Winter is the perfect season for traveling- why? You can utilize the best of your fashion & make-up collection without the worry of feeling uncomfortable. But more importantly, the weather makes us much less tired of traveling and by traveling we actually keep our body warm; needless to mention that awesome food also contribute in making the nature a wow for traveling. And of course, the Christmas allows to have people a long enough holiday to utilize best by traveling.
Fashion and Royalty is part & parcel of London. It’s just amazing to be among the mesmerizing atmosphere the city shares with all its residents and visitors equally. Thousands of visitors visit London during winter and Ace Hotel & Blakes Hotel are two favorite places of stay to the visitors of London.
After Seattle, New York and Palm Springs, Alex Calderwood has chosen the heart of the creative and festive triangle Shoreditch , Hoxton & Hackney, London for his Ace Hotel London. The area locates to the east of London is full of art galleries, vintage shops and start-ups business by the young people. This ultra cool hotel has been designed in collaboration with the Universal Design Studio, Benchmark and Ercol . Equipped with a large lobby, a venue for local artists, a cafe and a florist, the place is thought of as a collective space promoting creative emulation.
Contact: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ , EL, London, Tel. +44 (0) 20.7613.9800
Both a gentlemen’s club and a cozy cottage, the Blakes Hotel was designed by interior designer Anouska Hempel in 1978. Walls covered with paintings, waterfall like silky fabrics, embroidered cushions, libraries of classic books- the place is a wonderful nod to the beautiful London society, it’s elegant and eccentric. This hotel is located in the ultra luxurious borough of Chelsea .
Contact: 33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF, London Tel. +44 (0) 20 7370 6701
“An open about the past and future port”- this is how Le Corbusier described Barcelona. A fascinating city where colorful buildings, painting, murals, architecture, contemporary art installations and funiculars mingle harmoniously. The best 2 places to stay in this city are (i) El Palauet Living- a clean hotel with minimalist furnishings and (ii) Hotel Pulitzer- in Catalan bewitching charm.
El Palauet Living
Located in an Art Nouveau building & designed by architect Pere Falqueswhose, El Palauet Living surprises with its minimalist interior design frame since 1906. Decorated with furniture designed by Philippe Starck , Eames and Saarinen Jacobsen , the hotel is located just a few steps from Passeig de Gracia .
Contact: Passeig de Gràcia, 113 08008 Barcelona Tel. +34 932 18 00 50
the hotel is located in the heart of Eixample , close to the Place Catalunya, and was built inspired by an old building of the 20s. Designer Lázaro Rosa Violan has made this hotel a very desirable warm place where leather, dark wood and bright colors dominate. The Pulitzer has one of the best rooftop terraces in the city. The ideal spot to sip a few cocktails before playing the Barcelona night owls.
Contact: Carrer Bergara, 8, 08002, Barcelona, Tel. +34 934 81 67 67
The cosmopolitan friendly charm makes Brussels a unique destination to the tourists around the world. It has got a perfect place both for people who love the classic lifestyle and for those who love the modernity of life- Odette en Ville and Hotel Vintage respectively.
Odette en Ville
Italian marble, velvet curtains, rabbit furs, crackling fireplaces- Odette en Ville has got everything to seduce a visitor by its cozy atmosphere. Located in the heart of the neighborhood Châtelain, the hotel opened in 2009, is a mansion addicted to black decor.
Contact: Rue du Châtelain 25, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Tel. +32 2 640 26 26
The Hotel Vintage of Brussels gives the atmosphere of the sixties. Located a few meters from the Avenue Louise- the main artery of the Belgian capital- the hotel is full of shades of orange, objects formica, round chairs, paper-painted psychedelic etc. The beach is close enough to be audible from inside the hotel
Contact: 32 2533 Dejonckerstraat 45, 1060 Brussels, Tel. 99 80
Berlin is the preferred destination for artists, architects and designers. The refined decoration of the Michelberger Hotel and The Mandala Hotel are both perfect for staying.
Old factory transformed into trendy hotel, the Hotel Michelberger-designed by Werner Aisslinger- belongs to a new generation of hotel. Here we lunch on large wooden tables, reads art magazines settling into the large sofas in the common area and many more desirable leisure options are also available. The decor, the rooms are minimalist and usually include mezzanines or bunk beds. The perfect place to infiltrate a group of artists from the east Berlin.
Contact: Warschauer Straße 39/40, 10243 Berlin, Tel. +49 30 29778590
The Mandala Hotel
Designed by Ulrike Lauber and Wolfram Wöhr, located far from the bustling of Berlin- The Mandala Hotel was built in the neighborhood of Potsdamer Platz. The city of Berlin is visible through the windows. Perfectly designed in white, the hotel is highly preferred to those looking for zen.
Contact: Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785 Berlin, Tel. +49 30 590 050 000
Lisbon is a journey in itself. For a weekend, you can choose between the life of lord at the Palacio Belmonte or in the more bohemian Bairro Alto Hotel.
Palacio Belmonte is a unique place to stay. Formerly the property of Count Belmonte, the 500 year old building takes up the city, perched eyes in the eyes of the Tagus . Private television or other electronic gadgets are not that easily available but with a pool of black marble, precious antiques gathered from around the world, the Palacio Belmonte delights sensitive souls to Portuguese tiles.
Contact: Dom Fradique 14, 1100-624 Lisbonnes, Tel. +351 21 881 6600.
Bairro Alto Hotel
Located in the heart of Lisbon, Bairro Alto Hotel is within walking distance of restaurants , arts and major shops in the city galleries. A six-story hotel equipped with ultra modern lobby, comfortable rooms and a roof top where terracotta linen cloth float.
Contact: Praça Luís de Camões 2 1200-243 Lisbonnes, Tel. +351 21 340 8288
So, where are you going this winter? Share with me your travel experiences.
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