Five exceptional hotels for glamorous escapes 

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Conran Bard in Marrakech

‘There is deity in the details here’: the dining room at L’Hôtel Marrakech © Andrew Montgomery

Conran's sixth sense of design marries unique indoor and outdoor spaces

Conran’s sixth sense of design marries unique indoor and outdoor spaces © Andrew Montgomery

When Jasper Conran opened The Hotel Marrakech, his unparalleled elegant riad in Marrakech, he caused quite a stir. Which, in a city said to have more than 1,000 homes turned into hospitality projects—many, likewise, highly designed temples—says something. But there is a divinity in the details here. They are in keeping with the elegance and special glamor of the Casablanca and Fez suites on the first floor, where Conran’s sixth sense meets mixing periods, and the textures and paintings with spacious indoor and outdoor spaces to play with. Kilims – on floors and furniture – and inlaid woods abound, as do wrought-iron Moorish windows, polished black and delicate buttercream. massage Plaster on the walls (and in the huge bathtub). You can sit all day on the spacious terrace and enjoy the patio garden and its pool. Or pull the white cotton curtains into the space and enjoy the quiet and privacy – which happens to be one of the rarest luxuries of Medina. l-hotelmarrakech.com, From 560 EUR


Hong Kong’s view from the points of view

The Peninsula Hong Kong offers fantastic views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline

The Peninsula Hong Kong offers fantastic views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline

Address Hong Kong Island, or View Hong Kong Island, from Kowloon? It is a matter of personal choice. But there is one viewpoint that puts Kowloon ahead: that of the top floor of The Peninsula Hong Kong. The hotel’s Peninsula Suite is a splurge that goes beyond that, it’s meant for those with deep pockets (or for a very special occasion); But we’re not sure there is another space that combines this dazzling perspective of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline with true origin and history, which the hotel has so much to offer. There is a Biedermeier sofa, an original collection of contemporary art, a balcony overlooking the harbor and a gleaming grand piano in the sitting room. In addition to two bathrooms and a gym. (And in the huge sitting room, there’s a lovely old telescope. For those views, that’s why you’re here.) peninsula.com, POA


Make like Rita Hayworth in LA

The renovations to the Sunset Tower have made the hotel look more flashy than ever

Renovations to the Sunset Tower have made the hotel look as cool as ever © Laure Joliet

Old Los Angeles charm

Old LA charm that “makes everyone look like a star” © Laure Joliet

Jeff Klein’s Sunset Tower remains one of the strongest stars of old-world LA charm: from its historic Art Deco facade to the group of Hollywood influencers who inhabit the tower’s bar and restaurant day and night, it’s a powerhouse in the world. Those few other hotels in town match. A night (or a few) in a townhouse suite here brings you the full imaginative effect of the golden age of cinema. The two-story space, with its dark wood floors, 20-foot ceilings and expansive terrace (complete with views of the city below) isn’t the biggest, and it’s far from cheerful. But the renovations have made the entire hotel look as cool as ever; And in these suites, Klein’s eye for proportion and tone stylist Lisa Koch produces warm, subtle lighting that makes everyone look like a star, so you can descend the graceful, curved staircase and properly feel Rita Hayworth. sunsettowerhotel.com, from about $2800


London hostel suitable for a prince

The hand-carved and wood-panelled four-poster bed in The Prince's Lodge Suite

The hand-carved and wood-panelled four-poster bed in The Prince’s Lodge Suite

Three Michelin stars Helen Daroz in The Connaught

Three Michelin stars Helen Daroz in The Connaught

How do we like The Connaught? Let’s count the ways: exclusive (121 rooms only); its controversial central staircase and quiet long halls; its own Zen Aman Resort, hidden away on an underground level; Championship bars, of course. The Prince’s Lodge Suite: In a hotel where each room is individually designed, this fifth-floor beauty stands out for its sheer authenticity. Named after Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn – the third son of Queen Victoria – the relatively meager area (just under 600 square feet) exceeds its weight due to the genius of design. The massive wooden four-poster bed was hand-carved in Kabul; Likewise, a lot of the other furnishings (designer Jay Oliver worked in collaboration with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation at The Lodge, which aims to evoke the city’s famous Peacock Palace). Polished decorative wood panels contrast with the beams of the lime rafters. a round skylight window illuminates the small study; Two large windows flanking the French doors lead to a small balcony that invites stares and dreams. It’s hard to think of a more romantic hotel space in London. the-connaught.co.uk; From £1,519


Summit (Cape) Town

Silo Hotel's floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of Cape Town and Table Mountain

Silo Hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of Cape Town and Table Mountain

Hotel Silo is located above the Zeitz MOCAA . Museum

Hotel Silo is located above the Zeitz MOCAA . Museum

When the Silo Hotel opened in Cape Town in 2017, a lot of things opened up. It was the first hotel to sit atop a major museum (Zeitz MOCAA, the collection of contemporary African art by the conservative and philanthropist Jochen Zeitz); The first in Africa was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The city’s first estate was at Liz and Phil Biden’s Royal Portfolio, whose estates and safari lodges set up pubs all over South Africa. All of these elements play a role in The Silo’s Penthouse Suite: Besides marking all kinds of luxury boxes (more than 2,000 square feet, private cinema, double bathrooms, spa treatment room), it makes use of Heatherwick’s funky concave floor-to-floor windows. ceiling to create three-sided views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, and Cape Town CBD. The lively decor is vintage Liz Biden (like Firmdale’s Kit Kemp, she’s beloved for her liberal use of color and her endorsement of local artists and craftsmen); The hotel has its own museum entrance. theroyalportfolio.com; From about $5,150

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