Flashy, design-driven hotels take the ho-hum out of business travel. Consider these newcomers:

WASHINGTON, D.C.: At the Hotel Madera, martini shakers and CD collections lend residential style to guest quarters. Themed suites include the Cardio Room (with treadmill), the Flash Room (with computer), and the Screening Room (stocked with DVDs). From $189. (800) 368-5691, www.hotelmadera.com

SAN DIEGO: The W SAN DIEGO celebrates the shore in the city, installing window seats and pillowy beds in sea-blue rooms. Dig your toes in the heated sand of the rooftop Beach bar, replete with fire pit and outdoor movies. From $189. (619) 231-8220, www.whotels.com

SAN ANTONIO: Water taxis depart near the new riverside
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. Bellmen check you in via wireless remote and the entire hotel is equipped for wireless Internet access, even over a round of drinks in the sleek V Bar. From $250. (866) 842-0100, www.hotelvalencia.com