Before you arrive at any world hotel to check in, you will walk through a previous checklist and analysis to find one that meet your expectations and match your lifestyle. To move on, BRABBU made a list of Top 10 Urban Hotels 2014 to visit this weekend. The level of jet-setting poses its own unique challenges, with hotels – particularly those in urban centers – looking for something different. Starting countdown…
Thompson, Chicago, US
Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast District, Thompson Chicago is the newest addition to the Commune Hotels and Resorts collection. Interiors are by British designer Tara Bernerd introduced a bold autumnal colour palette in petrol blues, blacks and deep reds, with luxurious finishing in rich velvet materials.
Address | 21E Bellevue Place
Phone | 1 312 266 2100
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, US
The Ace Hotel is housed in what was formerly the United Artists building, built in 1927 by architect Howard C Crane. Atelier Ace and local outfit Commune Design stripped the interior down to its minimalist core to reveal poured concrete ceilings and columns that enhance the colourful rooms featuring Isamu Noguchi lamps and Pendleton blankets.
Address | 929 South Broadway
Phone | 1 213 623 3233
The Ludlow, New York, US
The Ludlow is another hotel in the hospitality portfolio of Sean MacPherson and BD Hotels, though it’s their first in the city’s Lower East Side. MacPherson saw potential in its solid red brick façade and factory casement windows and rescued it, transforming it with steel and glass doors, marble mosaic floors and a grand limestone fireplace in the lobby.
Address | 180 Ludlow Street;
Phone | 1 212 432 1818
Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi, Kenya
The rapidly expanding Kempinski group has recently opened the doors of its second Kenyan property, this time in a prime city centre location in Nairobi. Architects Symbion, one of East Africa’s biggest firms, are behind the imposing pink edifice, while international design consultancy DWP oversaw the interiors.
Address | Chiromo Road
Phone | 254 20 360 3000
Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia
The idiosyncratically named Hotel Hotel occupies a section of the Nishi complex in the New Action village. Don Cameron and Nectar Efkarpidis designed the hotel in keeping with the complex’s ethos of sustainability and design excellence. Its location allows guests to enjoy lakeside and mountain views while surrounded by a highly active arts and culture scene.
Address | 25 Edinburgh Avenue
Phone | 61 2 6287 6287
The Temple Hotel Beijing, China
The Temple Hotel’s evocative past as a Qing dynasty temple is in stark contrast with the contemporary architecture and renovation that was recently recognised with a UNESCO award for cultural heritage conservation. Original wood and tiles were used throughout the restoration, and a contemporary lighting element was introduced by Ingo Maurer.
Address | 23 Shatan North Street;
Phone | 86 10 8401 5680
Sofitel So, Singapore, Singapore
The new Sofitel So is housed in one of Singapore’s rare gems, the former Eastern Extension Telegraph building, dating from 1927. Interiors are by local design firm Miaja and the hotel’s signature designer Karl Lagerfeld. Highlights include a dramatic hexagonal light installation in the lobby and a gold-tiled infinity rooftop pool.
Address | 35 Robinson Road
Phone | 65 670 16800
Okko Hotel, Nantes, France
Okko Hotel, fast-expanding hotel concept was the vision of three men, Accor Group co-founder Paul Dubrule, ex-Suitehotel CEO Oliver Devys and designer Patrick Norguet. This idea is to eschew the traditional hotel attributes – there is no reception desk, no breakfast room, no lounge, just one living space, the Club. A kitchen offers snacks and refreshments throughout the day, and a business corner houses two computers and a printer. Selected items are on sale in an in-house shop, and a curated selection of newspapers, books and magazines are available.
Address | 15 Rue de Strasbourg
Phone | 33 2 52 20 00 70
JK Place, Rome, Italy
Housed in what was once Rome’s school of architecture, JK Place is designed by architect Michele Bönan. Minutes from the city’s best shops and sights, the hotel’s elegant bedrooms feature mid-century furniture, sculptures and marble with bold splashes of colour.
Address | 30 Via di Monte d’Oro
Phone | 39 06 98 26 34
Edition Hotel, London, UK
Close to Oxford Street, the London Edition is the second offering from Ian Schrager‘s new pairing with Marriott. Key details have been meticulously restored by Schrager and international design firm Yabu Pushelberg to feature a warm palette of dusky rose, khaki and mustard, elegantly furnished with eclectic pieces inspired by Salvador Dali and Donald Judd.
Address | 10 Berners Street
Phone | 44 20 7781 0000