Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
Davenport, Iowa: Hotel Blackhawk
A symbol of elegance during the Roaring '20s, this Mississippi Riverfront boutique hotel reopened in December 2010 after a massive renovation that added a touch of both the classic and the contemporary.
A fire pit, cobblestone driveway, doormen and piano player welcome guests to the 11-story downtown property, where luxurious touches (including pillow-top mattresses, glass-walled showers and TVs in the bathroom mirrors) compete with the best hotels in the region. From $149 (563/322-5000; hotelblackhawk.com).