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Hotel Andra

"With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us …" Twenty years ago, when Nirvana sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," suddenly grunge became coveted and seattle slang for cool.

Lest anyone think Seattle has lost its hold on the term, here are three hotels that have recently given notice that the city is still a scene to be reckoned with — minus the grunge.

Hotel ändra, from $179
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Hotel Max
There’s a certain skill to understanding sleek, modern design; it’s in the DNA of Scandinavians — and on full display at the Hotel Ändra. Throw in the can’t-beat-it location (in the core of the downtown throb, a short walk to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle) and killer unpretentious service, and you’ve got a good place to spend the night. (877) 448-8600, www.hotelandra.com

Hotel Max, from $149
Exhaling the kind of vibe-y creativity the black-clad and slack-tie set dig, original art can be found on every floor and unique photographs canvas guest-room doors. Quirky touches (a spiritual pillow) and high-tech amenities for making deals, recording or otherwise, make it a natural for would-be Tommy Mottolas and others who are “with the band.” (206) 728-6299, www.hotelmaxseattle.com
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Vintage Park Hotel
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Vintage Park Hotel, from $149
This is the hotel for Washington wine aficionados. Every room is dedicated to a local winery and has a palette that’s decidedly skewed toward grape. That coupled with a nightly (free!) wine hour where local wines are poured and paired with bites from the hotel’s well-reviewed Italian restaurant, Tulio, calls for a toast. (206) 624-8000, www.hotelvintagepark.com