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3 California hotels among Gayot's 10 best new hotels of 2014

3 California hotels among Gayot's 10 best new hotels of 2014
Murals on the interior walls of the United Artists Theater inside the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The quirky Wayfarer hostel in Santa Barbara and much acclaimed Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles have been cited as two of Gayot's 10 top new hotels in the U.S., according to the guide's website.

Gayot took stock of newcomers in 2014 and ranked those worthy of a tryout. The boutique Kinzie Hotel in Chicago takes the top spot for its location and Chicago map murals on the guestroom walls, according to Gayot's website.

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Five of the 10 are in the West, and the New York City area and Florida claim two each.

The Wayfarer is the guide's budget pick for 2014. You can get a private or dorm-style room with "free breakfast, a terrific pool and a community kitchen worthy of the most discerning gourmet chef," Gayot says.

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It's pretty hard to beat the sheer beauty of the 1927 United Artists building that Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles took over. The ornate theater, the Chapter restaurant and the rooftop pool put the hotel at No. 3. (Gayout liked the in-room acoustic Martin guitars too.)

Here's Gayot's list of newcomers:

1. Kinzie Hotel, Chicago

2. The Crawford Hotel, Denver

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4. The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

5. The Epiphany, Palo Alto, Calif.

8. The Cromwell in Las Vegas

9. Park Hyatt New York in New York City

10. The Paper Factory in Long Island City, N.Y.

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