ROOMS 9/10

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The 32 spa­cious, el­e­gant rooms all have their own dis­tinct per­son­al­ity, with tra­di­tional floor tiles, chintzy arm­chairs and retro fur­ni­ture. De­spite the some­what dis­cor­dant panoply of pat­terns and styles, ev­ery­thing ef­fort­lessly melds to­gether. Although win­dows are dou­bleglazed, light sleep­ers might pos­si­bly hear the bells of the town hall clock, so best to opt for a room at the rear. Large, grace­ful bath­rooms have deca­dent mar­ble-clad baths, sep­a­rate rain show­ers, dou­ble basins with chrome cu­bist-style taps and fine toi­letries by Floris. Other ameni­ties in­clude air-con­di­tion­ing, un­der-floor heat­ing, a mini­bar and Illy cof­fee ma­chines, plus turn­down and 24-hour room ser­vice.

ROOMS FROM ta­bles and plush lemon­hued seat­ing, bal­anc­ing trays laden with snacks, cof­fees and cock­tails.

The more re­fined Ja­panese-themed Tahini, with its wicker and bam­boo dé­cor, lies to the rear of the lobby, and of­fers a su­perb menu of sushi, tem­pura and tartares – with a price tag to match.

In­spir­ing dishes in­clude spicy tuna and avo­cado temaki (€25.50), as­sorted suc­cu­lent sashimi with fresh gin­ger (€38), and desserts such as green tea ice cream (€9). A less pricey set lunch is avail­able for €27.

Break­fast is served from 7.30am to 11am in Cap­puc­cino Café. A de­li­cious se­lec­tion of yo­gurt, fresh or­ange juice and fruit is served at the ta­ble, fol­lowed by a choice of egg dishes ac­com­pa­nied by a bas­ket of breads and pas­tries. Hot choco­late and good qual­ity teas and cof­fees are made to or­der.

CAFE CUL­TURE Colour­ful art­works adorn the ho­tel’s open spa­ces

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