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From the Nether­lands and Fin­land to Sin­ga­pore and Spain, these are some of the best-de­signed ho­tels across the globe

Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - HOTELS - Text KAREN TEN­NENT Pho­to­graphs MIKKO RYHÄNEN, ROBERT HOLDEN, THE WARE­HOUSE HO­TEL, MANOLO YLLERA

HO­TEL INDIGO THE HAGUE THE HAGUE, NETHER­LANDS

Built in 1883 just steps away from the No­ordeinde Palace, the for­mer Dutch Na­tional Bank is now a 63-roomed ho­tel in­spired by the build­ing’s 19th cen­tury her­itage, neo-Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture and pres­ti­gious ci­tycen­tre location. A nat­u­ral stone façade char­ac­terised by hor­i­zon­tal lines and cross-frames gives way to a stately in­te­rior by Hugo In­te­rior De­sign, who ref­er­enced the bank’s orig­i­nal mar­ble walls and brass de­tail­ing as the start­ing point for the ho­tel’s de­sign. Au­then­tic el­e­ments have been care­fully re­stored, as seen in The Gold Bar, which is lo­cated in what was pre­vi­ously the bank’s safe where gold stocks were stored. Con­tin­u­ing with the mon­e­tary theme is the ho­tel’s all-day restau­rant Brasserie Stocks & Bonds, while mo­tifs rem­i­nis­cent of the Nether­lands’ his­toric cur­rency are dot­ted around the space. Mod­ern ad­di­tions in­clude a gym, wi-fi, spa-like bath­rooms, sump­tu­ous fab­rics and Pop Art-style por­traits of the Dutch royal fam­ily, all of which com­bine in a mag­nif­i­cent ho­tel in­fused with au­then­tic his­tor­i­cal ap­peal. ihg.com/ hotelindig­o

HO­TEL ST GE­ORGE HELSINKI, FIN­LAND

With a fo­cus on of­fer­ing full-ser­vice lux­ury and holis­tic care for the mind, heart and body, this con­tem­po­rary ho­tel brings to­gether art, de­sign, her­itage, well-be­ing and cul­ture in one unique place. Art­works are on dis­play through­out the his­toric build­ing de­signed by Fin­nish ar­chi­tect Onni Tar­janne in the

19th cen­tury, as seen in the gallery-es­que lobby at the ho­tel’s en­trance, where Chi­nese artist Ai Wei­wei’s gi­ant white dragon sets the tone for the rest of the in­te­ri­ors. Fin­nish sculp­tor Pekka Jylhä’s 6m-long cre­ation, ‘Learn­ing to Fly’, hangs from the glass roof of the Win­ter­gar­den, a light-filled area with pri­vate rooms ideal for so­cial gath­er­ings, and each of the 148 bed­rooms has been in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed with style in mind. Guests are en­cour­aged to pam­per them­selves at St Ge­orge Care, the ho­tel’s con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a spa, St Ge­orge Bak­ery & Bar of­fers freshly baked morsels and drinks, while Restau­rant An­drea serves de­lec­ta­ble Nordic and Ana­to­lian dishes by Fin­nishTurk­ish chef Mehmet Gürs. And if you can’t bear to leave the beauty of Ho­tel St Ge­orge be­hind, there’s a Fin­nish de­sign shop that stocks pieces of fur­ni­ture from the St Ge­orge Col­lec­tion. stge­orge­helsinki.com

SENATO HO­TEL MI­LANO MI­LAN, ITALY

A five-storey neo-clas­si­cal build­ing that was once a pri­vate fam­ily home for over a cen­tury has been con­verted into a 43-roomed ho­tel by Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Alessan­dro Bianchi. It’s an el­e­gant amal­ga­ma­tion of Mi­lanese her­itage and mod­ern de­sign, with work by lo­cal tal­ent such as florist Ros­alba Pic­cinni and light­ing com­pany Bot­tega Gadda in­cor­po­rated into the sleek in­te­ri­ors, which com­bine a so­phis­ti­cated pal­ette of black, green and gold with op­u­lent ma­te­ri­als rang­ing from mar­ble and brass to wood and vel­vet. A din­ing room, pa­tio, gym and lounge make up the ho­tel’s com­mu­nal spa­ces, while a moody court­yard fea­tures a slate pool that re­flects the build­ing’s grand ar­chi­tec­ture. With its location in the heart of Mi­lan just three blocks away from Via Mon­te­napoleone and a 15-minute walk from cul­tural sights like the Mi­lan Cathe­dral, Senato Ho­tel Mi­lano of­fers the best of both worlds. sen­a­to­hotelmi­lano.it

THE WARE­HOUSE HO­TEL ROBERT­SON QUAY, SIN­GA­PORE

Housed in a ren­o­vated godown (Asian ware­house) from 1895 lo­cated along an in­fa­mous spice trade route, this el­e­gant ho­tel on the bank of the Sin­ga­pore River draws in­spi­ra­tion from its rich past while si­mul­ta­ne­ously em­brac­ing the present. Cre­ative firm Asy­lum stu­dio chal­lenged the age-old in­dus­trial aes­thetic by in­fus­ing the ro­bust, char­ac­ter­ful in­te­ri­ors with so­phis­ti­cated warmth, re­sult­ing in a stylishly enig­matic set­ting that com­bines orig­i­nal fea­tures like ex­posed brick walls and roof trusses with plush seat­ing, lux­u­ri­ous de­tail­ing and mod­ern lo­cal de­sign. As well as boast­ing 37 rooms each con­fig­ured to com­ple­ment the build­ing’s ex­ist­ing lay­out, The Ware­house Ho­tel in­cludes a lobby bar, com­mu­nal re­cep­tion area, event space, 24-hour concierge and the Po restau­rant, whose menus are cu­rated by Chef Willin Low and fea­ture re­fined in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Sin­ga­porean favourites. A raised in­fin­ity pool on the rooftop over­look­ing the river is the fin­ish­ing touch to this re­treat. the­ware­house­ho­tel.com

HO­TEL JARDÌN TROP­I­CAL CA­NARY IS­LANDS, SPAIN

The en­vi­ron­ment, or­ganic ma­te­ri­als and its pic­turesque location off the coast of Africa played an in­flu­en­tial role in the re­fur­bish­ment of this 415-roomed ho­tel, whose lofty po­si­tion on a nat­u­ral cliff over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean al­lows for re­mark­able views to­wards the nearby is­land of La Gomera. Sur­rounded by ver­dant sub­trop­i­cal gardens and fea­tur­ing soft, cur­va­ceous forms typ­i­cal of tra­di­tional Mediter­ranean ar­chi­tec­ture, the ho­tel has a dis­tinct style and per­son­al­ity that have been ex­pertly en­hanced by Jaime Beri­es­tain Stu­dio’s thought­ful re­design. The bright, light-filled in­te­ri­ors are in­fused with nat­u­ral el­e­ments such as straw rugs and wooden sur­faces, while a re­fresh­ing colour pal­ette of blues and yel­lows pro­vides vi­brant bursts to the serene back­drop of neu­trals. In the bed­rooms, the em­pha­sis is on har­mony and re­lax­ation, with sand-hued mi­cro­ce­ment floors and marine tones adding to the over­all sea­side aes­thetic. Com­plete with a beach club, well­ness cen­tre, five restau­rants and five bars, Ho­tel Jardin Trop­i­cal takes re­laxed lux­ury to a whole new level.

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this spread With mag­nif­i­cent in­te­ri­ors by Hugo In­te­rior De­sign, Ho­tel Indigo The Hague boasts a mas­ter­ful mix of orig­i­nal her­itage fea­tures and con­tem­po­rary touches.

Soft mints and pearly greys cre­ate a calm at­mos­phere in the rooms of Ho­tel St Ge­orge, which in­clude work by Fin­nish artists; the ex­pan­sive hall of Senato Ho­tel Mi­lano fea­tures mar­ble floors and brass fur­ni­ture by its ar­chi­tect Alessan­dro Bianchi.

this page (clock­wise, from top) Lin­ing the en­trance hall of The Ware­house Ho­tel are lights by Asy­lum stu­dio that ref­er­ence the pul­leys usu­ally in godowns; a jux­ta­po­si­tion of ma­te­ri­als ex­ists in Po restau­rant, as seen in the rat­tan chairs and wall­pan­els, ter­razzo floors and mar­ble table­tops; 15 of The Ware­house Ho­tel’s 37 rooms of­fer a view of the Sin­ga­pore River.

this page (clock­wise, from top) Work by lo­cal crafts­men can be found through­out Ho­tel Jardín Trop­i­cal, like woven chairs, raf­fia pan­els and hand­made tiles; the Sun­set Bar is in­spired by In­done­sia’s pala­pas (open struc­tures with thatched roofs made of dried palm leaves); based on Spain’s high­est vol­cano Mount Teidi, the Lava Bar is punc­tu­ated by vol­canic stones and hand­made bricks. op­po­site Head­boards in the bed­rooms com­prise hand­made tiles in blue shades rang­ing from oceanic tones to the azure colour of the sky.

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