A great place to stay in an up-and-coming neighborhood.
Hotel Giraffe is far more chic and fun than most nearby lodgings. The lobby, which in most hotels usually functions as nothing more than a place to check in, is used to full effect here: soft, leather couches are inviting, and the fifteen-foot ceiling sets the stage for the centerpiece --- a baby grand piano. While guests get all the usual amenities that upscale boutique hotels offer (great service, complimentary breakfast, bathrobes, CD players, high-speed Internet access, high-end bath products), Giraffe takes it a step further. Most rooms boast Juliet balconies and retro-cool furniture evoking the 1920s. Along with a generous complimentary continental breakfast served each morning, the hotel offers a weeknight hosted wine and cheese reception with live piano accompaniment. Underneath the hotel is the restaurant Bread & Tulips, which serves rustic Italian cuisine.