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Commendable hotels

“Boutique hotels” are small and personal hotels with an attractive atmosphere. They tend to boast stylish design and gourmet chefs.

Often times you will get to know the owners or hotel managers and talk to them about local peculiarities and their individual interpretation of a place.

Boutique hotels are our preferred way of staying abroad. As a nice coincidence, they are mostly situated in luxurious destinations and sometimes even close to spectacular golf courses…

Check out our list of personally recommended hotels here:

The Marmara Taksim – luxury hotel in the vibrant centre of Istanbul


The crown jewel of the Turkish Marmara Hotel Group is located directly on the traffic epicentre of Taksim Square in the Beyoğlu district. It is perfect location for the discerning visitor to Istanbul. Upon reaching the reception you are already greeted with a competent the-customer-is-king smile ;-)

Design hotel in Istanbul’s “in” quarter: The Marmara Pera


Situated in the middle of the trendy Beyoğlu district, the Marmara Pera Hotel with its 202 rooms in two classes and 3 suites offers the comfort that city tourists and business travelers desire. The designers of this Marmara Hotel have set it up tastefully and appropriately with elements from the ’30s and ’70s.

Hotel de Rougemont – Chalet-style boutique hotel


The Hotel de Rougemont was opened in December 2014. The four-star boutique hotel consists of a mix of tradition and design, making us feel fine right from the very start.

Water or beachside villa at the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa?


The exclusive Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is located in the northern Haa Alifu Atoll, on the sickle-shaped private island of Dhonakulhi with heavily overgrown, lush vegetation and a breathtaking house reef! We had to choose between a beachside and water villa…

Design hotel: Kameha Grand Zurich – the hotel opening


Zurich has a new grand hotel! The lifestyle Kameha Grand with opulent design by Marcel Wanders opened its doors on March 1st. And this is how it went at the pre-opening…

Hotel Chesa Stüva Colani – Hospitality Italian-style


For our ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt we were on the lookout for suitable lodgings at the jumping-off point.

Luxury at its Best – The Chedi Andermatt


Having read a great deal about the Chedi Andermatt Hotel and after getting many positive comments on it, we had planned for some time to visit this hotel setting new standards in the luxury Alpine hotel business.

Opulent Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron


I was ready for an unforgettable weekend at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. But what I ultimately experienced, discovered and tasted exceeded all my expectations.

Hotel Spitzhorn – the little yet “stellar” pearl of Saanenland


Just before we set out on our blogger trip to Gstaad, the “Sonntags Zeitung” (a Swiss sunday paper) in its list of best winter hotels ranked the Spitzhorn as tops in the three-star category. Reason enough for us to scope out the hotel ourselves.

A jewel in wood: the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau in the Engadine


Converted from an over 450-year old house in Brail, the “IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau” is a jewel of a hotel that is also the life’s work for many generations of a family whose talents have complemented each other in ideal fashion.

Hotel Widder Zurich – Up for more individualized lodgings?


Zurich’s Widder Hotel offers more than individually-styled, first-rate hotel rooms in lavishly renovated Augustine-era houses. We gave it a good look:

Park Weggis – Riviera feeling on Lake Lucerne


The hotel’s name says it all: Surrounded by its magnificent park-like grounds, the renowned Park Weggis resides right on the shore of Lake Lucerne. With private lake access, beachfront and boat dock, and a stunning vista of the Rigi and the Swiss Central Alps, the hotel grounds instill a pure Riviera feeling!

Romantic Son Penya Petit Hotel in Mallorca


Just a few kilometers from the village of Sant Llorenc in northeast Mallorca we discovered a small jewel of a boutique hotel! The stylish finca hotel Son Penya sits amid olive, almond, lemon and carob trees and seekers of serenity and lovers of nature could not ask for a better place to stay!

The Alpina Gstaad – Alpine Hotel Experience at the Highest Level


Above Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland stands the elegant boutique hotel The Alpina Gstaad. With its 20,000 m2(!) of park-like grounds, luxurious premises and rooms, three extraordinary restaurants, a spa with indoor and outdoor pools and breathtaking view this establishment offers an Alpine hotel encounter of the superior kind! This is how we tested it…

Boutique Hotel Palafitte – Living on Stilts on Lake Neuchâtel


Sitting above the water by the shore of Lake Neuchâtel is a lake-dwelling settlement for our times: Hotel Palafitte here celebrates exclusive Riviera excellence of the highest level. Be prepared for something like this:

Loft feeling in Hamburg: Gastwerk Design Hotel in the historic Bahrenpark gaswork


Hamburg’s first Design Hotel Gastwerk opened its doors in the year 2000 in a former gasworks in Bahrenpark. Where coal was once bunkered, guests today stay in a spacious loft building with spa, bar and restaurant… We took a look around at the invitation of Sales and Marketing Manager Stefan Pallasch…

Urban stay at “The Passage” design hotel in Basel


In March 2014 a four-star urban hotel boasting a prime location in downtown Basel opened its doors: The Passage. It’s the hotel’s location that gives it this particular name, since it stands on the boundary of the old town and the new city of Basel.

Thailand tour part 2 – Koh Phangan and the Anantara Resort


After four nights on Koh Samui, we moved on to Koh Phangan on a speed catamaran. This island is smaller than Koh Samui and consists mainly of jungle making us float in seventh heaven …

InterContinental Davos – the Most Luxurious Alpine Golden Egg


With its futuristic golden egg shaped facade, the InterContinental set in the Swiss ski resort Davos is an architectural stunner! Here’s why…

Valbella and Lenzerheide – One Graubünden Attraction after Another


The family-operated Valbella Inn Resort, a comfortable four star Superior hotel lies on the upslope of the Lenzerheide high valley. From the resort you get a magnificent view of the Alps massif – mountains as far as the eye can see. To your left juts up the striking Rothorn mountain, while to the right dazzle the Piz Scalottas and the Stätzerhorn.

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