Vienna’s 25Hours Hotel is thirty-four suites in a converted university dormitory off the Ringstrasse in the newly cool Seventh District, with a funky terrace plunked on the rooftop. The hotel is playful, quirky, and circus-themed, with rooms and hallways bedecked in early-century big-top motifs with a funky terrace plunked on the rooftop. The fun starts with a polka-dotted glass elevator that delivers you to the seventh-floor rooftop, which serves as both reception and bar/lounge. Free bikes are available for cruising over to the Marihilfer Strasse boutiques, Naschmarkt food stalls, or cutting-edge Museums Quartier exhibitions. Rooms come with eccentric touches and stylish all-black mini kitchens.
Reserva Nacional Río Los Cipresesis is a luxury mountain lodge with 24 suites, situated where three valleys meet in the Chilean Cordillera, less than three hours from Santiago and near the Argentine border. It is a sleek wooden structure with pine walls and hardwood floors. Volcanic stone, found wood, and hand-woven blankets and rugs decorate the minimalist space. Floor-to-ceiling windows face a spectacular tri-valley vista. Nooks and terraces of all sizes provide the setting for a bar, lounge, library, open fireplace, and game room.
Paitou Town Naked Stables Private Reserve has seventy eco-friendly villas and bungalows in a secluded valley two and a half hours by train from Shanghai. Bamboo forests, tea plantations, and tiny farming villages surround the 60-acre resort. Out of Africa by way of Shanghai it has thatched roofs, cowhide rugs, and luxuriant hilltop views. A Chinese-led design team aiming for LEED Platinum, the ultimate in green certification, used mud, bamboo, and reclaimed wood to create this collection of high-tech rondel huts and two- to four-bedroom villas.
Corinthia Hotel in London is beyond opulent. This 294-room hotel is in a vast Belle Époque building formerly occupied by the Ministry of Defense. The property is a block from the Thames and a short stroll from Trafalgar Square, St. James’s Park, and the theaters of the West End. The lobby lounge sets the tone with a 1,001-bulb chandelier, velvet chairs, and petal-perfect flower arrangements. The Northall restaurant has a marble bar and leather banquettes. Things go Art Deco in the David Collins designed cocktail bar. Rooms have a masculine feel with a neutral palette, dark walnut, and chrome Deco touches. The impeccable marble bathrooms have separate showers and under floor heating.
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