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Le Narcisse Blanc: pure Art de Vivre

Like a bright flower blossoming in the heart of Paris, Le Narcisse Blanc is a contemporary pleasure dome where guests can breathe the magic of the French capital.

Situated between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, this 5-star hotel and spa casts an incredible view to the Seine and the most majestic Parisian buildings from its bohemian terraces. Le Narcisse Blanc offers the proper Art de Vivre feeling through its cozy sitting rooms, luxurious spa with swimming pool, hydrotherapy massage jets and sauna and last but not least its 37 spacious bedrooms and suites in silky champagne tones.

Designed in luxurious and refreshing taste by "Laurent & Laurence", the hotel creates a perfect balance between Art Nouveau and Art Deco that are fused with contemporary elements, serving as an homage to the perfect Parisian lifestyle. Because, in the words of Victor Hugo “Respirez Paris, preserve l’âme”.

www.lenarcisseblanc.com

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ZUMA Restaurant to Open at Palazzo Fendi Rome

From March on, Rome’s Palazzo Fendi will be host to both high fashion and haute cuisine. The London based, award-winning restaurant ZUMA will open its tenth international and first Italian collection in rooms provided by the FENDI brand. The chefs take their inspiration from the popular Japanese izakaya’s, in which relaxed drinking and eating that embrace Japanese cookery are combined under one roof. Put simply, the ZUMA system focuses on modern Japanese dining that is authentic but not traditional. Guests will be able to experience the world of three kitchens: the main kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill. Here, guests can watch food become their dish: the chefs prepare the meals under an open view. Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based Studio Glitt has designed the Restaurant rooms, which respect the cultural heritage of the Palazzo Fendi whilst also capturing the style and elegance of ZUMA worldwide. ZUMA will be open for lunch Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 midday to 14:30 and will be open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 19:30 to 23:00. Buon apetito!

www.zumarestaurant.com

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PHOENIX Restaurant Opens in Dusseldorf

Three architectural “slices” of post-war modernism have defined the skyline of Rhine capital Dusseldorf, Germany, for decades. The Dreischeibenhaus on the riverside is a classic. Now, it is set to also define the city’s culinary image. Dec 15th saw the opening of new restaurant “PHOENIX” in the building’s former telephone switchboard. The restaurant provides seating for 70 guests and another 30 in a private dining area. High-class cuisine is served in form of modern classics combined with seasonal dishes that ask to be tasted with a bottle from an international wine selection. Guests can enjoy the culinary extravaganza surrounded by a tasteful interior: materials, forms and colors from the historic building have been taken on and mount in a fresh design defined by the key color petrol blue. The combination of walnut wood and steel elements creates the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Need a little more entertainment? The show kitchen area gives guests an insight into the making of their delicacies. Guten Appetit!

PHOENIX is open Tue-Sun nights and at lunchtime from January on.

www.phoenix-restaurant.de

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The Hanging Gardens Ubud

Imagine a temple for the rejuvenation of the soul. Does a secluded yet connected location, exotic flora and fauna and an unbeatable view sound anything like it? The Hanging Gardens of Ubud, Bali has this and much more to offer the adventurous soul. With funiculars gliding through the canopies of the surrounding nature, the terraced levels of the Gardens could reminisce of a Peter Pan-like retreat.

Bali lies between the islands Java and Lombok, and is known for its distinctive culture, from its arts and crafts to its scenery and temples. The Hanging Gardens personifies this with its panoramic valley and jungle views, organic restaurant and spa. From Ubud, nature-loving wanderers can easily find themselves hiking up volcanoes and forested highlands to rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking in the local area. The Neka Art Museum and Monkey Forest Sanctuary is also close by, offering their share of impressive cultural experiences.

www.hanginggardensubud.com

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Hotel Chateau de Varenne

Built as a private residence, the Chateau de Varenne castle hotel is newly renovated in keeping with local heritage. With a rich history steeped in romanticism, the XVIIIth century building looks onto the Rhone Valley and the village Sauveterre in the heart of Provence.

With a decidedly personal touch, the village farmer makes the fruit juices, the jams are hand-made, croissants freshly delivered by the local baker, and the honey is produced by a local Roquemaure beekeeper.

Member of the prestigious Cercle Prestige du Comité du Tourisme Languedoc Rousillon, the hotel is of true quality. With three hectares of garden, the Chateu is an oasis in itself, yet a mere minutes drive away from Avignon.

www.chateaudevarenne.com

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The Stage by Replay

To complete the Replay lifestyle, the brand has opened a restaurant at the multi-experience store in Porta Nuova, Milan. In the heart of this district, you’ll find a dining experience that combines fashion with cinema and sound. Award winning design firm Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors has managed to create an environment that feels like a Hollywood film set. It is luxurious, yet familiar.

www.replay.it

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Herengracht Suites Amsterdam

Labelled ‘a home away from home’ the Herengracht Suites Amsterdam are an idyllic, escapist and tranquil getaway. Situated facing Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, the suites offer spectacular and relaxing views that allow guests to watch Amsterdam pass by on water.  

Displaying stunning architecture that incorporates both vintage and modern influences, the lavish suites offer breakfast, a minibar and a flat screen television to ensure the ultimate luxurious stay for guests.  

Designed for a variety of occasions, the suites can host important business meetings, special events for family and friends and enchanting romantic getaways. The prestigious designer homes present a master suite consisting of a magnificent fireplace and ensuite bathroom with a rainshower with the second bedroom also hosting an ensuite, queen size bed and outdoor terrace. The suites are located within minutes of the finest restaurants and Amsterdam’s most exciting sights as well as a having large sitting lounge to relax and unwind in.  

Located at the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural centre, the suites allow guests to have an ideal, picturesque and charming experience.

www.herengrachtsuites.com 

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Selman Soil

The Selman Marrakech is owned by Saida and Abdeslam Bennani Smires and weaves a visual history that captures Abdeslam’s love of Arabian horses with arresting architecture that defines the spirit of Marrakesh.

Passing through the immense portico, the gaze is drawn over the entire property by the geometry of the facades and gardens dotted with fountains. Across the Mechouar, the visitor gets a glimpse of the interior, a sensual contrast to the grandeur of the exterior. At the center of the hotel, there is a large, sunken water feature on to which all rooms and public areas open out. The perspective evokes the Alhambra. Andalusian styles are mixed with Indian and classical styles to round off a distinct, plush version of Marrakech, where precious moments and the joy of living are highlighted. The hotel is situated seven minutes away from Marrakech airport and the ancient Medina, 5 km along the Amizmiz road. It enjoys a close proximity to the city center and offers striking views over the Atlas Mountains.

Hotel Selman Marrakech, Km 5, Route d'Amizmiz, 40160, Marrakech, Morocco 

reservations@selman-marrakech.com
www.selman-marrakech.com

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Berlin Concept Store Oukan 71

On 300 square meters and two floors of concept store Oukan 71 a showroom is combined with a restaurant and a tea room – it's a fusion of Japanese fashion, design and culinary culture. With its minimalist interior decoration it's the ideal environment for visitors to relax between trying on garments, while enjoying some traditional Japanese food such as sushi and green tea. In terms of fashion the concept store is all about Japanese and international avant garde. Young brands and designers are selected by their designs fitting into the overall Japanese theme of the shop – kimono jackets with a contemporary twist are only an example for the garments which can be found in Oukan 71.

Oukan 71 was established in 2011 by Japan-born designer Huy-Thong Tran Mai and curator Natalie Viaux after the two of them organized a charity event showcasing the work of Japanese designers work, who were not able to present it in Japan because of the tsunami.
The store's name is inspired by its address: Oukan is the Japanese word for crown as the store is located at Kronenstraße (Engl.: crown street) and the store house number is easy to guess – 71. For all lovers of Japanese culture, but also for anybody else the store is well worth a visit.

www.oukan71.com

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LISA Airplanes

LISA Airplanes, a French company created in 2004, produces and distributes upscale airplanes and associated services. The vision of the company, centered on Mankind and its mobility, and a daring team that combines technology and Design, revolutionize aviation and propose new lifestyles. This has given birth to a new way to travel; the AKOYA is the first creation.

www.lisa-airplanes.com 

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Hotel Amano

Situated in the Mitte district – the pulsating heart of Berlin – three-star Hotel Amano provides an ideal location for both the business and leisure traveller. The neighborhood, packed with restaurants, clubs, bars, art galleries and boutiques is one of the most hip and happening parts of the city.

Caring for all needs a guest can have, the lovely staff at Amano puts together special miniature guides, complete with tips for cultural activities, shopping, food & clubbing. The 163 rooms are a combination of minimalistic chic and comfort. Unique in Berlin, the rooms have sleek furnishings and clean lines that create an ambiance of uncluttered simplicity. Furthermore, Amano perceives itself not only as a place to stay for a night but also as a creative platform for Berlin based artists and visitors alike. 

www.hotel-amano.com

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Home Away
From Home

Following the 2005 opening in Barcelona, the second Casa Camper hotel recently opened its doors in September in Berlin.

Located in the centre of Berlin -within walking distance to the Hackescher Markt- the 51 room, 3 suite hotel features a unique “home away from home” design with natural daylight enhanced ensuite bathrooms with spacious living areas, combined with a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. The concept of the hotel and its interior design is the accomplishment of Fernando Amat and Jordi Tio.

Camper is a family owned company from Mallorca, Spain, with more than 130 years of tradition in the shoe industry. They believe that real life lies in simplicity, discretion, authenticity, a healthy lifestyle, and an appreciation for aesthetics as a form of culture and a source of inner satisfaction. Consistent with these
believes, Casa Camper was born.

www.casacamper.com

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The Design Hotels
BOOK

Design Hotels introduces its re-launched book and magazine. With a complete physical and conceptual makeover both the New Directions magazine and The Design Hotels BOOK showcase the people and experiences behind the brand’s new core message: Made by Originals.

In contrast to the previous editions of the Yearbook, this year’s Design Hotels BOOK is bigger and bolder than ever before. Totally redesigned, the book comprises stories and striking images that reveal the individual concepts behind each of the 170 portrayed member hotels. Available as a hardcover coffee-table book in either black or white, the 488-page publication groups member hotels by different experiences - signature, rare and offbeat, to help guests find the atmosphere that suits, or inspires them best.

ISBN: 978-3-89955-238-6
Hardcover, 488 pages, 24 x 32 cm

Available for purchase at www.designhotels.com/shop, at member hotels and selected book retailers worldwide.

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Opus Hotel Montreal

Opus Montreal provides a unique boutique experience, blending modern design with a nod to history in chic Montreal style. An intimate one hundred and thirty-six guestrooms combine sleek minimalism with luxurious comfort. Located in downtown Montreal on the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent, the hotel is steps from the vibrant entertainment district and minutes from both Old Montreal and the “Plateau” Mont-Royal. Opus Montreal is the second boutique hotel in the stylish Opus Hotels group.

Opus Hotel Montreal
10 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Québec H2X 4C9

www.opushotel.com

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Be Mad.

Breathe in some real alternative Berlin spirit. Get into 900m2 raw and industrial concept store LNFA which offers extraordinary shopping experience with a spice of exceptional style and mess. It presents carefully selected 90 young fashion designers from Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Combination of fashion, art, design, advertising, music and film industries brings the individual style to the aesthetics.

Among the bestsellers, daily inspiration comes from Studio Gampe, Siyah, Marcell Von Berlin, Thomas Hanisch, Preach, Esther Perbandt and Marcel Ostertag. Their creativity is implemented by Berlin streetstyle fashion and ever changing trends. 

Get lost in a chaos and find yourself in the harmonious place which is the whole ever changing Berlin city collected into one location. Live through networking, fashion and arts.

www.lnfa-shop.de

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Residences by Armani/Casa in Miami

There are a lot of people in the world who love to wear Armani, but who actually gets to LIVE Armani? This round goes to Miami residents. Here, the fashion brand is building an apartment complex in cooperation with Casa Design, Dezer Development and the Related Group. 308 flats are being built on 60 stories, forming a tower designed by well-known architect César Pelli. Inside, the design solutions made by Armani/Casa Design Studio represent the Art Deco heritage of Miami and try to emulate its stellar and exclusive spirit. One central element in the works of the designs was the curved line. Its aim is to lead the viewer’s eye to the azure ocean and can even be detected in the design of the furniture. Apart from these very tastefully designed apartments, the complex will inhabit a, say, “distinguished” assortment of rooms on the ground and first floor, consisting of bar, private rooms, spa, gym, kids room, cigar room, wine room, game room and theater. While it may dawn upon the one or other what these seaside-escapes cost, there is no need for despair. As part of the sales area, the team has created a „show flat“ to give visitors an insight into the luxurious apartments. You know what they say, mi casa es tu casa.

www.giorgioarmani.com

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Studio Chérie, Berlin

One of the city’s favorite shooting locations, the Chérie Studios are two professional rental studios for photography and events located in Berlin Neuköln, or the city’s prime art district.

Formerly a confectionary factory, the two industrial lofts offer a unique charm and atmosphere to their 350msq of creative space, with studio 1 including a 6x6m double infinity curve (cyclorama). Chérie Studios also provide their clients with a full production service that involves photography, set styling and catering.

www.studiocherie.net

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Villa Kubu Boutique Hotel & Spa

Located in the fantastical Seminyak region of Bali, Indonesia, the Villa Kubu offers an oasis of luxury leisure. Merely 1km away you will stumble onto the famous Seminyak beach, however with a range of romantic and private sanctuaries stocked with cozy furnishings and private-pool Villa’s, it just might be a little too hard to leave the premises.

To make things even more irresistible, full entertainment packages are set up in each Villa along with fully equipped kitchens. If you find yourself longing for a soul-nourishing escape, the chic Villa Kubu will cater to your holiday needs.

For offers, rates and more information, go to
www.villakubu.com

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Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

For the first time in Europe, a Hard Rock Hotel has opened its doors. The five-star hotel is located on the beachfront of Ibiza, and is the island’s largest in the 5-star hotel category. With amazing line-ups, four restaurants and seven bars, there is always something to do.

To give visitors the ultimate rock star experience, the designers of the hotel have thought about every detail. The overall look might seem a bit over the top, but every corner and every room is created to give you a memorable musically-infused experience. Staying close to the essence of Hard Rock, you can find memorabilia throughout the entire hotel. You’ll see instruments and other items that were once owned by well-known musicians.

To make you feel like one of those musicians, you get to be completely in control of the music around you. When you check in, you can choose your favorite tracks that will play once enter your room. Once you get there, you can mix those tracks on a professional mixer that is ready for you to use, just like several instruments for you to jam on.

With thirteen different room categories, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is an extremely diverse one. All 493 rooms are filled with nicely designed furniture to give you the most comfortable and inspiring stay. The spacious suites include all luxuries, with the best linens, led-light chromotherapy and an Xbox in every suite.

www.hrhibiza.com

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Tokyo in Berlin

Nine years have passed since the opening of Zenkichi in Brooklyn. This year, owners Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies have chosen to open a second branch in Berlin. They recently moved to Germany to open their café ‘House of Small Wonder’ in Mitte, and decided it was time to introduce authentic Japanese dining.

To mimic a true Japanese dining experience, Watanabe has chosen for a private and closed interior. The restaurant is divided into 35 private booths, where you can even pull down bamboo blinds if needed. Watanabe and Margulies stay away from Japanese clichés and get to the essence of the culture with their menu, interior and overall atmosphere.

www.zenkichi.com

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Hotel Axel Guldsmeden, Copenhagen

Founded on the basis of a love for good hosting, the Hotel Axel Guldsmeden in Copenhagen is an opening to a sphere of unorthodoxy and laid back luxury. The heavily eco conscious chain of hotels pride themselves on being Green Globe certified and employing the 360-degree sustainability management system allowing them to ensure that their commitment to sustainability is adhered to during the daily operations of their hotels. Complying with the Ø-label that is regulated by the Danish Ministry of Food & Agriculture, the hotel ensures that 90% of their food is organic produce and have this audited three times a year.

The boutique hotel has been reviewed as being relaxing and tranquil as well as comfortable and accommodating. It’s stylish and refreshing design replicates that of a calming spa while still adding in an element of luxury through a largely white décor and flat screen TVs, dvd players and internet being provided in the bedrooms.

Listed as one of the worlds´ 65 top new hotels, the Axel Guldsmeden hotel provides a spiritually tranquil experience through a luxurious spa, conference facilities and an unwinding lounge and garden and therefore creates a serene experience and beautiful way to enhance the city of Copenhagen.

www.hotelguldsmeden.dk

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PRADA at Breuninger in Stuttgart

Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the Milanese high-fashion house PRADA opens it's first store in Stuttgart inside the prestigious Breuninger department store. Customers from now on can shop finely- tailored women's and men's leather goods, next to eyewear and accessories collec- tions. The external façade features a wide entrance with huge display windows, all completed with an exclusive interior that echos the typical elements defining PRADA stores worldwide. Black and white marble chequered floors and green canvas walls create an exquisite ambience over the shop's total surface of 120 square metres.

www.prada.com

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Light It Up Blue

On April 2nd people all around the world wondered why major landmarks suddenly glowed in a neon blue. Among them were the Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House, the Great Pyramids in Giza, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro as well as the Table Mountain near Cape Town.

Lighting up those landmarks in blue was part of the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). To kick off Autism Awareness Month the mission was to shine a light on autism and raise awareness all around the world about the topic with the help of celebrities such as Yoko Ono. The event is organized by Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since 2005 Autism Speaks has already raised $142.5 million for research and developed new resources for affected families. One of the organizations upmost goals is to spread information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

www.lightitupblue.org
www.autismspeaks.org

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A smart Guide to Utopia

Barcelona publishing company LECOOL brought out a travel to a better city: A smart Guide to Utopia. The book, inspired by automotive company smart, the expert in urban mobility, presents 111 projects from across Europet hat have made a positive, sustainable change to life in our cities. The projects range from urban farming to pop-up restaurants to sustainable design. The LECOOL network includes nine European cities from London to Istanbul.
The books focus on the authentic rather than the trendy and are presented in five separate chapters: “Live”, “Eat & Drink”, “Buy”, “Play” and “Work”. In the “open your mind” rubric at the start of each chapter, one visionary shares his or her ideas for the future of the city. The smart Guide to Utopia thus takes readers on a unique urban voyage of discovery.

The English-language book is available worldwide from 16 april 2012 in over 50 selected bookstores and concept stores as well as online. Price €24,-
www.lecoolbook.com

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Maison Champs-Elysées

The hotel ‘Maison Champs-Elysées’ commissioned Maison Martin Margiela to reconceive, renew and create a new interior design of the entire groundfloor together with 7 suites and 10 guest rooms.

Located in the historical building of the Maison des Centraliens in the heart of Paris, this soon-to-be five-starestate is situated at the intersection of the Grand Palais, avenue Montaigne and the rond-point des Champs Elysées.

Maison Champs-Elysées
Maison des Centraliens, Paris 75008
Opening in April 2011

www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

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Louis Vuitton
City Guide 2010

The new collection of Louis Vuitton City Guides is being released on October 15th 2009, touching down in new, totally unprecedented cities.

London, Los Angeles and Rome are also being offered for the first time in individual box sets, while the indispensable European edition is adding six new destinations to its map: Basel, Deauville, Knokke-le-Zoute, Mykonos, Malaga and Tel Aviv. With 40 cities across the world and 10,000 addresses, the Louis Vuitton City Guides collection provides the traveller with an original view.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Échappée Belle

The Hermès year 2009 is dedicated to theme „Échappée Belle“ - the beautiful escape, the idea of the unexpected, while new paths are being forged out of the everyday life.

As a companion the classic Valise UL is experiencing a comeback. Already in the 40ies the suitcase was Jean-Louis Dumas’ indispensable travel accessory, who was the former Hermès president in fifth generation. The spring-summer collection 2009 revives the Valise UL by using flashy colours and round angles. The new version is as minimalist and functional as the previous but has additional applied details such as the adjustable and detachable shoulder strap and the outside pocket which can be inserted with an address label and a passport. The suitcase is made of Officier Canvas and Taurillon Clemens leather and is available in four different colour combinations.

www.hermes.com

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The discovery of the wheel

From the beginning Valextra has contributed to the evolution of travel. Every creation offers clients something that never existed before. Something useful and beautiful, which becomes a must-have, for what it has less of and thus for what it has more of. Three years of research for something that seems to have existed forever. Sharing the same spirit, the Avietta with wheels and the Carry-on with wheels take shape. The idea is to protect the gracefulness of a precious and personal item, amplifying its usability. Items that, while keeping intact the original design, integrate a new pulling device, free from external or internal hindrances. New in its fully integrated tracks, new with its ultra light materials.

www.valextra.it

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Draw the Curtain: Monsieur Hotel Paris

When booking a stay in a nice hotel, who doesn’t feel like taking up a new identity? We’re thinking more role-play than secret service. Doesn’t a hotel stay feel like of taking part in a play? The lobby your stage, the room the backstage area? The Monsieur Hotel in Paris certainly has this idea in mind. Situated in the heart of the Rive Gauche, it is surrounded by a range of theatres, from the Mathurins to the Olympia just the throw of a stone away. The hotel’s character and design were highly inspired by the French playwright Sacha Guitry, whose spirit is set to “live on” in the hotel's 29 rooms and two suites. Maybe Guitry was also inspiration to the name, but the “Monsieur” naturally doesn’t only welcome male guests. In fact, the rooms are individually designed to make it appealing for both of the sexes. Draw the velvet curtain in the “Front Rows” or sleep heavenly in the “Gods” rooms. Whatever role you take on, we’re sure that your stay at the “Monsieur” will earn you a whole lot of applause.

www.hotelmonsieur.com

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Cecconi's Opens at The Store x Soho House Berlin

What to do after an exhausting shopping spree, after enjoying some music and art, after having taken in so much creativity that your stomach just craves the perfect dish? The answer just opened. “Cecconi's” has unlocked its doors at 2800 square meter location The Store in Berlin's Soho House. Being one of the go-to-places in the German capital, the Soho House inlcudes a publicly accessible ground floor which will now also be home to some of the finest Italian dishes. Cecconi's has already amazed guests in the UK, US and Istanbul and will feature a various menu with classic Northern Italian dishes. On there, guests will find cichetti (Italian tapas), appetizers, carpaccio, tartare, salads, pizza, pasta and risotto, vegetables and wood and charcoal dishes. All that is to be enjoyed surrounded by the stripped-back Soho House interior, combined with Venetian flair. Grab a bite under Art Deco-inspired chandeliers hanging against a concrete backdrop or sling back a glass of wine in one of the cherry-red leather booths. You don't even need to go shopping for that. No explanation needed. Just enjoy.

www.cecconisberlin.com

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Hôtel Eugène en Ville Paris

Lying just a short distance from the Opera and the exquisite Galeries Lafayette, the Hôtel Eugène en Ville is a haven for those seeking a home base near the heart of Parisian culture. The surrounding area also boasts several shopping opportunities, restaurants and architecture.

The hotel offers rooms with a distinctively contemporary feel, making the Eugène en Ville a sophisticated yet comfortable space dressed in the guise of an edgy and stylized interior. For a memorable and perhaps quirky yet classy stay, the Hôtel Eugène en Ville is a splendid option for an easy and comfortable exploration of Paris.

www.eugeneenville.fr 

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Schwarzhogerzeil Opens On The Torstrasse

Owned by Nicole Hogerzeil, the Berlin located fashion retail store Schwarzhogerzeil has found a new home on the Torstrasse. Recreated in spacious surroundings, the space appropriately reflects the brands hand-picked by Hogerzeil – elegant, minimal and luxurious.

Conceived by the interior designer Sylvester Koziolek, the space has a decidedly Parisian charm ca 1940, yet refined with the features of the contemporary. Neon lighting and sturdy steel clothes racks come together in the creation of a certain ‘Schwarzhogerzeil atmosphere’ - an appreciation of quality and design. Labels to be found include Ball Pagès, Carven, Cedric Charlier, Isabel Marant, Marni, Dries van Note and Perret Schaad.

Opens the 20th of May. 

schwarzhogerzeil.de

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Valentino opens new flagship store in Rome

As of now, you can find the largest flagship store by Valentino in the heart of Rome. The creative masterminds behind the brand, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo, have collaborated with architect David Chipperfield to create an environment that captures Valentino exactly as it is. They combine traditional values with modern design, allowing the atmosphere of the store to be welcoming and artistic at the same time. Since the store is situated in Piazza di Spagna, the only thing you can do is to get lost in Italian tradition and craftsmanship while visiting.

www.valentino.com

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House of Small Wonder Berlin

Four years ago, Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies opened the House of Small Wonder in Williamsburg, New York. It didn't take long for the greenhouse-like café, specialising in delicious comfort foods with a Japanese twist, to become a cherished place for breakfast and brunch.

The newly-opened Johannisstrasse branch, designed by Prop House's Jonathan Margulies, shares the same energising atmosphere and mouth-watering cuisine. Here, specialist dishes like the Okinawan Taco Rice and the Tsukune Don (a Japanese chicken meatball with sweet soy sauce) are served alongside New York favourites (poached eggs with wasabi hollandaise sauce, fluffy ginger and sesame pancakes and bacon shiso infused waffles, to name a few) and freshly-baked homemade bread, croissants and gluten-free cookies, bound to be appreciated by Berliners.

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JOOP! store opening Düsseldorf

Contemporary and international fashion and lifestyle brand JOOP! have opened their flagship store in Düsseldorf, Germany on March 7th 2014. Said to be the highlight of the JOOP! retail expansions, the newly opened flagship sells a range of menswear, womenswear, shoes, bags, eyewear and jewellery over 460 square meters of space as well as hosting a relaxing and welcoming central lounge area. In celebration of the store opening, a VIP event will commence on the 19th March 2014 with celebrity guests and a fusion of live acts and DJ sets. The brand continues to present the perfect blend of modernity and authenticity and their modern flagship epitomizes their success.

brand.joop.com

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'Century Spire' by Giorgio Armani and Daniel Libeskind

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani announced an exclusive collaboration between renowned visionary architect Daniel Libeskind and the leading Philippine real estate developer Century Properties for the latest project Century Spire. The residential luxury building will be located in the heart of Makati, the prestigious economy and financial center of the Philippines. Adding another impressive highlight to the glorious skyline of Makati, the superlative architecture was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who took his inspiration from urban aspects and the cultural heritage of the Island. Libeskind is globally well-known for his outstanding architecture including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and was awarded for rebuilding New York's Ground Zero and many other international, iconic edifices.

Including high-end office spaces and luxury residential units, next to an amenity section, the tower will branch out in three interlocking segments on top and crystallize into a number of spectacular spaces. This breathtaking scope of architecture will reflect the meaning of cultural and geographical research, and result in a truly remarkable place to live, full of elegance and wonder, symbolizing the growth of the economical future of the Philippines. The exclusive 60-storey tower will be furnished by Giorgio Armani's Interior Design Studio Armani/Casa in highly comfortable and sophisticated designs. Since 2003, the Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio is a world leader in the luxury furnishings sector representing elegance and style and is therefore the equivalent partner for Libeskind's architectural masterpieces. 

The Century Spire is set for completion in 2018.

www.centuryspire.com

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Whitewash by Nicholas Alan Cope

Cube shaped houses, flat roofs and minimalist architecture. The geometric structure of L.A.’s houses is not unusual, but still very interesting. The constant sunlight lets the white surfaces shine brightly, almost blinding the viewers eye.

The peculiar architecture of the Californian metropolis is the subject of the new monograph by photographer Nicholas Alan Cope. Black and white images capture the essence of the architecture with a minimalist approach. “This is Los Angeles as its most stripped down and raw,“ says the author himself. The city itself is know to be a city of contrasts – where dreams come true or where they are shattered. Its inhabitants have experienced thriving success and bitter failure, they hord massive fortunes or live in poverty. The black and white show are like a metaphor for the contrasts of the city.

The foreword of the monograph about the modernist architecture is written by the Californian fashion designer Rick Owens, who knows the city and its houses all too well and can relate to Cope’s ideas. The book is going to be released by the publisher Powerhouse Books on the 16th of Arpil 2013.

www.powerhousebooks.com

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Pearl

With the Viano Vision Pearl showcar, which will be presented at this year's International Motor Show (IAA) in September, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates what is possible in the van sector. A full leather interior in white and magno pearl grey, wood floor, brushed aluminium trim, chromatically tinting windows and the Bang & Olufsen high-end sound system "BeoSound Viano" make a journey in the Viano Vision Pearl a memorable experience for up to six occupants.

The generous interior has space for the very latest technologies and exclusive design features. The design concept is takes its inspiration from that of modern sporting yachts, with the theme of travel as an experience. The showcar will celebrate its world premiere at the September 2011 IAA show in Frankfurt.

www.mercedes-benz.com

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It's a Wonderful,
Colorful World

Missoni opened it's first hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh represents a new standard of design hotel that combines the style of the iconic fashion and interiors label with the expertise of one of the world’s leading hotel operators. Spearheaded by Hotel Missoni Creative Director, Rosita Missoni and Rezidor Executive Vice-President of Brands, Gordon McKinnon, the partnership is creating a distinctive blend of fashion, function, form and service that adds up to a new genre of genuinely luxurious hotels.

Kurt Ritter, Rezidor CEO, believes Hotel Missoni is ‘a totally new breed of hotel’. ‘I’ve seen so many of these hotels with grey, black and brown and minimalist design – this is distinctive and colourful. As soon as you walk through the doors you know its Missoni’.

Missoni’s signature bold use of colour and striking patterns bring a cool, contemporary energy to the hotel - not only to the public spaces of the restaurant, Cucina and Bar Missoni but also to the private areas of the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
1 George IV Bridge
EH 1 AD Edinburgh
United Kingdom

www.hotelmissoni.com

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The Standard Grill

The Standard Grill - located at André Balazs' new hotel The Standard, New York - is now open for dinner and drinks, serving a daily changing menu that is a blend of traditional meat market chop houses with New American Grill sensibilities. The Standard, New York, built over the High Line in the Meatpacking District, is the fourth Standard hotel, with locations in Hollywood, Downtown LA, and Miami. If you would like information about either the restaurant or the hotel, please do not hesitate to contact us, or visit www.standardhotels.com.

The Standard Grill
Under the High Line
848 Washington Street 
at the corner of West 13th
New York City

www.thestandardgrill.com
Reservations: +1 212 645 4100

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Happy Travel with Viktor & Rolf

Two unique global brands Samsonite Black Label and Viktor & Rolf have joined forces to create a new, truly magical collection that delivers an optimistic, exciting and glamorous take on the world of travel.

The distinctive vision of internationally-acclaimed designers Viktor & Rolf associated with the technical and innovative skills of Samsonite Black Label has resulted in an original and thoroughly contemporary concept.

Inspired by the early jet years of the ‘50s and ‘60s the maverick duo’s designs for Samsonite Black Label are given a distinctively modern twist. The collection is fun and energetic, infused with Viktor & Rolf’s obvious joy for detail. Alluding to the heady days of the dawn of the jet age, a time when travelling to new destinations was full of optimism, excitement and glamour, the collection features a characteristically playful vintage aeroplane print or a classic black.

www.samsoniteblacklabel.com
www.viktor-rolf.com

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Lux 11

A modern jewel infused with a long history in Berlin's most vibrant neighbourhood, Lux 11 provides guests with an 
individualist experience that is both a study in material and sensual contrasts? and is cool in every sense of the word. 
The lobby, spa and restaurant give way to quiet privacy in the guestrooms, where concrete and wood meld with tactile 
textiles in intimate, open floor plans. At Lux 11, urban travellers get both style and substance.
 
Lux 11
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-13
10178 Berlin
Germany
 
www.lux-eleven.com

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RIMOWA Bossa Nova

Most people would probably like to pack Alessandra Ambrosio into a suitcase and take her home with them. For now, those of you need to be satisfied with her advertising one. Ambrosio was revealed as the new face for German suitcase manufacturer RIMOWA’s. In the latest campaign, the Brazilian model poses with the brand’s new piece “Bossa Nova”. The name and choice of testimonial are not just coincidentally an allusion to Brazil: the travel accessory is actually manufactured there. For those seeking a little bit of Rio in their luggage, the Bossa Nova comes in a dark green with leather applications in green or beige, making it a style statement at the baggage claim. If only we all could step off a plane looking like Mrs. Ambrosio.

www.rimowa.com

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Jaguar / Land Rover Opens New Boutique in Munich

Have you ever shopped a car like you shopped a pair of shoes? We didn't think so. The new Jaguar & Land Rover boutique in Munich, Germany, allows you to do so. Opening its doors just this week, the 250 square metre shop lets customers experience both boutiques and rides on a whole new level. Located on the Odeonsplatz in the pulsating Munich city centre, the location hosts varying vehicle exhibitions and provides the Jaguar and Land Rover merchandise. Customers are invited to dive further and further into the brand world of Jaguar & Land Rover. This world can also be experienced in a multimedia programme: like in a recipe, you can customize your car by picking the various equipment to your liking. All of this is completed by a vast program of events: Land Rover experience tours, the Jaguar Driving Academy as well as humanitary projects make the "car shopping“ a lifestyle-plan on its own. And, if after all, you're not completely lost on the road, the Tea - & Coffe-Bar is there to invigorate an extensive shopping trip. Enjoy the ride!

www.jaguarlandrover.com

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Hotel Daniel Paris

Located in the middle of the Parisian heart, the Hotel Daniel is a decidedly quirky amalgamation of east and west. Furnished by the talented designer Tarfa Salam, the hotel inspires dreams of fantastical getaways. With elegance and charm in troves, the hotel's signature exotic style remains an alternative respite in the face of contemporary minimalism, where sumptuous décor ignite thoughts of far away lands in inner-city surroundings.

With a slight wander out the door, you will find yourself in a vibrant part of the city, the cultural veins of the city's heart sprouting in all directions in the form of art galleries, fashion houses, restaurants and nightclubs. Its own restauranteur, Chef Jérôme Bonnet, raised in Languedoc Roussillon, promises a sophisticated menu composed of traditional and self-made recipes. Barely aged past the year of seven, the Daniel is a connoisseur's choice. 

www.hoteldanielparis.com

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Christian Dior Opens New Boutique in Seoul

Part marbled orchid, part contemporary architectural statement, Dior’s new Seoul-located boutique is built for an allround shopping experience. Created by the French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the boutique includes a lounge, gallery, and Pierre Herme-operated café, as well as the first stand-alone Homme Boutique. Located in the heart of the Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-du district of Seoul, the imposing six-story building houses the fashion house’s extensive range of accessories and ready-to-wear.

To celebrate the opening of the boutique, Dior has launched a limited edition collection to be sold exclusively in Korea. The collection includes handbags and accessories and will be engraved with the “Limited Edition” seal. These unique-to-Korea items include a Tiger keychain and the lambskin Lady Dior handbags, created in the image of the façade of the Portzamparc building.

The boutique is set to open on June 20th, 2015.

www.dior.com

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The Belgraves

Thompson Hotels can always be trusted to deliver you the finest quality during your stay. Wherever you go, you can count on a unique experience where you will still easily manage to feel at home. Right in the heart of London, the Belgraves combines a homey and warm atmosphere with beautiful design. Tara Bernerd designed 85 rooms, suites, a lounge bar, restaurant and lobby. Every piece has clearly been chosen carefully, to create an environment where you can sit back and just enjoy being there. It is a home away from home, where you can get inspired every day.

www.thompsonhotels.com

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SUPERMARKET Concept Space

The first SUPERMARKET Concept Space opened its doors in Belgrade in 2008. The store presents a thoughtfully curated selection of up-and-coming as well as established designers and labels from the vast disciplines of design, fashion, art, print and music while simultaneously serving as the place-to-be for foodies. A second store was soon to follow in Porto Montenegro and now it’s Berlin’s turn.

800 sq m house an assortment of goods - whether it be roller skates, skirts or kitchen utensils from exclusive brands such as Sigurd Larsen, Balmain Hair, Braun, KPM, Muuto, Norman Copenhagen, Ilot Illov - as well as a 200 sq m lunch room. Given the stores proximity to the zoo, the 100 sq m terrace over-looking the monkey enclosure is the icing on the cake. A number of events ranging from exhibitions to readings and fashion shows will underline the stores penchant for interdisciplinarity.

Each of the three stores’ interior design focuses on and works with the original individual construction, all the while adhering to the same principle. In all its glory, the store is supposed to serve as a stage for the product and nothing more. For this very reason the interior needs to be flexible for an ever changing layout. The architecture of the Berlin store even went a step further and paid close attention to sustainability and upcycling.

SUPERMARKET
Budapester Straße 38-50
10787 Berlin

www.supermarket.de

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Philipp Plein store opening Knokke

Contemporary and cosmopolitan fashion label Philipp Plein has opened up a new store in the luxurious and exclusive seaside resort town of Knokke in Belgium. The 170 square metre store, developed by Philipp Plein and the Milanese architectural firm AquiliAlberg offers menswear, womenswear, shoes, accessories and Philipp Plein Petite for children. Blocks of white, black and grey keep in line with the minimalist theme and Murano glass chandeliers and the macro-skull studded with Swarovski elements add an undeniable eccentric feature.

With glossy and matte finishes, the sleek, ultra stylish new store comprises of the essential elegant yet playful elements that are mandatory to the Philipp Plein brand and translates them into a rich and exquisite store design. Designer Philipp Plein declares that “I welcome the sophisticated resort town of Knokke as the newest addition to our strategic retail expansion in top summer jet set destinations.” The brand, founded in 1998 has showrooms in Milan, Hong Kong, and New York and flagships in Moscow, Düsseldorf, St. Petersburg, Milan, Dubai, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris among others. The dynamic new store that contrasts areas of light and shadows, represents the brands creativity and provides striking architectural design is set to open on 10th April 2014.

www.plein.com

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Bottega Veneta opened first Maison in Milan

For the opening of the first Maison of Bottega Vaneta in Milan, creative director Tomas Maier hosted a cocktail night. The new exclusive store is set in the heart of the fashion capital, in the prestigious Via Sant’Andrea.The unique concept captures the architectural designs of Maier and makes the customer feel comfortable and relaxed while shopping luxury itmes. Showcasing women’s and men’s ready-to-wear including handbags, small leather goods, luggage, eyewear, shoes, watches, fragrance and jewelry, as well as furnitures, the Maison features a variety of chic products.

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Luxe Travel Guides

The new and updated editions of the Luxe Travel Guides were just realeased. Each of the 22 pages includes the latest tips about what restaurants, hotels, shops and sights are currently the ones to go to. The slim books comprise the most important information about some of the most popular cities around the world. The new editions are Paris, New York, Rome, Tokyo and Barcelona. They can be bought on their own, but globetrotters can also opt for the chic black linen box with a glamorous golden Luxe script that holds a customized number of up to five books.

Just after the celebration of the Chinese new year and in a glowing red with a painting of a black dragon, the Asian Grand Tour Box is updated as well. As the founder of Luxe Travel Guides Grant Thatcher has spent much of his life and travels in Asia, there was no doubt his travel guides would also focus on major cities in Asia. This box set features travel guides about Bali, Bankok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. A treasure for anybody, who's always wanted to explore the Far East.

On the official Luxe website the guides are available in their original print version as well as apps with integrated maps:

www.luxecityguides.com
 

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La Maison
Champs-Elysées

Opened in July, Maison Martin Margiela presents its first hotel collaboration with la Maison Champs-Elysées. After more than two decades of designing showrooms and shops to sell its collections throughout the world, Maison Martin Margiela has begun a new page in its history with projects involving interior architecture and design.

The label has been entrusted to rethink the interior design of the hotel which is located within the historical building of the Maison des Centraliens and situated at the junction of Avenue Montaigne, the Grand Palais and Place de la Concorde. In designing this project Maison Martin Margiela aimed for continuity in relation to its own artistic history by creating a place where contrasts harmonize and a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l'oeil blend into a surreal atmosphere.

Hôtel la Maison Champs- Elysées
8 rue Jean Goujon
Paris
 
www.lamaisonchampselysees.com
www.maisonmartinmargiela.com
 

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Nhow and Wow

Between innovation and provocation, between comfort and technology, between irreverence and excellence: this is Nhow. Situated in Via Tortona, Milano, in the ex industrial area that nowadays has become a modern and trendy district, the hotel is the place where a business or a pleasure trip can become a unforgettable experience. 

Nhow Hotel, a new brand from NH Hotels, has been conceived as “dynamic container” that suits the different exigencies of a society in continuous change. The key word is “fluid design” because it moves away from the static concept of the hotel and embraces an evolutive philosophy, synonymous of flexibility. Not only a hotel then, but a show-room that accomodates a selection of products from the most famous design companies and becomes temporary exhibition in coordination with the Triennale di Milano and various Art Galleries. 

www.nhow-hotels.com

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Susanne Kaufmann day spa

The Susanne Kaufmann spa Berlin offers single and double treatments, full-day programs and individual treatments for women and men. The range of services extends from cosmetic treatments for all skin types and relaxation baths or massages to a couple’s treatment in the “private spa”, a brightly lit room incorporating a steam bath for two people, a luxury whirlpool and two wellness loungers. The focus of attention here is on so-called ‘organic treats.’ “We use this term to describe a natural, holistic form of cosmetics with which the customers can treat themselves and feel that they are in good hands,” explains Susanne Kaufmann. The natural ingredients contained in the Susanne Kaufmann organic treats actively promote the regeneration of skin through the powers which lay dormant within the plants. And the effect can be felt immediately: soothing, smoothing, harmonizing and invigorating.

Susanne Kaufmann spa berlin
Monbijouplatz 4
10178 Berlin
Germany

www.susannekaufmann.com/spaberlin 

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Fit for a Kaiser

Luxury hotels may be the best way to vacation, but the sameness of many five star chains can spoil an exotic location. Worse is the impersonal, revolving door feel of high profile establishments that seem built for business rather than pleasure. ALMA Schlosshotel im Grunewald, a five star, private mansion hotel in the German capital’s most prestigious residential area, offers a more unique experience. With only discreet signage to distinguish it from neighboring homes, a stay here would make you feel as though a Prussian aristocrat has loaned you his stately retreat. As it happens, that isn’t so far from the truth. The Schlosshotel was built just before WWI for the family of Walther von Pannwitz, advisor to Kaiser Wilhelm II, whom he often entertained on the premises. The house opened as a hotel in 1951 and remains one of Berlin’s best addresses.  
 
The hotel appointed couturier extraordinaire Karl Lagerfeld to perform a no-expenses-spared interior makeover in 1994. The designer fell in love with the place and still keeps a luxury suite there, kitted out with furniture from his personal collection. Happily, this may be booked by guests in his absence. Lagerfeld also adores the palace at Versailles and was inspired to combine the extravagant design history of his adopted homeland with that of his native Germany. The 20-million euro makeover included the re-gilding of all the original ornamentation using 5000 sheets of gold leaf. Walls are draped in French silk damask imported from Lyon and the basement, formerly a WWII bunker, is now a Roman bath style pool.

With only 54 rooms, ALMA Schlosshotel im Grunewald is the ultimate, intimate luxury experience, just a short, chauffeured Audi drive from the heart of one of Europe’s hippest capitals. A city break fit for a King or a Kaiser. Prices start at €300 per night for a deluxe double room.
 
ALMA Schlosshotel im Grunewald
Brahmsstrasse 10
14193 Berlin
Germany

www.schlosshotelberlin.com