Europe’s Best Destinations: 6 of the best luxury breaks for a stylish autumnal getaway
Words Joy Montgomery
EUROPE’S BEST DESTINATIONS
SIR ADAM, AMSTERDAM
Part of the Sir Hotel group, Sir Adam is the artful luxury hotel housed in the iconic A’DAM Tower, built in 1971 on the Amsterdam IJ-river waterfront. With 108 stylishly decorated rooms, the hotel has stunning views of the historic city and is near to many of the hippest hotspots. The Tower is also home to a mix of shops, cafés, offices, and Madam, Amsterdam’s highest nightclub.
CASA BONAY, BARCELONA
Leading the way in Barcelona’s offering of hip new hotels, Casa Bonay is the tourist-free boutique destination in the heart of the city. Set in a 19th century building in the well-placed Dreta de l’Eixample neighbourhood, the hotel is in a great location for local eateries. The interiors offer a unique fusion of minimalist clean lines and traditional Catalonian touches, such as elaborate floor tiles. Facilities include two restaurants, lounge area, coffee shop, juice bar, curated library and a rooftop cocktail bar.
Located near Rome’s iconic Piazza Navona, G-Rough is the five-star design hotel with a seriously chic character. Made up of 10 unique rooms decorated with vintage pieces by leading Italian designers, the hotel’s interior – curated by Giorgia Cerulli – combines shabby chic with elegant contemporary design.
ROSA ET AL TOWNHOUSE, PORTUGAL
With only six suites, Rosa Et Al Townhouse offers a unique ‘home away from home’ vibe, with a blend of traditional architecture and mid-century design. Located in Rua do Rosário 233, one of Porto’s most artsy neighbourhood, the hotel is surrounded by art galleries, artist’s studios and concept stores. The weekend brunch is fast becoming a local institution.
LE ROCHE, PARIS
Le Roch Hotel and Spa combines the interiors of Sarah Lavoine with the gourmet offering of Michelin-star-awarded chef Arnaud Faye in a classical 19th-century building. A perfect location to explore this famous city, Le Roch offers a plethora of facilities, including a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, spa and, unusually for central Paris, an indoor pool.
SOHO HOUSE, BERLIN
Opened in 2010, Soho House Berlin is the members’ club and hotel located in a grade II listed mitte landmark. With 65 bedrooms, 20 apartments and four lofts all bedecked in trendy-luxe furnishings, this it-hotel offers guests exclusive access to the club floor, gym, Cowshed Spa and rooftop pool. Plus, the hotel is a quick stroll from Alexanderplatz and close to Mitte’s boutique and bar scene.