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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:

Entre Cielos – Under heavenly skies


What do you get when three Swiss families emigrate to Argentina? Entre Cielos, a boutique hotel at the foot of the Andes with its own hammam, wine loft and vineyard.

Posh W Verbier — W Hotels’ first Mountain Hideaway


In December 2013 Starwood hotel group opened “W Verbier” – their first alpine escape. Verbier is the internationally renowned ski resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The hotel is the first of its kind in Switzerland, setting new standards with the design-led lifestyle-brand. We had a close look, check out our video review!

Alpine Luxury and Designer Spa at the Zhero Hotel Kappl


Only a few kilometers from fashionable Ischgl lies Kappl, a family-friendly snow paradise. Here in the Paznaun Valley stands the modern and avantgarde Zhero Hotel with its captivating architecture. We recently visited this Design hotel and let ourselves be delighted gastronomically by, among others, the meat sommelier (!) …

Downtown Manhattan’s highest new residences – 30 Park Place


Lower Manhattan continues to sprout with a new generation of visionary high-rises. The panoply of World Trade Centers represent the commercial side of this building boom. 30 Park Place represents the residential.

Noble Wood and Glass in the Löwen Hotel Schruns


After a six-month long remodeling project, the Hotel Löwen shines resplendently again since October 2013 in Schruns! The 4 star superior hotel marries natural tradition with modern design. The new, extremely stylish interior took our breath away! Let the photos begin to tell the tale…

Roomers – Hip and stylish living in the Heart of Frankfurt


Tucked away in a former office building just around the corner from Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof, the city’s central train station, is a top notch Design hotel: What the Design powers-that-be have produced nearly takes your breath away…

Visit Stylish Onyria Marinha & Thalasso Golf Hotel in Cascais, Lisbon!


Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso is a luxurious five star boutique hotel in Cascais, just a 20 minutes’ drive East of Lisbon. The hotel stands out for its spectacular architecture and dreams (with Onyria meaning “dreams” in Greek).

Sleek and Stylish Design Hotel – The Oitavos in Cascais Peninsula


Located near Cascais, one of the most richest municipalities in Portugal, The Oitavos Hotel is only a 20 minute drive from Lisbon. One reads, on the hotel website, that the Oitavos seeks to “embrace rather than compete with nature,” and it succeeds in doing just that — the ambiance of the hotel seamlessly merges ultra modern interior design with the wild natural surroundings, including the lush Oitavos Dunes golf course and the rippling Atlantic oceanfront.

Probably Portugal’s Most Enchanting Charm Hotel – Areias Do Seixo


Areias do Seixo is probably one of the most enchanting boutique hotels we have seen in a while. It’s located approximately a 45 minutes drive North of Lisbon, on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, and it’s an absolutely romantic and charming hideaway! We’re happy to award it our travelmemo WOW factor!

Sleek Portuguese Vineyard Hotel Architecture – L’AND Vineyards


Situated in Alentejo, a south-central region of Portugal, L’AND Vineyards hotel welcomes visitors to this impressive resort nestled within vineyards and enchanting landscapes. Initially drawn by its eye-catching architecture, we were blown away from first sight!

Romantic Masseria Alchimia in Fasano, Puglia


The romantic boutique apartment accommodation “Masseria Alchimia” is located in Fasano approximately 50 km South of Bari (the capital of Puglia in the heel of the Italian boot). In the 17th century, the Masseria had been a small hermitage. Owner and landlady Caroline Groszer bought it in 2006 and transformed it to a charming, small resort with 10 apartments, surrounded by natural landscape of old olive trees.

Corteinfiore – Best Restaurant and Boutique Hotel in Trani, Puglia


Corteinfiore – an excellent seafood restaurant and stylish bed & breakfast – is set in the old Palazzo Laghezza, located only a few steps from the tourist harbor in Trani. The Palazzo from the 16th century is built on the ancient city walls in a quiet and peaceful area. Here’s why we would rather call it a Boutique Hotel instead of a B&B…

25hours HafenCity – The “High Seas” Design Hotel in Hamburg


The “sailor’s home” by 25hours in Hamburg’s new HafenCity district is a hip designer hotel with plentiful hints of sea faring romance and a gigantic 25hours breakfast buffet!

Tour Marina Bay Sands Hotel and its Skypark Infinity Pool


Singapore’s landmark hotel Marina Bay Sands & Casino is one of the most famous hotels on the planet. I can tell from our webserver statistics :-) Hence I wanted to learn more about all the bells and whistles of this stunning architectural structure.

Brad Pitt Style by the Beach – Ananyana Boutique Hotel, Philippines


Bohol is one of the Philippines’ top tourist islands with the Chocolate Hills as one of the main attractions. Panglao is a small island just South-West of Bohol where numerous hotels offer stylish living by the beach. Think Ananyana if you’re looking for a relaxed boutique style stay…

Philippines Tour Part 3: The atmosphere Resort & Spa and a Cockfight


From tranquil Sipalay City, we continued on toward Dauin / Demaguete to the atmosphere Resort & Spa luxury hotel. On the way, however, there first was some “spat” in the cockfighting arena…

Swiss Beach-Clubbing in the Philippines – Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu


Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu offers hip living by the beach. An Ibiza inspired lush beach club suggests white barefoot elegance at its best. Stylish furniture, decor and lighting make for an excellent stay in Cebu, one of 7107 Philippine islands.

W Barcelona — Iconic Design Hotel on Barceloneta’s Beach


W Barcelona is a sail shaped (Hotel Vela) 5-star hotel at the new harbour facilities. World-renowned Barcelona based architect Ricardo Bofill planned the lifestyle hotel as one of numerous new buildings that make up the Barceloneta refurbishment along the beachfront. Come with us, guest relations manager Vera is giving us a tour!

W Hotel Singapore — Stylish Colors next to Sentosa Cove Marina


W Singapore — Sentosa Cove opened in October 2012 next to the stylish Sentosa Cove marina. Conveniently located on Sentosa Island next to a whole bunch of new elegant restaurants and condominiums, W Singapore features its typical design centric approach to decoration, colors and lighting.

Interview with Marcel Wanders on the Next Big Thing in Hotel Interior Design


I met renowned Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders during today’s laying of the foundation stone of Zurich’s posh Kameha Grand Hotel that will be opened in March 2015. I got the opportunity to pick Marcel’s brain and conduct an interview, here’s what he had to say…

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