As the Radisson Miyako, this efficient Japantown hotel was a favourite of Japanese business travellers. Its new incarnation, unveiled in late 2007, should appeal to both eastern and western sensibilities, with its sophisticated, modern Japanese design and plush American comforts. (For a budget, postmod version, inspired by the Japanese comic book art of anime, stay at the nearby Best Western Hotel Tomo, also managed by Joie de Vivre). The rooms include 26in flat-panel TVs, iPod docking stations, and new marble and tile baths (some with Japanese-style soaking tubs). Other oriental touches: Asian tea kettles in the rooms, traditional welcome tea service and Japanese cultural programmes. Overlooking the Peace Pagoda, the Miyako is just steps from dozens of sushi restaurants, shops and a Japanese bathhouse (hotel guests receive a free pass).