The Westin's imposing 19th-century façade (the building was once a bank) suggests an interior of traditional grandeur and exclusivity, and happily, the reality does not disappoint. The elegant reception area is all marble columns and exquisite plasterwork; a hall of mirrors lines the Westmoreland Street entrance. Rooms are decorated in mahogany and neutral shades, with comfortable beds, soft linen and modern dataports; many have sweeping views of the city. The hotel's bar, the Mint (not to be confused with Mint, the much-discussed restaurant in Ranelagh), is located in the old vaults. Well worth a splurge.