The Orange hotel is nestled at the top of a classic, refurbished bar and restaurant in London’s Belgravia. In the popular bar downstairs the Orange is a favourite for the discerning locals from nearby Chelsea and Belgravia, while upstairs the four upmarket ensuite bedrooms draw guests from around the world looking for a truly unique London homebase.
London is a city of the future and the past. The Stafford, London uniquely combines the elegance of Victorian London with a modern five-star hotel experience. The outcome is an impressive, truly British hotel experience.
Tower Lodge was recently awarded the Global Luxury Lodge in the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards. That’s a fine accolade for this boutique hotel, nestled in Australia’s Hunter Valley, which is gathering momentum as a hotel with few peers.
The city of Wellington is emerging as a genuine global city full of culture, design and lashings of cool. And a shining light in this city is the boutique hotel, Ohtel Wellington. Ohtel distills all that’s right with Wellington into a unique and compelling luxury experience.
The Park8 Hotel is one of Sydney’s lesser known boutique hotels, but it’s the place to stay if you fancy taking Sydney by foot. Around the corner is Sydney’s busiest shopping strip, the Pitt Street Mall. And across the road is the iconic Hyde Park. Surry Hills, Kings Cross and Darling Harbour are not far from the Park8. We stayed in a 1 bedroom loft apartment, which includes a wonderfully large spa bath and rainshower.
The Charlotte Jane Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, remains open for leisure. The old mansion was originally a school for young ladies, and after managing to survive that run in, the recent earthquakes have done little to harm the Victorian throwback, with huge bathrooms, large, plush rooms and touches of elegance throughout. Our favourite was the stained-glass window near the entrance, depicting the original Charlotte Jane, one of the earliest ships to bring settlers to Christchurch.
Next time you feel like you need to get away from it all, disappear into Sweden’s new Tree Hotel. That’s right, literally disappear, into an invisible mirror cube hung from a tree trunk that only birds can see. The quirky eco-hotel launched this month with six rooms designed by five different architects, transforming the idea […]
If we believe the seedy world of Kings Cross as presented on current Australian TV hit Underbelly, you’d run a mile before considering laying your head to rest (unless six feet under by mafia lords) in the area. But the infamous nightlife strip has really cleaned up its act. In fact, as an ex-Sydney-sider who hasn’t revisited the locale in almost a decade, it’s almost unrecognisable. Enter the Diamant Hotel, perched side by side with the landmark neon Coca-Cola sign.
Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]
The Global Shortlist, the fifth in a series of stylish coffee table books from Mr & Mrs Smith, contains interesting photos and write-ups about their favorite thirty boutique hotels from around the world. It’s a thought provoking read and certainly puts the spark for traveling well and truly into your system. Barcelona in May? Athens […]
By definition, boutique hotels are the smaller, more fashionable, niche hotels which offer its guests enhanced levels of service. Previously we’ve covered some of the coolest hotels in the world, but given the rising popularity of independent boutique hotels, we thought we’d show off some of the best in Australia.