URBN Hotel Shanghai - China
Snuggled in the heart of Shanghai’s shopping and nightlife hub, China’s first carbon neutral hotel is a sleek and smart boutique establishment with 26 distinctive rooms fashioned from the industrial spaces of a former factory warehouse. Elaborated by New York-based Jay Godfrey, the design is a mix of recycled wood materials and contemporary, minimalist styling with sharp lines and soothing colors. The hotel’s beautiful rooms are appointed with stone bathtubs and the latest gadgetry, while the stylish Downstairs restaurant offers global cuisine both indoor and alfresco.
Hotel Jules Cesar - Arles, France
Housed in a 17th century Carmelite convent in Arles, Provence, the exclusive Hotel Jules Cesar welcomes guests with 52 luxurious rooms and suites, magnificent gardens, and an eclectic restaurant devoted to classic Provencal cuisine. Conceived by Christian Lacroix, the property’s exquisite interior design is half royal opulence, half monastic rigor, and all accommodations dazzle in rare antiques, sumptuous fabrics, and inspiring murals.
Hotel Sahrai - Fes, Morocco
Created by French designer Christophe Pillet, Hotel Sahrai is an exquisite 50-room property perched in the hills overlooking the UNESCO-listed Medina of Fes. And although the style is refreshingly contemporary, the tasteful design with its grandiose arches, marble-paved public spaces, and discreet yet elaborately carved walls, retains all the magic and majesty of the Arab world. The hotel’s modern rooms and suites come with exquisite glass-walled bathrooms and sumptuous fabrics in soft shades and textures. Additional amenities include a luxurious Givenchy spa, a panoramic infinity pool, and a lovely choice of eating and drinking venues.
The Rothschild 71 - Tel Aviv, Israel
A chic collection of luxury suites and residences, The Rothschild 71 offers both short stays and long term accommodation in the heart of pulsating Tel Aviv. Dining is a Middle Eastern affair with an Italian twist, and guests have the opportunity to choose from a variety of room styles, from bright, cozy studios to ultra-stylish penthouse suites equipped with glorious rooftop terraces. All contemporary accommodation units are beautifully designed and appointed with all modern comforts.
Humble House Taipei - Taiwan
Situated in the hip Xinyi District, Humble House Taipei, with its cultured mix of cuisine, facilities, and stylish, minimalist interiors filled with contemporary artworks, sets the tone for a new breed of hotels in the dynamic capital of Taiwan. Conceived by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the design of the 235 sleek rooms features clean, modern lines and neutral hues to create relaxed and sophisticated spaces. And while art plays a very important role in the hotel’s aesthetics and atmosphere, customer service and technology features are also first-rate.
Mama Shelter - Marseille, France
Established in 2012 right in the heart of the city, Mama Shelter Marseille welcomes its guests in 127 affordable Philippe Starck-designed rooms with bright and trendy Mediterranean-flavored decors. Oozing urban chic, the serene accommodation units are elegant without being fussy, and the supremely comfortable beds make sleeping a dream. Packed with quirky details, the hotel’s eclectic public spaces provide plenty of entertaining and socializing opportunities.
NU Hotel Brooklyn - New York City, NY, USA
Nestled in the heart of one of New York City’s most creative boroughs, NU Hotel Brooklyn is a reflection of the neighborhood’s originality and thriving art scene. Accommodation is offered in trendy, loft-inspired rooms that range from Urban Suites fitted with contemporary décor, plush bedding, and hi-tech amenities to special guestrooms decorated with cool floor-to-ceiling murals by ingenious Brooklyn-based artists. The design is a fresh mix of style, comfortable simplicity, and quirky details, so expect anything from a blackboard in the bathroom to a swaying hammock in the sleek sitting area.