Hotel Georges, Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel Georges, Istanbul, Turkey
This year’s Best Business hotel winner, the Georges, is a tiny gem of a boutique hotel, hidden in an art nouveau mansion on a narrow cobbled lane in Istanbul’s Galata district. Harder to find than a New York speakeasy, and inspired by Paris’ hôtels particuliers, the Georges is decorated with dark parquet floors, bespoke brass fixtures, ornamental plaster panels and handcrafted wood furnishings by local artisans. Most of its 21 rooms have balconies overlooking the Bosphorus, some even boast 10 sq m terraces with stunning sea views, while the sun-drenched penthouse has its own private swimming pool. But what makes this place irresistible for business or leisure is that each room comes with its own private butler on hand for any request. The club-style, brick-walled restaurant, Le Fumoir, serves French cuisine prepared by chef sara Tabrizi – think entrecôtes, croque-monsieur and the best coq au vin in the city – while the black lacquered bar offers an impressive selection of French wines.
Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak, 24 Galata; Tel: 90.212 244 2423; www.georges.com
Rates: €175 ($215)
Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia
Relaunched after a luxurious AU$65m ($68m) makeover earlier this year, Park Hyatt Sydney is a low-slung sandstone structure located within the historic rocks district on Sydney Harbour’s Campbell’s Cove. There are just 155 rooms, including three new rooftop suites adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor, all of which have balconies with a view. The prestigious Sydney Suite is the grandest with almost 360-degree views of the bridge, harbour and opera house. The rooftop spa features an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the bay, while the dining room restaurant has a rich, warm décor with food by chef Andrew McKee, whose contemporary Australian-inspired menu is based around local produce. Eight Australian artists, including GW Bot, whose carved sandstone panels feature in the public areas, were commissioned to produce artworks for the hotel. And a business centre comes fully equipped with your every working need, including translation and secretarial services.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks; Tel: 61.2 9256 1234; www.sydney.park.hyatt.com
Rates: from AU$890 ($936)
Downtown, Mexico City, Mexico
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.
Isabel la Católica 30; Tel: 52.555 282 21 99; www.designhotels.com/downtown
Rates: from $153
Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz, Brazil
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.
Rodovia Castello Branco; Tel: 55.15 3261 9900; www.fasano.com.br
Rates: from BRL$1,190 ($586)
Jervois, Hong Kong, China
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.
89 Jervois Street; Tel: 852.3994 9000; www.thejervois.com
Rates: from HK$2,200 ($284)
Wythe Hotel, New York, USA
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.
80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg; Tel: 1.718 460 8000; wythehotel.com
Rates: from $179
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, USA
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.
701 Stone Canyon Road; Tel: 1.310 472 1211; www.hotelbelair.com
Rates: from $565
Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai, China
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.
210 Century Avenue; Tel: 86.21 2036 8888; www.fourseasons.com/pudong
Rates: From RMB3000 ($470)
NoMad Hotel, New York, USA
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.
1170 Broadway & 28th Street; Tel: 1.212 796-1500; www.thenomadhotel.com
Rates: from $395
Conservatorium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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.
Van Baerlestraat 27; Tel: 31.20 570 0000; www.conservatoriumhotel.com
Rates: from €325 ($399)
W Paris – Opera, Paris, France
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.
4 rue Meyerbeer; Tel: 33.1 77 48 94 94; www.wparisopera.com
Rates: from €340 ($418)
Hotel Daniel, Vienna
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.
Landstrasser Gürtel 5; Tel: 43.1 90 1310; www.hoteldaniel.com
Rates: from €92 ($113)