People often forget the Azores when booking a holiday but in recent years the archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The incredible islands have an unbelievable amount to offer and are one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural havens. The Furnas Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel which offers visitors a stunning experience to connect with nature and to truly relax.
Located on the São Miguel Island, in the valley of the Furnas, which is the area with the most concentrated thermal waters in Europe, the Furnas Boutique Hotel is truly a remarkable luxury experience bathed in the peace and tranquillity of nature.
The interior design is reflective of the relaxation you will experience during your stay. The beautiful combination of modern and traditional influences creates a stunning balance and helps visitors to find their zen whilst connecting to nature. The use of an earthy and down-to-earth palette of greys and browns as well as the stone elements truly integrates the Furnas Boutique Hotel into its surroundings.
The Hotel offers a wide range of experiences for each type of traveller. From the adventure and sports enthusiasts to nature lovers, there is something to do for everyone.
The Furnas Boutique Hotel also has its stunning À Terra restaurant. The natural fruits of nature and the rustic lifestyle inspire the incredible food here. With a menu boasting plates that will bring you the most delicious aromas, textures and tastes.
The Thermal Spa at this luxury boutique hotel must not be overlooked. This is the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the true tranquillity of the island. The Furnas Boutique Hotel boasts both an outdoor and indoor thermal experience pools.
Of course they also have a sauna and Turkish bath as well as a luxuriously wide range of spa treatments from exfoliations, massages, hidromassages and even reflexology. This spa leaves nothing to be desired and you will leave completely relaxed.
When booking your next holiday to Europe do not forget to take a look at what the Azores has to offer and in particular the Furnas Boutique Hotel, the perfect place to take everything in and unwind.
Hotel André Latin is a beautiful stone building, this hotel interior design dating from the 19th century, and hiding 68 contemporary rooms. It takes advantage of its privileged location in the famous “Latin Quarter” in Paris, and so it’s a great solution for the visitors in the City of Light. But that’s not all – besides answering the ‘Where to stay in Paris?‘ question, the hotel interior serves as design inspiration for many people who are passionate by hospitality projects and interior design.
The owners, hoteliers Fabian and Guillaume Sodano, had this desire to update the hotel in 2015, and they decided to dedicate it to their paternal grandfather, Andrea Sodano. To achieve that, the Hotel André Latin‘s interiors were created with the help of the young Parisian interior architect Michael Malapert inspired by their grandfather’s taste and personality. Throughout the hotel, we can find mid-century furniture blend with colorful details. The subdued rooms feature wood floors and en suite bathrooms. Some add balconies that allow visitors to enjoy beautiful views over the city.
The french interior design, as well as the fact that this low-key hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Panthéon and a 9-minute walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg, makes it amazingly wanted. As usual in the french interior designs, the rooms may seem small, but these are very comfortable.
The tiny balconies give the rooms a romantic, very Parisian style, feel!
With bold combinations of color and details that create a sense of authenticity, like floors of wooden planks texture, brass lamps, and marble tables, the hotel interiors are a reason alone to visit this beautiful building!
In the moment that the famous writer and his family needed to find “a new rhythm to our lives” as Fitzgerald wrote, they left their home on Long Island for the South of France, hoping to find a cheaper place to live and some quietude do write. They traveled through the then-cheap French Riviera Hotels. Many of the sunbaked restaurants, villas, and hotels they frequented still exist on the mythic stretch of coastline he dubbed “a playground for the world.”
Here’s where to walk in the French Riviera Hotels in the same way that Fitzgerald did.
The stately Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France, has held court on the rocky Côte d’Azur since the 1870s—playing host to everybody from Hemingway and Picasso to Liz in Dick to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The world’s most glamorous have flocked to Hotel du Cap since Scott’s day: his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy, the models for Dick and Nicole Diver, once rented the hotel for an entire summer, drawing compatriots like the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso into their magnetic orbit. Of course, nowadays the hotel is packed during the summer and is the virtual center of the universe during the Cannes Film Festival.
La Colombe d’Or, Saint Paul de Vence
Opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, an open-air terrace cafe, and bar. Scott and Zelda have known fans of the hotel’s restaurant, a traditional French spot featuring the main dining hall, private room, and garden terrace, reportedly spending many a raucous evening at La Colombe D’Or. It was here that a jealous Zelda once threw herself down a flight of stairs after Scott drunkenly flirted with the dancer Isadora Duncan.
Hotel Continental, Saint-Raphaël
While Gerald and Sara Murphy were living at the Hotel du Cap, waiting for renovations to be completed on their retreat Villa America, the Fitzgeralds stayed at the Continental Hotel in Saint-Raphaël in 1924. It’s here that Scott wrote the majority of The Great Gatsby.
Monte-Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo
“Once in the middle twenties, I was driving along the High Corniche Road through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling on the sea below. As far ahead as I could see was Monte Carlo … when life was literally a dream.” – On Authorship, Scott Fitzgerald. Monte Carlo Casino was a favorite destination for the couple, mentioned frequently in their letters and writings.
Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo
Here, the hard-reveling couple would drink themselves into a stupor, with Scott reportedly a fan of the hotel bar’s gin fizz and mint juleps.
Ruhl Plage, Nice
Zelda wrote of dining on the terrace where “stars fell in our plates … and we were alone with the deep blue grandeur and the filet de sole Ruhl, and the second bottle of champagne.”
Hôtel Beau Rivage, Nice
The Hotel Beau Rivage was another spot where the couple stayed and played—although, in Zelda’s words, more “economically” than at other spots. Today, the hotel has been renovated, offering air conditioning, a private beach, and a terrace front restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.
Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins
In 1926, Scott, Zelda, and Scottie returned to the Riviera and rented a seaside house in Juan-les-Pins. Take note of the letter from Fitzgerald to Hemingway in 1926, framed and on display in the lobby: “With our being back in a nice villa on my beloved Riviera (between Nice and Cannes) I’m happier than I’ve been for years. It’s one of those strange, precious and all too transitory moments when everything in one’s life seems to be going well.”
From May 8 to June 18 happens an exhibition of interior design, with a unique format in Europe, which takes place every year in a different location in the center of Madrid – Casa Decor. We believe that a show like this deserves the best accommodation for you to stay, that’s why we bring to you today our top 15 of the best luxury hotels to stay during the exhibition.
The Ritz has undergone extensive renovations but has managed to hang onto a lot of its original hotel design so expect classic luxury at every turn. Sumptuous carpets made down the road at the Royal Tapestry Factory ensure that every step you take is in cushioned comfort.
Gran Mélia Palacio de los Duques
Although the building has been comprehensively revamped, original features remain. There is a Velázquez theme throughout the hotel with large reproductions of the great master’s paintings and the color scheme is inspired by the tones of his palette, with shimmery fabrics in hues of ochre, indigo, and maroon.
This is one of those hotels where you step through the door and enter a different world. La Rotonda, as the restaurant and lounge area under an ornate stained-glass dome is called, is a circle of elegance where locals and guests meet for coffee and drinks at all times of the day. There are a good gym and sauna, but no pool.
Only You Hotel Atocha
A massive 19th-century building on a landmark corner site has been given an industrial-style makeover, with exposed pipes, black and white stripes, boxing posters and artworks with a sporting theme. Gentle jazz adds to the New York vibe. Stenciled lettering and a red stripe running along the walls in the corridors lends a bit of multi-storey car park chic.
NH Collection Madrid Suécia
The Suecia opened in the 1950s and for decades the hotel was a meeting place for Swedish residents in Madrid. Star designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has cleverly remodeled the ground and mezzanine floors, where Art Deco details mix smoothly with contemporary Scandinavian style in the stylish restaurant and café. Definitely, a place to slither off a bar stool after one too many Daquiris.
Urso Hotel & Spa
The Urso opened at the end of August 2014 in an early 20th-century palatial building. Although it is in the center of Madrid, a muted palette of cool green, gray and cream tones and delicate Japanese prints create an air of calm and discreet chicness. Black and white photographs throughout the hotel give a fascinating insight into how the city has changed over the last century.
Hotel Urban Madrid
The first thing you will notice about this unusual hotel is its form — a glass-encased tower studded with black Zimbabwe stone, and seamed with champagne-coloured steel beams. Make sure you try out the wave-shaped flap chair by Edra that reclines at six different angles.
Tótem Madrid Hotel
You step into a world of minimalist luxury where all the materials are high quality. Charcoal, teal, dusky pink, cerise, navy, and purple all play a part in the color scheme, popping out against a palette of shimmery neutrals. The original wooden staircase has been restored and lends a sense of grandeur.
ME Madrid Reina Victoria
The glamor of the Reina Victoria’s former life has filtered through to the present day but now it is all Skandi-chic with Eames-style chairs inside.
Vincci The Mint Hotel
Designed by the renowned Jaime Beriestain, Vincci The Mint occupies an elegant, early 20th-century building and lives up to its name with cool green shades throughout, from peppermint to pistachio, pear, lime, olive, and emerald.
Double Tree by Hilton Madrid Prado
In an elegant traditional building with a white frontage, the Madrid Prado is every inch a boutique property and a very welcome addition to the city’s luxe hotel scene. It’s an excellent choice for those attending Madrid’s gastronomic, fashion and art events.
Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid
Top Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has created fresh, sensual interiors using a palette of jewel and berry shades with gold details and sweeping curves. A sculpture of a giant zebra-striped bear doffing a top hat dominates the ground-floor lobby and cartoon-like masks decorate the walls in the corridors, along with flamenco-themed artworks.
Hotel Unico Madrid
The Único is nothing if not dramatic. The property was originally a grand residence and it still has a discreet, private feel.
Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel
The hotel’s interior highlight is undoubtedly the lobby. Take a seat in one of the red velvet banquettes, and drink in the scene: a vast, circular room supported by Ionic columns made from yellowed, fibrous marble, and a palace staircase at one end. The room is crowned with a modernist stained-glass dome fizzing with color and decorated with impressions of noble ladies with sausage curls.
NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
There are terrific restaurants and a buzzy lobby where guests look up in wonder at the vaulted ceiling, which is actually a 300m LED screen that projects 3D images, videos, photos and all sorts of wizardry.
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