Proving you can mix business with pleasure, we present our annual shortlist of the best new openings around the world. A smart new generation of business hotels has sussed that hitting the road in the name of work can, in the right hands, be a positive experience. What you need is a mix of great design, good service, delicious food and a little je ne sais quoi. Here we bring you the rare gems that have it all sorted. To pick the ten winners, we have tapped a coterie of well-travelled creatives for our judges (see our October issue). Check back in November to see their selection.

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai

Rates: From RMB3000 ($470)

Overview: The Four Seasons Pudong is the hotel group’s second property in Shanghai – a sign of just how bullish the Four Seasons is about China in general and Shanghai in particular. The new build is located in Pudong, Shanghai’s financial and commercial hub on the east side of the Huangpu River, and just across from the historic city centre.

Business amenities: The hotel doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to catering for the business set. A concierge is at hand to plan everything from group outings, bookings and plane tickets. The business centre is open 24/7, its services ranging from setting up AV systems and mobile phone loan to on-site secretarial and translation services. The Executive Club Lounge floor offers garment pressing and complimentary access to the boardroom.

Rooms: The 187 rooms and 15 suites catch plenty of natural light and are furnished in a low-key palette of browns, leather and wood. The best rooms are on the higher floors facing the river. Hypoallergenic pillows, complimentary daily newspaper and Wi-Fi make the grade, as does an express check-in/check-out service.

Leisure: Open 24 hours, the 41st floor gym includes a whirlpool, 18m infinity pool and steam room, while workouts take place in front of panoramic city views.

Restaurants: Choose from Shanghai and Cantonese classics in the cloistered second floor restaurant Shang Xi. The main dining room seats just 22, so host clients in one of the five private dining rooms. On the ground floor, Camelia offers a more casual menu of snacks, sushi, steaks, salads and seafood.

210 Century Avenue; Tel: 86.21 2036 8888; www.fourseasons.com/pudong

Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai

Rates: From RMB3000 ($470)

Overview: The Four Seasons Pudong is the hotel group’s second property in Shanghai – a sign of just how bullish the Four Seasons is about China in general and Shanghai in particular. The new build is located in Pudong, Shanghai’s financial and commercial hub on the east side of the Huangpu River, and just across from the historic city centre.

Business amenities: The hotel doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to catering for the business set. A concierge is at hand to plan everything from group outings, bookings and plane tickets. The business centre is open 24/7, its services ranging from setting up AV systems and mobile phone loan to on-site secretarial and translation services. The Executive Club Lounge floor offers garment pressing and complimentary access to the boardroom.

Rooms: The 187 rooms and 15 suites catch plenty of natural light and are furnished in a low-key palette of browns, leather and wood. The best rooms are on the higher floors facing the river. Hypoallergenic pillows, complimentary daily newspaper and Wi-Fi make the grade, as does an express check-in/check-out service.

Leisure: Open 24 hours, the 41st floor gym includes a whirlpool, 18m infinity pool and steam room, while workouts take place in front of panoramic city views.

Restaurants: Choose from Shanghai and Cantonese classics in the cloistered second floor restaurant Shang Xi. The main dining room seats just 22, so host clients in one of the five private dining rooms. On the ground floor, Camelia offers a more casual menu of snacks, sushi, steaks, salads and seafood.

210 Century Avenue; Tel: 86.21 2036 8888; www.fourseasons.com/pudong

Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai

Rates: From RMB3000 ($470)

Overview: The Four Seasons Pudong is the hotel group’s second property in Shanghai – a sign of just how bullish the Four Seasons is about China in general and Shanghai in particular. The new build is located in Pudong, Shanghai’s financial and commercial hub on the east side of the Huangpu River, and just across from the historic city centre.

Business amenities: The hotel doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to catering for the business set. A concierge is at hand to plan everything from group outings, bookings and plane tickets. The business centre is open 24/7, its services ranging from setting up AV systems and mobile phone loan to on-site secretarial and translation services. The Executive Club Lounge floor offers garment pressing and complimentary access to the boardroom.

Rooms: The 187 rooms and 15 suites catch plenty of natural light and are furnished in a low-key palette of browns, leather and wood. The best rooms are on the higher floors facing the river. Hypoallergenic pillows, complimentary daily newspaper and Wi-Fi make the grade, as does an express check-in/check-out service.

Leisure: Open 24 hours, the 41st floor gym includes a whirlpool, 18m infinity pool and steam room, while workouts take place in front of panoramic city views.

Restaurants: Choose from Shanghai and Cantonese classics in the cloistered second floor restaurant Shang Xi. The main dining room seats just 22, so host clients in one of the five private dining rooms. On the ground floor, Camelia offers a more casual menu of snacks, sushi, steaks, salads and seafood.

210 Century Avenue; Tel: 86.21 2036 8888; www.fourseasons.com/pudong

Jervois, Hong Kong

Rates: from HK$2,200 ($284)

Overview: The Jervois makes the most of its location in the heart of Sheung Wan’s hive of shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the third development from local hotshots National Properties Holdings. It was designed by two Frenchmen, Florent Nédélec (exteriors) and Christian Liaigre (interiors). The top five penthouse floors overlook Victoria Harbour.

Business amenities: All standard rooms include complimentary wireless and fixed line internet, voicemail phones and 40-inch HD LCD screens. A business centre on the first floor covers all other requirements, including printing and faxing.

Rooms: The Jervois offers a cosy mix of 49 suites and long-term stay, serviced one- and two- bedroom apartments that range between 700 and 1,550 sq ft in size. Interior decorator Christian Liaigre was commissioned to furnish the spaces with his trademark blend of warm timber panelling, creamy marble, rich textured fabrics and customised furniture. Each unit has a private lift lobby, especially useful if you’re engaged in top-secret negotiations

Leisure: A rooftop sundeck and BBQ area are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail or two. If you’re staying a month or more, membership at a nearby gym is included in your room charge.

Restaurants: The ground floor restaurant Societi serves up an all-day casual menu of European fare, including pasta dishes, roast chicken, mussels and fries.

89 Jervois Street; Tel: 852.3994 9000; www.thejervois.com

Photography: Michael Weber

Jervois, Hong Kong

Rates: from HK$2,200 ($284)

Overview: The Jervois makes the most of its location in the heart of Sheung Wan’s hive of shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the third development from local hotshots National Properties Holdings. It was designed by two Frenchmen, Florent Nédélec (exteriors) and Christian Liaigre (interiors). The top five penthouse floors overlook Victoria Harbour.

Business amenities: All standard rooms include complimentary wireless and fixed line internet, voicemail phones and 40-inch HD LCD screens. A business centre on the first floor covers all other requirements, including printing and faxing.

Rooms: The Jervois offers a cosy mix of 49 suites and long-term stay, serviced one- and two- bedroom apartments that range between 700 and 1,550 sq ft in size. Interior decorator Christian Liaigre was commissioned to furnish the spaces with his trademark blend of warm timber panelling, creamy marble, rich textured fabrics and customised furniture. Each unit has a private lift lobby, especially useful if you’re engaged in top-secret negotiations

Leisure: A rooftop sundeck and BBQ area are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail or two. If you’re staying a month or more, membership at a nearby gym is included in your room charge.

Restaurants: The ground floor restaurant Societi serves up an all-day casual menu of European fare, including pasta dishes, roast chicken, mussels and fries.

89 Jervois Street; Tel: 852.3994 9000; www.thejervois.com

Photography: Michael Weber

Jervois, Hong Kong

Rates: from HK$2,200 ($284)

Overview: The Jervois makes the most of its location in the heart of Sheung Wan’s hive of shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the third development from local hotshots National Properties Holdings. It was designed by two Frenchmen, Florent Nédélec (exteriors) and Christian Liaigre (interiors). The top five penthouse floors overlook Victoria Harbour.

Business amenities: All standard rooms include complimentary wireless and fixed line internet, voicemail phones and 40-inch HD LCD screens. A business centre on the first floor covers all other requirements, including printing and faxing.

Rooms: The Jervois offers a cosy mix of 49 suites and long-term stay, serviced one- and two- bedroom apartments that range between 700 and 1,550 sq ft in size. Interior decorator Christian Liaigre was commissioned to furnish the spaces with his trademark blend of warm timber panelling, creamy marble, rich textured fabrics and customised furniture. Each unit has a private lift lobby, especially useful if you’re engaged in top-secret negotiations

Leisure: A rooftop sundeck and BBQ area are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail or two. If you’re staying a month or more, membership at a nearby gym is included in your room charge.

Restaurants: The ground floor restaurant Societi serves up an all-day casual menu of European fare, including pasta dishes, roast chicken, mussels and fries.

89 Jervois Street; Tel: 852.3994 9000; www.thejervois.com

Photography: Michael Weber

Jervois, Hong Kong

Rates: from HK$2,200 ($284)

Overview: The Jervois makes the most of its location in the heart of Sheung Wan’s hive of shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the third development from local hotshots National Properties Holdings. It was designed by two Frenchmen, Florent Nédélec (exteriors) and Christian Liaigre (interiors). The top five penthouse floors overlook Victoria Harbour.

Business amenities: All standard rooms include complimentary wireless and fixed line internet, voicemail phones and 40-inch HD LCD screens. A business centre on the first floor covers all other requirements, including printing and faxing.

Rooms: The Jervois offers a cosy mix of 49 suites and long-term stay, serviced one- and two- bedroom apartments that range between 700 and 1,550 sq ft in size. Interior decorator Christian Liaigre was commissioned to furnish the spaces with his trademark blend of warm timber panelling, creamy marble, rich textured fabrics and customised furniture. Each unit has a private lift lobby, especially useful if you’re engaged in top-secret negotiations

Leisure: A rooftop sundeck and BBQ area are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail or two. If you’re staying a month or more, membership at a nearby gym is included in your room charge.

Restaurants: The ground floor restaurant Societi serves up an all-day casual menu of European fare, including pasta dishes, roast chicken, mussels and fries.

89 Jervois Street; Tel: 852.3994 9000; www.thejervois.com

Photography: Michael Weber

The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi

Rates: from INR32,000 ($577)

Overview: Located in Gurgaon, Delhi’s booming business and commercial satellite city, Singapore-based RSP Architects’ massive glass and steel structure is set in nine acres of gardens, water features and forest. First impressions couldn’t be more dramatic: guests drive up a winding, elevated drive towards the hotel lobby, located on the fifth floor of the building and overlooking a 36,000 sq ft reflection pool and luxury retail complex.

Business amenities: Overlooking the central pool, the 24-hour business centre offers all the facilities you could possibly think of, from overhead projectors and screens, electronically controlled blackout blinds to Polycom audio and video conferencing systems. Secretarial, conference and banqueting facilities are also available for up to 1,000 guests.

Rooms: The 202 rooms, starting at a spacious 620 sq ft, all have garden views. The interiors feature contemporary works by young Indian artists, while traditional crafts have been incorporated in the embroidered silk bedcovers. The two Premiere suites come with private pool, workstation and dining area for four.

Leisure: The massive 24-hour spa offers Asian- and Western-inspired treatment therapies. There are five swimming pools and a fitness centre with the latest Technogym gear. The huge retail pavilions boast 13 luxury boutiques.

Restaurants: The vast Threesixtyone offers all-day dining with five kitchens serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines, while the fine-dining Amaranta is dedicated to contemporary Indian seafood specialities, such as crab and lobster.

443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V; Tel: 91 124 245 1234; www.oberoihotels.com

The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi

Rates: from INR32,000 ($577)

Overview: Located in Gurgaon, Delhi’s booming business and commercial satellite city, Singapore-based RSP Architects’ massive glass and steel structure is set in nine acres of gardens, water features and forest. First impressions couldn’t be more dramatic: guests drive up a winding, elevated drive towards the hotel lobby, located on the fifth floor of the building and overlooking a 36,000 sq ft reflection pool and luxury retail complex.

Business amenities: Overlooking the central pool, the 24-hour business centre offers all the facilities you could possibly think of, from overhead projectors and screens, electronically controlled blackout blinds to Polycom audio and video conferencing systems. Secretarial, conference and banqueting facilities are also available for up to 1,000 guests.

Rooms: The 202 rooms, starting at a spacious 620 sq ft, all have garden views. The interiors feature contemporary works by young Indian artists, while traditional crafts have been incorporated in the embroidered silk bedcovers. The two Premiere suites come with private pool, workstation and dining area for four.

Leisure: The massive 24-hour spa offers Asian- and Western-inspired treatment therapies. There are five swimming pools and a fitness centre with the latest Technogym gear. The huge retail pavilions boast 13 luxury boutiques.

Restaurants: The vast Threesixtyone offers all-day dining with five kitchens serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines, while the fine-dining Amaranta is dedicated to contemporary Indian seafood specialities, such as crab and lobster.

443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V; Tel: 91 124 245 1234; www.oberoihotels.com

The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi

Rates: from INR32,000 ($577)

Overview: Located in Gurgaon, Delhi’s booming business and commercial satellite city, Singapore-based RSP Architects’ massive glass and steel structure is set in nine acres of gardens, water features and forest. First impressions couldn’t be more dramatic: guests drive up a winding, elevated drive towards the hotel lobby, located on the fifth floor of the building and overlooking a 36,000 sq ft reflection pool and luxury retail complex.

Business amenities: Overlooking the central pool, the 24-hour business centre offers all the facilities you could possibly think of, from overhead projectors and screens, electronically controlled blackout blinds to Polycom audio and video conferencing systems. Secretarial, conference and banqueting facilities are also available for up to 1,000 guests.

Rooms: The 202 rooms, starting at a spacious 620 sq ft, all have garden views. The interiors feature contemporary works by young Indian artists, while traditional crafts have been incorporated in the embroidered silk bedcovers. The two Premiere suites come with private pool, workstation and dining area for four.

Leisure: The massive 24-hour spa offers Asian- and Western-inspired treatment therapies. There are five swimming pools and a fitness centre with the latest Technogym gear. The huge retail pavilions boast 13 luxury boutiques.

Restaurants: The vast Threesixtyone offers all-day dining with five kitchens serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines, while the fine-dining Amaranta is dedicated to contemporary Indian seafood specialities, such as crab and lobster.

443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V; Tel: 91 124 245 1234; www.oberoihotels.com

The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi

Rates: from INR32,000 ($577)

Overview: Located in Gurgaon, Delhi’s booming business and commercial satellite city, Singapore-based RSP Architects’ massive glass and steel structure is set in nine acres of gardens, water features and forest. First impressions couldn’t be more dramatic: guests drive up a winding, elevated drive towards the hotel lobby, located on the fifth floor of the building and overlooking a 36,000 sq ft reflection pool and luxury retail complex.

Business amenities: Overlooking the central pool, the 24-hour business centre offers all the facilities you could possibly think of, from overhead projectors and screens, electronically controlled blackout blinds to Polycom audio and video conferencing systems. Secretarial, conference and banqueting facilities are also available for up to 1,000 guests.

Rooms: The 202 rooms, starting at a spacious 620 sq ft, all have garden views. The interiors feature contemporary works by young Indian artists, while traditional crafts have been incorporated in the embroidered silk bedcovers. The two Premiere suites come with private pool, workstation and dining area for four.

Leisure: The massive 24-hour spa offers Asian- and Western-inspired treatment therapies. There are five swimming pools and a fitness centre with the latest Technogym gear. The huge retail pavilions boast 13 luxury boutiques.

Restaurants: The vast Threesixtyone offers all-day dining with five kitchens serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines, while the fine-dining Amaranta is dedicated to contemporary Indian seafood specialities, such as crab and lobster.

443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V; Tel: 91 124 245 1234; www.oberoihotels.com

The Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi

Rates: from INR32,000 ($577)

Overview: Located in Gurgaon, Delhi’s booming business and commercial satellite city, Singapore-based RSP Architects’ massive glass and steel structure is set in nine acres of gardens, water features and forest. First impressions couldn’t be more dramatic: guests drive up a winding, elevated drive towards the hotel lobby, located on the fifth floor of the building and overlooking a 36,000 sq ft reflection pool and luxury retail complex.

Business amenities: Overlooking the central pool, the 24-hour business centre offers all the facilities you could possibly think of, from overhead projectors and screens, electronically controlled blackout blinds to Polycom audio and video conferencing systems. Secretarial, conference and banqueting facilities are also available for up to 1,000 guests.

Rooms: The 202 rooms, starting at a spacious 620 sq ft, all have garden views. The interiors feature contemporary works by young Indian artists, while traditional crafts have been incorporated in the embroidered silk bedcovers. The two Premiere suites come with private pool, workstation and dining area for four.

Leisure: The massive 24-hour spa offers Asian- and Western-inspired treatment therapies. There are five swimming pools and a fitness centre with the latest Technogym gear. The huge retail pavilions boast 13 luxury boutiques.

Restaurants: The vast Threesixtyone offers all-day dining with five kitchens serving Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines, while the fine-dining Amaranta is dedicated to contemporary Indian seafood specialities, such as crab and lobster.

443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V; Tel: 91 124 245 1234; www.oberoihotels.com

Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Rates: from INR6,300 ($114)

Overview: This polished property in the economic hub of Bangalore is Vivanta’s third in Bangalore and its first in the city’s Yeshwantpur convention district. Designed by Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects, the hotel adds an invigorating dash of design flair to its serious business credentials, fitting in perfectly with the Indian brand’s work hard, play hard ethos.

Business amenities: Boasting 18,000 sq ft of meeting space and situated next to multiple key corporate headquarters and the World Trade Center, the property is patently geared towards business clientele. A 24-hour business centre includes two fully equipped meeting rooms and a boardroom for up to 20 guests. Larger event spaces include the banquet hall and a meeting area for up to 1,200 guests.

Rooms: The 327 luxury rooms and suites are equipped with LED screens with home theatre systems, and high-speed internet. The Presidential Nirvana suite has three bedrooms, an oversized marble bathroom and views of the ISKCON temple.

Leisure: The Jiva Space features a fitness centre, pool and spa offering a diverse array of treatments, including traditional Indian techniques such as champi (head massage), as well as Indian aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. Guests on longer stays can opt for personal training programmes and meal plans.

Restaurants: The hotel has a total of three restaurants including a Mediterranean brasserie; an informal dining room with international options; and Paranda, which offers classic Punjabi cuisine, including slow-cooked chicken in a crispy parda crust. An open kitchen provides an extra spectacle. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Shimmer bar for a post-prandial cocktail.

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur; Tel: 91.80 6690 0111; www.vivantabytaj.com

Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Rates: from INR6,300 ($114)

Overview: This polished property in the economic hub of Bangalore is Vivanta’s third in Bangalore and its first in the city’s Yeshwantpur convention district. Designed by Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects, the hotel adds an invigorating dash of design flair to its serious business credentials, fitting in perfectly with the Indian brand’s work hard, play hard ethos.

Business amenities: Boasting 18,000 sq ft of meeting space and situated next to multiple key corporate headquarters and the World Trade Center, the property is patently geared towards business clientele. A 24-hour business centre includes two fully equipped meeting rooms and a boardroom for up to 20 guests. Larger event spaces include the banquet hall and a meeting area for up to 1,200 guests.

Rooms: The 327 luxury rooms and suites are equipped with LED screens with home theatre systems, and high-speed internet. The Presidential Nirvana suite has three bedrooms, an oversized marble bathroom and views of the ISKCON temple.

Leisure: The Jiva Space features a fitness centre, pool and spa offering a diverse array of treatments, including traditional Indian techniques such as champi (head massage), as well as Indian aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. Guests on longer stays can opt for personal training programmes and meal plans.

Restaurants: The hotel has a total of three restaurants including a Mediterranean brasserie; an informal dining room with international options; and Paranda, which offers classic Punjabi cuisine, including slow-cooked chicken in a crispy parda crust. An open kitchen provides an extra spectacle. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Shimmer bar for a post-prandial cocktail.

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur; Tel: 91.80 6690 0111; www.vivantabytaj.com

Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Rates: from INR6,300 ($114)

Overview: This polished property in the economic hub of Bangalore is Vivanta’s third in Bangalore and its first in the city’s Yeshwantpur convention district. Designed by Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects, the hotel adds an invigorating dash of design flair to its serious business credentials, fitting in perfectly with the Indian brand’s work hard, play hard ethos.

Business amenities: Boasting 18,000 sq ft of meeting space and situated next to multiple key corporate headquarters and the World Trade Center, the property is patently geared towards business clientele. A 24-hour business centre includes two fully equipped meeting rooms and a boardroom for up to 20 guests. Larger event spaces include the banquet hall and a meeting area for up to 1,200 guests.

Rooms: The 327 luxury rooms and suites are equipped with LED screens with home theatre systems, and high-speed internet. The Presidential Nirvana suite has three bedrooms, an oversized marble bathroom and views of the ISKCON temple.

Leisure: The Jiva Space features a fitness centre, pool and spa offering a diverse array of treatments, including traditional Indian techniques such as champi (head massage), as well as Indian aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. Guests on longer stays can opt for personal training programmes and meal plans.

Restaurants: The hotel has a total of three restaurants including a Mediterranean brasserie; an informal dining room with international options; and Paranda, which offers classic Punjabi cuisine, including slow-cooked chicken in a crispy parda crust. An open kitchen provides an extra spectacle. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Shimmer bar for a post-prandial cocktail.

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur; Tel: 91.80 6690 0111; www.vivantabytaj.com

Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Rates: from INR6,300 ($114)

Overview: This polished property in the economic hub of Bangalore is Vivanta’s third in Bangalore and its first in the city’s Yeshwantpur convention district. Designed by Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects, the hotel adds an invigorating dash of design flair to its serious business credentials, fitting in perfectly with the Indian brand’s work hard, play hard ethos.

Business amenities: Boasting 18,000 sq ft of meeting space and situated next to multiple key corporate headquarters and the World Trade Center, the property is patently geared towards business clientele. A 24-hour business centre includes two fully equipped meeting rooms and a boardroom for up to 20 guests. Larger event spaces include the banquet hall and a meeting area for up to 1,200 guests.

Rooms: The 327 luxury rooms and suites are equipped with LED screens with home theatre systems, and high-speed internet. The Presidential Nirvana suite has three bedrooms, an oversized marble bathroom and views of the ISKCON temple.

Leisure: The Jiva Space features a fitness centre, pool and spa offering a diverse array of treatments, including traditional Indian techniques such as champi (head massage), as well as Indian aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. Guests on longer stays can opt for personal training programmes and meal plans.

Restaurants: The hotel has a total of three restaurants including a Mediterranean brasserie; an informal dining room with international options; and Paranda, which offers classic Punjabi cuisine, including slow-cooked chicken in a crispy parda crust. An open kitchen provides an extra spectacle. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Shimmer bar for a post-prandial cocktail.

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur; Tel: 91.80 6690 0111; www.vivantabytaj.com

Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Rates: from INR6,300 ($114)

Overview: This polished property in the economic hub of Bangalore is Vivanta’s third in Bangalore and its first in the city’s Yeshwantpur convention district. Designed by Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects, the hotel adds an invigorating dash of design flair to its serious business credentials, fitting in perfectly with the Indian brand’s work hard, play hard ethos.

Business amenities: Boasting 18,000 sq ft of meeting space and situated next to multiple key corporate headquarters and the World Trade Center, the property is patently geared towards business clientele. A 24-hour business centre includes two fully equipped meeting rooms and a boardroom for up to 20 guests. Larger event spaces include the banquet hall and a meeting area for up to 1,200 guests.

Rooms: The 327 luxury rooms and suites are equipped with LED screens with home theatre systems, and high-speed internet. The Presidential Nirvana suite has three bedrooms, an oversized marble bathroom and views of the ISKCON temple.

Leisure: The Jiva Space features a fitness centre, pool and spa offering a diverse array of treatments, including traditional Indian techniques such as champi (head massage), as well as Indian aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. Guests on longer stays can opt for personal training programmes and meal plans.

Restaurants: The hotel has a total of three restaurants including a Mediterranean brasserie; an informal dining room with international options; and Paranda, which offers classic Punjabi cuisine, including slow-cooked chicken in a crispy parda crust. An open kitchen provides an extra spectacle. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Shimmer bar for a post-prandial cocktail.

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur; Tel: 91.80 6690 0111; www.vivantabytaj.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

Amba Taipei Ximending, Taipei

Rates: from TWD$6,600 ($220)

Overview: The Amba is the brainchild of the Taiwanese Ambassador Hotel Group. Collaborating with some of Taiwan’s edgiest architects, artists, music stylists and interior designers, the property is the first of a planned series of boutique hotels targeting urban business and creative travellers. It is located in the bustling shopping district of Ximending.

Business amenities: While there is no business centre as such, there are plenty of quiet nooks and tables in the tech- friendly public spaces for informal discussions and networking. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, IP telephone and TV with built-in Skype, social media and internet videos.

Rooms: The 160 rooms range in space from 20 to 60 sq m and reflect the Ace Hotels’ philosophy of minimalist functionality. An eclectic mix of environmentally friendly materials, with industrial lighting, recycled plywood floors, bath products made from ginger, natural unbleached linens, organic cotton towels, and painted tin drum side tables.

Leisure: There are no hotel leisure facilities, but plenty of diversion in the surrounding Ximending district, including shops, the Red House Theatre and the National Taiwan Museum.

Restaurants: In-house restaurant Chiba sets the kickback mood with an open kitchen and communal seating. The bread is imported from New York, but the menu is happily focused on local ingredients. Enloy a lethal brew concocted in Tingba, the hotel’s chic cocktail and music lounge. Also on offer are organic and biodynamic wines chosen by top sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant.

77 Wuchang Street, Section 2, Taipei; Tel: 886.2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com

So Bangkok, Bangkok

Rates: from $613

Overview: Located in the Lumpini Park neighbourhood, So Bangkok is the Sofitel’s second So hotel (the first is in Mauritius). Local architect Smith Obayawat, along with five celebrated Thai interior designers, teamed up with fashion designer Christian Lacroix to design this 30-storey property inspired by the five Chinese elements of metal, water, earth, wood and fire.

Business amenities: Meeting rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology, such as LCD screens, projectors, AV and free Wi-Fi. We particularly like the Box, a glass box suspended in mid-air for private events and small functions. For bigger functions there are three ballrooms and four loft-style meeting rooms with an open- kitchen and social club area.

Rooms: Designed by Pongthep Sagulku, the Water rooms feature baths overlooking the city, while the Earth rooms, by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, emanate warm colours inspired by etchings from the northeastern caves of Thailand. Nithi Sthapitanonda’s Wood rooms echo the elegance and tranquility of northern Thai heritage homes and feature sketches of old Siam. And Somchai Jongsaen’s Metal rooms feature brushed metal Ramayana clouds over the beds.

Leisure: The spa uses products from Cinq Mondes and Thai brand Ytsara and features a gigantic outdoor pool. A compact gym provides all the fitness facilities needed for a good workout.

Restaurants: The Red Oven, dedicated to fire, has a handcrafted Molteni oven as its centrepiece, while the rooftop Hi So bar has private cabanas overlooking the city, with Lacroix-clad staff on hand to serve you.

2 North Sathorn Road , Bangrak; Tel: 66.2 624 0000; www.sofitel.com

So Bangkok, Bangkok

Rates: from $613

Overview: Located in the Lumpini Park neighbourhood, So Bangkok is the Sofitel’s second So hotel (the first is in Mauritius). Local architect Smith Obayawat, along with five celebrated Thai interior designers, teamed up with fashion designer Christian Lacroix to design this 30-storey property inspired by the five Chinese elements of metal, water, earth, wood and fire.

Business amenities: Meeting rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology, such as LCD screens, projectors, AV and free Wi-Fi. We particularly like the Box, a glass box suspended in mid-air for private events and small functions. For bigger functions there are three ballrooms and four loft-style meeting rooms with an open- kitchen and social club area.

Rooms: Designed by Pongthep Sagulku, the Water rooms feature baths overlooking the city, while the Earth rooms, by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, emanate warm colours inspired by etchings from the northeastern caves of Thailand. Nithi Sthapitanonda’s Wood rooms echo the elegance and tranquility of northern Thai heritage homes and feature sketches of old Siam. And Somchai Jongsaen’s Metal rooms feature brushed metal Ramayana clouds over the beds.

Leisure: The spa uses products from Cinq Mondes and Thai brand Ytsara and features a gigantic outdoor pool. A compact gym provides all the fitness facilities needed for a good workout.

Restaurants: The Red Oven, dedicated to fire, has a handcrafted Molteni oven as its centrepiece, while the rooftop Hi So bar has private cabanas overlooking the city, with Lacroix-clad staff on hand to serve you.

2 North Sathorn Road , Bangrak; Tel: 66.2 624 0000; www.sofitel.com

So Bangkok, Bangkok

Rates: from $613

Overview: Located in the Lumpini Park neighbourhood, So Bangkok is the Sofitel’s second So hotel (the first is in Mauritius). Local architect Smith Obayawat, along with five celebrated Thai interior designers, teamed up with fashion designer Christian Lacroix to design this 30-storey property inspired by the five Chinese elements of metal, water, earth, wood and fire.

Business amenities: Meeting rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology, such as LCD screens, projectors, AV and free Wi-Fi. We particularly like the Box, a glass box suspended in mid-air for private events and small functions. For bigger functions there are three ballrooms and four loft-style meeting rooms with an open- kitchen and social club area.

Rooms: Designed by Pongthep Sagulku, the Water rooms feature baths overlooking the city, while the Earth rooms, by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, emanate warm colours inspired by etchings from the northeastern caves of Thailand. Nithi Sthapitanonda’s Wood rooms echo the elegance and tranquility of northern Thai heritage homes and feature sketches of old Siam. And Somchai Jongsaen’s Metal rooms feature brushed metal Ramayana clouds over the beds.

Leisure: The spa uses products from Cinq Mondes and Thai brand Ytsara and features a gigantic outdoor pool. A compact gym provides all the fitness facilities needed for a good workout.

Restaurants: The Red Oven, dedicated to fire, has a handcrafted Molteni oven as its centrepiece, while the rooftop Hi So bar has private cabanas overlooking the city, with Lacroix-clad staff on hand to serve you.

2 North Sathorn Road , Bangrak; Tel: 66.2 624 0000; www.sofitel.com

So Bangkok, Bangkok

Rates: from $613

Overview: Located in the Lumpini Park neighbourhood, So Bangkok is the Sofitel’s second So hotel (the first is in Mauritius). Local architect Smith Obayawat, along with five celebrated Thai interior designers, teamed up with fashion designer Christian Lacroix to design this 30-storey property inspired by the five Chinese elements of metal, water, earth, wood and fire.

Business amenities: Meeting rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology, such as LCD screens, projectors, AV and free Wi-Fi. We particularly like the Box, a glass box suspended in mid-air for private events and small functions. For bigger functions there are three ballrooms and four loft-style meeting rooms with an open- kitchen and social club area.

Rooms: Designed by Pongthep Sagulku, the Water rooms feature baths overlooking the city, while the Earth rooms, by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, emanate warm colours inspired by etchings from the northeastern caves of Thailand. Nithi Sthapitanonda’s Wood rooms echo the elegance and tranquility of northern Thai heritage homes and feature sketches of old Siam. And Somchai Jongsaen’s Metal rooms feature brushed metal Ramayana clouds over the beds.

Leisure: The spa uses products from Cinq Mondes and Thai brand Ytsara and features a gigantic outdoor pool. A compact gym provides all the fitness facilities needed for a good workout.

Restaurants: The Red Oven, dedicated to fire, has a handcrafted Molteni oven as its centrepiece, while the rooftop Hi So bar has private cabanas overlooking the city, with Lacroix-clad staff on hand to serve you.

2 North Sathorn Road , Bangrak; Tel: 66.2 624 0000; www.sofitel.com

Hotel Daniel, Vienna

Rates: from €92 ($113)

Overview: Hotelier Florian Weitzer’s
second property, this is an intimate boutique hotel located steps from the city’s historic Schloss Belvedere. Designed by architects Atelier Heisse, it is filled with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces by local designers. There’s even a teetering sailboat sculpture by Erwin Wurm and urban beehives on the roof.

Business amenities: The lounge area has ample seating for meetings and work, and a plentiful supply of natural light from the hotel’s glass façade. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms: With clean and visually refreshing interiors to match the communal areas, the hotel’s 115 rooms are split over six floors and fit Weitzer’s ‘smart luxury’ concept. They come with either hammocks, city panoramas or views of Schloss Belvedere. A polished aluminium trailer in the hotel’s grounds has been refurbished to the same high standards as the rooms and offers alternative accommodation.

Leisure: A collection of Vespas and classic bicycles are available for hire to explore the city or the neighbouring parks – the Botanical Gardens, Schweitzergarten and Belvedere park are all seconds away.

Restaurant: Eschewing a traditional restaurant, the hotel’s Daniel Bakery is open until midnight and from a bar-style counter serves a range of food including Florentine salads, Reuben sandwiches and prime steak dinners. Resident patissier Elisabeth Razumovsky bakes fresh homemade pastries and traditional Austrian cakes on site.

Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com

Hotel Daniel, Vienna

Rates: from €92 ($113)

Overview: Hotelier Florian Weitzer’s
second property, this is an intimate boutique hotel located steps from the city’s historic Schloss Belvedere. Designed by architects Atelier Heisse, it is filled with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces by local designers. There’s even a teetering sailboat sculpture by Erwin Wurm and urban beehives on the roof.

Business amenities: The lounge area has ample seating for meetings and work, and a plentiful supply of natural light from the hotel’s glass façade. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms: With clean and visually refreshing interiors to match the communal areas, the hotel’s 115 rooms are split over six floors and fit Weitzer’s ‘smart luxury’ concept. They come with either hammocks, city panoramas or views of Schloss Belvedere. A polished aluminium trailer in the hotel’s grounds has been refurbished to the same high standards as the rooms and offers alternative accommodation.

Leisure: A collection of Vespas and classic bicycles are available for hire to explore the city or the neighbouring parks – the Botanical Gardens, Schweitzergarten and Belvedere park are all seconds away.

Restaurant: Eschewing a traditional restaurant, the hotel’s Daniel Bakery is open until midnight and from a bar-style counter serves a range of food including Florentine salads, Reuben sandwiches and prime steak dinners. Resident patissier Elisabeth Razumovsky bakes fresh homemade pastries and traditional Austrian cakes on site.

Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com

Hotel Daniel, Vienna

Rates: from €92 ($113)

Overview: Hotelier Florian Weitzer’s
second property, this is an intimate boutique hotel located steps from the city’s historic Schloss Belvedere. Designed by architects Atelier Heisse, it is filled with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces by local designers. There’s even a teetering sailboat sculpture by Erwin Wurm and urban beehives on the roof.

Business amenities: The lounge area has ample seating for meetings and work, and a plentiful supply of natural light from the hotel’s glass façade. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms: With clean and visually refreshing interiors to match the communal areas, the hotel’s 115 rooms are split over six floors and fit Weitzer’s ‘smart luxury’ concept. They come with either hammocks, city panoramas or views of Schloss Belvedere. A polished aluminium trailer in the hotel’s grounds has been refurbished to the same high standards as the rooms and offers alternative accommodation.

Leisure: A collection of Vespas and classic bicycles are available for hire to explore the city or the neighbouring parks – the Botanical Gardens, Schweitzergarten and Belvedere park are all seconds away.

Restaurant: Eschewing a traditional restaurant, the hotel’s Daniel Bakery is open until midnight and from a bar-style counter serves a range of food including Florentine salads, Reuben sandwiches and prime steak dinners. Resident patissier Elisabeth Razumovsky bakes fresh homemade pastries and traditional Austrian cakes on site.

Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com

Hotel Daniel, Vienna

Rates: from €92 ($113)

Overview: Hotelier Florian Weitzer’s
second property, this is an intimate boutique hotel located steps from the city’s historic Schloss Belvedere. Designed by architects Atelier Heisse, it is filled with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces by local designers. There’s even a teetering sailboat sculpture by Erwin Wurm and urban beehives on the roof.

Business amenities: The lounge area has ample seating for meetings and work, and a plentiful supply of natural light from the hotel’s glass façade. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms: With clean and visually refreshing interiors to match the communal areas, the hotel’s 115 rooms are split over six floors and fit Weitzer’s ‘smart luxury’ concept. They come with either hammocks, city panoramas or views of Schloss Belvedere. A polished aluminium trailer in the hotel’s grounds has been refurbished to the same high standards as the rooms and offers alternative accommodation.

Leisure: A collection of Vespas and classic bicycles are available for hire to explore the city or the neighbouring parks – the Botanical Gardens, Schweitzergarten and Belvedere park are all seconds away.

Restaurant: Eschewing a traditional restaurant, the hotel’s Daniel Bakery is open until midnight and from a bar-style counter serves a range of food including Florentine salads, Reuben sandwiches and prime steak dinners. Resident patissier Elisabeth Razumovsky bakes fresh homemade pastries and traditional Austrian cakes on site.

Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com

Hotel Daniel, Vienna

Rates: from €92 ($113)

Overview: Hotelier Florian Weitzer’s
second property, this is an intimate boutique hotel located steps from the city’s historic Schloss Belvedere. Designed by architects Atelier Heisse, it is filled with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces by local designers. There’s even a teetering sailboat sculpture by Erwin Wurm and urban beehives on the roof.

Business amenities: The lounge area has ample seating for meetings and work, and a plentiful supply of natural light from the hotel’s glass façade. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms: With clean and visually refreshing interiors to match the communal areas, the hotel’s 115 rooms are split over six floors and fit Weitzer’s ‘smart luxury’ concept. They come with either hammocks, city panoramas or views of Schloss Belvedere. A polished aluminium trailer in the hotel’s grounds has been refurbished to the same high standards as the rooms and offers alternative accommodation.

Leisure: A collection of Vespas and classic bicycles are available for hire to explore the city or the neighbouring parks – the Botanical Gardens, Schweitzergarten and Belvedere park are all seconds away.

Restaurant: Eschewing a traditional restaurant, the hotel’s Daniel Bakery is open until midnight and from a bar-style counter serves a range of food including Florentine salads, Reuben sandwiches and prime steak dinners. Resident patissier Elisabeth Razumovsky bakes fresh homemade pastries and traditional Austrian cakes on site.

Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com

W Paris – Opera, Paris

Rates: from €340 ($418)

Overview: Housed in an elegant 1870s Haussmann building opposite the Opéra Garnier, the W has been designed by Rockwell Group Europe. An oversized backlit digital wall takes centre stage in the lobby, while historic features such as vaulted ceilings and marble staircases have been partially restored.

Business amenities: On the mezzanine floor, two fully wired and connecting event rooms totalling 41 sq m (and seating 16 guests) can be used as boardrooms.

Rooms: The 91 high-ceilinged rooms and suites offer views of Opéra Garnier, signature W Hotel beds, flat-screen TVs, a media hub, iPod docking stations and Bliss toiletries. The décor is a mix of Parisian style and cutting-edge New York design. Wireless internet access is not included in the room rate.

Leisure: The fully-equipped fitness centre is accessible 24/7, with views across the rooftops of Paris and personal trainers on request. The hotel’s Whatever/ Whenever service caters to your every whim, ‘as long as it’s legal’.

Restaurant: Fine-dining restaurant Arola is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, who serves Spanish favourites such as patatas bravas, squid a la brasa and paella. For cocktails, tapas and live
DJ sets, head to the ground-floor W Lounge. The signature cocktail The Spark is a delicious mix of vodka, champagne, orange, raspberry, saffron and honey.

4 rue Meyerbeer; Tel: 33.1 77 48 94 94; www.wparisopera.com

W Paris – Opera, Paris

Rates: from €340 ($418)

Overview: Housed in an elegant 1870s Haussmann building opposite the Opéra Garnier, the W has been designed by Rockwell Group Europe. An oversized backlit digital wall takes centre stage in the lobby, while historic features such as vaulted ceilings and marble staircases have been partially restored.

Business amenities: On the mezzanine floor, two fully wired and connecting event rooms totalling 41 sq m (and seating 16 guests) can be used as boardrooms.

Rooms: The 91 high-ceilinged rooms and suites offer views of Opéra Garnier, signature W Hotel beds, flat-screen TVs, a media hub, iPod docking stations and Bliss toiletries. The décor is a mix of Parisian style and cutting-edge New York design. Wireless internet access is not included in the room rate.

Leisure: The fully-equipped fitness centre is accessible 24/7, with views across the rooftops of Paris and personal trainers on request. The hotel’s Whatever/ Whenever service caters to your every whim, ‘as long as it’s legal’.

Restaurant: Fine-dining restaurant Arola is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, who serves Spanish favourites such as patatas bravas, squid a la brasa and paella. For cocktails, tapas and live
DJ sets, head to the ground-floor W Lounge. The signature cocktail The Spark is a delicious mix of vodka, champagne, orange, raspberry, saffron and honey.

4 rue Meyerbeer; Tel: 33.1 77 48 94 94; www.wparisopera.com

W Paris – Opera, Paris

Rates: from €340 ($418)

Overview: Housed in an elegant 1870s Haussmann building opposite the Opéra Garnier, the W has been designed by Rockwell Group Europe. An oversized backlit digital wall takes centre stage in the lobby, while historic features such as vaulted ceilings and marble staircases have been partially restored.

Business amenities: On the mezzanine floor, two fully wired and connecting event rooms totalling 41 sq m (and seating 16 guests) can be used as boardrooms.

Rooms: The 91 high-ceilinged rooms and suites offer views of Opéra Garnier, signature W Hotel beds, flat-screen TVs, a media hub, iPod docking stations and Bliss toiletries. The décor is a mix of Parisian style and cutting-edge New York design. Wireless internet access is not included in the room rate.

Leisure: The fully-equipped fitness centre is accessible 24/7, with views across the rooftops of Paris and personal trainers on request. The hotel’s Whatever/ Whenever service caters to your every whim, ‘as long as it’s legal’.

Restaurant: Fine-dining restaurant Arola is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, who serves Spanish favourites such as patatas bravas, squid a la brasa and paella. For cocktails, tapas and live
DJ sets, head to the ground-floor W Lounge. The signature cocktail The Spark is a delicious mix of vodka, champagne, orange, raspberry, saffron and honey.

4 rue Meyerbeer; Tel: 33.1 77 48 94 94; www.wparisopera.com

W Paris – Opera, Paris

Rates: from €340 ($418)

Overview: Housed in an elegant 1870s Haussmann building opposite the Opéra Garnier, the W has been designed by Rockwell Group Europe. An oversized backlit digital wall takes centre stage in the lobby, while historic features such as vaulted ceilings and marble staircases have been partially restored.

Business amenities: On the mezzanine floor, two fully wired and connecting event rooms totalling 41 sq m (and seating 16 guests) can be used as boardrooms.

Rooms: The 91 high-ceilinged rooms and suites offer views of Opéra Garnier, signature W Hotel beds, flat-screen TVs, a media hub, iPod docking stations and Bliss toiletries. The décor is a mix of Parisian style and cutting-edge New York design. Wireless internet access is not included in the room rate.

Leisure: The fully-equipped fitness centre is accessible 24/7, with views across the rooftops of Paris and personal trainers on request. The hotel’s Whatever/ Whenever service caters to your every whim, ‘as long as it’s legal’.

Restaurant: Fine-dining restaurant Arola is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, who serves Spanish favourites such as patatas bravas, squid a la brasa and paella. For cocktails, tapas and live
DJ sets, head to the ground-floor W Lounge. The signature cocktail The Spark is a delicious mix of vodka, champagne, orange, raspberry, saffron and honey.

4 rue Meyerbeer; Tel: 33.1 77 48 94 94; www.wparisopera.com

Armani Hotel, Milan

Rates: from €550 ($676)

Overview: Located in a 1937 rationalist- style building that already houses an Emporio Armani café, Armani/Nobu restaurant and the designer’s own three-floor boutique, this immaculate seven-floor hotel is the final peg in
the brand’s total block domination. Mr Armani’s subtle, impeccable imprint is everywhere, from the greige colour scheme, to the ‘lifestyle managers’ assigned to each guest and their high-maintenance needs, and finally, the A-shape of the building itself, a bold signature visible only from the air.

Business amenities: A 200 sq m, 24-hour business centre on the fourth floor is supplemented by a meeting room and two boardrooms featuring remote-controlled lighting, video conferencing, audio-video presentations and a private kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Rooms: All 95 rooms and suites are lined in smooth limestone and feature a discreet sea of Armani Casa furniture. Rooms range from the ‘basic’ 45 sq m Deluxe, to the two-storey, 200 sq m Presidential suite, with its own spiral staircase.

Leisure: The eighth floor is dedicated to the art of Armani-style pampering: the Armani/SPA with six treatment rooms and a Couples Suite, a 24-hour fitness gym, a personal trainer service, and an indoor pool, all with city views and sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light.

Restaurant: The glass-walled Armani/ Lounge is the perfect place to take in Milan’s metropolitan views. The Armani/ Ristorante serves traditional Italian fare, with a private dining room and chef’s table in the kitchen.

Via Manzoni 31; Tel: 39.02 8883 8888; www.armanihotels.com

Armani Hotel, Milan

Rates: from €550 ($676)

Overview: Located in a 1937 rationalist- style building that already houses an Emporio Armani café, Armani/Nobu restaurant and the designer’s own three-floor boutique, this immaculate seven-floor hotel is the final peg in
the brand’s total block domination. Mr Armani’s subtle, impeccable imprint is everywhere, from the greige colour scheme, to the ‘lifestyle managers’ assigned to each guest and their high-maintenance needs, and finally, the A-shape of the building itself, a bold signature visible only from the air.

Business amenities: A 200 sq m, 24-hour business centre on the fourth floor is supplemented by a meeting room and two boardrooms featuring remote-controlled lighting, video conferencing, audio-video presentations and a private kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Rooms: All 95 rooms and suites are lined in smooth limestone and feature a discreet sea of Armani Casa furniture. Rooms range from the ‘basic’ 45 sq m Deluxe, to the two-storey, 200 sq m Presidential suite, with its own spiral staircase.

Leisure: The eighth floor is dedicated to the art of Armani-style pampering: the Armani/SPA with six treatment rooms and a Couples Suite, a 24-hour fitness gym, a personal trainer service, and an indoor pool, all with city views and sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light.

Restaurant: The glass-walled Armani/ Lounge is the perfect place to take in Milan’s metropolitan views. The Armani/ Ristorante serves traditional Italian fare, with a private dining room and chef’s table in the kitchen.

Via Manzoni 31; Tel: 39.02 8883 8888; www.armanihotels.com

Armani Hotel, Milan

Rates: from €550 ($676)

Overview: Located in a 1937 rationalist- style building that already houses an Emporio Armani café, Armani/Nobu restaurant and the designer’s own three-floor boutique, this immaculate seven-floor hotel is the final peg in
the brand’s total block domination. Mr Armani’s subtle, impeccable imprint is everywhere, from the greige colour scheme, to the ‘lifestyle managers’ assigned to each guest and their high-maintenance needs, and finally, the A-shape of the building itself, a bold signature visible only from the air.

Business amenities: A 200 sq m, 24-hour business centre on the fourth floor is supplemented by a meeting room and two boardrooms featuring remote-controlled lighting, video conferencing, audio-video presentations and a private kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Rooms: All 95 rooms and suites are lined in smooth limestone and feature a discreet sea of Armani Casa furniture. Rooms range from the ‘basic’ 45 sq m Deluxe, to the two-storey, 200 sq m Presidential suite, with its own spiral staircase.

Leisure: The eighth floor is dedicated to the art of Armani-style pampering: the Armani/SPA with six treatment rooms and a Couples Suite, a 24-hour fitness gym, a personal trainer service, and an indoor pool, all with city views and sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light.

Restaurant: The glass-walled Armani/ Lounge is the perfect place to take in Milan’s metropolitan views. The Armani/ Ristorante serves traditional Italian fare, with a private dining room and chef’s table in the kitchen.

Via Manzoni 31; Tel: 39.02 8883 8888; www.armanihotels.com

Armani Hotel, Milan

Rates: from €550 ($676)

Overview: Located in a 1937 rationalist- style building that already houses an Emporio Armani café, Armani/Nobu restaurant and the designer’s own three-floor boutique, this immaculate seven-floor hotel is the final peg in
the brand’s total block domination. Mr Armani’s subtle, impeccable imprint is everywhere, from the greige colour scheme, to the ‘lifestyle managers’ assigned to each guest and their high-maintenance needs, and finally, the A-shape of the building itself, a bold signature visible only from the air.

Business amenities: A 200 sq m, 24-hour business centre on the fourth floor is supplemented by a meeting room and two boardrooms featuring remote-controlled lighting, video conferencing, audio-video presentations and a private kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Rooms: All 95 rooms and suites are lined in smooth limestone and feature a discreet sea of Armani Casa furniture. Rooms range from the ‘basic’ 45 sq m Deluxe, to the two-storey, 200 sq m Presidential suite, with its own spiral staircase.

Leisure: The eighth floor is dedicated to the art of Armani-style pampering: the Armani/SPA with six treatment rooms and a Couples Suite, a 24-hour fitness gym, a personal trainer service, and an indoor pool, all with city views and sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light.

Restaurant: The glass-walled Armani/ Lounge is the perfect place to take in Milan’s metropolitan views. The Armani/ Ristorante serves traditional Italian fare, with a private dining room and chef’s table in the kitchen.

Via Manzoni 31; Tel: 39.02 8883 8888; www.armanihotels.com

Armani Hotel, Milan

Rates: from €550 ($676)

Overview: Located in a 1937 rationalist- style building that already houses an Emporio Armani café, Armani/Nobu restaurant and the designer’s own three-floor boutique, this immaculate seven-floor hotel is the final peg in
the brand’s total block domination. Mr Armani’s subtle, impeccable imprint is everywhere, from the greige colour scheme, to the ‘lifestyle managers’ assigned to each guest and their high-maintenance needs, and finally, the A-shape of the building itself, a bold signature visible only from the air.

Business amenities: A 200 sq m, 24-hour business centre on the fourth floor is supplemented by a meeting room and two boardrooms featuring remote-controlled lighting, video conferencing, audio-video presentations and a private kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Rooms: All 95 rooms and suites are lined in smooth limestone and feature a discreet sea of Armani Casa furniture. Rooms range from the ‘basic’ 45 sq m Deluxe, to the two-storey, 200 sq m Presidential suite, with its own spiral staircase.

Leisure: The eighth floor is dedicated to the art of Armani-style pampering: the Armani/SPA with six treatment rooms and a Couples Suite, a 24-hour fitness gym, a personal trainer service, and an indoor pool, all with city views and sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light.

Restaurant: The glass-walled Armani/ Lounge is the perfect place to take in Milan’s metropolitan views. The Armani/ Ristorante serves traditional Italian fare, with a private dining room and chef’s table in the kitchen.

Via Manzoni 31; Tel: 39.02 8883 8888; www.armanihotels.com

Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Rates: from €325 ($399)

Overview: Ideally located between the luxury boutiques of Hooftstraat and Museumplein, this grand red brick building, a former bank and music school, has been transformed by Piero Lissoni into an airy, light-filled hotel. A glass box insertion packs a powerful punch on arrival in the vast entrance lobby, and features a library and indoor garden.

Business amenities: All six meeting and event rooms have natural light and are equipped with an HD video-conference system. The Symphony room can accommodate up to 130 guests.

Rooms: Precisely designed rooms fuse metal, glass and dark wood details. Pale stone bathrooms, rough plaster panelling and neon yellow highlights complete the rather pared-back, masculine look. Many of the rooms are duplexes taking advantage of the building’s incredibly high ceilings.

Leisure: The basement Akasha Wellbeing Centre features a lap pool, a large gym and exercise studio. The spa also offers four ‘floating’ treatment rooms, a watsu pool and a private hamman.

Restaurants: Reached via impressive arched corridors, complete with original art nouveau wall tiles and terrazzo flooring is Tunes, the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Schilo van Coevorden can be seen in the glass-walled show kitchen, applying the finishing touches to dishes from the nine-course tasting menu. A similarly relaxed but more accessible all-day menu, featuring classic Dutch nibbles such as Bitterballen and Oude Amsterdam cheese, is available in the Brasserie and Lounge in the lobby.

Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Photography: Misha de Ridder

Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Rates: from €325 ($399)

Overview: Ideally located between the luxury boutiques of Hooftstraat and Museumplein, this grand red brick building, a former bank and music school, has been transformed by Piero Lissoni into an airy, light-filled hotel. A glass box insertion packs a powerful punch on arrival in the vast entrance lobby, and features a library and indoor garden.

Business amenities: All six meeting and event rooms have natural light and are equipped with an HD video-conference system. The Symphony room can accommodate up to 130 guests.

Rooms: Precisely designed rooms fuse metal, glass and dark wood details. Pale stone bathrooms, rough plaster panelling and neon yellow highlights complete the rather pared-back, masculine look. Many of the rooms are duplexes taking advantage of the building’s incredibly high ceilings.

Leisure: The basement Akasha Wellbeing Centre features a lap pool, a large gym and exercise studio. The spa also offers four ‘floating’ treatment rooms, a watsu pool and a private hamman.

Restaurants: Reached via impressive arched corridors, complete with original art nouveau wall tiles and terrazzo flooring is Tunes, the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Schilo van Coevorden can be seen in the glass-walled show kitchen, applying the finishing touches to dishes from the nine-course tasting menu. A similarly relaxed but more accessible all-day menu, featuring classic Dutch nibbles such as Bitterballen and Oude Amsterdam cheese, is available in the Brasserie and Lounge in the lobby.

Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Photography: Misha de Ridder

Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Rates: from €325 ($399)

Overview: Ideally located between the luxury boutiques of Hooftstraat and Museumplein, this grand red brick building, a former bank and music school, has been transformed by Piero Lissoni into an airy, light-filled hotel. A glass box insertion packs a powerful punch on arrival in the vast entrance lobby, and features a library and indoor garden.

Business amenities: All six meeting and event rooms have natural light and are equipped with an HD video-conference system. The Symphony room can accommodate up to 130 guests.

Rooms: Precisely designed rooms fuse metal, glass and dark wood details. Pale stone bathrooms, rough plaster panelling and neon yellow highlights complete the rather pared-back, masculine look. Many of the rooms are duplexes taking advantage of the building’s incredibly high ceilings.

Leisure: The basement Akasha Wellbeing Centre features a lap pool, a large gym and exercise studio. The spa also offers four ‘floating’ treatment rooms, a watsu pool and a private hamman.

Restaurants: Reached via impressive arched corridors, complete with original art nouveau wall tiles and terrazzo flooring is Tunes, the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Schilo van Coevorden can be seen in the glass-walled show kitchen, applying the finishing touches to dishes from the nine-course tasting menu. A similarly relaxed but more accessible all-day menu, featuring classic Dutch nibbles such as Bitterballen and Oude Amsterdam cheese, is available in the Brasserie and Lounge in the lobby.

Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Photography: Misha de Ridder

Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Rates: from €325 ($399)

Overview: Ideally located between the luxury boutiques of Hooftstraat and Museumplein, this grand red brick building, a former bank and music school, has been transformed by Piero Lissoni into an airy, light-filled hotel. A glass box insertion packs a powerful punch on arrival in the vast entrance lobby, and features a library and indoor garden.

Business amenities: All six meeting and event rooms have natural light and are equipped with an HD video-conference system. The Symphony room can accommodate up to 130 guests.

Rooms: Precisely designed rooms fuse metal, glass and dark wood details. Pale stone bathrooms, rough plaster panelling and neon yellow highlights complete the rather pared-back, masculine look. Many of the rooms are duplexes taking advantage of the building’s incredibly high ceilings.

Leisure: The basement Akasha Wellbeing Centre features a lap pool, a large gym and exercise studio. The spa also offers four ‘floating’ treatment rooms, a watsu pool and a private hamman.

Restaurants: Reached via impressive arched corridors, complete with original art nouveau wall tiles and terrazzo flooring is Tunes, the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Schilo van Coevorden can be seen in the glass-walled show kitchen, applying the finishing touches to dishes from the nine-course tasting menu. A similarly relaxed but more accessible all-day menu, featuring classic Dutch nibbles such as Bitterballen and Oude Amsterdam cheese, is available in the Brasserie and Lounge in the lobby.

Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Photography: Misha de Ridder

Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Rates: from €325 ($399)

Overview: Ideally located between the luxury boutiques of Hooftstraat and Museumplein, this grand red brick building, a former bank and music school, has been transformed by Piero Lissoni into an airy, light-filled hotel. A glass box insertion packs a powerful punch on arrival in the vast entrance lobby, and features a library and indoor garden.

Business amenities: All six meeting and event rooms have natural light and are equipped with an HD video-conference system. The Symphony room can accommodate up to 130 guests.

Rooms: Precisely designed rooms fuse metal, glass and dark wood details. Pale stone bathrooms, rough plaster panelling and neon yellow highlights complete the rather pared-back, masculine look. Many of the rooms are duplexes taking advantage of the building’s incredibly high ceilings.

Leisure: The basement Akasha Wellbeing Centre features a lap pool, a large gym and exercise studio. The spa also offers four ‘floating’ treatment rooms, a watsu pool and a private hamman.

Restaurants: Reached via impressive arched corridors, complete with original art nouveau wall tiles and terrazzo flooring is Tunes, the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Schilo van Coevorden can be seen in the glass-walled show kitchen, applying the finishing touches to dishes from the nine-course tasting menu. A similarly relaxed but more accessible all-day menu, featuring classic Dutch nibbles such as Bitterballen and Oude Amsterdam cheese, is available in the Brasserie and Lounge in the lobby.

Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Photography: Misha de Ridder

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel, London

Rates: from £440 ($684)

Overview: Housed in an entirely new building among Knightsbridge’s traditional architecture, the Bulgari was designed by Antonio Citterio, who has furnished the 85 rooms and suites with his trademark palette of stained oak and glossy Sapele mahogany, plus acres of leather, masculine furnishings and silver.

Business amenities: Business centre comprises two boardrooms (ten guests each) that can be connected, a smaller business lounge, two rentable offices (for up to six guests each). The Ballroom is set over an entire floor and is capable of hosting receptions of 140 with a pre-function foyer area.

Rooms: The 85 rooms and seven Bulgari suites feature interiors inspired by London’s nautical tradition, with polished mahogany and a mini-bar incorporated into a traveller’s trunk. Suites have additional features, including fireplaces, kitchens, large walk-in wardrobes, terraces with views over Knightsbridge, and Murano glass chandeliers.

Leisure: One of the largest in London, the spa takes over the two lower floors of the building. Decked in sandblasted Vicenza stone, the pool area features a 25m basin lined with mosaic tiles in green and gold. The plush, 47-seat private cinema, boasts a library of around 500 films curated by David Puttnam.

Restaurants: Robbie Pepin, who opened Alain Ducasse’s Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco, headlines the restaurant Il Ristorante, with a tasty Italian-influenced menu.

171 Knightsbridge; Tel: 44.20 7151 1010; www.bulgarihotels.com

ME London, London

Rates: from £340 ($529)

Overview: Located on London’s 1920s Aldwych crescent, ME London is the latest project from Spanish chain Meliá, which has recruited Foster Partners to design its 157-room luxury hotel. The triangular new build boasts a glass and Portland stone façade, but the design’s centrepiece is a dramatic atrium housing a white marble lobby, hidden at the core of the structure.

Business amenities: Seven flexible meeting spaces total 499 sq m; complimentary Wi-Fi for corporate accounts; secretarial services; laptops provided for use throughout hotel and linked to printers remotely; personalised business cards; iPads in all suites, with pre-loaded newspapers.

Rooms: The 157 rooms extend towards the street to take advantage of the views; their angled windows flooding the spaces with light. The minimalist design features white leather walls and black lacquered cabinets, while the duplex penthouse ME Suite is topped by a glass cupola offering panoramic views over London.

Leisure: In-room spa facilities and personal training sessions (including runs along the nearby Thames) on demand.

Restaurants: The striking STK restaurant and bar, the seventh in the franchise, offers a lighter take on the traditional steakhouse. In the hotel lobby the Marconi Bar serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails and fine wines in the evening; while Radio, the rooftop bar, lounge and terrace (pictured bottom) hosts a monthly cocktail party showcasing live local, national and international music.

336-337 The Strand; Tel: 44.808 234 1953; www.melondonuk.com

ME London, London

Rates: from £340 ($529)

Overview: Located on London’s 1920s Aldwych crescent, ME London is the latest project from Spanish chain Meliá, which has recruited Foster Partners to design its 157-room luxury hotel. The triangular new build boasts a glass and Portland stone façade, but the design’s centrepiece is a dramatic atrium housing a white marble lobby, hidden at the core of the structure.

Business amenities: Seven flexible meeting spaces total 499 sq m; complimentary Wi-Fi for corporate accounts; secretarial services; laptops provided for use throughout hotel and linked to printers remotely; personalised business cards; iPads in all suites, with pre-loaded newspapers.

Rooms: The 157 rooms extend towards the street to take advantage of the views; their angled windows flooding the spaces with light. The minimalist design features white leather walls and black lacquered cabinets, while the duplex penthouse ME Suite is topped by a glass cupola offering panoramic views over London.

Leisure: In-room spa facilities and personal training sessions (including runs along the nearby Thames) on demand.

Restaurants: The striking STK restaurant and bar, the seventh in the franchise, offers a lighter take on the traditional steakhouse. In the hotel lobby the Marconi Bar serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails and fine wines in the evening; while Radio, the rooftop bar, lounge and terrace (pictured bottom) hosts a monthly cocktail party showcasing live local, national and international music.

336-337 The Strand; Tel: 44.808 234 1953; www.melondonuk.com

ME London, London

Rates: from £340 ($529)

Overview: Located on London’s 1920s Aldwych crescent, ME London is the latest project from Spanish chain Meliá, which has recruited Foster Partners to design its 157-room luxury hotel. The triangular new build boasts a glass and Portland stone façade, but the design’s centrepiece is a dramatic atrium housing a white marble lobby, hidden at the core of the structure.

Business amenities: Seven flexible meeting spaces total 499 sq m; complimentary Wi-Fi for corporate accounts; secretarial services; laptops provided for use throughout hotel and linked to printers remotely; personalised business cards; iPads in all suites, with pre-loaded newspapers.

Rooms: The 157 rooms extend towards the street to take advantage of the views; their angled windows flooding the spaces with light. The minimalist design features white leather walls and black lacquered cabinets, while the duplex penthouse ME Suite is topped by a glass cupola offering panoramic views over London.

Leisure: In-room spa facilities and personal training sessions (including runs along the nearby Thames) on demand.

Restaurants: The striking STK restaurant and bar, the seventh in the franchise, offers a lighter take on the traditional steakhouse. In the hotel lobby the Marconi Bar serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails and fine wines in the evening; while Radio, the rooftop bar, lounge and terrace (pictured bottom) hosts a monthly cocktail party showcasing live local, national and international music.

336-337 The Strand; Tel: 44.808 234 1953; www.melondonuk.com

ME London, London

Rates: from £340 ($529)

Overview: Located on London’s 1920s Aldwych crescent, ME London is the latest project from Spanish chain Meliá, which has recruited Foster Partners to design its 157-room luxury hotel. The triangular new build boasts a glass and Portland stone façade, but the design’s centrepiece is a dramatic atrium housing a white marble lobby, hidden at the core of the structure.

Business amenities: Seven flexible meeting spaces total 499 sq m; complimentary Wi-Fi for corporate accounts; secretarial services; laptops provided for use throughout hotel and linked to printers remotely; personalised business cards; iPads in all suites, with pre-loaded newspapers.

Rooms: The 157 rooms extend towards the street to take advantage of the views; their angled windows flooding the spaces with light. The minimalist design features white leather walls and black lacquered cabinets, while the duplex penthouse ME Suite is topped by a glass cupola offering panoramic views over London.

Leisure: In-room spa facilities and personal training sessions (including runs along the nearby Thames) on demand.

Restaurants: The striking STK restaurant and bar, the seventh in the franchise, offers a lighter take on the traditional steakhouse. In the hotel lobby the Marconi Bar serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails and fine wines in the evening; while Radio, the rooftop bar, lounge and terrace (pictured bottom) hosts a monthly cocktail party showcasing live local, national and international music.

336-337 The Strand; Tel: 44.808 234 1953; www.melondonuk.com

Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz

Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)

Overview: There might be no better place to hold a corporate retreat than the Fasano Boa Vista. Located 100km away from the bustling business hub of São Paulo, the resort boasts the amenities of the other five-star Fasano properties, including their attention to culinary detail. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the complex, which spans 12 million sq m of virgin landscape, a third of which is covered by natural forest and natural lakes.

Business amenities: Living-room style public areas can be cleverly closed off to create secure environments for meetings, without sacrificing style, comfort or service. For larger meetings or events the Clubhouse or Equestrian Center can be used. Wi-Fi is complimentary and workstations are available for guest use. A business centre is available with secretarial and translation services and there is also a heliport with six helipads.

Rooms: All 27 deluxe rooms, 11 duplex suites and the two-bedroom master suite boast balconies that put the rolling landscape on display and are decorated in the signature Fasano style of rich, warm materials highlighted with classic touches

Leisure: The two championship golf courses are the first in South America to meet PGA specifications, and come complete with what must be the most beautiful clubhouse on the continent. The stunning Equestrian Center is the place to enjoy riding and polo, and while the spa isn’t scheduled to open until October 2012, treatments and yoga and Pilates classes are available in your room.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves the kind of Italian cuisine the Fasano family is renowned for, while the Pool Bar offers a snack menu, except on weekends when Brazilian fare takes centre stage, with feijoada, the traditional black bean stew, the star of the show.

Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br

Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz

Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)

Overview: There might be no better place to hold a corporate retreat than the Fasano Boa Vista. Located 100km away from the bustling business hub of São Paulo, the resort boasts the amenities of the other five-star Fasano properties, including their attention to culinary detail. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the complex, which spans 12 million sq m of virgin landscape, a third of which is covered by natural forest and natural lakes.

Business amenities: Living-room style public areas can be cleverly closed off to create secure environments for meetings, without sacrificing style, comfort or service. For larger meetings or events the Clubhouse or Equestrian Center can be used. Wi-Fi is complimentary and workstations are available for guest use. A business centre is available with secretarial and translation services and there is also a heliport with six helipads.

Rooms: All 27 deluxe rooms, 11 duplex suites and the two-bedroom master suite boast balconies that put the rolling landscape on display and are decorated in the signature Fasano style of rich, warm materials highlighted with classic touches

Leisure: The two championship golf courses are the first in South America to meet PGA specifications, and come complete with what must be the most beautiful clubhouse on the continent. The stunning Equestrian Center is the place to enjoy riding and polo, and while the spa isn’t scheduled to open until October 2012, treatments and yoga and Pilates classes are available in your room.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves the kind of Italian cuisine the Fasano family is renowned for, while the Pool Bar offers a snack menu, except on weekends when Brazilian fare takes centre stage, with feijoada, the traditional black bean stew, the star of the show.

Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br

Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz

Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)

Overview: There might be no better place to hold a corporate retreat than the Fasano Boa Vista. Located 100km away from the bustling business hub of São Paulo, the resort boasts the amenities of the other five-star Fasano properties, including their attention to culinary detail. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the complex, which spans 12 million sq m of virgin landscape, a third of which is covered by natural forest and natural lakes.

Business amenities: Living-room style public areas can be cleverly closed off to create secure environments for meetings, without sacrificing style, comfort or service. For larger meetings or events the Clubhouse or Equestrian Center can be used. Wi-Fi is complimentary and workstations are available for guest use. A business centre is available with secretarial and translation services and there is also a heliport with six helipads.

Rooms: All 27 deluxe rooms, 11 duplex suites and the two-bedroom master suite boast balconies that put the rolling landscape on display and are decorated in the signature Fasano style of rich, warm materials highlighted with classic touches

Leisure: The two championship golf courses are the first in South America to meet PGA specifications, and come complete with what must be the most beautiful clubhouse on the continent. The stunning Equestrian Center is the place to enjoy riding and polo, and while the spa isn’t scheduled to open until October 2012, treatments and yoga and Pilates classes are available in your room.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves the kind of Italian cuisine the Fasano family is renowned for, while the Pool Bar offers a snack menu, except on weekends when Brazilian fare takes centre stage, with feijoada, the traditional black bean stew, the star of the show.

Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br

Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz

Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)

Overview: There might be no better place to hold a corporate retreat than the Fasano Boa Vista. Located 100km away from the bustling business hub of São Paulo, the resort boasts the amenities of the other five-star Fasano properties, including their attention to culinary detail. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the complex, which spans 12 million sq m of virgin landscape, a third of which is covered by natural forest and natural lakes.

Business amenities: Living-room style public areas can be cleverly closed off to create secure environments for meetings, without sacrificing style, comfort or service. For larger meetings or events the Clubhouse or Equestrian Center can be used. Wi-Fi is complimentary and workstations are available for guest use. A business centre is available with secretarial and translation services and there is also a heliport with six helipads.

Rooms: All 27 deluxe rooms, 11 duplex suites and the two-bedroom master suite boast balconies that put the rolling landscape on display and are decorated in the signature Fasano style of rich, warm materials highlighted with classic touches

Leisure: The two championship golf courses are the first in South America to meet PGA specifications, and come complete with what must be the most beautiful clubhouse on the continent. The stunning Equestrian Center is the place to enjoy riding and polo, and while the spa isn’t scheduled to open until October 2012, treatments and yoga and Pilates classes are available in your room.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves the kind of Italian cuisine the Fasano family is renowned for, while the Pool Bar offers a snack menu, except on weekends when Brazilian fare takes centre stage, with feijoada, the traditional black bean stew, the star of the show.

Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br

Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz

Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)

Overview: There might be no better place to hold a corporate retreat than the Fasano Boa Vista. Located 100km away from the bustling business hub of São Paulo, the resort boasts the amenities of the other five-star Fasano properties, including their attention to culinary detail. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the complex, which spans 12 million sq m of virgin landscape, a third of which is covered by natural forest and natural lakes.

Business amenities: Living-room style public areas can be cleverly closed off to create secure environments for meetings, without sacrificing style, comfort or service. For larger meetings or events the Clubhouse or Equestrian Center can be used. Wi-Fi is complimentary and workstations are available for guest use. A business centre is available with secretarial and translation services and there is also a heliport with six helipads.

Rooms: All 27 deluxe rooms, 11 duplex suites and the two-bedroom master suite boast balconies that put the rolling landscape on display and are decorated in the signature Fasano style of rich, warm materials highlighted with classic touches

Leisure: The two championship golf courses are the first in South America to meet PGA specifications, and come complete with what must be the most beautiful clubhouse on the continent. The stunning Equestrian Center is the place to enjoy riding and polo, and while the spa isn’t scheduled to open until October 2012, treatments and yoga and Pilates classes are available in your room.

Restaurants: The main restaurant serves the kind of Italian cuisine the Fasano family is renowned for, while the Pool Bar offers a snack menu, except on weekends when Brazilian fare takes centre stage, with feijoada, the traditional black bean stew, the star of the show.

Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br

Hotel 17, Valparaíso

Rates: from CLP$90,000 ($180)

Overview: Located right in Valparaiso’s historic heart, Hotel 17 is the city’s first boutique hotel signalling the beginning of a new design consciousness that will surely lead to a surge in popularity. The hotel offers great views across the bay, and most of the city’s main sights and attractions are a short walk away.

Business amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel allows full working flexibility in a variety of cosy spaces. Guests can also arrange meetings in the adaptable Breakfast Lounge

Rooms: Each of the ten rooms share views of Valparaiso Bay or Concepción Hill. The private balconies provide the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate how the surrounding colourful architecture is reflected in the interior décor.

Leisure: Hotel 17 has a comfortable reading and TV room, as well as providing a massage and spa service. A team of staff are on hand to coordinate any visits and excursions into town, or arrange recreational activities such as paragliding, snorkelling, golf or horse riding.

Restaurants: Breakfast is included with each room, along with a mid-afternoon coffee break, and although a restaurant has yet to open on site, the surrounding establishments offer a wide variety of local dishes. Street food is readily available, with bakeries on nearly every block. Valparaiso being a major seaport, visitors are treated to fresh seafood, as well a selection of international cuisines provided by the large number of settlers.

Papudo Street No 557, Concepción Hill; Tel: 56.32 3281310; www.hotel17.cl

Hotel 17, Valparaíso

Rates: from CLP$90,000 ($180)

Overview: Located right in Valparaiso’s historic heart, Hotel 17 is the city’s first boutique hotel signalling the beginning of a new design consciousness that will surely lead to a surge in popularity. The hotel offers great views across the bay, and most of the city’s main sights and attractions are a short walk away.

Business amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel allows full working flexibility in a variety of cosy spaces. Guests can also arrange meetings in the adaptable Breakfast Lounge

Rooms: Each of the ten rooms share views of Valparaiso Bay or Concepción Hill. The private balconies provide the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate how the surrounding colourful architecture is reflected in the interior décor.

Leisure: Hotel 17 has a comfortable reading and TV room, as well as providing a massage and spa service. A team of staff are on hand to coordinate any visits and excursions into town, or arrange recreational activities such as paragliding, snorkelling, golf or horse riding.

Restaurants: Breakfast is included with each room, along with a mid-afternoon coffee break, and although a restaurant has yet to open on site, the surrounding establishments offer a wide variety of local dishes. Street food is readily available, with bakeries on nearly every block. Valparaiso being a major seaport, visitors are treated to fresh seafood, as well a selection of international cuisines provided by the large number of settlers.

Papudo Street No 557, Concepción Hill; Tel: 56.32 3281310; www.hotel17.cl

Hotel 17, Valparaíso

Rates: from CLP$90,000 ($180)

Overview: Located right in Valparaiso’s historic heart, Hotel 17 is the city’s first boutique hotel signalling the beginning of a new design consciousness that will surely lead to a surge in popularity. The hotel offers great views across the bay, and most of the city’s main sights and attractions are a short walk away.

Business amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel allows full working flexibility in a variety of cosy spaces. Guests can also arrange meetings in the adaptable Breakfast Lounge

Rooms: Each of the ten rooms share views of Valparaiso Bay or Concepción Hill. The private balconies provide the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate how the surrounding colourful architecture is reflected in the interior décor.

Leisure: Hotel 17 has a comfortable reading and TV room, as well as providing a massage and spa service. A team of staff are on hand to coordinate any visits and excursions into town, or arrange recreational activities such as paragliding, snorkelling, golf or horse riding.

Restaurants: Breakfast is included with each room, along with a mid-afternoon coffee break, and although a restaurant has yet to open on site, the surrounding establishments offer a wide variety of local dishes. Street food is readily available, with bakeries on nearly every block. Valparaiso being a major seaport, visitors are treated to fresh seafood, as well a selection of international cuisines provided by the large number of settlers.

Papudo Street No 557, Concepción Hill; Tel: 56.32 3281310; www.hotel17.cl

Hotel 17, Valparaíso

Rates: from CLP$90,000 ($180)

Overview: Located right in Valparaiso’s historic heart, Hotel 17 is the city’s first boutique hotel signalling the beginning of a new design consciousness that will surely lead to a surge in popularity. The hotel offers great views across the bay, and most of the city’s main sights and attractions are a short walk away.

Business amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel allows full working flexibility in a variety of cosy spaces. Guests can also arrange meetings in the adaptable Breakfast Lounge

Rooms: Each of the ten rooms share views of Valparaiso Bay or Concepción Hill. The private balconies provide the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate how the surrounding colourful architecture is reflected in the interior décor.

Leisure: Hotel 17 has a comfortable reading and TV room, as well as providing a massage and spa service. A team of staff are on hand to coordinate any visits and excursions into town, or arrange recreational activities such as paragliding, snorkelling, golf or horse riding.

Restaurants: Breakfast is included with each room, along with a mid-afternoon coffee break, and although a restaurant has yet to open on site, the surrounding establishments offer a wide variety of local dishes. Street food is readily available, with bakeries on nearly every block. Valparaiso being a major seaport, visitors are treated to fresh seafood, as well a selection of international cuisines provided by the large number of settlers.

Papudo Street No 557, Concepción Hill; Tel: 56.32 3281310; www.hotel17.cl

BOG Hotel, Bogotá

Rates: from $300

Overview: Bogotá has a sparkling new hotel for those who want to add a little gold dust to their travels. Located in the bustling north of the city, BOG Hotel’s utilitarian architecture by Octubre Arquitectura, and simple yet opulent interiors by Nini Andrade Silva, make it a welcome contrast to the abundance of overly corporate offerings. The gilt-edged lobby and lounge have already become one of the area’s new hot spots.

Business amenities: The two salons located on the ground floor overlook a lush green courtyard and offer the latest hi-tech appliances and video-conferencing facilities for successful business or social gatherings, hosting up to 20 people. Wi-Fi is available in each meeting room, as well as in the hotel’s public areas.

Rooms: The 55 rooms are decorated in shades of bronze, green and silver. The shimmering interiors echo the country’s golden past and glittering future as one of the world’s richest sources of precious metals and emeralds.

Leisure: There’s a hotel gym, and the heated rooftop pool and bar offer views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Restaurants: La Leo is run by celebrated Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa, who draws inspiration from the country’s gastronomic heritage, using traditional ingredients to create fusion dishes that blend cross-cultural flavours with local recipes such as ceviche salad with avocado, coriander and green chilli.

Carrera 11 No 86-74; Tel: 57.1 639 9999; www.designhotels.com

BOG Hotel, Bogotá

Rates: from $300

Overview: Bogotá has a sparkling new hotel for those who want to add a little gold dust to their travels. Located in the bustling north of the city, BOG Hotel’s utilitarian architecture by Octubre Arquitectura, and simple yet opulent interiors by Nini Andrade Silva, make it a welcome contrast to the abundance of overly corporate offerings. The gilt-edged lobby and lounge have already become one of the area’s new hot spots.

Business amenities: The two salons located on the ground floor overlook a lush green courtyard and offer the latest hi-tech appliances and video-conferencing facilities for successful business or social gatherings, hosting up to 20 people. Wi-Fi is available in each meeting room, as well as in the hotel’s public areas.

Rooms: The 55 rooms are decorated in shades of bronze, green and silver. The shimmering interiors echo the country’s golden past and glittering future as one of the world’s richest sources of precious metals and emeralds.

Leisure: There’s a hotel gym, and the heated rooftop pool and bar offer views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Restaurants: La Leo is run by celebrated Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa, who draws inspiration from the country’s gastronomic heritage, using traditional ingredients to create fusion dishes that blend cross-cultural flavours with local recipes such as ceviche salad with avocado, coriander and green chilli.

Carrera 11 No 86-74; Tel: 57.1 639 9999; www.designhotels.com

BOG Hotel, Bogotá

Rates: from $300

Overview: Bogotá has a sparkling new hotel for those who want to add a little gold dust to their travels. Located in the bustling north of the city, BOG Hotel’s utilitarian architecture by Octubre Arquitectura, and simple yet opulent interiors by Nini Andrade Silva, make it a welcome contrast to the abundance of overly corporate offerings. The gilt-edged lobby and lounge have already become one of the area’s new hot spots.

Business amenities: The two salons located on the ground floor overlook a lush green courtyard and offer the latest hi-tech appliances and video-conferencing facilities for successful business or social gatherings, hosting up to 20 people. Wi-Fi is available in each meeting room, as well as in the hotel’s public areas.

Rooms: The 55 rooms are decorated in shades of bronze, green and silver. The shimmering interiors echo the country’s golden past and glittering future as one of the world’s richest sources of precious metals and emeralds.

Leisure: There’s a hotel gym, and the heated rooftop pool and bar offer views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Restaurants: La Leo is run by celebrated Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa, who draws inspiration from the country’s gastronomic heritage, using traditional ingredients to create fusion dishes that blend cross-cultural flavours with local recipes such as ceviche salad with avocado, coriander and green chilli.

Carrera 11 No 86-74; Tel: 57.1 639 9999; www.designhotels.com

BOG Hotel, Bogotá

Rates: from $300

Overview: Bogotá has a sparkling new hotel for those who want to add a little gold dust to their travels. Located in the bustling north of the city, BOG Hotel’s utilitarian architecture by Octubre Arquitectura, and simple yet opulent interiors by Nini Andrade Silva, make it a welcome contrast to the abundance of overly corporate offerings. The gilt-edged lobby and lounge have already become one of the area’s new hot spots.

Business amenities: The two salons located on the ground floor overlook a lush green courtyard and offer the latest hi-tech appliances and video-conferencing facilities for successful business or social gatherings, hosting up to 20 people. Wi-Fi is available in each meeting room, as well as in the hotel’s public areas.

Rooms: The 55 rooms are decorated in shades of bronze, green and silver. The shimmering interiors echo the country’s golden past and glittering future as one of the world’s richest sources of precious metals and emeralds.

Leisure: There’s a hotel gym, and the heated rooftop pool and bar offer views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Restaurants: La Leo is run by celebrated Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa, who draws inspiration from the country’s gastronomic heritage, using traditional ingredients to create fusion dishes that blend cross-cultural flavours with local recipes such as ceviche salad with avocado, coriander and green chilli.

Carrera 11 No 86-74; Tel: 57.1 639 9999; www.designhotels.com

BOG Hotel, Bogotá

Rates: from $300

Overview: Bogotá has a sparkling new hotel for those who want to add a little gold dust to their travels. Located in the bustling north of the city, BOG Hotel’s utilitarian architecture by Octubre Arquitectura, and simple yet opulent interiors by Nini Andrade Silva, make it a welcome contrast to the abundance of overly corporate offerings. The gilt-edged lobby and lounge have already become one of the area’s new hot spots.

Business amenities: The two salons located on the ground floor overlook a lush green courtyard and offer the latest hi-tech appliances and video-conferencing facilities for successful business or social gatherings, hosting up to 20 people. Wi-Fi is available in each meeting room, as well as in the hotel’s public areas.

Rooms: The 55 rooms are decorated in shades of bronze, green and silver. The shimmering interiors echo the country’s golden past and glittering future as one of the world’s richest sources of precious metals and emeralds.

Leisure: There’s a hotel gym, and the heated rooftop pool and bar offer views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Restaurants: La Leo is run by celebrated Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa, who draws inspiration from the country’s gastronomic heritage, using traditional ingredients to create fusion dishes that blend cross-cultural flavours with local recipes such as ceviche salad with avocado, coriander and green chilli.

Carrera 11 No 86-74; Tel: 57.1 639 9999; www.designhotels.com

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Downtown, Mexico City

Rates:
from $153

Overview: Located in Mexico City’s Centro Historico, Downtown is housed in one of the capital’s few remaining 17th-century palaces. Originally known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, it has a red volcanic rock façade, traditional handmade tiles in the rooms, perfectly manicured patios, and a stone-forged staircase dating from the colonial period and featuring a stunning 1945 mural by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. The palace was painstakingly restored by the Habita Hotel Group with local practice Cherem Serrano.

Business amenities: The hotel offers diverse spaces for private events, including an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the historic centre. Wi-Fi throughout.

Rooms: Downtown has 11 suites, which overlook the indoor patio, and six master suites with balconies and views over the cobbled streets. Exposed concrete walls bring a raw industrial edge, complemented by light wooden detailing, tiled floors, and dramatic high-vaulted brick ceilings.

Leisure: The renovation of the building includes a newly created rooftop terrace bar and pool area, with stunning views over the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a screening room, a garden and ping-pong tables.

Restaurant: Close to the hotel, the La Fonda restaurant is run by one of Mexico City’s finest gastronomic groups, and serves local street food, including one of the best smoky pork and black beans tacos in town.

Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown

Trump Ocean Club, Panama City

Rates: from $159

Overview: The great mast-like silhouette of the Trump Ocean Club, anchored in the Punta Pacifica district, soars to 290m – an altitude few other buildings penetrate in this part of the world. It is no small feat that HBA, alongside Trump senior executive Ivanka Trump, have managed to combine bold contemporary features with Panamanian traditions. The financial district, nightlife hubs, and historic centre are all just minutes away.

Business amenities: The 46,000 sq ft of event space includes a Grand Ballroom, three meeting rooms (all with the latest technology and ocean views), spacious open-air areas, ocean-front terraces and private restaurant sections.

Rooms: The 369 rooms and luxury suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, flat-screen televisions with DVD/ CD players, Nespresso coffee machines and marble and granite bathrooms.

Leisure: Five outdoor pools stretch out towards the ocean on the 13th floor deck, alongside a poolside restaurant and bar where guests can relax in private cabanas. The fitness centre, with Technogym equipment, also offers ocean views. A 10,000 sq ft spa is under completion, but some treatments such as massage therapies and acupuncture, are already on offer.

Restaurants: Tejas offers a culinary journey through Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on seafood dishes, while Barcelona specialises in Panamanian specialities and traditional tapas. There is also a poolside bar and grill, and an intimate wine lounge in the sky lobby.

Calle Punta Colon; Tel: 507.215 8800; www.trumpoceanclub.com

Trump Ocean Club, Panama City

Rates: from $159

Overview: The great mast-like silhouette of the Trump Ocean Club, anchored in the Punta Pacifica district, soars to 290m – an altitude few other buildings penetrate in this part of the world. It is no small feat that HBA, alongside Trump senior executive Ivanka Trump, have managed to combine bold contemporary features with Panamanian traditions. The financial district, nightlife hubs, and historic centre are all just minutes away.

Business amenities: The 46,000 sq ft of event space includes a Grand Ballroom, three meeting rooms (all with the latest technology and ocean views), spacious open-air areas, ocean-front terraces and private restaurant sections.

Rooms: The 369 rooms and luxury suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, flat-screen televisions with DVD/ CD players, Nespresso coffee machines and marble and granite bathrooms.

Leisure: Five outdoor pools stretch out towards the ocean on the 13th floor deck, alongside a poolside restaurant and bar where guests can relax in private cabanas. The fitness centre, with Technogym equipment, also offers ocean views. A 10,000 sq ft spa is under completion, but some treatments such as massage therapies and acupuncture, are already on offer.

Restaurants: Tejas offers a culinary journey through Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on seafood dishes, while Barcelona specialises in Panamanian specialities and traditional tapas. There is also a poolside bar and grill, and an intimate wine lounge in the sky lobby.

Calle Punta Colon; Tel: 507.215 8800; www.trumpoceanclub.com

Trump Ocean Club, Panama City

Rates: from $159

Overview: The great mast-like silhouette of the Trump Ocean Club, anchored in the Punta Pacifica district, soars to 290m – an altitude few other buildings penetrate in this part of the world. It is no small feat that HBA, alongside Trump senior executive Ivanka Trump, have managed to combine bold contemporary features with Panamanian traditions. The financial district, nightlife hubs, and historic centre are all just minutes away.

Business amenities: The 46,000 sq ft of event space includes a Grand Ballroom, three meeting rooms (all with the latest technology and ocean views), spacious open-air areas, ocean-front terraces and private restaurant sections.

Rooms: The 369 rooms and luxury suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, flat-screen televisions with DVD/ CD players, Nespresso coffee machines and marble and granite bathrooms.

Leisure: Five outdoor pools stretch out towards the ocean on the 13th floor deck, alongside a poolside restaurant and bar where guests can relax in private cabanas. The fitness centre, with Technogym equipment, also offers ocean views. A 10,000 sq ft spa is under completion, but some treatments such as massage therapies and acupuncture, are already on offer.

Restaurants: Tejas offers a culinary journey through Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on seafood dishes, while Barcelona specialises in Panamanian specialities and traditional tapas. There is also a poolside bar and grill, and an intimate wine lounge in the sky lobby.

Calle Punta Colon; Tel: 507.215 8800; www.trumpoceanclub.com

Trump Ocean Club, Panama City

Rates: from $159

Overview: The great mast-like silhouette of the Trump Ocean Club, anchored in the Punta Pacifica district, soars to 290m – an altitude few other buildings penetrate in this part of the world. It is no small feat that HBA, alongside Trump senior executive Ivanka Trump, have managed to combine bold contemporary features with Panamanian traditions. The financial district, nightlife hubs, and historic centre are all just minutes away.

Business amenities: The 46,000 sq ft of event space includes a Grand Ballroom, three meeting rooms (all with the latest technology and ocean views), spacious open-air areas, ocean-front terraces and private restaurant sections.

Rooms: The 369 rooms and luxury suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, flat-screen televisions with DVD/ CD players, Nespresso coffee machines and marble and granite bathrooms.

Leisure: Five outdoor pools stretch out towards the ocean on the 13th floor deck, alongside a poolside restaurant and bar where guests can relax in private cabanas. The fitness centre, with Technogym equipment, also offers ocean views. A 10,000 sq ft spa is under completion, but some treatments such as massage therapies and acupuncture, are already on offer.

Restaurants: Tejas offers a culinary journey through Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on seafood dishes, while Barcelona specialises in Panamanian specialities and traditional tapas. There is also a poolside bar and grill, and an intimate wine lounge in the sky lobby.

Calle Punta Colon; Tel: 507.215 8800; www.trumpoceanclub.com

Trump Ocean Club, Panama City

Rates: from $159

Overview: The great mast-like silhouette of the Trump Ocean Club, anchored in the Punta Pacifica district, soars to 290m – an altitude few other buildings penetrate in this part of the world. It is no small feat that HBA, alongside Trump senior executive Ivanka Trump, have managed to combine bold contemporary features with Panamanian traditions. The financial district, nightlife hubs, and historic centre are all just minutes away.

Business amenities: The 46,000 sq ft of event space includes a Grand Ballroom, three meeting rooms (all with the latest technology and ocean views), spacious open-air areas, ocean-front terraces and private restaurant sections.

Rooms: The 369 rooms and luxury suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, flat-screen televisions with DVD/ CD players, Nespresso coffee machines and marble and granite bathrooms.

Leisure: Five outdoor pools stretch out towards the ocean on the 13th floor deck, alongside a poolside restaurant and bar where guests can relax in private cabanas. The fitness centre, with Technogym equipment, also offers ocean views. A 10,000 sq ft spa is under completion, but some treatments such as massage therapies and acupuncture, are already on offer.

Restaurants: Tejas offers a culinary journey through Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on seafood dishes, while Barcelona specialises in Panamanian specialities and traditional tapas. There is also a poolside bar and grill, and an intimate wine lounge in the sky lobby.

Calle Punta Colon; Tel: 507.215 8800; www.trumpoceanclub.com

Hotel Georges, Istanbul

Rates: €175 ($215)

Overview: Tucked away on a narrow cobbled lane in Galata, the Georges Hotel is harder to find than a speakeasy. Enter the unmarked door of the fabulously refurbished art nouveau building and, save a stray piece of luggage, there’s no sign that it’s a hotel. Inspired by the intimate hôtel particuliers of Paris, Georges Hotel offers a full butler service and is decorated with parquet floors, bespoke brass fixtures, ornamental plaster panels and handcrafted wood furnishings by local artisans.

Business amenities: The meeting room can sit 14 people and host up to 150 for an event by connecting the space with the Terrace Suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi, iPad docking station and laptop-sized safe boxes are available in all rooms.

Rooms: The 21 rooms are all looked after by fewer than 21 staff members. Each offers friendly freebies such as Nespresso coffee machines, bottled spring water, newspapers and Wi-Fi. Most rooms have a private balcony overlooking the Bosphorus, some even boast a 10 sq m terrace with stunning sea views. The sun-drenched penthouse has its own private swimming pool.

Leisure: No spa, but in-room yoga instruction is available on request.

Restaurants: Le Fumoir restaurant, a club-style, brick-walled dining room, serves French cuisine prepared by chef Sara Tabrizi, including the best coq au vin in the city. The black-lacquered bar offers a good selection of French wines.

Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak, 24 Galata; Tel: 90.212 244 2423; www.georges.com

Hotel Georges, Istanbul

Rates: €175 ($215)

Overview: Tucked away on a narrow cobbled lane in Galata, the Georges Hotel is harder to find than a speakeasy. Enter the unmarked door of the fabulously refurbished art nouveau building and, save a stray piece of luggage, there’s no sign that it’s a hotel. Inspired by the intimate hôtel particuliers of Paris, Georges Hotel offers a full butler service and is decorated with parquet floors, bespoke brass fixtures, ornamental plaster panels and handcrafted wood furnishings by local artisans.

Business amenities: The meeting room can sit 14 people and host up to 150 for an event by connecting the space with the Terrace Suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi, iPad docking station and laptop-sized safe boxes are available in all rooms.

Rooms: The 21 rooms are all looked after by fewer than 21 staff members. Each offers friendly freebies such as Nespresso coffee machines, bottled spring water, newspapers and Wi-Fi. Most rooms have a private balcony overlooking the Bosphorus, some even boast a 10 sq m terrace with stunning sea views. The sun-drenched penthouse has its own private swimming pool.

Leisure: No spa, but in-room yoga instruction is available on request.

Restaurants: Le Fumoir restaurant, a club-style, brick-walled dining room, serves French cuisine prepared by chef Sara Tabrizi, including the best coq au vin in the city. The black-lacquered bar offers a good selection of French wines.

Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak, 24 Galata; Tel: 90.212 244 2423; www.georges.com

Hotel Georges, Istanbul

Rates: €175 ($215)

Overview: Tucked away on a narrow cobbled lane in Galata, the Georges Hotel is harder to find than a speakeasy. Enter the unmarked door of the fabulously refurbished art nouveau building and, save a stray piece of luggage, there’s no sign that it’s a hotel. Inspired by the intimate hôtel particuliers of Paris, Georges Hotel offers a full butler service and is decorated with parquet floors, bespoke brass fixtures, ornamental plaster panels and handcrafted wood furnishings by local artisans.

Business amenities: The meeting room can sit 14 people and host up to 150 for an event by connecting the space with the Terrace Suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi, iPad docking station and laptop-sized safe boxes are available in all rooms.

Rooms: The 21 rooms are all looked after by fewer than 21 staff members. Each offers friendly freebies such as Nespresso coffee machines, bottled spring water, newspapers and Wi-Fi. Most rooms have a private balcony overlooking the Bosphorus, some even boast a 10 sq m terrace with stunning sea views. The sun-drenched penthouse has its own private swimming pool.

Leisure: No spa, but in-room yoga instruction is available on request.

Restaurants: Le Fumoir restaurant, a club-style, brick-walled dining room, serves French cuisine prepared by chef Sara Tabrizi, including the best coq au vin in the city. The black-lacquered bar offers a good selection of French wines.

Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak, 24 Galata; Tel: 90.212 244 2423; www.georges.com

Hotel Georges, Istanbul

Rates: €175 ($215)

Overview: Tucked away on a narrow cobbled lane in Galata, the Georges Hotel is harder to find than a speakeasy. Enter the unmarked door of the fabulously refurbished art nouveau building and, save a stray piece of luggage, there’s no sign that it’s a hotel. Inspired by the intimate hôtel particuliers of Paris, Georges Hotel offers a full butler service and is decorated with parquet floors, bespoke brass fixtures, ornamental plaster panels and handcrafted wood furnishings by local artisans.

Business amenities: The meeting room can sit 14 people and host up to 150 for an event by connecting the space with the Terrace Suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi, iPad docking station and laptop-sized safe boxes are available in all rooms.

Rooms: The 21 rooms are all looked after by fewer than 21 staff members. Each offers friendly freebies such as Nespresso coffee machines, bottled spring water, newspapers and Wi-Fi. Most rooms have a private balcony overlooking the Bosphorus, some even boast a 10 sq m terrace with stunning sea views. The sun-drenched penthouse has its own private swimming pool.

Leisure: No spa, but in-room yoga instruction is available on request.

Restaurants: Le Fumoir restaurant, a club-style, brick-walled dining room, serves French cuisine prepared by chef Sara Tabrizi, including the best coq au vin in the city. The black-lacquered bar offers a good selection of French wines.

Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak, 24 Galata; Tel: 90.212 244 2423; www.georges.com

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

Rates: AED750 ($204)

Overview: The Viceroy Group’s makeover of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi has left its unmistakable gridshell (designed by architecture firm Asymptote) intact, but streamlined its interiors. Design group Poltrona Frau Emirates has transformed the common spaces. Dominating the marina of Yas Island, the property overlooks the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track.

Business amenities: Six well-lit meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms are available and equipped with advanced media equipment. There are a number of event venues throughout the hotel, the highlight of which is a grand ballroom for exceptional occasions. Additional touches such as secretarial and translation services make for a seamless business experience. Wireless high-speed internet throughout.

Rooms: The 499 large guest rooms (54 sq m each) have views over the marina and F1 racetrack. All-glass bathrooms incorporate both a deep soaking tub and rain shower. The opulent 4,305 sq ft Presidential suites feature
a private pool, sauna and steam room.

Leisure: The spa offers exclusive bespoke ESPA products created for Yas Viceroy. An ultra-modern fitness centre is fitted with Kinesis equipment, and two rooftop infinity pools are spectacularly framed by the structure’s arching canopy.

Restaurants: An extensive array of dining options are available, from seafood and Japanese restaurants including a sake bar to Arabian and Indian cuisine. The Skylite lounge on the roof deck is framed by LED exo-skeleton lights that change colours.

Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; Tel: 971.2 656 0000; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

Rates: AED750 ($204)

Overview: The Viceroy Group’s makeover of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi has left its unmistakable gridshell (designed by architecture firm Asymptote) intact, but streamlined its interiors. Design group Poltrona Frau Emirates has transformed the common spaces. Dominating the marina of Yas Island, the property overlooks the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track.

Business amenities: Six well-lit meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms are available and equipped with advanced media equipment. There are a number of event venues throughout the hotel, the highlight of which is a grand ballroom for exceptional occasions. Additional touches such as secretarial and translation services make for a seamless business experience. Wireless high-speed internet throughout.

Rooms: The 499 large guest rooms (54 sq m each) have views over the marina and F1 racetrack. All-glass bathrooms incorporate both a deep soaking tub and rain shower. The opulent 4,305 sq ft Presidential suites feature
a private pool, sauna and steam room.

Leisure: The spa offers exclusive bespoke ESPA products created for Yas Viceroy. An ultra-modern fitness centre is fitted with Kinesis equipment, and two rooftop infinity pools are spectacularly framed by the structure’s arching canopy.

Restaurants: An extensive array of dining options are available, from seafood and Japanese restaurants including a sake bar to Arabian and Indian cuisine. The Skylite lounge on the roof deck is framed by LED exo-skeleton lights that change colours.

Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; Tel: 971.2 656 0000; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

Rates: AED750 ($204)

Overview: The Viceroy Group’s makeover of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi has left its unmistakable gridshell (designed by architecture firm Asymptote) intact, but streamlined its interiors. Design group Poltrona Frau Emirates has transformed the common spaces. Dominating the marina of Yas Island, the property overlooks the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track.

Business amenities: Six well-lit meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms are available and equipped with advanced media equipment. There are a number of event venues throughout the hotel, the highlight of which is a grand ballroom for exceptional occasions. Additional touches such as secretarial and translation services make for a seamless business experience. Wireless high-speed internet throughout.

Rooms: The 499 large guest rooms (54 sq m each) have views over the marina and F1 racetrack. All-glass bathrooms incorporate both a deep soaking tub and rain shower. The opulent 4,305 sq ft Presidential suites feature
a private pool, sauna and steam room.

Leisure: The spa offers exclusive bespoke ESPA products created for Yas Viceroy. An ultra-modern fitness centre is fitted with Kinesis equipment, and two rooftop infinity pools are spectacularly framed by the structure’s arching canopy.

Restaurants: An extensive array of dining options are available, from seafood and Japanese restaurants including a sake bar to Arabian and Indian cuisine. The Skylite lounge on the roof deck is framed by LED exo-skeleton lights that change colours.

Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; Tel: 971.2 656 0000; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

Rates: AED750 ($204)

Overview: The Viceroy Group’s makeover of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi has left its unmistakable gridshell (designed by architecture firm Asymptote) intact, but streamlined its interiors. Design group Poltrona Frau Emirates has transformed the common spaces. Dominating the marina of Yas Island, the property overlooks the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track.

Business amenities: Six well-lit meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms are available and equipped with advanced media equipment. There are a number of event venues throughout the hotel, the highlight of which is a grand ballroom for exceptional occasions. Additional touches such as secretarial and translation services make for a seamless business experience. Wireless high-speed internet throughout.

Rooms: The 499 large guest rooms (54 sq m each) have views over the marina and F1 racetrack. All-glass bathrooms incorporate both a deep soaking tub and rain shower. The opulent 4,305 sq ft Presidential suites feature
a private pool, sauna and steam room.

Leisure: The spa offers exclusive bespoke ESPA products created for Yas Viceroy. An ultra-modern fitness centre is fitted with Kinesis equipment, and two rooftop infinity pools are spectacularly framed by the structure’s arching canopy.

Restaurants: An extensive array of dining options are available, from seafood and Japanese restaurants including a sake bar to Arabian and Indian cuisine. The Skylite lounge on the roof deck is framed by LED exo-skeleton lights that change colours.

Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; Tel: 971.2 656 0000; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

Rates: AED750 ($204)

Overview: The Viceroy Group’s makeover of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi has left its unmistakable gridshell (designed by architecture firm Asymptote) intact, but streamlined its interiors. Design group Poltrona Frau Emirates has transformed the common spaces. Dominating the marina of Yas Island, the property overlooks the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track.

Business amenities: Six well-lit meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms are available and equipped with advanced media equipment. There are a number of event venues throughout the hotel, the highlight of which is a grand ballroom for exceptional occasions. Additional touches such as secretarial and translation services make for a seamless business experience. Wireless high-speed internet throughout.

Rooms: The 499 large guest rooms (54 sq m each) have views over the marina and F1 racetrack. All-glass bathrooms incorporate both a deep soaking tub and rain shower. The opulent 4,305 sq ft Presidential suites feature
a private pool, sauna and steam room.

Leisure: The spa offers exclusive bespoke ESPA products created for Yas Viceroy. An ultra-modern fitness centre is fitted with Kinesis equipment, and two rooftop infinity pools are spectacularly framed by the structure’s arching canopy.

Restaurants: An extensive array of dining options are available, from seafood and Japanese restaurants including a sake bar to Arabian and Indian cuisine. The Skylite lounge on the roof deck is framed by LED exo-skeleton lights that change colours.

Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; Tel: 971.2 656 0000; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Rates: from C$545 ($544)

Overview: The Four Seasons group returns to its Ontario roots – its very first property in 1961, was The Four Seasons Motor Hotel in Toronto – with a brand new hotel in the city’s affluent Yorkville neighbourhood. Located in a 55-storey skyscraper, the 259-room hotel features a spectacular four-storey lobby complete with a giant fountain and rose garden.

Business amenities: 14,300 sq ft of dedicated space, including 17 function rooms and boardrooms. 24-hour business services are offered. Also available: iPads and laptops on loan; secretarial services; and a multilingual concierge.

Rooms: Local practice Yabu Pushelberg was the obvious choice when it came to designing the hotel’s 259 rooms and suites. All are luxuriously appointed with granite bathrooms and iPod docking stations. The hotel’s Royal suite enjoys commanding views to the north and west of the city. There are a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily.

Leisure: There’s a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, with 325 sq ft gym and yoga studio on the 8th floor; and the floor above boasts the largest luxury hotel spa in the city, with seven spacious treatment suites, two steam rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool and terrace.

Restaurants: Chef Daniel Boulud brings his expertise – and constellation of Michelin stars – to Toronto for the first time. His Café Boulud offers a menu of contemporary French food, while Dbar, also overseen by Boulud, offers drinks, bar snacks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace from which to enjoy the view.

60 Yorkville Avenue; Tel: 1.416 964 0411; www.fourseasons.com/toronto

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Rates: from C$545 ($544)

Overview: The Four Seasons group returns to its Ontario roots – its very first property in 1961, was The Four Seasons Motor Hotel in Toronto – with a brand new hotel in the city’s affluent Yorkville neighbourhood. Located in a 55-storey skyscraper, the 259-room hotel features a spectacular four-storey lobby complete with a giant fountain and rose garden.

Business amenities: 14,300 sq ft of dedicated space, including 17 function rooms and boardrooms. 24-hour business services are offered. Also available: iPads and laptops on loan; secretarial services; and a multilingual concierge.

Rooms: Local practice Yabu Pushelberg was the obvious choice when it came to designing the hotel’s 259 rooms and suites. All are luxuriously appointed with granite bathrooms and iPod docking stations. The hotel’s Royal suite enjoys commanding views to the north and west of the city. There are a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily.

Leisure: There’s a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, with 325 sq ft gym and yoga studio on the 8th floor; and the floor above boasts the largest luxury hotel spa in the city, with seven spacious treatment suites, two steam rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool and terrace.

Restaurants: Chef Daniel Boulud brings his expertise – and constellation of Michelin stars – to Toronto for the first time. His Café Boulud offers a menu of contemporary French food, while Dbar, also overseen by Boulud, offers drinks, bar snacks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace from which to enjoy the view.

60 Yorkville Avenue; Tel: 1.416 964 0411; www.fourseasons.com/toronto

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Rates: from C$545 ($544)

Overview: The Four Seasons group returns to its Ontario roots – its very first property in 1961, was The Four Seasons Motor Hotel in Toronto – with a brand new hotel in the city’s affluent Yorkville neighbourhood. Located in a 55-storey skyscraper, the 259-room hotel features a spectacular four-storey lobby complete with a giant fountain and rose garden.

Business amenities: 14,300 sq ft of dedicated space, including 17 function rooms and boardrooms. 24-hour business services are offered. Also available: iPads and laptops on loan; secretarial services; and a multilingual concierge.

Rooms: Local practice Yabu Pushelberg was the obvious choice when it came to designing the hotel’s 259 rooms and suites. All are luxuriously appointed with granite bathrooms and iPod docking stations. The hotel’s Royal suite enjoys commanding views to the north and west of the city. There are a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily.

Leisure: There’s a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, with 325 sq ft gym and yoga studio on the 8th floor; and the floor above boasts the largest luxury hotel spa in the city, with seven spacious treatment suites, two steam rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool and terrace.

Restaurants: Chef Daniel Boulud brings his expertise – and constellation of Michelin stars – to Toronto for the first time. His Café Boulud offers a menu of contemporary French food, while Dbar, also overseen by Boulud, offers drinks, bar snacks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace from which to enjoy the view.

60 Yorkville Avenue; Tel: 1.416 964 0411; www.fourseasons.com/toronto

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Rates: from C$545 ($544)

Overview: The Four Seasons group returns to its Ontario roots – its very first property in 1961, was The Four Seasons Motor Hotel in Toronto – with a brand new hotel in the city’s affluent Yorkville neighbourhood. Located in a 55-storey skyscraper, the 259-room hotel features a spectacular four-storey lobby complete with a giant fountain and rose garden.

Business amenities: 14,300 sq ft of dedicated space, including 17 function rooms and boardrooms. 24-hour business services are offered. Also available: iPads and laptops on loan; secretarial services; and a multilingual concierge.

Rooms: Local practice Yabu Pushelberg was the obvious choice when it came to designing the hotel’s 259 rooms and suites. All are luxuriously appointed with granite bathrooms and iPod docking stations. The hotel’s Royal suite enjoys commanding views to the north and west of the city. There are a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily.

Leisure: There’s a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, with 325 sq ft gym and yoga studio on the 8th floor; and the floor above boasts the largest luxury hotel spa in the city, with seven spacious treatment suites, two steam rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool and terrace.

Restaurants: Chef Daniel Boulud brings his expertise – and constellation of Michelin stars – to Toronto for the first time. His Café Boulud offers a menu of contemporary French food, while Dbar, also overseen by Boulud, offers drinks, bar snacks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace from which to enjoy the view.

60 Yorkville Avenue; Tel: 1.416 964 0411; www.fourseasons.com/toronto

Revere Hotel, Boston

Rates: from $399

Overview: Northwood Hospitality (of The Palace, New York) has transformed a former theatre and Radisson hotel into a luxurious boutique property. Located in the heart of the theatre district, US/ China-based BBGM’s design references the area’s performing arts heritage with an array of installations and meeting spaces, imbuing the hotel with the feel of a functional gallery.

Business amenities: In addition to a 24-hour business centre, 35,000 sq ft of diverse function space is at guests’ disposal. A loft-style conference room with exposed bricks and reclaimed wood creates a chic setting for private events, while both the cavernous Space 57, with a built-in 30x12 screen, and the hotel’s luxury theatre are equipped with up-to-the-minute technology for presentations. The airy, light-filled Carver Ballroom, meanwhile, is the perfect venue for formal functions.

Rooms: Each of the 356 rooms offers more than 300 sq ft of space and a private balcony and are all equipped with JBL iPad speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, Skoah bath products and luxury bedding.

Leisure: A heated indoor pool and outdoor terrace offer a retreat above the streets of Boston, and guests have access to a fitness centre with a state-of-the-art gym. Access can be arranged for shows at the nearby Citi Performing Arts Centre and Boston Common and Public Garden are only two blocks away.

Restaurants: The Rustic Kitchen serves an abundance of New England produce with an Italian twist: think buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and gourmet pizzas, salads and osso bucco for dinner. The Emerald Lounge (pictured bottom) serves cocktails and a selection of small plates.

200 Stuart Street; Tel: 1.617 482 1800; www.reverehotel.com

Revere Hotel, Boston

Rates: from $399

Overview: Northwood Hospitality (of The Palace, New York) has transformed a former theatre and Radisson hotel into a luxurious boutique property. Located in the heart of the theatre district, US/ China-based BBGM’s design references the area’s performing arts heritage with an array of installations and meeting spaces, imbuing the hotel with the feel of a functional gallery.

Business amenities: In addition to a 24-hour business centre, 35,000 sq ft of diverse function space is at guests’ disposal. A loft-style conference room with exposed bricks and reclaimed wood creates a chic setting for private events, while both the cavernous Space 57, with a built-in 30x12 screen, and the hotel’s luxury theatre are equipped with up-to-the-minute technology for presentations. The airy, light-filled Carver Ballroom, meanwhile, is the perfect venue for formal functions.

Rooms: Each of the 356 rooms offers more than 300 sq ft of space and a private balcony and are all equipped with JBL iPad speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, Skoah bath products and luxury bedding.

Leisure: A heated indoor pool and outdoor terrace offer a retreat above the streets of Boston, and guests have access to a fitness centre with a state-of-the-art gym. Access can be arranged for shows at the nearby Citi Performing Arts Centre and Boston Common and Public Garden are only two blocks away.

Restaurants: The Rustic Kitchen serves an abundance of New England produce with an Italian twist: think buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and gourmet pizzas, salads and osso bucco for dinner. The Emerald Lounge (pictured bottom) serves cocktails and a selection of small plates.

200 Stuart Street; Tel: 1.617 482 1800; www.reverehotel.com

Revere Hotel, Boston

Rates: from $399

Overview: Northwood Hospitality (of The Palace, New York) has transformed a former theatre and Radisson hotel into a luxurious boutique property. Located in the heart of the theatre district, US/ China-based BBGM’s design references the area’s performing arts heritage with an array of installations and meeting spaces, imbuing the hotel with the feel of a functional gallery.

Business amenities: In addition to a 24-hour business centre, 35,000 sq ft of diverse function space is at guests’ disposal. A loft-style conference room with exposed bricks and reclaimed wood creates a chic setting for private events, while both the cavernous Space 57, with a built-in 30x12 screen, and the hotel’s luxury theatre are equipped with up-to-the-minute technology for presentations. The airy, light-filled Carver Ballroom, meanwhile, is the perfect venue for formal functions.

Rooms: Each of the 356 rooms offers more than 300 sq ft of space and a private balcony and are all equipped with JBL iPad speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, Skoah bath products and luxury bedding.

Leisure: A heated indoor pool and outdoor terrace offer a retreat above the streets of Boston, and guests have access to a fitness centre with a state-of-the-art gym. Access can be arranged for shows at the nearby Citi Performing Arts Centre and Boston Common and Public Garden are only two blocks away.

Restaurants: The Rustic Kitchen serves an abundance of New England produce with an Italian twist: think buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and gourmet pizzas, salads and osso bucco for dinner. The Emerald Lounge (pictured bottom) serves cocktails and a selection of small plates.

200 Stuart Street; Tel: 1.617 482 1800; www.reverehotel.com

Revere Hotel, Boston

Rates: from $399

Overview: Northwood Hospitality (of The Palace, New York) has transformed a former theatre and Radisson hotel into a luxurious boutique property. Located in the heart of the theatre district, US/ China-based BBGM’s design references the area’s performing arts heritage with an array of installations and meeting spaces, imbuing the hotel with the feel of a functional gallery.

Business amenities: In addition to a 24-hour business centre, 35,000 sq ft of diverse function space is at guests’ disposal. A loft-style conference room with exposed bricks and reclaimed wood creates a chic setting for private events, while both the cavernous Space 57, with a built-in 30x12 screen, and the hotel’s luxury theatre are equipped with up-to-the-minute technology for presentations. The airy, light-filled Carver Ballroom, meanwhile, is the perfect venue for formal functions.

Rooms: Each of the 356 rooms offers more than 300 sq ft of space and a private balcony and are all equipped with JBL iPad speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, Skoah bath products and luxury bedding.

Leisure: A heated indoor pool and outdoor terrace offer a retreat above the streets of Boston, and guests have access to a fitness centre with a state-of-the-art gym. Access can be arranged for shows at the nearby Citi Performing Arts Centre and Boston Common and Public Garden are only two blocks away.

Restaurants: The Rustic Kitchen serves an abundance of New England produce with an Italian twist: think buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and gourmet pizzas, salads and osso bucco for dinner. The Emerald Lounge (pictured bottom) serves cocktails and a selection of small plates.

200 Stuart Street; Tel: 1.617 482 1800; www.reverehotel.com

Ivy Hotel, Chicago

Rates: from $325

Overview: The Ivy’s combination of plush, private spaces, a prime location off Michigan Avenue and a confident spirit are wrapped up in an appealing luxury boutique package. Equally notable is its dedication to sustainability: eco-friendly materials such as bamboo feature throughout and toiletries are all natural.

Business amenities: Two banquet rooms and two 15th-floor ballrooms benefit from stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and are equipped with in-house audio-visual and video-conferencing capabilities. The restaurant and terrace can be hired for meetings and events for up to 125 people, and experienced event planning staff are on hand.

Rooms: The 63 rooms and suites are divided over 15 floors, with a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily. The one-bedroom suites feature theatre surround sound and extra-large beds.

Leisure: A newly opened rooftop terrace accommodating up to 180 guests offers views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Complimentary passes are available to all guests to a nearby gym.

Restaurants: A bar located on the rooftop terrace serves Martinis and pre-dinner tapas. Downstairs, an intimate first-floor restaurant and bar with just 30 covers serves up a menu of modern American dishes, including almond sponge cake and Japanese-style ceviche with salmon, Atlantic mackerel and sweet shrimp.

233 East Ontario Street; Tel: 1.312 335 5444; www.exploreivy.com

Ivy Hotel, Chicago

Rates: from $325

Overview: The Ivy’s combination of plush, private spaces, a prime location off Michigan Avenue and a confident spirit are wrapped up in an appealing luxury boutique package. Equally notable is its dedication to sustainability: eco-friendly materials such as bamboo feature throughout and toiletries are all natural.

Business amenities: Two banquet rooms and two 15th-floor ballrooms benefit from stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and are equipped with in-house audio-visual and video-conferencing capabilities. The restaurant and terrace can be hired for meetings and events for up to 125 people, and experienced event planning staff are on hand.

Rooms: The 63 rooms and suites are divided over 15 floors, with a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily. The one-bedroom suites feature theatre surround sound and extra-large beds.

Leisure: A newly opened rooftop terrace accommodating up to 180 guests offers views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Complimentary passes are available to all guests to a nearby gym.

Restaurants: A bar located on the rooftop terrace serves Martinis and pre-dinner tapas. Downstairs, an intimate first-floor restaurant and bar with just 30 covers serves up a menu of modern American dishes, including almond sponge cake and Japanese-style ceviche with salmon, Atlantic mackerel and sweet shrimp.

233 East Ontario Street; Tel: 1.312 335 5444; www.exploreivy.com

Ivy Hotel, Chicago

Rates: from $325

Overview: The Ivy’s combination of plush, private spaces, a prime location off Michigan Avenue and a confident spirit are wrapped up in an appealing luxury boutique package. Equally notable is its dedication to sustainability: eco-friendly materials such as bamboo feature throughout and toiletries are all natural.

Business amenities: Two banquet rooms and two 15th-floor ballrooms benefit from stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and are equipped with in-house audio-visual and video-conferencing capabilities. The restaurant and terrace can be hired for meetings and events for up to 125 people, and experienced event planning staff are on hand.

Rooms: The 63 rooms and suites are divided over 15 floors, with a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily. The one-bedroom suites feature theatre surround sound and extra-large beds.

Leisure: A newly opened rooftop terrace accommodating up to 180 guests offers views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Complimentary passes are available to all guests to a nearby gym.

Restaurants: A bar located on the rooftop terrace serves Martinis and pre-dinner tapas. Downstairs, an intimate first-floor restaurant and bar with just 30 covers serves up a menu of modern American dishes, including almond sponge cake and Japanese-style ceviche with salmon, Atlantic mackerel and sweet shrimp.

233 East Ontario Street; Tel: 1.312 335 5444; www.exploreivy.com

Ivy Hotel, Chicago

Rates: from $325

Overview: The Ivy’s combination of plush, private spaces, a prime location off Michigan Avenue and a confident spirit are wrapped up in an appealing luxury boutique package. Equally notable is its dedication to sustainability: eco-friendly materials such as bamboo feature throughout and toiletries are all natural.

Business amenities: Two banquet rooms and two 15th-floor ballrooms benefit from stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and are equipped with in-house audio-visual and video-conferencing capabilities. The restaurant and terrace can be hired for meetings and events for up to 125 people, and experienced event planning staff are on hand.

Rooms: The 63 rooms and suites are divided over 15 floors, with a maximum of five rooms per floor, ensuring greater privacy and allowing groups to book entire floors easily. The one-bedroom suites feature theatre surround sound and extra-large beds.

Leisure: A newly opened rooftop terrace accommodating up to 180 guests offers views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Complimentary passes are available to all guests to a nearby gym.

Restaurants: A bar located on the rooftop terrace serves Martinis and pre-dinner tapas. Downstairs, an intimate first-floor restaurant and bar with just 30 covers serves up a menu of modern American dishes, including almond sponge cake and Japanese-style ceviche with salmon, Atlantic mackerel and sweet shrimp.

233 East Ontario Street; Tel: 1.312 335 5444; www.exploreivy.com

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Rates: from $565

Overview: The Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud have teamed up to revamp the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, injecting a fresh dose of Hollywood glamour into the Dorchester Collection property. Its Spanish colonial façade remains a bright shade of pink, and the décor takes inspiration from the 12 acres of gardens that surround the hotel.

Business amenities: For larger meetings or more structured groups, Hotel Bel-Air has 12,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Garden Ballroom can host events for 40 to 350 people, while the adjacent Garden Foyer and Garden Courtyard offer a unique and elegant alternative space. The Palm Room is ideal for more private meetings or intimate social functions. The two outdoor venues, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake, are perfect for garden receptions of up to 300.

Rooms: The 103 guest rooms and suites are built into the hillside and feature outdoor terraces with fireplaces and private pools with sweeping canyon views.

Leisure: The spa by La Prairie offers treatments such as the Caviar massage or the Platinum Rare facial. There’s also a fitness studio; a Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon; and, of course, the signature oval-shaped heated outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Star chef Wolfgang Puck looks after the restaurant, which offers Californian dishes made using ingredients from local producers in a stunning garden setting. The bar and lounge are renowned for their memorable cocktails, including the Bespoke Negroni and the Papa Doble.

701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Rates: from $565

Overview: The Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud have teamed up to revamp the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, injecting a fresh dose of Hollywood glamour into the Dorchester Collection property. Its Spanish colonial façade remains a bright shade of pink, and the décor takes inspiration from the 12 acres of gardens that surround the hotel.

Business amenities: For larger meetings or more structured groups, Hotel Bel-Air has 12,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Garden Ballroom can host events for 40 to 350 people, while the adjacent Garden Foyer and Garden Courtyard offer a unique and elegant alternative space. The Palm Room is ideal for more private meetings or intimate social functions. The two outdoor venues, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake, are perfect for garden receptions of up to 300.

Rooms: The 103 guest rooms and suites are built into the hillside and feature outdoor terraces with fireplaces and private pools with sweeping canyon views.

Leisure: The spa by La Prairie offers treatments such as the Caviar massage or the Platinum Rare facial. There’s also a fitness studio; a Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon; and, of course, the signature oval-shaped heated outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Star chef Wolfgang Puck looks after the restaurant, which offers Californian dishes made using ingredients from local producers in a stunning garden setting. The bar and lounge are renowned for their memorable cocktails, including the Bespoke Negroni and the Papa Doble.

701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Rates: from $565

Overview: The Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud have teamed up to revamp the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, injecting a fresh dose of Hollywood glamour into the Dorchester Collection property. Its Spanish colonial façade remains a bright shade of pink, and the décor takes inspiration from the 12 acres of gardens that surround the hotel.

Business amenities: For larger meetings or more structured groups, Hotel Bel-Air has 12,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Garden Ballroom can host events for 40 to 350 people, while the adjacent Garden Foyer and Garden Courtyard offer a unique and elegant alternative space. The Palm Room is ideal for more private meetings or intimate social functions. The two outdoor venues, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake, are perfect for garden receptions of up to 300.

Rooms: The 103 guest rooms and suites are built into the hillside and feature outdoor terraces with fireplaces and private pools with sweeping canyon views.

Leisure: The spa by La Prairie offers treatments such as the Caviar massage or the Platinum Rare facial. There’s also a fitness studio; a Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon; and, of course, the signature oval-shaped heated outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Star chef Wolfgang Puck looks after the restaurant, which offers Californian dishes made using ingredients from local producers in a stunning garden setting. The bar and lounge are renowned for their memorable cocktails, including the Bespoke Negroni and the Papa Doble.

701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Rates: from $565

Overview: The Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud have teamed up to revamp the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, injecting a fresh dose of Hollywood glamour into the Dorchester Collection property. Its Spanish colonial façade remains a bright shade of pink, and the décor takes inspiration from the 12 acres of gardens that surround the hotel.

Business amenities: For larger meetings or more structured groups, Hotel Bel-Air has 12,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Garden Ballroom can host events for 40 to 350 people, while the adjacent Garden Foyer and Garden Courtyard offer a unique and elegant alternative space. The Palm Room is ideal for more private meetings or intimate social functions. The two outdoor venues, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake, are perfect for garden receptions of up to 300.

Rooms: The 103 guest rooms and suites are built into the hillside and feature outdoor terraces with fireplaces and private pools with sweeping canyon views.

Leisure: The spa by La Prairie offers treatments such as the Caviar massage or the Platinum Rare facial. There’s also a fitness studio; a Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon; and, of course, the signature oval-shaped heated outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Star chef Wolfgang Puck looks after the restaurant, which offers Californian dishes made using ingredients from local producers in a stunning garden setting. The bar and lounge are renowned for their memorable cocktails, including the Bespoke Negroni and the Papa Doble.

701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Rates: from $565

Overview: The Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud have teamed up to revamp the legendary Hotel Bel-Air, injecting a fresh dose of Hollywood glamour into the Dorchester Collection property. Its Spanish colonial façade remains a bright shade of pink, and the décor takes inspiration from the 12 acres of gardens that surround the hotel.

Business amenities: For larger meetings or more structured groups, Hotel Bel-Air has 12,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Garden Ballroom can host events for 40 to 350 people, while the adjacent Garden Foyer and Garden Courtyard offer a unique and elegant alternative space. The Palm Room is ideal for more private meetings or intimate social functions. The two outdoor venues, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake, are perfect for garden receptions of up to 300.

Rooms: The 103 guest rooms and suites are built into the hillside and feature outdoor terraces with fireplaces and private pools with sweeping canyon views.

Leisure: The spa by La Prairie offers treatments such as the Caviar massage or the Platinum Rare facial. There’s also a fitness studio; a Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon; and, of course, the signature oval-shaped heated outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Star chef Wolfgang Puck looks after the restaurant, which offers Californian dishes made using ingredients from local producers in a stunning garden setting. The bar and lounge are renowned for their memorable cocktails, including the Bespoke Negroni and the Papa Doble.

701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com

SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami

Rates: $700

Overview: The hotel inhabits the former Ritz Plaza, built by architect L Murray Dixon in 1939 and Miami’s tallest building for three decades. Now the iconic design has been cleverly married with a dose of Philippe Starck’s signature surrealist whimsy within. The reception is inspired by a retro summer camp, complete with a classic canoe suspended from the ceiling.

Business amenities: GoSLSHotel.com, an SLS smartphone application for speedy service requests from remote locations; in-room iPads complete with a customised application including a ‘champagne now’ button; luxury house car available for transport within a two-to-three mile radius; high-speed internet; laptops, printers and fax machines available on request; 24/7 computer access; and in-room dining by chef José Andrés.

Rooms: The 140 rooms all have a traditional old-world feel, echoing the interiors of French châteaux, while the sprawling penthouse bungalow has been designed by rock star Lenny Kravitz.

Leisure: No spa yet, but who cares if you have Miami Beach on your doorstep. In any case, a Philippe Starck-designed Salon, featuring white décor and billowing curtains, will open early next year. It will offer exquisite pampering, from smoothing blow-dries to perfectly manicured hands and pedicured feet.

Restaurants: The Bazaar, by award-winning chef José Andrés, blends Spanish tradition with South Beach’s local Latin flavours and art deco style. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi creates his innovative sushi and robata dishes at Katsuya by Starck.

1701 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 674 1701; www.slshotels.com

SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami

Rates: $700

Overview: The hotel inhabits the former Ritz Plaza, built by architect L Murray Dixon in 1939 and Miami’s tallest building for three decades. Now the iconic design has been cleverly married with a dose of Philippe Starck’s signature surrealist whimsy within. The reception is inspired by a retro summer camp, complete with a classic canoe suspended from the ceiling.

Business amenities: GoSLSHotel.com, an SLS smartphone application for speedy service requests from remote locations; in-room iPads complete with a customised application including a ‘champagne now’ button; luxury house car available for transport within a two-to-three mile radius; high-speed internet; laptops, printers and fax machines available on request; 24/7 computer access; and in-room dining by chef José Andrés.

Rooms: The 140 rooms all have a traditional old-world feel, echoing the interiors of French châteaux, while the sprawling penthouse bungalow has been designed by rock star Lenny Kravitz.

Leisure: No spa yet, but who cares if you have Miami Beach on your doorstep. In any case, a Philippe Starck-designed Salon, featuring white décor and billowing curtains, will open early next year. It will offer exquisite pampering, from smoothing blow-dries to perfectly manicured hands and pedicured feet.

Restaurants: The Bazaar, by award-winning chef José Andrés, blends Spanish tradition with South Beach’s local Latin flavours and art deco style. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi creates his innovative sushi and robata dishes at Katsuya by Starck.

1701 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 674 1701; www.slshotels.com

SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami

Rates: $700

Overview: The hotel inhabits the former Ritz Plaza, built by architect L Murray Dixon in 1939 and Miami’s tallest building for three decades. Now the iconic design has been cleverly married with a dose of Philippe Starck’s signature surrealist whimsy within. The reception is inspired by a retro summer camp, complete with a classic canoe suspended from the ceiling.

Business amenities: GoSLSHotel.com, an SLS smartphone application for speedy service requests from remote locations; in-room iPads complete with a customised application including a ‘champagne now’ button; luxury house car available for transport within a two-to-three mile radius; high-speed internet; laptops, printers and fax machines available on request; 24/7 computer access; and in-room dining by chef José Andrés.

Rooms: The 140 rooms all have a traditional old-world feel, echoing the interiors of French châteaux, while the sprawling penthouse bungalow has been designed by rock star Lenny Kravitz.

Leisure: No spa yet, but who cares if you have Miami Beach on your doorstep. In any case, a Philippe Starck-designed Salon, featuring white décor and billowing curtains, will open early next year. It will offer exquisite pampering, from smoothing blow-dries to perfectly manicured hands and pedicured feet.

Restaurants: The Bazaar, by award-winning chef José Andrés, blends Spanish tradition with South Beach’s local Latin flavours and art deco style. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi creates his innovative sushi and robata dishes at Katsuya by Starck.

1701 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 674 1701; www.slshotels.com

SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami

Rates: $700

Overview: The hotel inhabits the former Ritz Plaza, built by architect L Murray Dixon in 1939 and Miami’s tallest building for three decades. Now the iconic design has been cleverly married with a dose of Philippe Starck’s signature surrealist whimsy within. The reception is inspired by a retro summer camp, complete with a classic canoe suspended from the ceiling.

Business amenities: GoSLSHotel.com, an SLS smartphone application for speedy service requests from remote locations; in-room iPads complete with a customised application including a ‘champagne now’ button; luxury house car available for transport within a two-to-three mile radius; high-speed internet; laptops, printers and fax machines available on request; 24/7 computer access; and in-room dining by chef José Andrés.

Rooms: The 140 rooms all have a traditional old-world feel, echoing the interiors of French châteaux, while the sprawling penthouse bungalow has been designed by rock star Lenny Kravitz.

Leisure: No spa yet, but who cares if you have Miami Beach on your doorstep. In any case, a Philippe Starck-designed Salon, featuring white décor and billowing curtains, will open early next year. It will offer exquisite pampering, from smoothing blow-dries to perfectly manicured hands and pedicured feet.

Restaurants: The Bazaar, by award-winning chef José Andrés, blends Spanish tradition with South Beach’s local Latin flavours and art deco style. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi creates his innovative sushi and robata dishes at Katsuya by Starck.

1701 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 674 1701; www.slshotels.com

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Rates: from $609

Overview: Located in the exclusive Bal
Harbour enclave, looking out onto 305m of beachfront and nine acres of landscaped gardens. Sieger Suarez architects ensured a striking design for the new build, while Yabu Pushelberg’s interiors come with mirrored walls, ceiling rosettes and Godflower marble floors. An extensive art collection completes the opulent look.

Business amenities: Five boardrooms, banquet and event facilities, plus the Astor Ballroom constitute the majority of the 11,200 sq ft dedicated to indoor function space. A Bentley Continental Flying Spur is on hand for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rooms: The 243 rooms and suites include 63 one-bedroom suites, seven two- bedroom and one Presidential suite with private lift access. Each room comes with sweeping views over the Atlantic, large outdoor terraces and walk-in wardrobes.

Leisure: The Remède spa offers an indulgent menu of custom and standard treatment options. Highlights include a couple’s treatment room, a Vichy shower and a Finnish sauna. Two ocean-view pools cater for both adults and families, and nine private poolside cabanas offer wet bars, baths and showers, a flat-screen television and butler service.

Restaurants: Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has lent his expertise to the hotel’s J&G Grill. The main dining room is a dramatic space overlooking the beach, while the food – American ingredients and French finesse collide with local Latin flavours – is equally striking. The St Regis bar has a spectacular all-glass wine cellar and a 2,400-bottle list for private tastings.

9703 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 993 3300; www.stregisbalharbour.com

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Rates: from $609

Overview: Located in the exclusive Bal
Harbour enclave, looking out onto 305m of beachfront and nine acres of landscaped gardens. Sieger Suarez architects ensured a striking design for the new build, while Yabu Pushelberg’s interiors come with mirrored walls, ceiling rosettes and Godflower marble floors. An extensive art collection completes the opulent look.

Business amenities: Five boardrooms, banquet and event facilities, plus the Astor Ballroom constitute the majority of the 11,200 sq ft dedicated to indoor function space. A Bentley Continental Flying Spur is on hand for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rooms: The 243 rooms and suites include 63 one-bedroom suites, seven two- bedroom and one Presidential suite with private lift access. Each room comes with sweeping views over the Atlantic, large outdoor terraces and walk-in wardrobes.

Leisure: The Remède spa offers an indulgent menu of custom and standard treatment options. Highlights include a couple’s treatment room, a Vichy shower and a Finnish sauna. Two ocean-view pools cater for both adults and families, and nine private poolside cabanas offer wet bars, baths and showers, a flat-screen television and butler service.

Restaurants: Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has lent his expertise to the hotel’s J&G Grill. The main dining room is a dramatic space overlooking the beach, while the food – American ingredients and French finesse collide with local Latin flavours – is equally striking. The St Regis bar has a spectacular all-glass wine cellar and a 2,400-bottle list for private tastings.

9703 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 993 3300; www.stregisbalharbour.com

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Rates: from $609

Overview: Located in the exclusive Bal
Harbour enclave, looking out onto 305m of beachfront and nine acres of landscaped gardens. Sieger Suarez architects ensured a striking design for the new build, while Yabu Pushelberg’s interiors come with mirrored walls, ceiling rosettes and Godflower marble floors. An extensive art collection completes the opulent look.

Business amenities: Five boardrooms, banquet and event facilities, plus the Astor Ballroom constitute the majority of the 11,200 sq ft dedicated to indoor function space. A Bentley Continental Flying Spur is on hand for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rooms: The 243 rooms and suites include 63 one-bedroom suites, seven two- bedroom and one Presidential suite with private lift access. Each room comes with sweeping views over the Atlantic, large outdoor terraces and walk-in wardrobes.

Leisure: The Remède spa offers an indulgent menu of custom and standard treatment options. Highlights include a couple’s treatment room, a Vichy shower and a Finnish sauna. Two ocean-view pools cater for both adults and families, and nine private poolside cabanas offer wet bars, baths and showers, a flat-screen television and butler service.

Restaurants: Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has lent his expertise to the hotel’s J&G Grill. The main dining room is a dramatic space overlooking the beach, while the food – American ingredients and French finesse collide with local Latin flavours – is equally striking. The St Regis bar has a spectacular all-glass wine cellar and a 2,400-bottle list for private tastings.

9703 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 993 3300; www.stregisbalharbour.com

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Rates: from $609

Overview: Located in the exclusive Bal
Harbour enclave, looking out onto 305m of beachfront and nine acres of landscaped gardens. Sieger Suarez architects ensured a striking design for the new build, while Yabu Pushelberg’s interiors come with mirrored walls, ceiling rosettes and Godflower marble floors. An extensive art collection completes the opulent look.

Business amenities: Five boardrooms, banquet and event facilities, plus the Astor Ballroom constitute the majority of the 11,200 sq ft dedicated to indoor function space. A Bentley Continental Flying Spur is on hand for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rooms: The 243 rooms and suites include 63 one-bedroom suites, seven two- bedroom and one Presidential suite with private lift access. Each room comes with sweeping views over the Atlantic, large outdoor terraces and walk-in wardrobes.

Leisure: The Remède spa offers an indulgent menu of custom and standard treatment options. Highlights include a couple’s treatment room, a Vichy shower and a Finnish sauna. Two ocean-view pools cater for both adults and families, and nine private poolside cabanas offer wet bars, baths and showers, a flat-screen television and butler service.

Restaurants: Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has lent his expertise to the hotel’s J&G Grill. The main dining room is a dramatic space overlooking the beach, while the food – American ingredients and French finesse collide with local Latin flavours – is equally striking. The St Regis bar has a spectacular all-glass wine cellar and a 2,400-bottle list for private tastings.

9703 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 993 3300; www.stregisbalharbour.com

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Rates: from $609

Overview: Located in the exclusive Bal
Harbour enclave, looking out onto 305m of beachfront and nine acres of landscaped gardens. Sieger Suarez architects ensured a striking design for the new build, while Yabu Pushelberg’s interiors come with mirrored walls, ceiling rosettes and Godflower marble floors. An extensive art collection completes the opulent look.

Business amenities: Five boardrooms, banquet and event facilities, plus the Astor Ballroom constitute the majority of the 11,200 sq ft dedicated to indoor function space. A Bentley Continental Flying Spur is on hand for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rooms: The 243 rooms and suites include 63 one-bedroom suites, seven two- bedroom and one Presidential suite with private lift access. Each room comes with sweeping views over the Atlantic, large outdoor terraces and walk-in wardrobes.

Leisure: The Remède spa offers an indulgent menu of custom and standard treatment options. Highlights include a couple’s treatment room, a Vichy shower and a Finnish sauna. Two ocean-view pools cater for both adults and families, and nine private poolside cabanas offer wet bars, baths and showers, a flat-screen television and butler service.

Restaurants: Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has lent his expertise to the hotel’s J&G Grill. The main dining room is a dramatic space overlooking the beach, while the food – American ingredients and French finesse collide with local Latin flavours – is equally striking. The St Regis bar has a spectacular all-glass wine cellar and a 2,400-bottle list for private tastings.

9703 Collins Avenue; Tel: 1.305 993 3300; www.stregisbalharbour.com

King & Grove Williamsburg, New York

Rates: from $279

Overview: Although the hotel officially opened in October last year, it was taken over by King & Grove in March and a light redesign of the rooms and public spaces is still underway. Also in the works are plans for summer poolside BBQ parties.

Business amenities: Executive guests should plump for the suite rooms which offer private balconies with views of the surrounding park and Manhattan. Standard features include flat-screen television and on-demand movies. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout. Valet parking is also offered.

Rooms: The hotel stands out for its lean design and esoteric features such as vintage record players in each room with vinyl available to rent. Each of the 64 rooms is furnished with a mid-century aesthetic that’s highlighted by bamboo floors, Sealy beds made up in Frette linen, oak cabinetry and marble bathrooms stocked with Malin Goetz products.

Leisure: The outdoor saltwater pool (one of the largest in New York) and bar is a regular stomping ground for DJs and acoustic performances. Complimentary Bobbin bikes are perfect for exploring the area. Across the street, McCarren Park offers tennis, basketball and bocce ball. Meanwhile, the East River Ferry and water taxi make a trip to Manhattan a doddle.

Restaurants: A complimentary breakfast with fresh Balthazar pastries is served in the lobby. For lunch, the poolside deck offers local beers from the Brooklyn Brewery and summery Italian-influenced dishes like crispy soft shell crab panino, and pork sliders with caramelised onions and salsa verde. A new restaurant will open later this autumn.

160 North 12th Street; Tel: 1.718 218 7500; www.kingandgrove.com

King & Grove Williamsburg, New York

Rates: from $279

Overview: Although the hotel officially opened in October last year, it was taken over by King & Grove in March and a light redesign of the rooms and public spaces is still underway. Also in the works are plans for summer poolside BBQ parties.

Business amenities: Executive guests should plump for the suite rooms which offer private balconies with views of the surrounding park and Manhattan. Standard features include flat-screen television and on-demand movies. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout. Valet parking is also offered.

Rooms: The hotel stands out for its lean design and esoteric features such as vintage record players in each room with vinyl available to rent. Each of the 64 rooms is furnished with a mid-century aesthetic that’s highlighted by bamboo floors, Sealy beds made up in Frette linen, oak cabinetry and marble bathrooms stocked with Malin Goetz products.

Leisure: The outdoor saltwater pool (one of the largest in New York) and bar is a regular stomping ground for DJs and acoustic performances. Complimentary Bobbin bikes are perfect for exploring the area. Across the street, McCarren Park offers tennis, basketball and bocce ball. Meanwhile, the East River Ferry and water taxi make a trip to Manhattan a doddle.

Restaurants: A complimentary breakfast with fresh Balthazar pastries is served in the lobby. For lunch, the poolside deck offers local beers from the Brooklyn Brewery and summery Italian-influenced dishes like crispy soft shell crab panino, and pork sliders with caramelised onions and salsa verde. A new restaurant will open later this autumn.

160 North 12th Street; Tel: 1.718 218 7500; www.kingandgrove.com

King & Grove Williamsburg, New York

Rates: from $279

Overview: Although the hotel officially opened in October last year, it was taken over by King & Grove in March and a light redesign of the rooms and public spaces is still underway. Also in the works are plans for summer poolside BBQ parties.

Business amenities: Executive guests should plump for the suite rooms which offer private balconies with views of the surrounding park and Manhattan. Standard features include flat-screen television and on-demand movies. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout. Valet parking is also offered.

Rooms: The hotel stands out for its lean design and esoteric features such as vintage record players in each room with vinyl available to rent. Each of the 64 rooms is furnished with a mid-century aesthetic that’s highlighted by bamboo floors, Sealy beds made up in Frette linen, oak cabinetry and marble bathrooms stocked with Malin Goetz products.

Leisure: The outdoor saltwater pool (one of the largest in New York) and bar is a regular stomping ground for DJs and acoustic performances. Complimentary Bobbin bikes are perfect for exploring the area. Across the street, McCarren Park offers tennis, basketball and bocce ball. Meanwhile, the East River Ferry and water taxi make a trip to Manhattan a doddle.

Restaurants: A complimentary breakfast with fresh Balthazar pastries is served in the lobby. For lunch, the poolside deck offers local beers from the Brooklyn Brewery and summery Italian-influenced dishes like crispy soft shell crab panino, and pork sliders with caramelised onions and salsa verde. A new restaurant will open later this autumn.

160 North 12th Street; Tel: 1.718 218 7500; www.kingandgrove.com

NoMad Hotel, New York

Rates: from $395

Overview: The latest venture from the group behind the Ace Hotel New York is a new hotel housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in the city’s NoMad neighbourhood (north of Madison Square Park). Designed by celebrated French interior designer Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes), the NoMad is Garcia’s first New York hotel. The grand library comes complete with an eclectic literary collection.

Business amenities: More than 4,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor meeting, event and private dining space with impressive hi-tech equipment and special menus by chef Daniel Humm. The Johnston Room is a fantastic space, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the atrium, and can accommodate various events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an iHome docking station, charger, radio and alarm clock, as well direct dial telephones with speaker and personalised voicemail capability in each room.

Rooms: Each of the 168 rooms were inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth and are furnished with French mahogany writing desks, reclaimed maple floors and Deyrolle butterfly boxes hanging on the walls.

Leisure: 24-hour fitness room. No spa, but spa services are available on request.

Restaurants: The restaurant is run by chef duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Inspired by their three-Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, it serves dishes such as slow-cooked black bass with summer squash, shallots and mint. Classic cocktails are shaken and stirred by barman Leo Robitschek at the dramatic mahogany bar.

1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com

NoMad Hotel, New York

Rates: from $395

Overview: The latest venture from the group behind the Ace Hotel New York is a new hotel housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in the city’s NoMad neighbourhood (north of Madison Square Park). Designed by celebrated French interior designer Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes), the NoMad is Garcia’s first New York hotel. The grand library comes complete with an eclectic literary collection.

Business amenities: More than 4,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor meeting, event and private dining space with impressive hi-tech equipment and special menus by chef Daniel Humm. The Johnston Room is a fantastic space, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the atrium, and can accommodate various events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an iHome docking station, charger, radio and alarm clock, as well direct dial telephones with speaker and personalised voicemail capability in each room.

Rooms: Each of the 168 rooms were inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth and are furnished with French mahogany writing desks, reclaimed maple floors and Deyrolle butterfly boxes hanging on the walls.

Leisure: 24-hour fitness room. No spa, but spa services are available on request.

Restaurants: The restaurant is run by chef duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Inspired by their three-Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, it serves dishes such as slow-cooked black bass with summer squash, shallots and mint. Classic cocktails are shaken and stirred by barman Leo Robitschek at the dramatic mahogany bar.

1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com

NoMad Hotel, New York

Rates: from $395

Overview: The latest venture from the group behind the Ace Hotel New York is a new hotel housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in the city’s NoMad neighbourhood (north of Madison Square Park). Designed by celebrated French interior designer Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes), the NoMad is Garcia’s first New York hotel. The grand library comes complete with an eclectic literary collection.

Business amenities: More than 4,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor meeting, event and private dining space with impressive hi-tech equipment and special menus by chef Daniel Humm. The Johnston Room is a fantastic space, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the atrium, and can accommodate various events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an iHome docking station, charger, radio and alarm clock, as well direct dial telephones with speaker and personalised voicemail capability in each room.

Rooms: Each of the 168 rooms were inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth and are furnished with French mahogany writing desks, reclaimed maple floors and Deyrolle butterfly boxes hanging on the walls.

Leisure: 24-hour fitness room. No spa, but spa services are available on request.

Restaurants: The restaurant is run by chef duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Inspired by their three-Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, it serves dishes such as slow-cooked black bass with summer squash, shallots and mint. Classic cocktails are shaken and stirred by barman Leo Robitschek at the dramatic mahogany bar.

1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com

NoMad Hotel, New York

Rates: from $395

Overview: The latest venture from the group behind the Ace Hotel New York is a new hotel housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in the city’s NoMad neighbourhood (north of Madison Square Park). Designed by celebrated French interior designer Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes), the NoMad is Garcia’s first New York hotel. The grand library comes complete with an eclectic literary collection.

Business amenities: More than 4,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor meeting, event and private dining space with impressive hi-tech equipment and special menus by chef Daniel Humm. The Johnston Room is a fantastic space, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the atrium, and can accommodate various events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an iHome docking station, charger, radio and alarm clock, as well direct dial telephones with speaker and personalised voicemail capability in each room.

Rooms: Each of the 168 rooms were inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth and are furnished with French mahogany writing desks, reclaimed maple floors and Deyrolle butterfly boxes hanging on the walls.

Leisure: 24-hour fitness room. No spa, but spa services are available on request.

Restaurants: The restaurant is run by chef duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Inspired by their three-Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, it serves dishes such as slow-cooked black bass with summer squash, shallots and mint. Classic cocktails are shaken and stirred by barman Leo Robitschek at the dramatic mahogany bar.

1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com

NoMad Hotel, New York

Rates: from $395

Overview: The latest venture from the group behind the Ace Hotel New York is a new hotel housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in the city’s NoMad neighbourhood (north of Madison Square Park). Designed by celebrated French interior designer Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes), the NoMad is Garcia’s first New York hotel. The grand library comes complete with an eclectic literary collection.

Business amenities: More than 4,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor meeting, event and private dining space with impressive hi-tech equipment and special menus by chef Daniel Humm. The Johnston Room is a fantastic space, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the atrium, and can accommodate various events, from board meetings to cocktail receptions. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an iHome docking station, charger, radio and alarm clock, as well direct dial telephones with speaker and personalised voicemail capability in each room.

Rooms: Each of the 168 rooms were inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth and are furnished with French mahogany writing desks, reclaimed maple floors and Deyrolle butterfly boxes hanging on the walls.

Leisure: 24-hour fitness room. No spa, but spa services are available on request.

Restaurants: The restaurant is run by chef duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Inspired by their three-Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, it serves dishes such as slow-cooked black bass with summer squash, shallots and mint. Classic cocktails are shaken and stirred by barman Leo Robitschek at the dramatic mahogany bar.

1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Wythe Hotel, New York

Rates: from $179

Overview: A former cooperage dating from 1901, this industrial building on the Brooklyn waterfront is now a 72-room hotel with original exposed brickwork, arched windows and cast-iron columns. The hotel’s common areas and bar, located in a striking new rooftop glass box extension, have both been designed by local designers Workstead.

Business amenities: There are various event spaces, including a main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 65-seat screening room and bar. Wi-Fi in all the rooms and throughout the hotel.

Rooms: The 72 rooms feature original timber ceilings, large windows, Flavor Paper wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, Goldies bathroom products, and an impressive surround sound system for iPhone and MP3 players. Many rooms, such as the Manhattan View King, boast floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and the East River, while the larger Band or Bunk rooms offer two, four or six beds. As for the four lofts, two of them come with private roof decks.

Leisure: There’s no spa, only a fitness room, but for cultural pursuits, there are endless galleries to explore in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighbourhood, with Williamsburg’s best bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance.

Restaurants: Restaurant and bar Reynards is located right next to the waterfront and serves seasonal fare and bistro dishes – think devilled eggs, rillettes, burgers, grilled trout, pecan pie and strawberry shortcake – created by chef Sean Rembold of Diner and Marlow & Sons,
two popular local joints run by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.

80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Rates: from AU$890 ($936)

Overview: Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, the Park Hyatt is located in Campbells Cove, its low-slung, sandstone stature fitting in well with the historic Rocks district. Eight Australian artists were commissioned to produce artworks for the property, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas.

Business amenities: Five meeting venues with audio-visual technology, and the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large sophisticated venue for up to 120 guests. Hosting up to 60 guests and housing an exclusive presentation kitchen, the guest house has incredible views of the Opera House. The business centre offers secretarial services, book binding and a reference library with information about local commerce, industry, banking and finance.

Rooms: There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor: the prestigious Sydney suite (dubbed the Entourage suite because it has a second bedroom with its
own entrance for your travelling nanny or security personnel) is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and Opera House.

Leisure: The spa offers treatments by Natura Bissé. Located on the rooftop, it includes relaxation rooms, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and views across the harbour.

Restaurants: The Dining Room has a rich, warm décor overlooking Sydney Harbour, with chef Andrew McKee’s contemporary Australian-inspired menu based on local produce and authentic flavours.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

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