Where to stay in style
With the global caliber of five-star hotels skyrocketing year-on-year, picking the right place to stay is almost as important to the destination that you going to. With that in mind, we have picked out four places to consider when choosing where to stay in style:
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Mandarin Oriental Paris (above)
When your nights end just in time for breakfast and your first appointments of the new day follow hard on the heels of your eggs and coffee, you’d better make sure your hotel is up to scratch. In a beautiful Art Deco building, the hotel is arranged around an inner courtyard garden, with tables for eating and drinking open from 7am to 2am. There’s also a two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sur Measure par Thierry Marx, the terrifc Bar 8, and a world-class spa. The rooms are spacious, stylish and comfortable, the service is second to none and the overall effect is of cool, calm, chic efficiency. That late night/early morning breakfast, by the way: 10 out of 10.
W New York – Downtown
While the city may never sleep, you certainly need to , and preferable somewhere comfortable and close to where you need to be the next day. The W New York – Downtown enjoys easy access to the financial district and SoHo’s extensive roster of first-class restaurants, and an unrivalled view if One World Trade Centre. The W is perhaps most famous for its lounge bar with a fifth floor open terrace, sharing the aforementioned views. The lobby boasts a widely photographed roof, which is adorned with a wave-like pattern of lights. The W’s fitness centre is well equipped and the rooms spacious, which is uncommon in Manhattan. Our tip is to secure an upper floor room, away from traffic. One qualm is the lack of free Wi-Fi, a reasonable expectation for hotel guests worldwide. Nevertheless, the W’s location means that it remains a great choice for business or pleasure.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Prior to shooting the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson location-scouted the Corinthia Budapest, and you can see why. Originally built in 1896, the architectural style was French Renaissance and the aim was to provide the highest levels of luxury. Over the years, the hotel fell into various stages of disrepair until a Dhs400 million investment by the Corinthia Group brought it up to today’s five-star standards in 2003. The iconic facade remained, but the 439 rooms were brand new and have all the modernity you’d expect from such a property. The revamp has toed the line between maintaining the elegance of its heyday, and with an updated, forward thinking style – much like Budapest itself.
The London West Hollywood
Hidden behind Sunset Boulevard’s famous Viper Room, The London West Hollywood merges quinessential British charachter with the laid-back yet glamourous ambiance that old Hollywood promises. The hotel opened in 2008, and while it still boasts some of the best views across the city, it has just undergone a Dhs92 million renovation. Not even in need of a face lift, the renovation was centred around its once unused second floor, adding three Metropolitan suites and a brand new Penthouse. The hotel’s rooftop pool is reminiscent of London’s Soho House, with private cabanas, a fashionable crowd and brilliant cocktails. Dining in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Boxwood, offers innovative British cuisine from Chef Anthony Keene’s culinary team, and that’d before we factor in the addition of a luxury, 110-seater cinema that has made the hotel a popular spot for VIP premier screenings and film junkets, so don’t be alarmed if you bump into a screen star in the reception, it is La-La Land after all.