Hotels & Restaurants
The Downtown Mexico boutique hotel located near ‘ El Zocalo’, right in the heart of the old city where the Aztecs first settled and afterwards the Spaniards built churches and palaces using the existing stones that were part of the Aztec pyramids. “Downtown” is settled on a magnificent palace, witness of the XVII century architecture.
Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle”, the red volcanic rock walls, the multiple doors, window quarry frames and the handmade cement tiles, along with the glorious patios and a spectacular stone-forge staircase provide the building the unique flavor of the Mexican vice regal style.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 9 April, 2014
San Francisco, perched on the north-western coast of the United States is one of the country’s most popular cities for travellers. It combines a laidback attitude with exceptional service, a climate that is neither too warm nor too cold, and a whole host of fascinating and entertaining attractions. Staying in the city is just as much a part of the visit, and San Francisco’s hotels combine style with saving you money.
In a city as popular with travellers as San Francisco, there is a wide choice of accommodation, which offers an ideal place to lay one’s head after a busy day exploring the city. San Francisco hotels are known for their unmatched luxury and affordable rates. They are perfect for those who long for peaceful and elegant stays but don’t want ruin their budget in the process. Hotel lobbies in San Francisco are always well designed, creating oases of calm amid the bustle of the city, while luxurious bedding, fixtures and fittings are standard in bedrooms.
When you are planning your San Francisco holiday it’s worth remembering that the city is eminently walkable. Combined with the iconic tram system and an extensive network of buses, San Francisco is both compact and easy to get around. That means that, in almost every instance, wherever you choose to stay, your hotel is never far from the main sights and attractions. It’s rarely more than a short stroll or tram ride from your hotel to get to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum of Modern Art, Fisherman’s Wharf or Alcatraz.
Along with their elegant design and central locations, San Francisco hotels always come with the highest level of service. Hotel staff knows how to make sure that every visitor’s stay is as relaxed and stress-free as possible. From the moment you walk through the door of a San Francisco hotel, you know you are in safe hands, with members of staff always willing to go the extra mile for their guests.
With a wide variety of accommodation options that combine value for money with luxurious comfort, as well as welcoming service, San Francisco is a great destination for travellers, whatever their budget.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 27 March, 2014
It’s always appreciated when a hotel truly delves into its historic past. This is precisely what has been accomplished by The Royal Snail, a modern boutique hotel situated along the Meuse river in Namur, a city in Wallonia in southern Belgium. Designed by local architectural firm BURO5 in collaboration with Parisian studio Muzeo, this unique property belongs to the Design Hotels collection.
A small luxury hotel, The Royal Snail is the first of its kind in the capital city of Namur and features just 30 rooms with ten various themes. The name and several interior works are derived from the city’s symbol of the snail. Local artisans helped craft the furnishings, artwork and linens.
Posted by Suzanne at 10 January, 2014
A boutique hotel, citizenM in Rotterdam, The Netherlands is the chain’s newest and fifth property to open its doors. Situated in the city centre, this destination exudes a hip, modern hotel design which is not at all austere as some trendy hotels tend to be. Designed by Concrete Architectural Associates, citizenM features 151 rooms with fantastic views of the Oude Haven, or old harbour. The progressive hospitality company prides itself on affordable luxury with excellent service.
The hotel’s facade is an eclectic mix of materials, color and shapes. A colorful windowed mural was commissioned by artist Gijs Frieling, creating interest across the glass and steel exterior which also receives a spectrum of window hues. Interior spaces are cleverly reflective of The Netherlands flag of red, white and blue.
Posted by Suzanne at 9 January, 2014
Picture a retro Miami vibe fused with Key West flair and there you have the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Beach Club by Jeremy Bull of Alexander and Co. Nestled within a parcel of land on the iconic Watson Bay in Sydney, Australia with enticing city and sea views, this coastal destination is lively and welcoming.
Situated directly on the harbour, this 32-room property boasts modern hotel design that is fresh and fun with a relaxed elegance. On the newly-renovated Beach Club site, there is a restaurant, two bars overlooking the water and a white-tiled coffee barista station serving deliciously sinful pastries. The separate Sunset Room is a beachy elegant space reserved for private parties and events.
Posted by Suzanne at 30 December, 2013
Nikbor is a university residence situated on the iconic Passeig de Garcia in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by local studio, Normal, these interiors span three levels of a historic building and evoke a fresh, hip approach to modern hosptiality design.
Stepping into the reception area, one may think they’ve just entered a swanky hotel. Original gold tiled flooring with striking inlays meets a curvaceous, customized black front desk flanked by two small table lamps imposing a warm glow. An inky black ceiling with painted plaster reliefs plays dramatic contrast to the stark white walls featuring rows of laquered vintage rotary phones–what a whimsical display!
Posted by Suzanne at 2 December, 2013
The RIOOW Hostel in Rio de Janeiro interprets modern hospitality design with imaginative takes on traditional muxarabi, a play of juicy hues and kitschy-cool elements. The progressive accommodations are located in a vibrant neighborhood of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and were designed in a collaboration by PKB Arquitetura with Vital Oficina.
Funky painted wall murals and a curved hedge designate the blue-and-white hostel from the street corner view. The screening is a stand-out, melding the outside facade with its thinly-layered mylar installation with the interior ceilings and panels encompassing the sleeping quarters. Ultra-modern, these muxarabi-inspired elements pique interest, especially in the dining lounge where the ceiling is illuminated from within with color-changing LED lighting. The dorm rooms feature stacked bunk beds highlighted by the perforated light-wood screens which create dimension within the space.
Posted by Suzanne at 26 November, 2013