H15 Boutique, Warsaw.
The city’s design hotel not only has fun rooms for plenty of play and of course sleep but also boasts Poland’s first Michelin star restaurant. The hotel, in a former Soviet Embassy, does mid century chic with a new pop style and maintains the ideal spot to be in this rising Euro-city.
Elegant, and discreet the Hotel Continental, right in the city center, has reopened after a serious revamp. For four generations the hotel has offered a place, filled with artist Edvard Munch, to lounge before theatre. Later, sit on your private balcony as the sun rises over the National Theatre – life never felt this crisp.
The Milestone Hotel, London
Before checking in a quiz of all your favourite things are completed (from pillows, to newspapers, to colour schemes) then a Bentley pulls up at Heathrow to whisk you off to town. The Milestone Hotel, overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, is the city’s boutique haven where rare artworks, fresh flowers and the finest fabrics indulge. Even if you’re not spending the night here, come for their afternoon tea – just ring the bell and enjoy the finest English tradition.
Mamara Park Avenue, New York
East midtown will never be the same. The brand new Marmara Park Avenue, with 128 suites, is quintessential New York – the glamour of the 20s in the building combined with the 21st century attitude in hospitality, design and warmth. Here, long stays are encouraged with full kitchens. The underground Wellness Center, coming soon, will be an escape from the city’s buzz. Watch this space as they say.
The Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn, Estonia
The Hotel Telegraaf, in the old town, was once the center of communication and telegraphic services. Today it’s the city’s finest hotel with exquisite art deco touches and Elemis spa with special offers for the season. The lobby bar is now where the action is – order a strong tea with lemon and cognac the way Tchaikovsky took it.
Kempinski Hotel, Vilnius, Lithuania
On old town’s Cathedral Square the Kempinski Hotel is where to rest in oversized beds but also the place to explore traditional cuisine from this Baltic gem. Telegrafas restaurant, led by executive chef Javier Lopez, is where to feast on the famed doe roe with forest boletus served with blueberries and red wine sauce – the treasures of Źemaitija forest as they call it here.
The Dome Hotel and Spa, Riga, Latvia
Escaping to the old world for some R&R is exactly what the Dome Hotel and Spa is known for. The spa uses Biologique Recherche products and has a full Turkish Hammam as part of its retreat offering. Although the building is an UNESCO architectural monument established 400 years ago the hotel has modernized everything including their new spa weekend specials.