Did hoteliers André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier know they were making history when they set foot in Hanoi over 100 years ago? Built in 1901 by the two ambitious Frenchmen, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the 20th Century’s glitterati. The property is equal parts luxury hotel and historical landmark and to this day, it’s the place to check into if you’re anybody worth knowing while in Hanoi. One of the handful of Sofitel properties with the “legend” tag attached, the Sofitel Legend Metropole is well worth the status and is focused on delivering the kind of service that statesman, authors and playwrights enjoyed within these walls for more than a century, and it does so, exquisitely well.
Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife or a nirvana of relaxation, the island of Capri is the destination where the world’s Jet Setter’s are treated to both. The island is what you make of it, but whichever you choose, expect to be in fine company as this place has been attracting the world’s best since Roman times.
For those after the island’s quieter and less touristy side Anacapri, is where you want to be and it also happens to be the home of the Capri Palace. On a “per capita” basis this may well be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world with only 72 rooms, two Michelin star restaurants, an internationally recognized medical spa, and drop dead gorgeous views over the Mediterranean, get ready to love every bit of this privately owned hotel.
Have you ever wondered what a cocktail inspired by a Giorgio Armani fragrance would taste like? Probably not, unless you’re Arnd Heissen from the “Fragrances” bar at the Ritz Carlton Berlin that is. The Bar Manager’s unique take on mixology is representative of the hotel: playful, distinguished and with fine taste, if you’re after an exceptional contemporary hotel at the heart of Berlin, you can’t go wrong with this property.
The hotel’s location on the Potsdamer Platz is so perfect that it’s borderline unfair to new hotels trying to wet their feet in the Berlin market. Because whether it’s shopping, nightlife, or cultural attractions you’re after, we’d be surprised if you have to walk more than 15 minutes to get to it.
Rocco Forte hotel’s pride themselves on their sense of place and with the Astoria they’ve definitely achieved that. Nothing says Saint Petersburg louder than this hotel. As the city morphed from Saint Petersburgh, to Leningrad to Stalingrad and after two World Wars came and went, the Astoria, welcomed discerning travelers throughout.
Enough with the history lesson though! the Astoria’s present and future is now colorful for all the right reasons. 21st century travelers will love the hotel’s central location – direct views on St Isaac’s Cathedral, minutes walk from Hermitage, Lion Bridge right round the corner… you get the picture – and the Lichfield Bar has earned itself a reputation as one of the trendiest places to sip on a ice cool vodka in the evenings. If you want a prime position from which to explore the city and to indulge on the best things in life when you’re done, the Astoria, will leave you charmed.