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Enjoy our Top Ten Tablet Plus hotels for the week of November 18.
The First Roma Arte
Here, just off the Via del Corso, at the First Roma Arte – by the Pavilions Hotels, you’re most comfortably ensconced in the sort of small luxury hotel that seems only to exist in Rome, where near-impossible refinement and cozy residential atmosphere go naturally hand in hand. And then, on top of that, the place is simply drenched in art.
Hotel Punta Tragara
It’s humbling, if you’re from somewhere other than Italy, to think about how naturally blessed the peninsula and its islands have been. And they haven’t exactly let all that natural beauty go to waste either. Seemingly everywhere you look is another hidden gem, another one-of-a-kind hotel. Take, for example, the Hotel Punta Tragara, on the island of Capri.
Golden Rock Inn Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis
“Gingerland, Nevis.” That’s Golden Rock’s address in its entirety. If you’re looking for a certain low-tech, low-fuss form of tropical seclusion, an address that simple is a pretty auspicious sign. Set on a hundred acres of jungle hills rising above the Caribbean, Golden Rock is not so much an inn as an aesthete’s playground, a collaboration between the artists Helen and Brice Marden, the providentially named landscape architect Raymond Jungles, and whatever gods are responsible for supplying the unerringly pleasant climate and topography.
If your Danish design sense is tingling as you scan the photos of Chapung Sebali, you’re not mistaken. For this boutique hotel, though it’s located on the outskirts of Ubud, in inland Bali, is in fact operated by Guldsmeden, the group responsible for a few of our favorite hotels in Copenhagen. And it’s fair to say the combination of Balinese villas and Scandinavian modernism is a winning one.
Call it a theory of evolution. A destination as wildly popular as Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula can’t help but spawn some impressive hotels, simply in the name of competition. Some of them excel through sheer luxury, others by virtue of their enormous size. 4reasons Hotel + Bistro, however, excels for reasons all its own — which, if you’re pressed for time, essentially boil down to the following: it’s modestly sized, full of character, and refreshingly low-key.
The thought of a Spanish luxury chain moving into central London is the sort of thing that could ordinarily be counted on to attract a bit of criticism. But in point of fact, it’s hard to imagine a hotel that’s much more quintessentially English than ME London. It’s housed in a new building designed by Foster + Partners, and located at one end of the Strand’s central Aldwych Crescent, an iconic location if ever there was one. This new build is an addition, really, an outgrowth of a thoroughly renovated 1904 building which was the first home of the BBC, and the original headquarters of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company — proof in itself that London’s never been shy about admitting the occasional overseas influence.
Though it’s hardly the household name that some other Mediterranean destinations are, Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula can’t stay secret for long. The combination of hilly seaside geography and crystal blue waters isn’t exactly a hard sell. And the hotels aren’t half bad either — Maçakizi, for its part, is the kind of stylish and sophisticated luxury hotel that’ll put a jealous glint in the eyes of Côte d’Azur or Greek Isles hoteliers.
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Andaz Amsterdam Prisengracht is a rare treat for the hotel junkie: the work of one of the world’s top designers, at home on native soil. The designer in question is Marcel Wanders, maximalist man of the moment and a whimsical design hand if ever there was one, and his studio shares a neighborhood, the Jordaan district, with the Andaz. This also puts the hotel amidst Amsterdam’s central canals, within very easy range of all the shopping, eating, drinking and museum-going you could want — for even the most nerdishly enthusiastic hotel-design geek eventually needs to step out and see the city.
It’s impossible to resist Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s location, an old finger wharf extending out over the water, still surrounded by docked vessels and affording prime views of the marina, the city, and the landmarks on the Harbour.
La Ferme Saint Simeon
The ancient port of Honfleur, on the banks of the Seine estuary, has long been a magnet for artists, drawn to the spectacular waters and skies of the English Channel. The Ferme Saint Siméon itself was a gathering place for artists like Monet, Courbet, and Honfleur native Eugene Boudin.