Until recently, checking into an American hotel was a trip to the land of conformity. Except for some regionally inspired resorts and some historic renovations, interiors showed little individuality. Once inside, a guest could be in any hotel, anywhere in the country. Even luxury hotel design, while elegant, was typically . . . traditional. Some properties have broken the mold by integrating elements such as color and artwork to imbue a sense of place; others go completely outside the box ...

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