We (mostly) all enjoy holiday family time. But now it’s back to the cold January grind. So what better to cure those winter blues than a spot of art, fashion and epicurean indulgence on The Continent?
To that end, we’ve teamed with the urbane globe-trotters at the newly launched Gilt Travel, to bring you these exclusive deals at some of Europa’s most fashionable (and quite good looking at that) hotels.
BILDERBERG HOTEL JAN LUYKEN, Amsterdam
Lying amidst Amsterdam’s spectacular Museum District, and just a block from the designer shopping excess of P.C. Hoofstraat, the Jan Luyken is actually located on a quiet residential street. The hotel’s welcoming design is predominantly contemporary simplicity, with a few classical touches.
DO: Head to the nearby and newly remodeled Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum for a Renaissance-to-contemporary Dutch art history lesson. Then check out the iconoclastically fun Museum of Bags & Purses, whose Street Couture exhibit runs to June 5.
HOTEL LE BELLECHASSE, Paris
Surely the most surreal of the collection of Christian Lacroix designed Paris hotels, le Bellechasse has a lovely location in the posh 7th. The small but dreamlike rooms have fantastical wall coverings, and the breakfast room is like an aristocratic acid trip. Beloved by the fashion flock, for obvious reasons.
DO: Yes, Parisians have also gone cocktail mad. And the inaugural Paris Cocktail Week runs from Januray 23-30, with each of fifty participating bars offering two new signature cocktails. For shopaholics, the Paris Winter Sales continue through February 16 – making the ceaselessly romantic City of LIght even more perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway. Take your love for a snuggly skate at the Hôtel de Ville’s pop up ice rink (until March 1).
NH COLLECTION BERLIN FRIEDRICHSTRASSE
Located along Berlin’s famous Friedrichstrasse, the NH is a short stroll from both Brandenberg Gate and all the hip goings on in the Mitte. Book one of the strikingly stark, minimalist junior suites for maximum “bed selfie” opportunities. There’s also a fitness room with bio sauna, to counter the all-night clubbing in nearby Kreuzberg,
DO: Berlin Fashion Week kicks of January 18, and has become a must for the international style set. On the art scene, the me Collectors Room Berlin is presenting Cindy Sherman: Works From The Olbricht Collection through April 10; and the Anton Corbijn . Retrospective continues through January 31 at C/O Berlin.
CHATEAU MONFORT, Milan
A Milan Fashion Week fave, the wildly opulent Monfort has playfully themed sleeping chambers (the Schiaccianoci Deluxe has Nutcracker bedposts – neato) and lavishly baroque public spaces. Its skylit Bar Mezzanotte serves a colorful afternoon tea; or book a private wine tasting at the Cella di Bacco, in the hotel’s “Dungeon.”
PALAIS HANSEN KEMPINSKI VIENNA
In this city of baroque treasures, Palais Hansen offers a fittingly plush stay. To wit, the Michelin starred EDVARD has coolly mismatched furnishings, and a decadent degusatation menu by Exec Chef Anton Pozeg. Hit the Day Spa after waking up in one of the hotel’s luxurious junior suites.
DO: Check out the hip districts of Neubau and Mariahilf for of-the-moment indie boutiques and cool cafes. Then head to the Museumsquartier, one of the most spectacular art complexes in Europe – and specifically visit the MUMOK and the Kunsthalle Wien, for their superlative modern and contemporary collections.
SKT PETRI, Copenhagen
A rather spectacularly designed hotel in the city’s Latin Quarter, Skt Petri has warmly mod rooms with magnificent views over the city rooftops. But the real action is in the striking Central Kitchen, where one can dine on pork with pickled apples, or beef with confit of Jerusalem artichoke. Otherwise check out BRØL the hotel’s new “bread and beer” bar, pairing organic sandwiches and pizzas with specialty brews.
DO: Run the gamut of the city’s super hot food and cocktail scene after checking out BlackBook’s recent Copenhagen guide.