Europe’s Swankiest Digs

July 7, 2017

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Looking for accommodations can be a slog, especially when you aren’t super familiar with a city. Fortunately, our HUNT writers across the UK and Europe have scoured their towns for the top boutique hotels available and we’ve rounded up our picks from Barcelona to London to Amsterdam.

G-Rough – Rome

G-Rough. Image courtesy of the venue.

With its sophisticated, avant-garde vibe and impeccable appointments, G-Rough is the ultimate in hip, high-end living. Lying in a small square adjacent to Piazza Navona, the 10 spacious suites, each accommodating up to four people, are so photogenic you’ll feel like you’re on a well-styled movie set instead of in a hotel. EAch room has distressed walls, eclectic floor tiles and original mid-century statement pieces from leading Italian designers such as Giò Ponti and Ico Parisi, creating a truly remarkable atmosphere that exemplifies timeless Italian style. To kick off your five-star stay, enjoy a glass of prosecco at the bar in the lobby while the receptionist checks you in.

Gorki Apartments – Berlin

Gorki Apartments. Image courtesy of the venue.

Settle in like a local with your very own designer abode. Gorki Apartments has converted a turn-of-the-century building into swanky holiday rentals, giving travelers the independence they crave, complete with the attentive service of a hotel. From cozy studios to luxe penthouses with private rooftop terraces, each apartment features modish yet homey design and upmarket features like claw-foot tubs. The area, just steps from Rosenthaler Platz station and plenty of restaurants and bars, couldn’t be more convenient.

Hotel de Hallen – Amsterdam

Hotel de Hallen. Image courtesy of the venue.

Quirky but fashionable, and located within walking distance of Amsterdam’s main attractions, Hotel de Hallen is ideal in every way. Housed in the former tram depot, the space still boasts original touches like red brick and steel beams, but manages to feel both industrial and welcoming. The modern rooms and common areas are dressed with contemporary art pieces such as swings, porcelain farm animals and eclectic paintings.

Hotel Omm – Barcelona

Hotel Omm. Image courtesy of the venue.

Hotel Omm is the complete package: minimalist yet comfortable rooms, spas, a rooftop pool and stellar views of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings – Gaudí’s Casa Milà and Sagrada Familia. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, Roca Moo, is overseen by the team behind El Celler de Can Roca, but make sure you book a table well in advance as reservations are snatched up quickly here.

Hôtel Thoumieux – Paris

Hôtel Thoumieux. Image courtesy of the venue, by Laurent Fau.

A lot of people dream of staying at Hôtel Thoumieux. Not just for its excellent location near the Eiffel tower, but also fr its fabulous décor. India Mahdavi’s interior design is consummately mismatched with botanical prints and faux animal skins in each room. Rounding off the luxurious feel, the marble bathrooms are stocked with Aesop soaps and lotions. If you feel like staying in, room service is an excellent option, but it would be a shame to miss an opportunity to dine in the Michelin-starred brasserie downstairs during your stay.

The Zetter Townhouse – London

The Zetter Townhouse. Image courtesy of the venue, by Jefferson smith.

Almost equidistant between Soho Square and Hoxton Square, this Georgian townhouse features a baker’s dozen of stylishly eclectic rooms. The offshoot of the next door Zetter Hotel, The Zetter Townhouse is the darling destination of journos and fashionistas. Even if you’re not staying here, you’d be wise to drop by the much-lauded and rather lavish bar for a drink from the list mixed up by 69 Colebrooke Row’s booze maestro, Tony Conigliaro.

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