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The world's best new hotels

Hundreds of hotels open their doors each year, but how many open your eyes? Travel Leisure's Guide to the best new hotels showcases the newcomers that are redefining service and design -- and even the way we travel.

Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis
Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis
Who could have predicted that the prairielands would be home to a minimalist hotel packed with maximalist art?

Location: Downtown Minneapolis, a short drive from Herzog & de Meuron's Walker Art Center extension and Jean Nouvel's electric-blue Guthrie Theater.

Pedigree: The Midwestern sister of the six-year-old Chambers in New York, with interiors by David Rockwell and a restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Style Design: It's all about the eye-popping contemporary art from the collection of owner Ralph Burnet. There's a Damien Hirst at the front desk, video art in the halls, and original paintings and photographs by up-and-comers in the 60 guest rooms.

Service Amenities: All the perks of a fashionable hotel (24-hour room service from the Vongerichten restaurant, three trendy bars), with arty extras such as a gallery off the lobby and a gift shop specializing in design magazines and artist multiples.

Rooms to Book The loftlike Penthouse Studio rooms have balconies that extend over the sculpture-filled courtyard; in the evening, the courtyard is packed with stylish locals sipping ginger margaritas and milling around the Angus Fairhurst-designed one-armed bronze gorilla.

901 Hennepin Ave.; 877/767-6990 or 612/767-6900; www.chambersminneapolis.com; doubles from $450.

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