Our edit of the best hotels around the world, from design-forward city stays to beachfront getaways and wilderness lodges. If we don’t love it, we won’t cover it.
Home to a welcome-all speakeasy, top-notch restaurant, nightly live music and East-meets-West aesthetics, this boutique hotel set in the former Oranienpalast Café is fast becoming an institution in edgy Kreuzberg
Monastic yet modern, irreverent yet elegant, this Parisian pied-à-terre makes for an intoxicating stay at the heart of Le Marais. Don’t be fooled by the ecclesiastical atmosphere, Sinner hotel lives up to its name.
Bon vivants congregate at this Upper Marais hotel where designer Dorothée Meilichzon has fashioned an art-deco pied-à-terre for the Instagram generation. Guests here revel in the bistro-style restaurant, velvet-clad bar and plenty of oh là là.
On the border of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, Ian Schrager's sleek Sunset Strip hotel draws a crowd of cool creatives and under-the-radar A-listers with its loft-like rooms, rooftop bar and sustainable credentials.
Bringing fun and affordability to the French capital’s Périphérique, Mama Shelter Paris West welcomes its guests like family, with a sharing-style restaurant, off-the-wall interiors and customisable souvenirs, all within a short journey from the city centre.
With easy access to Paris’s big-hitting attractions – the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the literary Left Bank – the design-forward Les Jardins du Faubourg hotel has a certain savoir-faire, drawing guests with its subterranean spa, sultry bar and unlimited crêpes.
The smart option for travellers looking for an affordable, big-on-kitsch-and-chutzpah overnighter slap bang in the city’s buzzy centre.
A refreshingly modern departure from Lake Como’s grand-dame hotels, Filario draws a fashion-forward crowd with its prime shoreside location, design-oriented rooms and a deathly good tobacco-infused chocolate mousse delivered straight to your bed.
Hidden in the serene hillside of Rajasthan, this rose-hewn palace effortlessly blends local Indian rituals with luxurious flourishes.
This “private country house hotel” on the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds is favourite among smart urbanites for its uniquely personal touch.
A romantic hotel in the centre of Paris offering five-star respite from the capital’s busy streets.
Bypassing the need for marble-clad bathrooms and stiff ski butlers, expect retro design touches, fireside raclette and exceptional cocktails at family-run hotel Kristiania.
Get ready for some serious R&R (rest and retox) at this boutique Ibiza hotel, offering sunrise yoga, cocktails by the pool and uninterrupted views of olive groves.
Though it’s set in a 50s building, the NEW Hotel is far from dated. Within walking distance of Athens’ headline ruins (read: the Acropolis and the Parthenon) and the cultural Monastiraki district, it’s a design-forward haven for those who appreciate a mishmash of past and present.
Break up your journey at The Pheasant Inn, a pub with rooms that promises moreish meals and easy access to the M4.