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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From Maine to Milan, we round up the world's most notable overnights

PORTLAND HARBOR HOTEL
Portland, Maine

WHAT’S NEW: Five years after it opened in 2002, this tony Colonial Revival property had its first face-lift, which added luxury suites and revamped the restaurant, bar and lobby. The push-pull between tradition and modernity continued last summer, with the interior being repainted, recarpeted and partially reimagined.

AMAZING AMENITY: The four-diamond establishment boasts two dedicated and attentive Les Clefs d’Or concierges to help make the most of your stay, while a hotel town car will whisk you in style to the local destination of your choice (for hardier types, bike rentals are available— helmets included, of course).

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Of the six high-end suites here, the Executive King takes the cake. Besides the double-sided fireplace and Jacuzzi, the major attraction may be the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which let you look out over the bustling red-brick clutter of the Old Port and the Arts District.

HOT PLATE: Happy hour at Eve’s at the Garden, the hotel’s lush terrace eatery, offers a strong selection of bar bites. But since this is Maine, opt for the delectable mini lobster rolls—pair them with a couple of classic gin martinis, and lose yourself in the sounds of wheeling gulls and distant boat horns.

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