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10 Hotels for the Social Traveler
  • The Maritime Hotel, New York

  • Wanderlust, Singapore

  • Hotel San Jose, Austin

  • Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

  • Hotel Quote, Taipei

  • 25Hours Hotel Tailored by Levi’s, Frankfurt

  • Condesa DF, Mexico City

  • Opus Hotel, Vancouver

  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs

  • Establishment Hotel, Sydney

April, 2012

Sometimes we go away to get away. But sometimes we travel with an eye towards expanding our social horizons. These ten hotels are social spaces, with lobbies and lounges that are made for mixing. It’s easy enough to simply turn up and see who you meet, the old-fashioned way.

1.

The Maritime Hotel
New York, New York — The location places you on the edge of the thriving nightlife of the Meatpacking District. It’s a hot spot even in winter, but come springtime the Maritime’s terrace is one of lower Manhattan’s hottest tickets.
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2.

Wanderlust
Singapore — The latest from the prolific Loh Lik Peng is, as usual, about twice as fun as you’d expect a Singapore hotel to be. The neighborhood, Little India, is authentically funky, and the French bistro packs them in.
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3.

Hotel San Jose
Austin, Texas — When in Austin, South Congress Avenue is the place to be, and this converted motor lodge is perfectly placed — the coffee bar gets busy early, and the courtyard lounge serves the locals late into the night.
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4.

Hotel Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Ipanema and Copacabana may be more famous, but the newly revitalized Santa Teresa is the heart of bohemian Rio. Savor the views, cocktail in hand, and mingle with the city’s most interesting crowd.
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5.

Hotel Quote
Taipei, Taiwan — The Quote is a hotel with something to prove: namely, that Taiwan is a bona fide world capital. A look at the pan-global crowd in the 333 Restaurant & Bar will likely convince you they’ve got a point.
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6.

25Hours Hotel Tailored by Levi’s
Frankfurt, Germany — The German boutique brand partners with the venerable American denim house to create a hip hotel for the ages, with a funky vintage aesthetic that makes it a favorite of Frankfurt’s creative class.
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7.

Condesa DF
Mexico City, Mexico — La Condesa is perhaps Mexico City’s most stylish enclave, and Condesa DF is as urbane as they come. The courtyard patio serves inventive “Jap-Mex” cuisine, and the triangular roof terrace is like nothing else in town.
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8.

Opus Hotel
Vancouver, Canada — This stylish boutique hotel in Vancouver’s happening Yaletown is a hit — the Opus Bar has been packed since day one, and the pop-up restaurant 100 Days, with its ’70s glam-rock theme, was such a success it’s been held over for a further 100 Nights.
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9.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Palm Springs, California — The second half of the name isn’t merely ornamental. The two pools do quite a bit of business, given the high-desert heat, and the atmosphere is clubby throughout, not just poolside but in the restaurant and bar as well.
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10.

Establishment Hotel
Sydney, Australia — Here ‘establishment’ never means old-fashioned — the Establishment is Sydney’s boutique to beat, and its nightclub, lounge and 150-foot-long cocktail bar don’t exactly bode well for the competition’s chances.
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