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TAKAKO and Ha­jime Ko­mamiya’s de­light­ful B & B, Tee’s Inn, is in Kailua on the east­ern wind­ward side of the main Hawai­ian is­land of Oahu. Home­s­tay-style ac­com­mo­da­tion is com­pet­i­tive in this re­gion and Tee’s Inn is the pick of the beachy crop. Two en­suite gue­strooms are sit­u­ated in a wing of an im­mac­u­late bun­ga­low and each has a colour scheme ap­pro­pri­ate to its name: yel­low tones for Plume­ria (frangi­pani) and pinks for Hibis­cus. Ex­tra de­tails in­clude Ja­panese robes and slip­pers and all-day re­fresh­ments (try the de­li­cious os­en­bei crack­ers). Tee’s rear gar­den over­looks Kaelepulu Stream and fish­ing rods are pro­vided. www.teesinn.com. THE French Quar­ter of New Or­leans has char­ac­ter-filled ac­com­mo­da­tion aplenty but Audubon Cot­tages, part of the town­house-style Ho­tel Mai­son de Ville, are a spe­cial treat. Named af­ter John James Audubon, the nat­u­ral­ist and famed painter of birds, the 18th-cen­tury Cre­ole cot­tages are hid­den be­hind a high white wall. Audubon lived here be­tween 1821 and 1830, putting fin­ish­ing touches to his land­mark book, Bird­sofAmer­ica . The cot­tages, built around a court­yard and pool, are dec­o­rated with Audubon prints. Guests have ac­cess to the nearby Ho­tel Mai­son de Ville’s con­sid­er­able fa­cil­i­ties. www.maison­dev­ille.com. MON­MOUTH Plan­ta­tion in Natchez, south­west­ern Mis­sis­sippi, is a Greek re­vival man­sion lord­ing it over an emer­ald es­tate with grass that could well be hand­snipped. Com­pleted in 1818 as a grand plan­ta­tion house and bought by gen­eral John A. Quit­man (who was to be­come gov­er­nor of Mis­sis­sippi) in 1826, the orig­i­nal res­i­dence and out­build­ings, in­clud­ing the sta­bles, have been im­mac­u­lately re­stored. There are 30 gue­strooms and suites re­plete with four­posters, the most af­ford­able of which are in eight white-painted cab­ins with lovely pe­riod decor and rock­ing chairs on their porches. www.mon­mouth­plan­ta­tion.com. GO­ING to bed with a good book takes on a whole new mean­ing at New York’s Li­brary Ho­tel, on the cor­ner of Madi­son Av­enue and 41st Street, where each floor rep­re­sents one of the Dewey dec­i­mal cat­e­gories: sci­ences, lit­er­a­ture, lan­guages, his­tory and so forth. Each gue­stroom also fea­tures shelves of books ap­pro­pri­ate to its floor’s cat­e­gory. The rooftop bar is called Book­marks (de­scribed by Her­bert Ypma of the Hip Ho­tels se­ries fame as ‘‘ a beau­ti­ful space that could dou­ble as Cary Grant’s pen­t­house in a stylish pre­war New York film’’). Walk a cou­ple of blocks west and you’ll come, ap­pro­pri­ately, to the New York Pub­lic Li­brary. www.li­brary­ho­tel.com. NEW York ac­com­mo­da­tion doesn’t get much grander than the Penin­sula, bril­liantly lo­cated for shop­ping blitzes along Fifth Av­enue. If not stay­ing here, at least head for the rooftop bar where the Su­per­man-wor­thy views are ex­tra­or­di­nary. The build­ing was com­pleted in 1902 in the beaux arts style char­ac­ter­is­tic of much of up­town Man­hat­tan. Inside it’s a hi-tech haven, with tele­vi­sions by the bath and space-rocket con­soles be­side the beds. There are 241 rooms, in­clud­ing 55 suites; ser­vice is of the ster­ling level one would ex­pect from the Penin­sula group. www.penin­sula.com. Susan Kuro­sawa

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