The Hot List: Best Hotels Autumn 2017
Have you been bitten by the travel bug, and are always jetting off to indulge or just relax in decadent hotels and resorts in far-flung destinations?
We spent some time with Stig Egard, CEO of A2D Concierge, one of the most recommended personal and corporate concierge outfits in all of Europe to find out which hotels and resorts have made his clients rave over the past few months.
Following are some of the most stylish hotels on the planet.
The Public Hotel (from Ian Schrager) – New York:
Ian Schrager’s swanky hotel on Chrystie Street in NYC opened its doors in June 2017, complete with 367 rooms priced from $150 per night.
The Public brings a luxury hotel experience to the masses at a reasonable price point and is an ideal fit for the savvy and sophisticated traveler. No more check-in at the front desk. Guests check in on an iPad. With the “fastest Wi-Fi in the city,” every room also comes with Apple TV and 12 outlets. The minimalist-cool rooms might seem a bit sparse, but the food and drinks options at the hotel are anything but. Classic New York City foods from spicy Korean chicken to hot pastrami sandwiches grace the menu.
The hotel also boasts three bars: Diego, The Roof, and The Lobby Bar.
The Greenwich – New York:
Everything about this hotel is chic. All 88 rooms of this hotel owned by Robert De Niro, feel authentic yet perfectly planned. It has a tropical Moroccan aesthetic, with bits of old Europe and a taste of Asia to keep things interesting and unexpected. Warm oak floors and welcoming floral sofas make guests feel at home. Tibetan silk rugs and suites with private saunas are tasteful surprises. Each room is appointed with high tech necessities. Guests that know, request the high corner rooms to enjoy views of the Hudson River.
The Greenwich is nestled on a cobblestoned Greenwich Street, just one block from the Hudson River. Tourists enjoy the short walk to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Shinola brand ‘Bixby’ bicycles are a nice touch for guests to get out and explore along the riverside bike path that glides along the Henry Hudson Highway.
The Curtain – London:
Exposed brick walls, polished hardwood floors, expansive windows and one-of-a-kind art creations are what guests will find in the tastefully appointed rooms and suites behind The Curtain…excuse the pun.
Well-informed guests will ask for the loft suites with large private terraces and mesmerizing urban views. The rooftop pool with a dazzling cityscape panorama is the jewel of the hotel’s amenities, while the much-discussed Red Rooster Harlem restaurant brings American soul food like Louisiana gumbo, chicken and waffles and ribs to East London. Weekend guests will feel the spirit at the weekend brunch, serenaded by a gospel choir.
There’s no chance that guests will go thirsty, as more than eight bars are perfectly placed around the property.
The Ned – London:
Across the street from the Bank of England, the stylish Ned was once the headquarters of the Midland Bank. What remains of the bank’s past are 92 pillars of intricate glossy, green verdite marble tiling. The building, designed in 1924 by Sir Edwyn Lutyens is now a luxury hotel that has everyone talking.
Located a short walk from St. Paul's Cathedral, the Ned boasts stylish, nostalgia-inspired classic rooms with 1920s Edwardian decor. It’s grand and excessive, encouraging guests to wander and explore the 9 different restaurants, cafes and bars, barbershop, make-up parlor, and an underground spa with a hammam, gym, boxing ring and a pool in the old bank vaults.
Rates start at £150 for and span a range of styles and price points up to the £3,500 a night Chairman's suite.
Nobu Hotel – London:
Nobu is best known for its worldwide chain of restaurants owned by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. London’s Shoreditch area is the first to receive the Nobu brand’s first standalone hotel, a hip, upscale ultra-contemporary hotel with trendy bars and elegant red and gold-hued Japanese-inspired design. Interconnecting rooms have secret passageways through wardrobes and suites that offer freestanding bathtubs, skylights, and spacious balconies with views of the garden below.
Stylish, minimalist rooms include dining areas and Japanese-style tea and coffee facilities. Signature dishes such as black cod miso, hamachi with jalapeno and crab rolls balance creative but classic London fare with a Nobu twist.
The Chedi – Andermatt, Switzerland:
An Asian-inspired Alpine hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this exclusive hotel in Andermatt boasts 123 elegant rooms and suites and eight world-class restaurants and bars and spa that pamper guests after a day on the slopes. Named ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’ by GaultMillau, The Chedi Andermatt is ranked among the best ski resorts in the world. The Chedi’s luxurious rooms and suites are imbued with Asian undertones with dark wood, soft leather sofas and gentle colors that soothe and welcome.
Guests rave about the incredible dining and drinking spots and the Wine Library and Cigar Lounge. With a tasteful selection of high-end wines from around the globe, the Wine Library lures and enchants with wine tasting evenings in a library setting meant for relaxation. Even, more intimate, the Cigar Lounge is an elegant space with a central fireplace and an ambience of warm seclusion.
The walk-in humidor allows guests to choose from an international collection including the finest Cuban cigars along with single malts, cognac, wine, or other digestives.
The Oyster Box – Durban:
Majestically perched to overlook Umhlanga’s beachfront with expansive, breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, the Oyster Box is Durban’s most treasured hotel.
Eighty-six rooms and suites express a sense of timeless elegance. Direct access to a stunning beach allows guests to enjoy the best of all worlds. Guests adore the high tea and the fine dining of the Grill Room. Indulge in fresh seafood at the Ocean Terrace and Oyster Bar, while watching dolphins jump on the horizon. Relax and unwind in the hotel spa with Turkish Hammam that is ranked as the Best Luxury Hotel Spa in South Africa.
Dream – Los Angeles/Hollywood:
Set among the palm-lined streets of the City of Angels, the newly launched Dream hotel at the corner of Selma Avenue and N. Cahuenga Boulevard, is an oasis of modern opulence even by Hollywood standards. With views of the scenic Hollywood Hills, the Dream Hollywood offers 178 sleek yet sophisticated guest rooms that pay homage the glamour and style of mid-century Los Angeles. The rooms provide incredible sweeping city views that blur the lines between indoors and out.
With world-class restaurants including the renowned TAO, a rooftop pool that channels the playful sexiness of old Hollywood, and a complimentary Lincoln Continental and Navigator car service, the Dream understands the Hollywood vibe and delivers it.
Four Seasons – Megeve, France:
The first Four Seasons alpine mountain hotel in Europe and the only hotel directly on the slopes of Mont d’Arbois, the 55 rooms in this exquisite property feel incredibly intimate, boasting fireplaces and balconies with stunning vistas.
Setting aside the luxurious rooms and suites, guests are in awe of Le 1920, the hotel’s two Michelin star restaurant featuring the stellar cuisine of Chef Julien Gatillon. During the summer months, guests are just steps away from the spectacular Mont d’Arbois 18-hole golf course, one of the world’s most distinguished alpine courses. The health and wellness center is the largest in Megeve and the spa is a welcome respite after a day on the slopes or golf course.
With outstanding kids and teen facilities, the Four Seasons Mageve is the ideal spot for families seeking an alpine adventure in the heart of the French Alps.