Chicago, IL: Boutique, green, and fairly priced
The Talbott Hotel in Chicago seems to take its cue from the city itself. Chicago is in a bright phase (its crime problem notwithstanding), having come through its Bilandic and Jane Byrne years and blossomed into a buzzing, world-class city.
Much the same could be said of this hotel, built in 1927 and gussied up recently to qualify into the Small Luxury Hotels of the World association. Near Michigan Avenue, its rooms are comfortably furnished and, depending on the time of year, start at $209. That makes it something of a steal.
One other thing of note about the Talbott. They were one of the first hotels in the country to be Green Seal-certified. They've made a real commitment to sustainability (detailed here) and we applaud those efforts.