Spring is finally here and she brings with her the desire to leave. High-speed rail lines, low cost airlines, boats or cars: the other side of Europe has never been this close. Let us inspire you to find your destination: here is a selection of boutique hotels scattered in the major cities of the Old Continent. For your next alternative escapes.
Sir Albert Hotel – Amsterdam
Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam. +31 (0)20 305 3020
Among the legendary canals of the town, this boutique hotel combines old-style and technological design service, trying to recreate the feeling of living in a luxury private residence. The rooms with large windows and high ceilings are built on the ruins of an old factory that worked on diamonds, embracing the deluxe project designed by BK Architecture studio
Athenswas – Athens
5, Dionysiou Areopagitou Str, 11742 Athens. +30 2109249954
The Greek Stage Design Office Studio is responsible of the hotel’s renovation: a base of classical inspiration, with references to details from the rich historical past of the city and a nod to contemporary iconic elements by Le Corbusier or Konstantin Grcic. Located near the Acropolis, you can admire the city even from the rooftop bar.
Hotel Claris – Barcelona
Carrer de Pau Claris, 150, 08009 Barcelona. +34 934 87 62 62
A five stars hotel in the city center, hosted in a XIX century building just a few meters from Passeig de Gracia. Hotel Claris shows a strong link with art and creativity: the luxury rooms are decorated with Roman, Egyptian and Hindu original works, and the first floor hosts a semi-permanent exhibition gallery. Must go: the terrace and pool with an amazing view.
Das Stue – Berlin
Born in the 30s as a project for the Danish Embassy, today Das Stue is a luxury hotel that combines historical elegance with contemporary design through the project of architect Patricia Urquiola. The goal is to create a welcoming environment and let people feel at home. The sumptuous main staircase hides cozy rooms full of warm rugs and pillows.
The Dominican – Bruxelles
One of the Carlton Collection hotels, it is located near La Monnaie theater. The Dominican was born as an investment in innovation and quality, built on the site of the old Dominican abbey. Make sure to take a walk in the corridors of the old monastery and be absorbed in a romantic medieval atmosphere. Luxury dominates among tall decorated windows and velvet sofas.
Aguas De Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa – Ibiza
Two elements make an hotel on the coast worth staying: a terrace overlooking the sea and the proximity to numerous beaches. Relax and high level comforts are just a few miles away from the well known island’s nightlife. Aguas De Ibiza is among the first eco-luxury hotel on the island, perfectly placed in the surroundings thanks to the Phoenician inspired structure with a contemporary twist. Neutral colored furniture welcomes you with sand and turquoise accents tones.
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments – London
Right in the heart of the Bethnal Green district, among markets, art galleries and trendy restaurants, the Town Hall Hotel is a mix of architectural styles, with an Edwardian facade, marbles and brass. The ultramodern touch is given by the large and minimal rooms with polished glass partition walls.
The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar – Munich
Fraunhoferstrasse 32, 80469 Munich. +49(0)89 552 791 70
The building, located in one of the liveliest districts in Munich, has an industrial origin and kept the original facade and it is. Its name comes from the surrounding glorious fields and the nearby river. All the lofts are designed differently, with unique and personalized environments and pieces of furniture. It is a hotel for enthusiastic travelers who pays their attention to details.
Nobis Hotel – Stockholm
The Nobis is an oasis with high ceilings, Scandinavian design and mirrors, a large shared space and many restaurants. The rooms, overlooking the courtyard or the city, are quiet and sophisticated thanks to the use of soft colors, and full of custom accessories. The redesign results from the Claesson Koivisto Rune Studio focusing on the maximum concept of hospitality and style at the same time.
25 Hours Hotel Zurich West – Zürich
Nestled in the emerging creative district of the city, the 25 Hours is surrounded by art spaces and designer shops. The interior designer Alfredo Häberli created this new space as a relaxing wrap, with custom-made furnishings and a high level of hospitality. Colors and geometric shapes are protagonists, with the addition of wallpapers and mosaics referencing to precious metals. The hotel is part of the newly born 25 Hours Hotels: find here its homonym in Vienna.