Some say, in the city it doesn’t matter where you stay, you’ll be out all day anyway. But that’s simply not true, especially with these 10 hotels herein that offer serene rooms, unique experiences, unrivaled locations or all of the above to make that next city break that much better.
Montreal: Loews Hotel Vogue Montreal A 20-minute drive from the airport, on Montreal’s Golden Mile, Loews keeps it chic with vintage Vogue covers adorning walls and oodles of smooth marble. The Museum District is nearby, where art and commerce mix, including designer boutiques, design shops and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Après-exploring, Appia Spa Service’s in-room treatments are a way to recoup.
Miami: EPIC Hotel Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a killer view of Biscaye Bay and the rest of Miami at this Kimpton hotel. Only 15-minutes from the airport, the hotel’s Club Level gets guests higher up and increased amenities, including a private lounge. There are also Tall Rooms to cater to those of above average height. Spend the day meandering through the Wynwood Art District or lazing by one of the hotel’s two rooftop pools.
Buenos Aires: Hub Porteño To juxtapose a city of three million, Hub Porteño is a boutique 11 suites, all uniquely decorated with a mix of antiques and high-tech extras. Staff are experts on the area, and craft itineraries to ensure guests truly experience Buenos Aires, such as the Tango Experience which includes a private tango lesson, and Gourmet Experience where one gets to interact with the chef at Tarquino restaurant.
São Paulo: Hotel Unique With its highly Instagram-able architecture, the work of Ruy Ohtake, Hotel Unique is close to the downtown core, but not too close. Aiding its retreat-in-the-city status, there are two outdoor heated pools (with a waterslide even), rooftop restaurant and bar, Skye, and a park nearby.
Berlin: Hotel Zoo Berlin Erected in 1891 as a private residence, Hotel Zoo was converted to a hotel in 1911, but has since been redesigned, bearing the name of the city’s oldest zoo nearby. A highlight is the Wintergarden, between the hotel’s living room and bar, open to the sky above with a five meter-high fireplace. On Kurfurstendamm, a cultural hub, it puts galleries, shops and restaurants all within reach.
Moscow: Metropol Hotel Near the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square and Kremlin, the Metropol Hotel is iconic in its own right. Opened in 1901, the hotel and its various bars and restaurants have all been entertaining visitors for over a century. Rooms transport guests to those bygone eras with each of its 390 suites sumptuously decorated with ornate antiques.
Dubai: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Basking in 200 meters of waterfront on Palm Island, this Waldorf Astoria hotel takes inspiration from its beachside address with a soft, sandy palette. Shuttles to the downtown core are complementary, and escaping the bustle is equally easy—a Desert Safari experience does the trick, with camel riding, dune bashing, barbequing and belly dancing.
Singapore: Fullerton Bay Hotel In Marina Bay, 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, puts guests amongst the city’s towering skyscrapers without the feeling of being in one. Its 100 rooms and common areas strike an elegant balance of classic and modern. The best bet: one of the premier bay view rooms on level 1 that come with a big outdoor sundeck and private Jacuzzi. To see the city, simply stroll the Waterfront Promenade which links a long list of attractions.
Shanghai: Twelve at Hengshan, A Luxury Collection Hotel This property is no one trick pony, a number of features set it apart. Its circular design for one, and the spectacular, onsite Sen Spa for another—there, guests have a Roman-style tepidarium, a Himalayan salt stone sauna room, a Chinese herbal steam room, an experience shower room and relaxation room to indulge in.
Tokyo: Palace Hotel Tokyo Separated from the Imperial Palace Gardens by only a moat, the Palace Hotel offers both a serene setting and unrivaled proximity to said palace, Marunouchi’s high-end shops and restaurants, and Tokyo Station (which will take visitors almost anywhere they could possibly want to go). The property itself boasts a Michelin star restaurant and Evian Spa.
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