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Welcome to a new occasional series, Hidden Gems, in which we’ll be profiling hotels you’ve never heard of – but should have. We’re talking small places without the budget for PR and marketing, and which may not have been done up by a famous interior designer, but with incredible USPs like immense history, the best homemade food, or unforgettable views. Let’s start with Classique in Lazise on Italy’s Lake Garda, which we stumbled on – literally – last year while taking a lakefront stroll, and have been dreaming of a return ever since. Two weeks ago, we finally made it!
This is the kind of room with a view that you dream of. Classique sits on the pedestrianised waterfront of Lazise, arguably the prettiest town on beautiful Lake Garda. Here, from your room – through the floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the little balcony – you can watch the sun set over the lake, behind the famous peninsula of Sirmione (a place so beautiful that the Roman poet Catullus wrote about it), go to sleep to the sound of the ducks and swans (Lazise has three ‘pet’ swans), and awake to the glassy lake waters turning pink in the light of the dawn. It is a view like no other.
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How about that: when we first learned about The Z Hotels heading out to Shoreditch (like everyone else), we thought the opening of its hotel in The Bower complex wouldn’t happen until second half of the year. Wrong – The Z Shoreditch opened on March 9.
But before we get to that, the budget-chic group is throwing a sixth London hotel in the mix on Fleet Street, right across from the Royal Courts of Justice. That will be the building above, a former office that will have 110 rooms between the lower ground, ground, and three upper floors. Behind the hotel is a beautiful courtyard with the Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar and famous from the Dan Brown novel. A few more shots below.
We said last week that Amsterdam was having a hotel moment, and the race between two of its biggest arrivals this year, only a few minutes’ walk between them, is officially on. The Hoxton was first with a select few photos of some its very handsome rooms projected for “summer” this year. The W countered with a slew of renderings and a “September” opening.
Both have been withholding reservations so far, but The Hoxton has gone out and put the countdown right on its website, with now less than 50 days until bookings open. In fact, unless our math is way off, reservations should open on April 1. We’ll assume that’s not a joke, and further assume that The Hoxton will open first and at cheaper rates, unless the W pulls a rabbit out of a hat (on the rates front, we don’t think that will ever happen).
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Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.
Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.
The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.
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When you think Santa Barbara hotels, you probably imagine luxurious appointments. And, dollar signs.
The region's top hotels can command rates of several hundred a night at minimum while others, like the Four Seasons, can clock in at the four-digit range. But, that doesn't mean the beachside community is too pricey for those on a budget or those who'd rather indulge in other areas. In fact, some may be surprised to learn the very first Motel 6 was founded here.
If you look beyond the posh, you'll find dollar-saving possibilities in the form of a respectable inns with rates under $100 midweek and around $200 on the weekend. And, yes, Motel 6 remains an option. Among your choices is the family-friendly, and family operated, Franciscan Inn.
Depending on which way you approach the Franciscan, you'll turn into one of its two parking lots. Exclusively for guests (they'll ask you for your license plate number to know who to tow), either lot is accessible to the lobby. Check-in was smooth and effortless on our visit, taking only minutes to complete. The only slight inconvenience was parking in the wrong lot when it came to proximity to our room. A quick 30 second drive out of one lot and into the other quickly solved that problem.
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As we said before, they’ve souped up the amenities – so there are complimentary (non-alcoholic) minibars, blazing fast WiFi, Hypnos (ie great) beds and that infernal, ubiquitous Nespresso machine in every room.
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Last time we checked in on Brussels, we were all about the beer bar at the new Zoom Hotel in Ixelles (up the hill from the medieval bit, but where all
we the cool kids go). 50 Belgian beers, selected by a top Belgian sommelier? Oui, s’il vous plait.
So obviously, when we were in Brussels last week, there was only one place we were going to stay. More on the hotel another time, but for now, here is the beer bar.
Yeah, it’s not what we were expecting either. Discreet. Grown up. Who knew boozing could be like this?
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Yesterday we introduced you to the Htl 9 de Julio, your former Room Mate in Buenos Aires that’s now in soft opening as an independent hotel. It offers your standard funky Room Mate design, a decent location… and impossibly low rates – just $38 is all we paid for both our stays this month. But what do you get for your $38?
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When is a Room Mate not a Room Mate? When it’s your Argentinian Room Mate.
This is the lobby of the Htl 9 de Julio (a proper millennial name, if ever there was one) in Buenos Aires. At least, that’s what the sign on the door says. But inside the building, it’s a different story. The signs in the elevators? Room Mate hotels. The floorplans? Room Mate. The emergency exit and bathroom signs? Room Mate.
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Good news for the cost-conscious business traveller to London: a few weeks from now, there will be a fifth Tune Hotel to choose from, this time among Canary Wharf’s corporate high-rises. Four and a half years after we first tested its Westminster location, this 130-room hotel will bring some new interior design to go with the same low, low, low rates the group is known for.
Above a double room with window, of which there are 85. Another 22 doubles do without the exterior aspect, while for the 20 twin rooms the only choice is the windowed kind. Three accessible rooms (also with window) take it to the total of 130 rooms, walking distance from Canary Wharf tube station (the Jubilee line will take you to the heart of the West End in less than half an hour) and West India Quay for the DLR overground.
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We may have accepted that citizenM’s expansion in London wouldn’t happen in 2014 when we heard they would be giving us a third affordable-chic hotel in Shoreditch, but that was based on the understanding that 2015 openings were a definite yes.
The year is young, we know, but what we are seeing at Tower Hill (the group’s flagship) and Holborn isn’t very promising. Starting at Tower Hill (above), the main difference between today and July last year is the concrete lift shaft that has risen to eight stories – you can see the photo from before here. Just as then, we’ll allow for the possible spurt in development given that this is a modular hotel, with all rooms built offsite and then craned into place.
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Let’s not let the sad news from yesterday put us off. Istanbul is one of the most wonderful cities in the world, and one of the best for the independent hotel scene. And when it comes to independent hotels, Karaköy is swiftly becoming the place to be.
The latest to hit the Bosphorus is the Banker Han, opening in April. It’s a new sibling for the Sofa Hotel, a boutique joint in Nisantasi, and it’s taking over a rundown street art centre, so it has cred on two counts, even without a website.