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San Fran­cisco, USA

The low­down A lav­ishly de­signed hip­ster’s hide­out. Best for Chillin’ with a cock­tail on the rooftop lounge. With most of San Fran­cisco’s ho­tels clus­tered around the Fi­nan­cial District or up on top of the hills, the Proper has staked out its own turf in Mid-mar­ket, a once down-at-heel ’hood now rapidly re­gen­er­at­ing. Kelly Wearstler’s in­te­ri­ors are heav­ily in­flu­enced by the city’s bo­hemian roots. The pub­lic spa­ces are lit­tered with art and ‘found’ fur­ni­ture, while the bed­rooms are daz­zlingly dressed in geo­met­ric prints. The en­try-level Bunk Rooms are ex­actly as stated, but the fur­nish­ings get in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive the more you pay. The Vil­lon restau­rant of­fers share­able dishes full of oceanic flavours, the cock­tail list is mind-bog­glingly bril­liant, while Char­maine’s, the roof-top lounge, at­tracts queues around the block. Guests get pri­or­ity ac­cess, so be sure to pick a spot be­side one of the firepits – you’ll be cosy and warm even when the Bay-area fog rolls in. Book it Dou­ble rooms from ap­prox £230 (prop­er­ho­­tels/san-fran­cisco).

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