Best Urban Hotels 2016: the shortlist

Alex Hotel, Perth, Australia

The Alex takes advantage of its location in Northbridge, one of Perth’s cultural hotspots, by offering 74 light-filled rooms outfitted by Sydney-based interiors studio Arent & Pyke. Patchwork rugs and locally crafted pots mesh beautifully with contemporary materials and furnishings, and a rooftop terrace showcases spectacular views of the Perth skyline. Meanwhile, an atmospheric wine bar and dining room is the perfect place to unwind after an afternoon touring the neighbourhood’s fine collection of art galleries and museums.

Address: 50 James Street; alexhotel.com.au; Rates from: A$190 ($142)

Terrace view from hotel

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Bedroom, dining and living space view

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The Old Clare, Sydney, Australia

Rising from the site of a former pub and the historic Carlton & United Brewery, Sydney’s Old Clare hotel is the newest property from boutique hospitality veteran Loh Lik Peng, whose hotel portfolio includes Town Hall in London and New Majestic in Singapore. The design comes courtesy of local architect firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, which created an understated interior punctuated by walnut furnishings and luxurious leathers. There is also a slick rooftop pool with bar and three restaurants, including British chef Jason Atherton’s first Australian outpost.

Address: 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, theoldclarehotel.com.au; A$350 ($262)

Bathroom view of sink and lift entrance view

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Two modern seating areas at hotel

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Open air walkway to lifts

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Kempinski, Accra, Ghana

Boasting the largest average room size in the city, the Kempinski Accra also houses the region’s first champagne bar, as well as upmarket shopping and a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery. It is well located close to the city’s commercial district and government administrative offices, and also features a Baroque spa clad in gold mosaics and natural stone, an outdoor pool, a state-of-the art gym, a tennis court, a yoga studio and an organic juice bar.

Address: Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, kempinski.com; Rates from £194

Swimming pool and outside area of hotel

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Spacious bathroom with tub and large windows

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Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

Mandarin Oriental’s first African venture is based in Marrakech, not far from the medina. Parisian duo Gilles & Boissier have combined the group’s signature minimal Asian style with their own rigorous lines and flow, while adding subtle Berber and Andalusian touches. There are 54 villas – scattered across a fragrant garden planted with 100,000 roses – and nine suites, all with private pool. Three restaurants offer everything from traditional Moroccan to contemporary Mediterranean, while the spa has two hammams and an indoor pool, and outdoor treatments can be done amid olive groves and palms in an adjacent garden.

Address: Route du Golf Royal, mandarinoriental.com; Rates from: €650

Living room in hotel with L shaped sofa and coffee table

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Narrow pool and lounging areas

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Arched frames to hotel lobby

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Tuve, Hong Kong

Hidden away in Tai Hang, minutes from Causeway Bay, Tuve’s minimal aesthetic is at odds with its frenetic location. Designed by local outfit Design Systems, this minimalist boutique hotel features 66 visually sparse rooms, in marble, concrete and wood, and all come with complimentary smartphones, kingsize beds and spacious walk-in showers. Silver Room, the hotel’s intimate ground floor restaurant, serves Japanese-inspired Italian cuisine.

Address: 16 Tsing Fung Street, tuve.hk (opens in new tab); Rates from HK$980 ($126)

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Black and rustic look of exterior

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Dining area with tables and metal chairs

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Alila, Solo

Located within easy reach of Central Java’s Unesco-listed Borobudur complex of temples, the Alila Solo blends modern architecture with dramatic vistas of the region’s surrounding volcanoes. There are 255 rooms clad in marble, travertine and granite, including four Alila Suites, which feature furnished terraces and plunge pools. An enormous batik installation stretches across the lobby’s ceiling, while restaurant Épice serves a Yogyakartan farm-to-table menu.

Address: 562 Jalan Slamet Riyadi, alilahotels.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $70

Large swimming pool and wooden decking area

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Hotel room interior with two beds

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Four Seasons, Seoul

Located in the city’s buzzing downtown with unobstructed views of Gyeongbok Palace, the Four Seasons Seoul is the Toronto-based company’s first property in South Korea. As well as 317 spacious rooms with state-of-the-art technology, spa-like bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel features a three-storey spa, complete with indoor pool, Korean sauna and juice bar. Dining options abound, including a quintet of restaurants designed by André Fu and New York studio AvroKO, such as Kioku, an elegant Tokyo-style sushi bar overseen by chef Sawada Kazumi.

Address: 97 Saemunan-ro; fourseasons.com (opens in new tab); Rates from KRW445,000 ($375)

Lobby with dark tone finishings

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Indoor swimming pool, loungers and side tables

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Dining area with decorated walls

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W Hotel, Amsterdam

Housed in two buildings – one a former telephone exchange, the other a bank – the centrally located W Hotel has a top floor lobby boasting 360-degree views over the Royal Palace and Dam Square. Designed by local practice Office Winhov and Tel Aviv studio Baranowitz + Kronenberg, the hotel has two restaurants – sleek steakhouse Mr Porter, and The Duchess, which matches contemporary grandeur with stellar cocktails and fine dining – as well as 217 rooms and 21 suites. There are also impressive gym and spa facilities, not to mention a rooftop bar and swimming pool.

Address: Spuistraat 175, wamsterdam.nl (opens in new tab); Rates from €350

Lift hall with grey patterned wallpaper

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Classical brown dining room with large grandfather clock

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Patterned rug, coffee table and modern blue seating area

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Within waking distance of the city’s Brera quarter, the Mandarin Oriental features low-key interiors by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, with the building itself forged from three 19th-century structures. The hotel’s 104 rooms are outfitted with Egyptian cotton bed linen, wooden floors, organic Panpuri products and soundproofing. A host of amenities, including a luxury spa with Thai massage room, nail studio and hair salon, flank a formidable Michelin-starred restaurant overseen by chef Antonio Guida.

Address: Via Andegari, mandarinoriental.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €700

Black and white patterned wallpaper reflecting off glass table tops

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Grey stools at bar

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Room Mate Giulia, Milan

The owners of the Giulia – located moments from the Piazza del Duomo – have focused on keeping the hotel both affordable and sharply designed, enlisting Patricia Urquiola to cast her discerning eye on its 85 guest rooms and public spaces. An eclectic mishmash of furnishings and colour combinations, it is outfitted with Flos lighting, Kvadrat curtains and custom-made Cassina furniture designed by Urquiola herself, with artwork courtesy of local creatives.

Address: Via Silvio Pellico 4, room-matehotels.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €250

Natural tones in hotel room design

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Mixed furniture pieces and large art work hung on wall

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Dining room including breakfast bar and stools

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Senato, Milan

Housed in a five-storey neoclassical building that’s just a few blocks away from Via Montenapoleone, Milan’s most fashionable shopping street, the Senato is a discreet, elegant property with 43 rooms clad in marble, brass, wood parquet flooring and rich velvet furnishings. The interiors have been impeccably curated by architect Alessandro Bianchi, using Milan’s most talented local artisans, including florist Rosalba Piccinni and metal lighting company Bottega Gadda.

Address: Via Senato 22; senatohotelmilano.it (opens in new tab); Rates from €230

Exterior view of hotel and interior stand in lobby

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Marble bathroom and white interior of bedroom

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Dark exterior of hotel and bright seating area inside

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Saint-Marc Paris

Milanese design practice Dimore Studio led a two-year restoration of this handsome 2nd arrondissement property, situated a short stroll from the Opéra Garnier and the fashionable Rue Vivienne. The 26 art deco-inspired rooms have been stylishly outfitted with Louis de Poortere rugs, and Fontana Arte and Flos lamps, while public spaces have been dressed with black and white marble, and a palette of blues, pinks and dusky reds. There is also a spa, heated swimming pool and hammam in the basement.

Address: 36 Rue Saint-Marc; hotelsaintmarc.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €220

Bedroom view with patterned curtains and lilac carpet

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Pouf at end of bed and patterned headboard behind bed

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View of vanity table, stool and seating area in hotel room

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Le Montana, Paris

This celebrated St-Germain-des-Prés restaurant and club has been reimagined by architect Elisabeth Lemercier and designer Vincent Darré with six new suites referencing Left Bank icons such as Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Cocteau. Rooms feature lacquered wood cabinetry, graphic print carpets and flea market acquisitions, lending an eclectic modernity to each. La Gauche Caviar, the hotel’s main restaurant, dishes up bourgeois takes on comfort classics, while the ground floor bar is a big hit with the fashion pack.

Address: 28 Rue St-Benoît; hotel-lemontana.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €1,200

Mustard coloured bed with black and white designed walls

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Red bed frame and sketched designs on white walls

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Bedroom interior with grey and silver theme

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Casa Bonay, Barcelona

Designed by Brooklyn firm Studio Tack, Casa Bonay is housed in a 19th-century building on a leafy street in the Eixample district. Its warmly minimal rooms are brought to life via original mosaic floors and solariums or balconies, which flood rooms with natural light. There is also coffee and cold-pressed juice courtesy of some of Barcelona’s most acclaimed artisans, a cocktail bar and restaurant, and a rooftop orchard and herb garden for further relaxation.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes; casabonay.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €130

Classical brown interior of hotel and one bright blue sofa

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Close up view of wooden themed bar

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Large concrete planters at entrance of hotel

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Haymarket, Stockholm

Located on Hötorget, Stockholm’s main market square, the Haymarket hotel takes up residence in a building that once housed the department store where Greta Garbo started her career as a sales girl. Taking inspiration from the art deco era, design studio Koncept adorned the interior with vibrant pastels and patterned wallpapers and textiles, alongside furniture by Rubn, Gubi and &Tradition. Two restaurants offering everything from light bites and grilled steaks to oysters and champagne, as well as a bar serving classic cocktails, encapsulate the glamour of 1920s Hollywood.

Address: Hötorget 13-15; scandichotels.com (opens in new tab); Rates from SEK1,990 (€211)

Bed, seating and TV in hotel room

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Black and white tiled bathroom with flamingo design on wall

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Bright blue seating area and gold hand chair in lobby

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The Arts Club, London

Design consultancy Sagrada has carved out 16 rooms and suites on three floors of the Arts Club’s Dover Street location. Artworks by the likes of Sam Taylor-Johnson and Nobuyoshi Araki adorn the hotel’s art deco-inspired interior, while guest rooms feature embossed leather headboards, hand-tufted rugs and Calacatta Oro marble bathrooms with cast iron tubs. Rooms look out over the rooftops of Mayfair, and the penthouse enjoys views across the city.

Address: 40 Dover Street; theartsclub.co.uk (opens in new tab); Rates from £600

Silver themed bedroom suite with dark laminate flooring

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Modern sofa set in laminated room

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Black and white bathroom with marble walls

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Grand Ferdinand, Vienna

Located in Vienna’s Innere Stadt (Old Town), the Grand Ferdinand hotel, transformed by architects Atelier Heiss from a 1950s office building, features 188 rooms and numerous grand public spaces, kitted out by the likes of Lobmeyr, Thonet and Gubi. After a tour of the city in one of the hotel’s vintage Maseratis, guests can retire to the courtyard, verdant with tropical flora. A trio of restaurants, including a stately dining room, as well as an intimate champagne bar and rooftop pool with city views, complete the package.

Address: Schubertring 10-12; grandferdinand.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €220

White table clothed tables and wooden chairs

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Terrace swimming pool and seating area

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Open plan hotel room and bathroom

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Autor Rooms, Warsaw

Comprised of four elegant rooms and a shared central living area in Warsaw’s Śródmieście district, Autor Rooms was conceived by local design firm Mamastudio as a place for visiting friends to stay. The sleek but cosy interiors are by Polish architect Mateusz Baumiller, who has mixed vintage and contemporary pieces by local designers, and the walls are adorned with artwork, curated by Starter Gallery and available for guests to purchase.

Address: Lwowska 17/7; autorrooms.pl (opens in new tab); Rates from €80

hotel room with small shower cubicle

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White hotel room and decor with open plan bathroom

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Wooden dining table and chairs with green pads

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La Alondra Hotel Factoría, Asunción

Within a red-brick industrial building in Asunción’s chic Las Carmelitas neighbourhood, hoteliers Porfirio Aquino and Valería Rolón commissioned a team of architects, creative directors and historians to create a hotel that recalls Paraguay’s mid-19th-century splendour. The 17 guest rooms and suites feature a mix of recycled eucalyptus and pine, antique leather and velvet Louis XV-style chairs, while amenities include a library, a gym and a patio with a pool. The restaurant combines global and local Guarani influences.

Address: Dr Morra, between España and Tte Vera; laalondra.com.py (opens in new tab); Rates from $232

Exterior view of hotel with tables and chairs outside

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Narrow swimming pool with large plants in garden

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Large dark marble dining table with wooden chairs

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Four Seasons Bogota Casa Medina, Bogotá

Meticulously preserved, the downtown Bogotá landmark Casa Medina has been converted by architect Milena Vargas into a 62-room Four Seasons. The building – built in 1946 using salvaged details from demolished local convents – has been spectacularly renovated to preserve features such as hand-carved wooden doors, stone columns and beamed ceilings, with interiors overseen by designer Lauren Rottet. Indulge in the spa’s white-gold coconut scrub ahead of an elegant evening meal at Castanyoles, the hotel’s chic tapas restaurant, or at one of the numerous eateries in the surrounding Zona G neighbourhood.

Address: Avenida Carrera 7 #69a-22; fourseasons.com/bogotacm (opens in new tab); Rates from $199

Outside dining tables near stone wall and fire place

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Classical hallway and curved stair case

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White and brown bedroom with beamed ceiling and leather sofas

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Nomaa, Curitiba

The Nomaa is a discreet boutique hotel in the lively Batel neighbourhood, minutes from the Oscar Niemeyer Museum and the area’s edgy art galleries, restaurants and bars. Its polished interiors are styled like the apartment of a well-heeled creative, with natural elements such as limestone and walnut offset by an eclectic mix of statement furniture and specially commissioned art. The hotel’s spa offers, among other things, an antioxidant-rich vanilla body scrub and a champagne bath, a perfect precursor to dinner at the in-house restaurant headed by award-winning Brazilian chef Lênin Palhano.

Address: 168 Gutemberg Street; nomaa.com.br (opens in new tab); Rates from $130

Balcony furniture with decked floor and plant pots on shelves

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Living room view with long sofa and glass stair railings

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Brown fitted wall seating and brown tables

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Casa Fayette, Guadalajara

Casa Fayette is the latest boutique hotel from hip Mexican hospitality group Habita. Nestled in Guadalajara’s blossoming arts district, the hotel boasts interiors curated by Milan-based Dimore Studio. Intimate public spaces occupy a converted 1940s mansion, while the 37 coolly minimal, light-filled rooms and suites are in an adjoining nine-storey modernist tower by local architects Estudio 5. Coloured glass walls screen off the bathrooms while oversized headboards double as room dividers and wardrobes. There’s a pool and terrace, a rooftop spa, and a restaurant, serving American comfort food with a local twist.

Address: Lerdo de Tejada, 2308; casafayette.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $123

Bedroom and seating separated by green cupboard in room

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Raised swimming pool with loungers on one side and white wall on the other

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Chairs and coffee table facing semi-circlular window

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Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

On a charmingly meandering street in Santiago’s bohemian Cumbres Lastarria neighbourhood, this eponymous boutique hotel owes its audacious exterior to owner and architect Rodrigo Errázuriz. He has outfitted the interior with 70 rooms that mix bespoke modern pieces with old-style accents, championing Chilean heritage. The hotel’s eighth-floor social hub features a Mediterranean restaurant and a heated rooftop pool with views over downtown Santiago and San Cristóbal Hill.

Address: José Victorino Lastarria 299; cumbreslastarria.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $139

Raised bar tables and high stools

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Sofas and other seating areas in hotel

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Hotel room view of bedroom and bathroom separated by glass wall

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The Brown Beach House, Tel Aviv

A sister property to the beloved Brown TLV Urban Hotel by locally based hotelier Leopard, The Brown Beach House was designed as a luxury summer house on Tel Aviv’s redeveloped coastal strip. It features a spa, with couples’ treatment rooms, a garden and cabanas, as well as 40 guest rooms outfitted by interior designer Aline Langlieb with a distinctive blend of retro resort style and hip urbanism. The hotel’s popular Flamingo Bar draws a goodlooking crowd, while the café offers casual kosher dining.

Address: 64 Ha’yarkon Street; brownhotels.com/beach (opens in new tab); Rates from $225

Bamboo square bar and high bamboo stool chairs

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Armchairs over looking other seating areas of hotel

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Hotel with plants on each balcony and light up flamingo

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South Congress Hotel, Austin

Designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the South Congress Hotel combines refined design with craft elements and Americana; the works of local artists sit alongside Hunter S Thompson photographs, while terracotta screens contrast with white brick walls. The 83 rooms boast bespoke Matteo linens and brass basins in the bathrooms, while guests can enjoy rooftop poolside views of Austin with an Ancho Margarita from Café No Sé, the hotel’s Michael Paley-headed, California-inspired restaurant and bar. A vintage motorcycle shop on the ground floor completes the stylish retro credentials.

Address: 1603 S Congress Avenue; southcongresshotel.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $147

Abstract paintings on wooden wall and breakfast bars

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Stairs to open empty room of building

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Different designed furniture and rugs at hotel reception

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Hotel Saint George, Marfa

The Hotel Saint George is located in the artistic hub of Marfa, Texas, a former railroad water stop that was beloved of artist Donald Judd. The hotel’s minimal, industrial spaces were created by Houston-based Carlos Jiménez Studio, while the 55 rooms have been dressed by interior designer Alice Cottrell with Austrian sheepskin rugs and distressed leather couches. There’s an outdoor pool, a fine dining restaurant, a taco stand and a farmers’ market, not to mention the Marfa Book Company, one of the country’s best independent bookstores.

Address: 105 South Highland Avenue; marfasaintgeorge.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $165

Exterior view of white hotel

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Classical dark brown high back chairs, dining table and abstract painting on wall

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Elongated table, modern chairs and books on shelves

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Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Part of Miami’s new Faena District, the Alan Faena-owned modernist block that was formerly the Saxony Hotel has been reimagined top-to-toe by film director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin. The result is 169 theatrical guest rooms dressed in velvet and bathrooms that encapsulate old-world glamour, plus sumptuous public spaces adorned with gold leaf and commissioned murals by artist Juan Gatti. The hotel features three restaurants (including one from chef Paul Qui), a 160-seat theatre and Tierra Santa, a Latin American-inspired spa.

Address: 3201 Collins Avenue; faena.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $745

Hallway with thick golden painted columns

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Classical living room with red sofas and large light fitting

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Bathroom view of bath tub and long sink

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11 Howard, New York

Owned by property magnate Aby Rosen of Gramercy Park Hotel fame, 11 Howard makes its mark with a Scandinavian design sensibility complemented by impressive artistic credentials, with pieces by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Alexander Calder. It is also home to the first US outpost of Copenhagen’s Studio Oliver Gustav in the form of a design gallery/boutique. High ceilings and plush but minimal furnishings crafted in Denmark set 11 Howard’s rooms apart. There’s a stylish bar, The Blond, while the restaurant, from restaurateur Stephen Starr, offers modern French dining.

11 Howard Street, 11howard.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $200

Seating area with many different styles of seats

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Gold framed sink and long wooden dining table

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Grey armchairs with side table and shelves above

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1 Hotel Central Park, New York

Designed by local studio AvroKo with an in-house design team, 1 Hotel Central Park spans 18 floors in an old office building. It features a dramatic ivy-clad exterior and, as an LEED-certified hotel, impeccable green credentials, including paperless rooms (think chalk boards and tablets), Triple Clear filter taps in rooms and natural hemp-blend mattresses. The 229 rooms have Napa-style paned showers and window seats that offer enviable views of Central Park. A Tesla electric car will drop you at an eatery of your choice within a 15-block radius, while homebodies can enjoy Jams, the in-house restaurant led by chef Jonathan Waxman.

Address: 1414 Sixth Avenue, 1hotels.com/central-park (opens in new tab); Rates from $200

Bedroom view with side table and window seat

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Separate seating areas with sofas and wall art

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Wooden themed interior of seating area

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Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Based in the historical East Liberty neighbourhood in a former YMCA building, Pittsburgh’s long-awaited Ace Hotel contains 63 rooms over five floors. Regional Pennsylvanian craft is showcased in rooms alongside found vintage pieces, and the hotel pays homage to the city’s sports culture by turning the capacious, triple-height former gymnasium into a gathering place for events and concerts. The hotel also has a bar and a restaurant overseen by Brent Young, of acclaimed Brooklyn butchery The Meat Hook.

Address: 120 S Whitfield Street; acehotel.com/pittsburgh (opens in new tab); Rates from $199

Simple interior of bedroom and guitar hanging on wall

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L shaped seat with wooden dining tables and chairs

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Large bath tub near window

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The Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC

Based in Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood, the renovated Watergate has reopened with 336 plush rooms, some with balconies overlooking the Potomac river, as well as a luxury spa and a lap pool. Mixing modernity with nostalgia, the hotel’s interiors have been designed by Ron Arad, while the retro-inspired staff uniforms are by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant. There’s a fine-dining restaurant, a whisky bar and a rooftop bar and lounge, Top of the Gate, with 360-degree views taking in the Washington Monument and the Georgetown waterfront.

Address: 2650 Virginia Avenue NW; thewatergatehotel.com (opens in new tab); Rates from $400

Room full of bottles and red seating

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Spring chairs with metal base

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Grey and white bathroom interior and large mirror

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Atlantis by Giardino, Zurich

Popular with visiting bands in the 1970s, the Atlantis by Giardino has been renovated by London design firm HBA, which has transformed the modernist building into a stylish, contemporary urban retreat. Its 95 guest rooms benefit from views of the surrounding Üetliberg mountains or Zurich, and feature floors swathed in parquet and headboards in soft leather. There’s a heated outdoor pool, a spa, Giardino’s signature Ecco fine-dining restaurant, and international fusion option Hide & Seek, with offerings including Ayurvedic-style vegetarian dishes.

Address: Döltschiweg 234; atlantisbygiardino.ch/en (opens in new tab); Rates from CHF560 (€515)

Comfy seating area and fire near reception

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Bedroom and living area separated by a wall

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Hotel bar and stools as well as leather seating areas

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The Club, Singapore

Based in Singapore’s Chinatown in a row of perfectly preserved early 20th-century shophouses, The Club has been renovated by local interiors firm Distillery (now part of international design practice Hassell) to create a visually softer, tactile property. The hotel has 20 guest rooms, featuring woven vinyl flooring and vintage furniture, as well as four restaurants, including a modern American grill and Singapore’s first rooftop Peruvian restaurant and bar with views of the city’s soaring skyscrapers.

Address: 28 Ann Siang Hill; theclub.com.sg (opens in new tab); Rates from S$280 (£155)

Dark wooden interior inside bar

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Exterior of white hotel with brightly painted window shutters

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Hotel room view with small side table, chair and TV

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The Lanesborough, London

Under the direction of Paris studio Alberto Pinto and London firm ReardonSmith, the Lanesborough’s opulent 93 rooms and public spaces have been meticulously restored by British craftsmen, preserving the building’s distinct Regency architectural style. Hand-painted details and renovated plasterwork attest to the project’s attention to detail, while the luxury one would expect from the Knightsbridge hotel is evident in the 24-hour butler service, the cigar lounge, the spa and French fine-dining restaurant Céleste.

Address: Hyde Park Corner; lanesborough.com (opens in new tab); Rates from £715

Classical interior of hotel suite with flowery curtains

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Dining room with dark wooden features

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Entrance to hotel lit up at night

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The Ritz, Paris

After a four-year refurbishment, the historic Ritz Paris has reopened with a flourish. Architect Thierry Despont has refreshed the rooms and suites and inserted extraordinary new public spaces, including elegant dining rooms, from the casual Salon Proust to the fine-dining theatre of L’Espadon, headed by chef Nicolas Sale. The Ritz Bar is sure to attract the glitterati, while the Chanel au Ritz Paris, the fashion house’s first spa, opens alongside the new Coco Chanel Suite. As ever, the Imperial Suite is a showstopper, while a tunnel between the car park and hotel assures discretion.

Address: 15 Place Vendôme; ritzparis.com (opens in new tab); Rates from €1,000

Exterior view of hotel and staircase view with large mural on wall

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Shaped swimming pool in courtyard

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Outside seating corners with high rising plants for privacy

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Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms