealth avian bombers have inspired the decor of their new neighbor. The reimagined 1914 building now features a six-story falcon mural by Omaha-based tattoo artist and painter Dave Koenig, birdcage light fixtures and hanging chairs, falcon-shaped door handles and ornithologically inspired Do Not Disturb signs: “Nesting” on one side, “Flew the Coop” on the other.

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Rand Tower Hotel

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This Art Deco tower was commissioned in 1929 by industrialist Rufus R. Rand, Jr., a World War I aviator and member of the Lafayette Flying Corps. His pioneering spirit lives on in the building’s new 270-room Tribute Portfolio hotel, which opened in December with a slew of aviation-themed touches and a blue-heavy palette that evokes the sky. In the lobby, you’ll find the original sculpture Wings by Oskar J.W. Hansen, an Art Deco sculptor known for his designs on the Hoover Dam. The lobby bar, Whiskey & Soda, takes its name from the two lion cub mascots of Rand’s Air Force unit.

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Lytle Park Hotel

Cincinnati, Ohio

This just-opened member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection occupies two early-20th-century buildings on the edge of Lytle Park, a two-acre oasis tucked among the urban scrum. (Interstate 71 literally passes through tunnels underneath.) While the park springs to life seasonally with tulips and chrysanthemums, that sense of botanical exuberance extends year-round inside the hotel, with potted trees in the sunny atrium and oversized floral prints on carpets and decorative screens. A lemons-and-leaves mural also covers the wall at Italian restaurant Subito, where the house limoncello tastes like a summer on the Amalfi Coast even during a brisk Ohio winter.

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