BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE
Bigger might be better in bank accounts, baubles, and boats. But in hotels, small rules. Three new notables reign:

SAN ANTONIO: RIVERWALK VISTA
(866) 898-4782, www.riverwalkvista.com
Built as a store in 1883, the 17-room Riverwalk Vista immerses guests in historic San Antone. Ten-foot-tall windows, exposed limestone walls, and pine floors outfit the interior of the inn just across the street from the Riverwalk and Alamo Plaza. From $150.

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: THE GREENPORTER HOTEL & SPA
(631) 477-0066, www.thegreenporter.com
Wendy Evans Joseph, formerly with I.M. Pei, designed this modern masterpiece on the North Fork of Long Island. Fifteen upscale rooms provide access to a swimming pool, in-house French bistro, and wine bar. From $145.

GARGNANO, ITALY: VILLA FELTRINELLI
011-39-0365-79-80-00, www.villafeltrinelli.com
After opening the luxury Regent International Hotels in Asia and beyond, hotelier Robert H. Burns has turned an 1892 estate on the shores of Lago di Garda into this 20-room resort with the feel of a grand family home. From $400.