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Dec 22, 2011

Best of 2012: Hotels

We love having out of town guests pop in for a visit. But what we love even more is when they stay in someone else's guest room - and we know how much you agree. The votes have been tallied and here's a sneak peek at some of your picks for Best Hotel for Friends (So They Don’t Stay at Your Place).

(Find the full list of who made the cut in our “Best of” reviews of restaurants, spas, and everything else you need to get through 2012 in next month's issue of UPTOWN.)

ATLANTA: LOEWS ATLANTA

Loews’s midtown location is ideal for vacationing pals. Check out arts at the High Museum, nature at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, great food at Oceanaire or the newly opened STK, and wild fun at Vanquish or Reign—all without a car. Plus the nearby MARTA goes straight to the airport. 1065 Peachtree Street NE. 404.745.5000. loewshotels.com

CHICAGO: THE WIT

The name says it all. The Wit, nestled in The Loop, is perfect for out-of-town guests looking to experience the city in a cool and hip setting. Known for plush rooms at a reasonable rate and one of the best rooftop bars in the city, we’re confident your guest bedroom won’t be used anytime soon. 201 N. State St. 312.467.0200. thewithotel.com

NEW YORK: THE SURREY HOTEL

Once a residence hotel that housed cultural icons such as JFK and Bette Davis, this Upper East Side gem’s recent renovation only sweetened what was already wondrous. Its rooms (salons, suites and the presidential suite) are the epitome of comfort, the private rooftop garden is a sanctuary and the restaurant Café Boulud is divine. 20 E. 76th Street. 212.905.1477. thesurrey.com

WASHINGTON D.C.: DONOVAN HOUSE

It doesn’t get any sexier than this modern getaway. Guests are treated to uncommon luxury the moment they enter the chic lobby, and the rooms are plush enough that they’ll never want to leave. Drop in for a drink at the rooftop lounge, or enjoy amazing modern Asian cuisine at Zentan, the on-site restaurant. 1155 14th St. N.W. 202.737.1200. thompsonhotels.com

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