There’s something so special about small boutique hotels that can make luxury breaks all the more unique. With boutique hotels you can feel less like you’re in a hotel and more as though you’re staying in someone’s exquisitely designed home. Perfect for city breaks with a twist or that special getaway you’ve been promising yourself we’ve unearthed the best boutique hotels in the world.
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Galle Fort Hotel Sri Lanka
The old colonial style of this hotel will win you over with its colonnades, verandahs and mahogany four-poster beds – what could be more romantic? Located in the heart of the fort, The Galle Fort Hotel is a fort of its own with a central courtyard containing gardens and a swimming pool. Teak furniture, decorative farming equipment and high wood-beamed ceilings lend the Galle Fort Hotel a charming early 20th-century air.
For more information visit galleforthotel.com
The Marcel at Gramercy New York
A cosmopolitan hotel with an eye on contemporary style, this boutique Manhattan hotel is a design hotel with a homely feel. Exquisite leather bedsteads and modern art mix with soft furnishings, muted walls and a book lined front desk. Add in a historic neighbourhood location beside Gramercy Park and this is a luxury gem in the Big Apple. The sunny breakfast room is a perfect wake to the day and the cavernous basement bar offers an unusual surrounding for a pre-dinner cocktail.
For more information visit themarcelatgramercy.com
Belle Juliette, Paris
The Belle Juliette is where classic French furniture gets a modern makeover. This house has been colour splashed with a whole artist’s palette of magenta, pewter greys, dusky pinks and bold cobalt blue. Rooms are homely but so special, with stained glass windows and pretty pink cushions. The hotel is located in St Germain the heart of bohemian Paris. Venture to the basement and you’ll find a spa hidden away with a small swimming pool, what could be more tranquil on a weekend in the city of romance?
For more information visit hotel-belle-juliette-paris.com
Tucked away on a residential street in a laid-back chic neighbourhood of Istanbul the Witt Istanbul Hotel has been designed with the style conscious in mind. Rooms are light and spacious overlooking the city, black and mirrored tiles add glamour, while mid-century Scandi furniture brings it up to hipster speed. The rooms boast balconies, lounge areas and a kitchenette, this really is a design home away from home.
For more information visit wittistanbul.com
Town Hall Hotel, London
This hotel is a beautiful art deco revival in London’s oh-so-trendy Bethnal Green, east London. The hotel, which was once a working town hall, has been restored in an opulent yet subtle art deco style. Rooms are paired-back and beautifully presented, but you needn’t come here just for the surrounds the Viajante restaurant has earned chef Nuno Mendes a Michelin star and makes the Town Hall Hotel an exceptionally hot ticket.
For more information visit townhallhotel.com
This hotel, set in the beautiful Mendoza region of Argentina, has a hamman spa and vineyard. Wine is close to the heart of Entre Cielos and even the rooms are named after your favourite tipple, reserve, gran cru and limited edition, which just happens to be your own private suite, raised above the vineyards with only the magnificent views of the Andes to disturb you.
For more information visit entrecielos.com
Residence Phou Vao
Set in the spiritual surroundings of Luang Prabang, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. The hotel’s pool spills into the rolling, forest-covered hills that are dotted with the many temples that make this place so unbelievable. The have an onsite spa, set in the lush gardens, which uses local organically grown botanical ingredients from their own gardens and nearby farms.
For more information visit residencephouvao.com