North, south, east, or west, United States or abroad, we’ve got the scoop on several new lodgings you’ll want to check out (and into).

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The James, on happening Rush Street and just steps from Chicago’s shopping mecca, Michigan Avenue, is prewar on the outside and modern chic on the inside. From the platform beds to plasma TVs, it’s everything you’d expect from an upscale boutique hotel — and more. From $250. (877) 526-3755, www.jameshotels.com/chicago




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The first of three Rocco Forte hotels opening in Germany, the Villa Kennedy debuted in Frankfurt in March. From its mosaic tiles and mirrored walls to its timber floors and three-level spa, it ranks no less than five stars. From $336. 011-49-69-7171-20, www.villakennedy.com



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Equally sophisticated is the Pan Pacific Seattle, from renowned hotel designer Hirsch Bedner. Set to open in October (and only the second Pan Pacific outpost in the United States), it anchors a massive new complex comprising restaurants, retail shops, a spa, and a 47,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market. From $395. (206) 264-8111, www.seattle.panpacific.com



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San Francisco is the site of the new Hotel Cielo Rojo. But not that San Francisco. We’re talking about the one 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Adorned with authentic Mexican art and antiques, the hotel oozes old-world charm and, better yet, doesn’t cost a pretty peso. From $60. 011-52-311-258-4155, www.hotelcielorojo.com





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Situated along a stretch of silky white-sand beach in the tropical paradise of Punta Cana in southern Dominican Republic is the Hotel Riu Palace. The 612-room, all-inclusive resort, luxurious in its own right, affords guests access to all of the amenities, facilities, and restaurants of Riu Hotels’ five other area properties. From $198. (809) 687-4242, www.riu.com

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Also laying on the luxury are the Grand Isle Villas in Great Exuma, Bahamas. Its two- and three-bedroom beachfront residences come with creature comforts like a personal concierge and an au pair (the latter for a fee), plus a golf cart for getting around the property. From $960. (888) 472-6310, www.grandislevillas.com