Nestled on a street that's been home to some of the area's most important people since the Renaissance, the D.O.M. Hotel Roma offers a bridge between the old and new — not to mention an excellent night's stay. The 24-room hotel boasts glimpses at some of the original elements of the 17-century convent which it now occupies, including exposed brick walls, wooden ceilings, and blocks of marble with ancient religious inscriptions. But it mixes those with sleek furnishings, a lounge, a bistro-style restaurant complete with three original Warhol silkscreens, and a rooftop terrace bar.
Yes, we know — it sounds more like a type of sunscreen than it does a hotel. But one visit to Hotel SP34 will have you forgetting all that. Situated in the old Latin Quarter, this new 118-room hotel offers clean rooms with sleek, simple designs, free Wi-Fi, three bars/eateries, including both a tapas bar and a burger joint, REN Clean skincare products in every room, a rooftop terrace, conference facilities, a cinema, a daily wine hour, and accommodations ranging from standard rooms all the way up to the view-tastic Penthouse suite. As for the origins of the name? Take a close look at the address.
Located on the waterfront next to the new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, The Thief is an ideal place to stay as you explore the Norwegian capital. Boasting 119 rooms ranging from standard kings to the amazing penthouse Oslo Suite, all of its accommodations make for a great stay, with amenities like king size beds, Geneva sounds systems, luxury wool blankets, Nespresso machines, and "rainforest" showers. Also on site is a full-service spa, a bar, lounge, two eateries, and a rooftop bar with the best views in town.
The only thing eating at an authentic Italian restaurant in Italy? Not having to sleepily drive your car somewhere after your meal. Set on a hillside on the Amalfi Coast high above the Tyrhenian Sea, La Tagliata is a unique hideaway offering just two rooms — La Botticella, with a king size bed, a private balcony with Jacuzzi, and a mosaic shower, and La Limonella, with a private terrace, king bed, and glass-walled bathroom. Breakfast is included with a stay in either room, as is access to the onsite gardens — but you'll probably just want to eat at the restaurant anyway.
Greece might be best known for its yogurt, ancient ruins, and epic legends, but one visit to Grace Santorini will have you forgetting all of that. Set upon a hillside with breathtaking views of the Caldera, this upscale resort offers a variety of rooms and suites — some with private plunge pools — decked out in traditional white and filled with luxurious fixtures and furnishings. Also on site is an infinity pool, conveniently located right next to the bar and Mediterranean fusion restaurant, as well as a gym, spa treatment room, and hundreds of spots to catch a great sunset view.
Pop quiz: What's the capital of Australia? If you said Sydney, guess again — while Canberra might not be at the top of everyone's Down Under checklist, it's more than worth a visit, and Hotel Hotel is the place to stay while you're there. Taking up three floors of the Nishi building on Lake Burley Griffin, it offers 68 sleek, stylish rooms outfitted with an eye on sustainability, as well as a cinema, grocery store, bicycle shop, gym, library, gallery, spa, hair salon, and multiple eateries, bars, and lounges all just steps from your door.
It's not big in terms of rooms — there's only three suites in the entire place — but it's certainly big in terms of height. The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, as the name suggests, is built inside a crane, with its three rooms sitting at 35, 40, and 45 meters up, respectively. Each room has its own theme, with interesting art, eclectic furniture, and an upscale bathroom. And should you feel like grabbing an even better gaze of the city, head to the top deck, where you'll find a jacuzzi and unencumbered 360º views.
There are plenty of palatial places to stay in Paris — but if you truly want to experience the opulence of old-world France, book a few nights at Chateau de Villiers Le Mahieu. Built in 1642 on top of the remains of a 13th century castle, this unique estate offers 93 rooms, each of which blends modern style and colors with neo-classical elements, and features an attached bathroom. Also on the grounds, you'll find a restaurant, bar, orchard, gardens, spa, pool, a sauna, and a fitness room — and if that's not enough for you, the City of Lights is just 30 short minutes away.
There are certainly flashier places to stay in Nevis, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, The Hermitage Plantation Inn is your best bet. Located at the base of Nevis Peak some 800 feet above the Caribbean and just a few miles from the beach, this quaint hotel offers 15 hotel rooms, each housed in a traditional style cottage and furnished with antiques. As the cottages are scattered throughout the garden, the property feels more like a small village than a resort, with the Main House — built around 1700, and claimed to be the oldest house on the island — serving as the town hall, as it serves up delicious meals prepared by cooks from nearby villages, and an amazing rum punch made using a local recipe that dates back 350 years. Like we said: Authentic.
What better name for a place welcoming world travelers than the Wanderlust Hotel? Fortunately, this interesting Design Hotels property is far more than a clever name. It offers 29 rooms across four levels, each with its own theme. Lobby level rooms feature an "industrial glam" design, while second level "eccentricity" rooms boast colorful designs, neon lights, and access to an outdoor deck. Third level rooms sports a black and white palette, while top-level rooms boast friendly "monsters" in each room. Add in a welcoming bar and French eatery Cocotte and you have an ideal base for your local adventures.
The city of Amsterdam does a great job of blending the old with the new — so it's no surprise it's home to a hotel that does the same. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is based around a 19th century building that was once home to the Sweelinck Music Conservatorium, which has been combined with a huge glass-covered atrium to create a space all its own. Inside, you'll find 129 rooms featuring modern furniture, free Wi-Fi, and upscale bathrooms with TVs in the mirrors, as well as a lounge, cafe, restaurant, and bar. Outside, the P.C. Hoofstraat and the city's best museums are just steps away.
There are plenty of modern hotels to choose from in Beijing — but if you're looking for something with a bit more character, book a stay at The Temple Hotel. Housed in a temple compound that dates back over 600 years, this unique property offers close proximity to The Forbidden City, while also housing eight rooms, ranging in size from monk's quarters to the lavish Dragon & Phoenix suite. Also on site are a bar, restaurant, art gallery, and large garden and courtyard areas to let you escape the bustling city outside. [Scouted by Alec]