By far the city’s choicest digs—favored by country music stars since 1910—with a stained-glass ceiling, marble columns, and gilded plasterwork. The 122-room property— whose famous guests have included Greta Garbo and Al Capone—celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, but a $20 million overhaul in 2003 has kept it up to date. These days, chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille plants a vegetable patch, tends beehives, and raises a small herd of heritage breed cattle five miles away. By special arrangement, hotel guests can also volunteer to toil the soil before dining on Brown’s seasonal menu.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.