With its pared-back styling and underlying focus on practicality, it would be all too easy to dismiss The Daniel as a staid business hotel. Happily, the hotel is anything but, offering a light airy interior with modern industrial-inspired décor and a convenient city-centre location. Quirky details belie the hotel’s back-to-basics approach; a boat sculpture sits stranded on the seventh floor, while the roof is home to a colony of honey bees. Be sure to schedule a visit to The Daniel’s on-site bakery; guests will find it impossible to resist the aroma of the freshly baked cookies, muffins and cupcakes on offer.
The Daniel, Landstrasser Gürtel 5, 1030 Vienna, +43 (0)1 901310
Ett Hem provides a stylish home-from-home in a quiet residential district of Stockholm. The hotel occupies a former private residence, built in 1910, and has just 12 individually decorated rooms. Ett Hem’s shared areas reflect a typically Scandinavian design aesthetic and are infused with plenty of personality; every room features warm décor and tactile materials including oak, Gotland stone and sheepskin. Find refuge in front of the hot stove, retreat to the library or work out in the gym before exploring the hotel restaurant’s well-edited menu of classic Swedish dishes.
Ett Hem, Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 200590
Offering bespoke holiday experiences as well as a chic place to stay, Hub Porteño prides itself on giving guests everything they desire from their trip to Buenos Aires. Those wanting to emulate the cowboy lifestyle can join the Gaucho experience, which includes a trip to an estancia and local museums dedicated to Gaucho culture, while those interested in Eva Perón can take a tour around all of the city sites relevant to her life. The hotel itself is quietly elegant, combing both antique and more modern furnishings with a host of amenities including Nespresso machines, wine coolers and Jacuzzi baths.
Hub Porteño, Rodríguez Peña 1967, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, +54 (0)11 4815 6100
Epic Sana Lisboa
A five-star hotel with a striking, contemporary design, the Epic Sana Lisbon combines its excellent central location and modern appearance with an array of luxurious additions, including leather upholstery in the bedrooms and a fully appointed spa. The hotel makes an immediate impression, from the light-filled atrium that greets guests at the entrance to the glass elevator running along the outside of the building and providing stunning views. Inside, a recurring tree theme appears throughout the hotel’s shared spaces and each of its 291 bedrooms as a sculpture, in paintings or in wall murals.
Epic Sana Lisboa, Avenida Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 15, 1070-100 Lisbon, +351 21 159 7300
Located between the cosmopolitan city of Innsbruck and the imposing mountains that surround it, Adlers Hotel has a modern design that stands out against the picturesque natural landscape. Each of the hotels’ 75 rooms features an avant-garde interior and offers its guests breathtaking views from large picture windows. In fact, every part of the hotel has spectacular views of the surrounding scenery; the spa allows its guests to relax while admiring the city skyline, while the 12th-floor restaurant serves a menu of Tyrolean classics high above Innsbruck.
Adlers Hotel, Bruneckerstrasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 (0)512 563100