Sanctum Soho Hotel, London
Tucked away behind Regent Street, this sultry boutique hotel provides crash pads, loft rooms and generous doubles with a nod to high-octane glamour. An underground cinema and al fresco hydro spa cater to Sanctum Soho’s cosmopolitan crowd, and adventurous guests would be crazy not to take up the offer of Harley-Davidson hire. Travellers who know that replenishing post-flight skin pays dividends will enjoy the REN beauty products laid out in every room.
Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF, +44 (0)20 7292 6100
Hotel Wiesler, Graz
From the vintage record players in the rooms to the post-a-Polaroid service in the lobby, Hotel Wiesler is charmingly eccentric in every detail. Dating back to 1909, the building has a clear focus on art and design: an Art Nouveau mosaic forms the backdrop of the breakfast room, while the Speisesaal restaurant opposite features a disco-inspired graffiti mural. Visit the on-site barber for a grooming top-up.
Hotel Wiesler, Grieskai 4-8, 8020 Graz, +43 (0)316 70660
Dar Sabra, Marrakech
Arts patron François Chapoutot defined the concept behind Dar Sabra, an oasis of calm set within more than two hectares of palms, olive trees and manicured gardens. This culturally rich Marrakech stopover is dotted with pop art frescoes and sculptures by Rodrigo Solorzano and Guy de Rougemont. With five swimming pools, a cinema and a well-stocked library, it’s so comfortable you may never want to leave.
Dar Sabra, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Douar Abiad, 40000 Marrakech, +212 (0)524 329172
Mama Shelter, Paris
Situated in the Saint Blaise quarter of Paris, the Philippe Starck-designed, 170-room Mama Shelter is equal parts quirky and high-tech. Apple iMacs are juxtaposed with lamps made from plastic masks, and the restaurant’s show kitchen is circled with strip lights and brightly coloured rubber rings. Enjoy a cocktail at the Island bar; the DJ decks, squidgy sofas and knowledgeable bar staff make this a favourite evening hangout.
Mama Shelter, 109 Rue du Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, +33 (0)1 4348 4848
Hotel SixtyTwo, Barcelona
Hotel SixtyTwo provides easy access to Barcelona’s restaurants, exclusive boutiques and cultural attractions from its position on the Passeig de Gràcia. This chic bolthole has 45 rooms and a keen eye for detail: Bang & Olufsen televisions, Nespresso coffee machines and Etro beauty products can be found in each room. Take part in one of the complimentary wine tasting events, held each Wednesday, to learn more about Catalan wine.
Hotel SixtyTwo, Passeig de Gràcia 62, 08007 Barcelona, +34 93 272 4180