25hours Hotel Terminus Nord in Paris
The 25hours Hotel chain charms travellers with its unabashed four-star hotels. The winning formula: elegant décor, functional rooms and a relaxed ambience. Each new opening takes its inspiration from the spirit of the neighbourhood. The brand, which began in Hamburg, has chosen Paris as the destination for its very first French venture. Since last January, its new creation has stood opposite the Gare du Nord, the busiest railway station in Europe, and is designed as a bubble, protected from the frenetic commotion outside but strongly inspired by the cultural life of the area. At the 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord, the allusions to cosmopolitan Paris make it unique. You are surrounded by African and Indian artwork, in the lobby and the restaurant, on the walls and the sofa cushions, as a tribute to the communities of the capital's 10th arrondissement. On your arrival, the staff give you a small guide inviting you to participate in a “treasure hunt” through the communal areas of the hotel, to introduce you to the figureheads of the establishment. In the rooms, the same decorative melting-pot will transport you to far-off locations. In the hotel's basement, the Sape Bar, open to all, attracts Parisians who have already been charmed by the place's intimate atmosphere, which is reminiscent of a gentlemen's club. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in the NENI restaurant offers grilled leeks with feta cheese and marinated wild prawns, or you might opt for a little shakshuka, a delicious and spicy ratatouille of peppers and tomatoes.
Reinvigorated by the pervading atmosphere, you then set out to explore the city. Reception provides you with some elegant Schindelhauer, bikes, also available as e-bikes. The friendly members of the 25hours team offer to be your guides and take you, for example, to explore the Montmartre district, a few pedal turns away.
25hours Hotel Terminus Nord
12 boulevard de Denain
Amerikalinjen in Oslo
Six months ago, the Amerikalinjen opened its doors a stone's throw away from the Opera House in Oslo, shaking up the hotel scene of the Norwegian capital. The 122-room, sophisticatedly luxurious boutique hotel was an immediate success, and has become the trendiest address in the city. The former neo-baroque headquarters of the Norwegian America Line transatlantic company have been transformed into an elegant urban cocoon. Like a shop window for Norwegian excellence, the Amerikalinjen impresses with its classic vintage Scandinavian furniture and its globe lights, replicas of those found on liners in the last century, blown by the glass maker Hadeland. In the rooms, you encounter this decorative style again, a combination of clean lines and comfort. Bathed in light from the large windows, they invite you to relax in their large beds set on light parquet floors. The Atlas brasserie, a stylish venue, invites you to sample its European classics with New World influences – salmon bagels and poached eggs with avocado being the most popular – while in the basement, the Gustav will transport you to the atmosphere of a New York speakeasy.
Encouraged by the place's healthy atmosphere, you head to the hotel's gym, open 24/7, where you will find workout manuals and Yoga exercise guides. The hotel staff will be delighted to advise you on the best jogging routes for an athletic exploration of the city. The new promenade in the port –havnepromenade– is their top recommendation. Recently redeveloped, and nine kilometres long, it runs past many of the capital's emblematic areas and monuments: the Opera House, a majestic glass building, the Sørenga bridge which is reminiscent of Brooklyn Bridge and the lively Aker Brygge Wharf commercial district. You will regularly come across small, surprising bright orange towers: these are in fact information points to help you find your way around Oslo during your visit.
W The Palm in Dubai
The latest creation of the Marriott Lifestyle chain aims to become one of the most popular resorts in Dubai. Ideally located on the edge of a private beach, west of Palm Jumeirah, a spectacular archipelago in the shape of a palm tree, this extremely trendy hotel adopts the successful concept of the W hotels: a lively ambience, a futuristic décor and events based around music, design and fashion. The extremely fussy traveller will be won over by the relaxed atmosphere of W Dubai The Palm, and its service offer worthy of a palace. Its ideal location allows you to explore the city's main points of interest. Sunbathe on the crystalline sand of the beach opposite the perfect, exhilarating water sports playground which you can try out by reserving directly at reception. The hotel also has partnerships with desert excursion companies, an opportunity for you to witness a glowing sunset over the sand dunes: an unforgettable moment.
Lounge in your “Wonderful” room, all curves and unusual materials: mosaic style tiled walls in greenish-blue shades, velvets of all kinds and arabesque patterned wallpapers make the space incomparable. Enjoy a moment in the cool, sheltered by the stylish and airy bubbles on the Wet Deck. The bar which appears to be placed on the water of a turquoise pool serves delicious cocktails and fresh fruit juices and regularly features DJs. Sample the refined cuisine of the hotel's restaurants: Torno Ubito, the Italian restaurant of the multi Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura, or Akira Back, named after its chef, a temple to Japanese and Korean flavours. You just have to decide between an exquisite pizza with truffles and a salmon tartare with grilled peaches and yuzu zest.
W Dubai The Palm
West Crescent Palm Jumeirah
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 245 5555
Mama Shelter in London
East London is definitely THE place to stay in the English capital! This neighbourhood with its industrial past has become the trendiest in London and continues to attract artists, hip establishments and innovative start-ups. The latest to have fallen for the area's charms is the trendy French hotel chain, Mama Shelter. Its brand-new friendly establishment, with its 194 diverse and colourfully designed rooms, is tucked away near Cambridge Heath station, twenty minutes away from Shoreditch on foot, one of the most high-profile areas at the moment. Art galleries and cutting edge restaurants have set up home there and are all good reasons for the trendy traveller that you are to head to this area. For further information, the hotel provides a reactive and effective concierge service which will give you comprehensive advice on all the best go-to places in the city.
Created by the Parisian designers Dion & Arles, Mama London has a knack of putting you at your ease with its informal concept. You move cheerfully from a working session in a meeting room-workshop to a convivial dinner of traditional fish and chips in the joyfully multicoloured décor of its restaurant, while waiting to let yourself go in the intimate atmosphere of a karaoke room. You finally reach the cosy nest of your room, where exceptional bedding, faded wood and thick rugs await you. The plus? You have access to an entirely free film on demand service… Almost enough to dissuade you from venturing out of your cocoon when it's raining!
437 Hackney Road
+44 20 7613 6500
Blique by Nobis in Stockholm
If you appreciate design, art and architecture, this smart Swedish style boutique hotel should convince you to stay in Hagastaden, Stockhlom's arty district. Based in a former industrial building designed by the famous architect Sigurd Lewerentz, the latest arrival in the Nobis collection has competed with the big boys since its spectacular renovation by the Wingårdh studio. The industrial aesthetic of its 249 rooms with their exposed concrete walls blends into the subtle mixture of steel, leather and wood which adds a touch of warmth. In this delightful retreat for aesthetic travellers, you can socialise in a bar perched on the rooftop with a breathtaking view of Stockholm while enjoying some seafood with an Asian twist. On the menu are Japanese-style oysters and spicy langoustine tails.
You can also discover a selection of artworks created by local artists in the art gallery which stages temporary exhibitions.
The hotel encourages your artistic leanings, and makes you want to find out more. Thanks to its location in the Vasastan district, you can reach the Stadsbiblioteket on foot, considered as one of the most beautiful examples of Scandinavian architecture. Continue on to the Bonniers Konsthall, a modern art gallery with an amazing glass structure designed by the architect Johan Celsing. If you have come with the family, you should know that every Tuesday the museum offers an informal and fun tour especially designed for the younger visitors.
Blique by Nobis
+46 8 557 666 00
+46 8 508 309 00
+46 8 736 42 48
Palais Ronsard in Marrakech
Do you dream of getting away from it all in a sumptuous location, far away from the hustle and bustle of Morocco's Red City? Open the doors of this discreet Relais & Châteaux retreat, and enter an oasis of peace and luxury, isolated in an unspoiled area of the Marrakech palm groves. Opened last spring, Palais Ronsard, its gardens studded with century-old olive trees, lofty palm trees and 3,000 rose bushes, is one of those magical places where time stands still. You can choose your décor from 22 completely different suites and six pavilions with a private pool. In the Prestige suite, blue appears on all surfaces: peacock blue wall coverings, turquoise mouldings and sea-green vases… Located on the ground floor, the room has a private terrace and direct access to the magical garden. In one of the suites, on the first floor, the light marble contrasts with the ochre fabrics and traditional embroideries. Designed by interior designer Gil Dez, the eclectic romanticism of the decor contrasts with the art deco, neo-Moorish, colonial, Baroque and Tuscan influences, all combined with oriental touches… An ambience intended by your hosts, the former model Adriana Karembeu and her husband Aram Ohanian. As for the pleasures of the table, the multi-Michelin starred chef Xavier Mathieu, from Provence, will blow you away with his new twist on Moroccan gastronomy, based on the seasons and available produce.
Golf lovers, take advantage of being amongst the palm groves and head to the lush PalmGolf club which also boasts a terrace shaded by trees, the lords of the manor. If you are more partial to architectural discoveries, make your way to the city centre, several kilometres away and visit the Museum of Moroccan Arts. You are welcomed in a peaceful garden with a mosaic-decorated fountain in the centre. Inside, you admire the patio and a majestic gazebo in inlaid wood. On your return from your adventures, you unwind in the Spa of the Palais Ronsard, very close at hand from the vegetable garden, surrounded by flowering bougainvilleas. Here, time stands still.
Propriété Salah 7 Abyad
+212 5242 98600
Dar Si Saïd (Museum of Moroccan Arts)
Derb El Bahia
+212 (0) 524 38 95 64
Palm Golf Marrakech Palmeraie
Circuit de la Palmeraie BP 1488
+212 524 368766
Gorgeous George in Cape Town
The new trendy haunt of hipster travellers, this architectural masterpiece proclaims its cosmopolitan identity in St George's Mall, the pedestrian thoroughfare of Cape Town city centre. Inside its two heritage buildings (one art deco, the other neo-Edwardian), linked by an elegant use of concrete and steel, Gorgeous George will charm you with its discordant mix of styles. In the 32 plush rooms, industrial style coexists alongside elements of modern Victorian design, pieces by South African designers and wall paintings hand-painted by David Brits. Leave your cosy cocoon and head to the sixth floor. The hotel epicentre, the Gigi Rooftop roof terrace, is an invitation to indulgence, underneath the glass roof of its internationally inspired restaurant: Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict served on a muffin and a selection of locally produced cheeses are on offer. Then you can sip an alcoholic or alcohol-free cocktail on the edge of the glamorous pool. Protected by greenery and a natural wood enclosure, it overlooks the oldest urban setting of colonial Africa.
This view makes you want to find out more. The hotel provides you with its Good time guide, which lists a complete range of the city's points of interest. You might opt for example for a trendy walk through the Woodstock district which is full of local markets where you can unearth some wonderful homemade delicacies.
118 St George's Mall
+27 87 898 6000
1 Hotel West Hollywood in Los Angeles
After the success of its two New York hotels and a third in Miami, 1 Hotel moved into the fashionable district of West Hollywood, in Los Angeles, last spring. This innovative group has built its reputation on the ethical nature of its projects, in support of the principle of “the sustainable hotel”. Its new 285 room urban creation stands on a part of Sunset Boulevard which is undergoing rapid change, at the foot of the Hollywood hills. In the light-flooded lobby, the hanging garden and Aleppo pine check-in desks set the tone for an establishment designed with ecological concerns in mind. With floors of reclaimed wood, rugs made from recycled plastic and paper replaced with slates, the in-house designer, Tony Machado, has used ethical materials to create a pleasant natural design. This contemporary oasis will impress you with its stunning views of the City of Angels, reaching as far as Santa Monica. Perceived from the pool on the roof, you will never tire of this captivating sight. A panorama which you can also admire from the wide windows in your room, designed as a calming space: light colours, soft materials and untreated wood are the watchwords.
Let your appetite be your guide as you explore the neighbourhood. Indeed, West Hollywood is one of Los Angeles' gastronomic hotspots. Set off on a gourmet jaunt: fresh fish at Connie & Ted's, octopus with mango at Katana, butter-rich pound cake with strawberries in the rural setting of Eveleigh…There's something for every taste!
1 Hotel West Hollywood
8490 Sunset Boulevard
+1 310 424 1600
Connie & Ted's
8171 Santa Monica Boulevard
8439 W Sunset Boulevard
8752 Sunset Boulevard
Six Senses Maxwell in Singapore
The Maxwell, the latest arrival in the Six Senses chain after Oman and Porto, has set up home in an art deco building built in 1929, in Singapore. The firm is famous for its avant-garde hotels, which are eco-responsible, follow a feng shui philosophy and seek to satisfy your mind as well as your body.
You arrive amidst a décor of cream painted wood and white bricks, enlivened by a gold lion head and a large Chinese gong, which you are invited to strike. On the walls, ancient handwritten property documents remind you of the history and construction of this remarkable building. You go to your cosy room with its minimalist furnishings, not unlike that of a luxury yacht cabin. Touches of emerald green and vermilion red add a small amount of warmth to the whole, cleverly apportioned by the French interior designer Jacques Garcia, who is accustomed to grand fashionable establishments – Hotel Costes, for example. Stretch out on your mattress and duvet, both made from organic fabrics, which in no way makes them less comfortable.
You would however be mistaken not to explore the communal areas of this fantastic place: how about strolling around an edible garden? Unless you prefer taking a dip in the turquoise pool on the planted rooftop? The gem of this location is the vast library, designed in the style of a private English club. A collection of several thousand books covers the wooden bookshelves in the reading area: old books, the classics and the most recent literary developments are all available, in several languages obviously. Dip into those that take your fancy, before settling down in one of the lounge's soft sofas. In this space dedicated to the pleasure of all the senses, you find what to eat at Cook & Tras where you can enjoy traditional dishes such as spicy Laksa soup made from noodles and coconut milk: a simple and generous treat.
Set off next to explore the historic, trendy neighbourhood of your hotel: Chinatown. The low buildings, temples and narrow streets reveal another view of Singapore, famous for its skyscrapers and other futuristic buildings. In the streets, you hear Cantonese being spoken: you are in the heart of the rich cultural history of the little country where different south-east Asian nationalities come together. Stroll freely through the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum which extends over four floors: you can discreetly witness a ritual ceremony on the ground floor; high up, a verdant and tranquil roof terrace awaits you. Right opposite is one of the temples … to local street food: 168 CMY Satay, awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Don't forget to try one of their skewers (meat, fish, tofu) served with a succulent satay dipping sauce.
Six Senses Maxwell
2 Cook Street
+65 6914 1400
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
288 South Bridge Road
+65 6220 0220
168 CMY Satay
335 Smith Street
Sinner in Paris
The new address unveiled this summer by Evok Hotels, in the trendy Paris district of Haut Marais, is perfect for lovers of quirky boutique hotels. The hotel's vision is based on a Parisian “insider” style: here, luxury is combined with languor, and elegance with irreverence, while the unusual and the mysterious predominate. Behind its façade with its crude aesthetic, Sinner's enigmatic style will amaze you with its religious references and erotic-artistic allusions. The celebrated architect Tristan Auer took his inspiration from the rich history of this bustling neighbourhood, which was in turn ecclesiastic and aristocratic, before becoming one of the hotspots of a certain festive frivolity in the 1970s-1980s.
The result is an interior which constantly surprises and intrigues. The velvet drapes and numerous mirrors in the communal areas have an opulence which is gently decadent. You are invited to uncover the secrets of this outstandingly original location. You move through lantern-lit corridors and push open a heavy door studded with wrought iron nails. You are in the heart of the hotel's most intimate area, which is inspired by Greco-Roman baths and offers a range of comprehensive facial and body treatments, based on natural ingredients which are kind to the body.
You then return to the tranquillity of your room. The comfortable bedding is crowned by majestic structures in fine wood, an allusion to ecclesiastic furniture. However, there is nothing austere here: the soft rugs and carpets in warm colours provide a perfect balance for the décor.
Behind its planted walls, the restaurant of the chef Adam Bentalha stretches out in a long line. On the menu, unique flavours which are the result of a mix of ethnic African and south American cuisines: gilthead bream cooked in banana leaves, avocado carpaccio, citrus fruit and fresh goat's cheese, and beef in a pomegranate and mint sauce… You will be spoilt for choice. With its spectacular volumes, intimate areas and unusual flavours, this hotel like no other will inspire a multitude of emotions.
116 rue du Temple
+1 42 72 20 00