City Escapes

After a day’s sightseeing in the world’s buzziest cities, check into one of these stylish hotels to relax and unwind.

The Curtain, London

The thriving, artsy neighbourhood of Shoreditch is home to several new hotels, including The Curtain (thecurtain.com), a hip property with city views and in-room hangover kits. The hotel, which boasts a rooftop pool and bar and features chef Marcus Samuelsson’s soul-food spot Red Rooster in its basement, is the perfect setting from which to explore east London. The restaurant scene in the area is thriving, from old favourites like Bombay-style café Dishoom to newer, innovative eateries like Pidgin, and bars in Bethnal Green, such as Coupette, serving champagne piña coladas. The Curtain is walking distance from Columbia Road’s famous Sunday flower market, as well as Broadway Market, and its members-only club offers the perfect oasis away from city life.

Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai (fivehotelsandresorts.com) lends glamour to this already chic Middle-Eastern city. Located on Palm Jumeirah island, the hotel overlooks the Dubai skyline and features elegantly minimalist guest rooms, vibrant clubs and lounges, and an indulgent spa with quartz massage beds. It has its own beach – a must for Dubai visitors – and the property will aid guests in finding the hottest events around town. There’s a lot to see and do in Dubai – if you choose to leave the beachside lounge chair – but ascending the Burj Khalifa skyscraper for dinner in Atmosphere, the world’s tallest restaurant, uncovers a resolutely new experience for travellers.

The Siren, Detroit

Escape the rigours of everyday life at The Siren hotel (thesirenhotel.com), a new opening in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The hotel has a charmingly quirky design aesthetic, pairing rich colours with antique elements, a sense that’s augmented by the floral design studio and barbershop located on the ground floor. Detroit itself is quickly up and coming, both for visitors and for residents. Live music venue Cliff Bell’s is down the street, and downtown is filled with hip restaurants and coffee shops (Wright & Company is revered for its dinner offerings). Art lovers will find Detroit particularly immersive. The Library Street Collective and Detroit Artists Market both reveal emerging contemporary artists with a new perspective on American art.

Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has been revitalised over the past few years, attracting visitors with its artsy theatres, creative eateries and city vibe. Hotel Figueroa (hotelfigueroa.com) is the latest addition to the area and features a renovation inspired by its original 1926 Spanish colonial design. The art is locally sourced and the outdoor rooftop pool reflects a classic southern California aesthetic, transporting guests to a bygone era of Hollywood glamour. There are several popular restaurants nearby, including Broken Spanish, Bottega Louie and Sugarfish, and be sure to pay a visit to Bar Clacson, a hip cocktail bar near Grand Central Market.

Kimpton De Witt, Amsterdam

The Kimpton De Witt (kimptondewitthotel.com), which opened last year in Amsterdam’s Centrum neighbourhood, is the perfect draw for a weekend stay: classic and cool in equal measure, drawing design inspiration from the destination itself. Its complimentary VanMoof bikes offer guests transportation through the canals and narrow streets, while the in-room yoga mats and onsite fitness centre mean you don’t have to forego your workout routine while away from home. At the end of the day, venture over to Door 74, a speakeasy cocktail bar, or visit the nearby Pulitzer Bar, located inside the Pulitzer Hotel, for classic cocktails in glamorous surroundings.

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