Already blessed with a small town feel and storied history, Richmond’s revitalised neighbourhoods and culinary innovation have brought new optimism to the former Confederate capital. Now, the city receives its first design-driven boutique hotel, which owners Ted and Katie Ukrop have opened in an Italian Renaissance-style building, located on Broad Street in the historic district. The property’s slick appearance comes courtesy of local architects 3north, with interiors created by Connecticut-based firm Poesis. While historic elements such as ornamental ironwork staircases and pretty segmental arches have been preserved, the design avoids clichés with a minimal monochrome palette lending an easy chic; brushed metal elements and vintage furniture add warmth, and locally-sourced artworks match the city’s burgeoning arts scene. Hotly-tipped chef David Dunlap takes the helm of the hotel’s restaurant, Maple & Pine, whipping up modern riffs on familiar dishes such as brioche French toast with peaches and hickory syrup. Coming soon is a rooftop bar and terrace that will serve small batch spirits and classic cocktails.