Four glamorous urban bolt-holes

Hotel Unique. Image by Nelson Kon, courtesy of Hotel Unique.

Hotel Unique. Image by Nelson Kon/courtesy of Hotel Unique.

Fantastic architecture, great design and easy access to the city you are visiting – the world has some glorious city hotels worth visiting just for the aesthetic feel-good factor.

  1. Sao Paolo’s Hotel Unique

A few years back Wallpaper magazine singled out Sao Paolo’s Hotel Unique as one of the “coolest” hotels around. Designed by world-renowned architect Ruy Ohtake, its copper façade resembles an ocean liner and is hailed as something of an architectural one-of-a-kind, using shape and form to make a unique statement.

The dramatic curves of the hotel and high interior spaces are married to slick furnishings and wooden floors. The rooftop garden overlooks Sao Paolo’s green lung – Ibirapuera Park, and the hotel has a deep red swimming pool offering the perfect space for a caipirinha served up with a view of this fascinating city. There are 85 rooms and 10 suites and you can eat at the Skye Restaurant and Bar.

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The gorgeous skyline from the Hotel Unique roof lounge. Image by Nelson Kon/courtesy Hotel Unique.

  1. The Crosby Street Hotel, New YorkSituated in vibey Soho, this boutique hotel is quietly elegant and decidedly hip in a very non-shouty, obvious way. Bars, restaurants and theatres are all within walking distance of this aesthetic masterpiece. There are 86 designer rooms to choose from with floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous views of the district. Original artwork welcomes you in the public areas and there’s the Drawing Room and Crosby Bar – both great spaces to hang out in. There’s also a screening room and a resident gym in case you need a movie fix, a workout, or both. Afternoon tea at the Crosby Bar is a highlight, and you can swop your Twinings for a glass of Moet if you so wish. The Crosby Hotel is part of the Firmdale Group of Hotels.
Crosby Street Hotel lobby. Image by Jaume Plensa courtesy Crosby Street Hotel

Crosby Street Hotel lobby. Image by Jaume Plensa courtesy Crosby Street Hotel.

  1. Ellerman House & Villas, Cape Town

One of the Mother City’s finest properties, Ellerman House takes the notion “boutique hotel” to a totally different level. You might want to book into one of their villas with panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic seaboard. There are two luxury villas to choose from, simply named Villa One and Villa Two – you can choose from a three-bedroom or five-bedroom option and your own personal chef will create delicious meals just for you.

The Lilac Room Deck at Cape Town's luxurious Ellerman House. Image courtesy Relais & Chateaux

The Lilac Room Deck  in Villa One at Cape Town’s luxurious Ellerman House. Image courtesy Relais & Chateaux.

  1. Upper House, Hong Kong

Designed by Andre Fu, one of the most sought-after up and coming design talents in Asia, the Upper House was created to feel like a small luxury residence and the maxim “God is in the details” rings true wherever the eyes may fall. Known as the “Design Wunderkind” by Vogue UK, Fu has redesigned the concept of new luxury at this fashionable establishment. Using a combination of natural materials, clever lighting and intriguing spaces, the Upper House is a serene urban sanctuary above the bustling cityscape. It includes an art collection by some of Asia’s best known-contemporary artists – where you’ll find a mix of ceramic, marble and bronze all working together to create a contemporary zen space. Choose from studio accommodation to suites and penthouses, wherever you are, the language is one of serenity, in a world according to Fu.

The view from the bathroom, Upper House Hong Kong. Image courtesy Upper House

The view from the bathroom, Upper House Hong Kong. Image courtesy Upper House.

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