These worth-the-splurge newcomers will keep you comfortable.
With New Orleans’ Maison Orleans, The Ritz-Carlton gets into the boutique act, managing 75 guest rooms and a series of public salons trimmed in Old World antique-and-brocade style. On-request valets will draw baths with colognes favored by Napoleon himself. From $385. (504) 670-2900, www.maisonorleans.com
Equidistant from Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center, the fresh Four Seasons San Francisco appeals to both business travelers (there’s a laptop-friendly room service menu) and leisure crowds (a 100,000-square-foot Sports Club/LA San Francisco) with 277 generous rooms in the Yerba Buena Gardens. From $339. (415) 633-3000, www.fourseasons.com
Not to be outdone, the new 193-room Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common also claims a Sports Club/LA, as well as 19 movie screens and views overlooking the nation’s oldest public park, Boston Common, all within walking distance of the theater and financial districts. From $495. (617) 574-7100, www.ritzcarlton.com