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.
Once bleak and ignored, Downtown LA is now peppered with these islands of creative cool. Design and cuisine, too, are undergoing transformations, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art undergoing a major 10-year expansion, to the new Broad Museum with some 2,000 contemporary works, to a bubbling up of delicious ethnic foods—Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indian, Guatemalan, and El Salvadorian—that has recently prompted LA to be called the best food city in America.
Below find a list of Top 10 Design Hotels selection of boutique and luxury Los Angeles hotels.
For a stylish and luxurious oceanside getaway, the Shangri-La is mighty close to perfection. The exterior of this recently renovated boutique overlooking the Pacific evokes an elegant ocean liner, and the dazzling pool and lounge area pick up on the maritime theme. The rooms are interesting and pristine, with an Art Deco touches and luxury.
This small, intimate Santa Monica hotel has a relaxed, low-key feel unmatched by its luxury rivals. The rooms are as beautifully decorated. Up-to-date electronics and thoughtful design touches hit just the right luxury beach-cottage vibe.
Location: Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Categories: Boutique, Historic, Romantic, Value
This tiny, 43-room boutique makes up in style. The unique Chinoiserie and Parisian-inspired rooms, cozy lobby bar (with nightly absinthe happy hours), and central Beverly Hills location lure in a loyal crowd.
Location: Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Party
This design-heavy, 110-room Beverly Hills boutique just three blocks from Rodeo Drive offers richly furnished rooms with Sferra linens, a Dean-and-Deluca-stocked mini bar, and CO Bigelow toiletries — plus a guest-only rooftop pool and bar with 360-degree city views.
It’s a matter of taste. The hotel’s bohemianism — think hipsters and distressed fixtures — will appeal to some but not others. You get a completely modern, truly unique boutique with large suites (many with kitchens) and a lovely rooftop pool.
After being restored to its former glory, this 74-room Sunset Strip landmark channels the glamour of old Hollywood. The service is impeccable: Front desk clerks address guests by name, white-jacketed waiters glide from table to table at the classy Tower Bar, and the bell staff treats everyone like stars. Rooms come with Art Deco touches, updated technology, and floor-to-ceiling casement windows (with great city views on the south side of the building).
Complete with a sophisticated and unique design that exudes cool, The Palihouse family of hotels has quickly established itself as the go-to place to stay if you’re looking for boutique extended stay lodging. Quite the change from the normal concepts of most high-end hotels around the city, rooms at the West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations come with a modern, sophisticated design.
Location: West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California
Resting in the middle of the growing and trendy West Third Street Neighborhood, The Orlando is a family-owned hotel. If you’re looking to be in the center of things, this is the spot to be. The neighborhood of West Third Street, technically named Mid-City West, is primarily concentrated along the strip between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard and is a bustling strip of restaurants, bars, lounges, boutiques and more. The Beverly Center and The Grove are conveniently close, making The Orlando perfectly situated for those who love to shop.
The 10 Best Design Hotels in London – London’s boutique hotels are among the best in the world, with a style and class all of their own. Hotel interior designs from the best hotel interior designers. It’s time to discover the best luxury travel of Britain. Here we showcase the top 10 London design hotels for an unforgetable hotel experience.
Designed by former Bond girl Anouska Hempel, who is known globally for her striking interiors, this little gem of a couture hotel is all grandeur and exoticism, a tempting fusion of east meets west behind a black Victorian facade. Polished mirrors throw rich walnut tones around the lobby in a display of decadence and drama. Blake’s has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and each of the 47 rooms takes its cue from a different far-off land. At Blake’s privacy and sumptuousness are assured.
Location: Roland Gardens, South Kensington, SW7
What’s the edge: The critically acclaimed basement restaurant is a magnet for some of the world’s most famous actors and designers.
In the heart of London’s media neighbourhood north of Soho, an area brimming with bars, restaurants and scenes of vibrant urban life, the Charlotte Street Hotel plays a vital role in the buzz – providing the perfect set piece for relaxation. This is another of Kit Kemp’s ‘modern English’ properties, with wood-panelled rooms with French fireplaces and high windows that let light flood in. Individually decorated rooms feature sumptuously patterned fabrics and bespoke wallpaper print inspired by an 18th century Hogarth Press woodcut.
Location: Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, W1
What’s the edge: A specially commissioned tableau depicting scenes of 21st century London adorns the ground floor bar and restaurant.
Boundary in East London’s Shoreditch is certainly a hotel for lovers of art and design. Located among the area’s plentiful galleries and studios, Boundary acts as a hub for the community and is a celebration of fine art and taste for the urbane traveller. Each of the 17 stylish rooms is inspired by a celebrated designer or design movement, from Bauhaus to Le Corbusier, while the five duplex suites range from modern Dickensian to Chinoserie, boasting private outdoor balconies with impressive city views.
Location: Boundary St, Shoreditch, E2
What’s the edge: Located in Shoreditch’s thriving gallery scene, the Boundary pays homage to 20th century design and a buzzing local community.
This luxury boutique design hotel is one of the most cutting edge in the capital and must be seen to be believed. As one of the most high tech hotels in the city, expect an adults-only, ultra-modern hideaway set in an historic and remarkable Georgian townhouse, all overlooking an award-winning private garden. Located on a leafy street garden square bordering Belgravia, this London design hotel is just steps from Buckingham Palace and is the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Location: Eccleston Square, Belgravia, SW1
What’s the edge: ‘As cool as a cold, crisp pillow and a G&T with plenty of ice’, this is certainly one for tech modernists with a touch of classic class.
Haymarket Hotel fuses bold modern minimalism and solid contemporary design elements with a classic regency setting in an ultra-central location in the heart of London’s theatre district. The Haymarket was extensively remodelled by Tim and Kit Kemp and now comprises 50 rooms and one exclusive luxury townhouse property. All feature granite and oak bathrooms and the best in luxury finish. The Haymarket’s façade was designed by legendary master architect John Nash, who developed most of Regency London, including Buckingham Palace and nearby Trafalgar Square, and features a striking row of columns running the length of Suffolk Place. Interiors are ‘modern English’, with clean, airy spaces and spectacular lighting schemes, highlighted by handpicked antiques, rich textures and bold colours.
Location: Suffolk Place, Westminster, SW1
What’s the edge: The private townhouse offers luxury living on a large scale with direct access to the hotel’s services and facilities.
The Knightsbridge Hotel boasts a classic British aesthetic, each room filled with a modern English style of clean neutrals and bold colours, all just steps from Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The drawing room, lobby and library of this London design hotel are adorned with original artworks by significant British artists and art lovers will go wild for the Carol Sinclair sculptures that rise from the floor. But the art doesn’t overshadow designer Kit Kemp’s signature mix of patterns, fabrics and furniture styles, all set off with African touches and a jazzy contrast of stripes, florals and geometric shapes.
Location: Beaufort Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW3
What’s the edge: The relaxing drawing room and library with a fully stocked honesty bar.
The private and distinctive Pelham is a blend of country cottage and smart townhouse located in South Kensington, between Chelsea and Hyde Park. The property draws inspiration from the surrounding museums, antique shops and art dealers, revealing the rich and vibrant atmosphere of the area. Beyond the porticoed façade is a blend of freshness and modernity, with richly decorated rooms of fine detail, large original oil paintings and carefully chosen antique furnishings. The wood-panelled mahogany library is the place for a relaxing cognac and, like the eclectic drawing room, features a period fireplace.
Location: Cromwell Place, South Kensington, SW7
What’s the edge: The daring use of distinct and bold fabrics, some even covering the walls, creates a surprising elegance.
The Sanctum Soho oozes edgy glamour and artsy, bohemian style in both design and atmosphere. The 30 individual rooms range from crash pad to penthouse apartment with four distinct mood schemes developed by designer Lesley Purcell ranging from sexy and masculine, streamlined silver, sensual, and exotic. In the lobby you’ll find ‘living artworks’ with scattered gothic elements providing antique class.
Location: Warwick St, Soho, W1
What’s the edge: As a homage to Soho’s artistry and bohemia, the Sanctum integrates art and individuality into its design.
The Soho Hotel is the first ‘deluxe’ hotel in the Soho district of central London, with 85 guestrooms and suites and eight private apartments. Modern English interiors feature solid granite and oak and British artwork plays a vital role in the interiors. The hotel exterior gives a nod to its original red brick exterior, yet inside its eclectic and contemporary, with some rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows.
The former Bethnal Green Town Hall has been beautifully restored, incorporating contemporary interiors into the elegant period building in east London. The art deco entrance halls sweeping marble staircase and glass domed ceiling certainly make a statement, while 98 guestrooms and apartments are individually furnished in clean, contemporary style with the most advanced technology. Add to that Michelin-starred dining, a gorgeous cocktail bar and full-length swimming pool and you have just the ticket.
Location: Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2
What’s the edge: Loh Lik Peng’s first project outside of Asia is a standout addition to the London hotel scene, offering modern luxury in a landmark building.