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Los Angeles - Palihotel, a two-storey European-style inn on Melrose Avenue, caters to travellers who prioritize style over space. Its 32 cozy rooms measure no more than 270 square feet and break the classic mould of minimalist brown on beige boutique hotels, with a design palette that features bohemian-rustic furniture, colourful walls and vintage books. Linger over espresso and freshly made panini in Palikitchen, the hotel's main café. Indulge in a Thai massage (the only service offered at the tiny spa) or a pre-dinner freshening up at the blow-dry bar. Palihotel guests also have access to special events at Palihouse, the hotel's more luxurious West Hollywood-based big sister.


Chicago - Ada St. Restaurant and Bar is a laid-back haunt in a nondescript industrial neighbourhood where you can savour good tunes and fine food. Just a 10-minute drive from Lincoln Park, the eclectic menu features steak tartare garnished with quail egg, polenta fries and brioche doughnuts was dreamed up by Chef Zoe Schor (formerly of Bouchon and Craft). Local restaurateurs Michael Kornick and David Morton run Ada St., which also features an extensive selection of craft beers that pair well with house-made pickled vegetables, salumi and farmhouse cheese. If you're in the mood for some dinner music, queue up your selection at the record library.


Atlanta - Pop art plays to an indie soundtrack in 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, a concert and art exhibit at High Museum of Art. Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips's musical score gives audiences a new perspective on the black-and-white silent films that Warhol shot in the mid-1960s – catch a glimpse of a young Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and Edie Sedgewick, among others. After the one-night-only show, you'll also get to tour the museum's Picasso to Warhol exhibition, accompanied by cocktails and DJ-spun music. The concert runs March 31 at 8 p.m.


Panama City - Housed in a 1970s-era apartment block Tantalo hotel brings contemporary style, emerging art and sustainable design to the city's Casco Viejo district. Each of the hotel's 13 rooms bears the mark of a local artist with a custom-made installation (the boldest ones are in graffiti art). While you may feel like you're settling into a swish Soho hotel (with rain-forest showers, large flat-screen TVs and 300-count bed linens), Tantalo's eco-friendly touches like reclaimed floors and room insulation that's made from recycled newspapers and old phone books keep the place grounded. Spend an evening sipping cocktails in the rooftop bar, which boasts 360-degree views of the neighbourhood's colonial architecture and the more distant skyline of the big city.

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