Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nine Fine Boutique Hotels

“Boutique” is perhaps the biggest trend to hit hotels since “room service”. Here, Qantas Travel Insider reports on  some of the hottest, hippest, prettiest or just plain quirkiest boutique hotels around.

The Scarlet, Singapore

1. The Scarlet, Singapore
With its gaudy, in-your-face decor – think gold wallpaper, crystal wall sconces, bright red lounges and shimmering Bisazza-tiled water features – The Scarlet looks like a set straight out of Moulin Rouge...

JIA Boutique Hotel, Hong Kong

2. Jia Boutique Hotel, Hong Kong
Rooms feature top-of-the-line appliances and soft, sheer curtains to divide the space for living and working. The award-winning restaurant OPIA is perfect for a stylish dining experience..

First Hotel Skt Petri, Copenhagen

3. First Hotel Skt Petri, Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s first design-inspired hotel since the Royal, this was originally a 1930s department store. Now wrapped in steel and glass, the hotel features modernist furnishings, design and art exhibitions in the lobby and a cool late-night vibe...

Faena Hotel and Universe, Buenos Aires

4. Faena Hotel and Universe, Buenos Aires
The hyper-fashionable Faena, in the hip new neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, provides the best chance for running into a Hollywood producer (Francis Ford Coppola has stayed) or touring rock star...

Urbn Hotels, Shanghai

5. Urbn Hotel, Shanghai
Once a factory warehouse, now a cool, 26-room luxury establishment. Urbn Hotels Shanghai claims to be China’s first carbon-neutral hotel...

Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne

6. Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
Star chef Teage Ezard’s restaurant in the basement, the lap pool overhanging Flinders Lane on the terrace and 34 stylish rooms and suites sandwiched in between; always a contender for the title of Melbourne’s hippest hotel…

Murano Urban Resort, Paris

7. Murano Urban Resort, Paris
In 2004, a rundown apartment block and adjoining car park on the fringe of the edgy Marais district were transformed into a 52-room “urban resort” so ambitiously minimalist and aggressively modern it single-handedly changed the world’s perception of Parisian hotels...

The Greenwich Hotel, New York

8. The Greenwich Hotel, New York
The emphasis here is on discretion: an unmarked door leads to a soignée antique-filled lobby while upstairs each of the 88 unique rooms is more residential than flashy...

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

9. Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh
The 136 guestrooms are spacious and chic with silver leather headboards, opulent bathrooms, classic Missoni print linens and robes, espresso machines and Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs...

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