OUT OF THIS WORLD
From the Netherlands and Finland to Singapore and Spain, these are some of the best-designed hotels across the globe
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.
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.