Albion House, Kent
It may only have opened last December but this Kentish newcomer has been full every weekend since January. No wonder, with its mix of Georgian glamour (high ceilings, big windows, icing sugar cornicing) and more-shabby-than-chic seaside setting, alongside Ramsgate’s beach and harbour. Once the seat of the local council, it now houses 14 bedrooms, a bar and dining room; private dining in the Georgian kitchen, wine tastings in the cellar and a seaweed bathhouse are to come.
The website: albionhouseramsgate.co.uk
The damage: doubles from £100, room only during May (normally £145 B&B).
Where to eat out: try the Royal Harbour Brasserie for dressed crab, handmade gnocchi or raspberry soufflé.
Urban House, Copenhagen
The Danish capital is known for its sophisticated, contemporary take on Nordic cooking but this place is all about creating a little slice of hipster heaven. In the city’s revamped meat-packing district, Vesterbro, book one of its private rooms (designer dorms are also available) and you might not feel the need to call on the services of the in-house tattooist or integrated bike shop but once you’ve sampled the area’s bars and craft beer hangouts – and its own range of craft cocktails – you’ll be glad of its hotdog restaurant.
The website: urbanhouse.me
The damage: private doubles from £71, room only.
Where to eat out: At Restaurant Kul there are signs of the area’s heritage in its industrial white tiled walls and terracotta floors but the food takes its inspiration from further afield; try ribs with kimchee or coconut ice with passionfruit caramel.
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Wait until July for a trip to Amsterdam and you’ll be able to book in at the first Dutch outpost of London’s boutique budget hotel brand. Set within a collection of five townhouses along one of Amsterdam’s three major canals, the World Heritage-listed Herengracht, the Hoxton will have 111 rooms designed by cutely-named local practice Nicemakers as well as a bar and restaurant. Book early for the best rates.
The website: thehoxton.com
The damage: doubles from €69 per night, B&B.
Where to eat out: Amsterdam has its fair share of fancy restaurants but it does casual better than many cities. Start at &Samhoud Places Street Food for an expertly put-together street food tasting menu from two Michelin starred chef Moshik Roth.
It may be a posh hostel but the latest Generator feels more like a hotel. In a former office block in Paris’ trendy 10th arrondissement, this stylish 199-bedroom crashpad offers plenty of oomph for your euros. Choose from funky dorm rooms or private en-suites (some of the latter have their own terraces) and, in the extremely unlikely event that you don’t feel like going out, you can grab a drink in the bar and a burger in the café-bistro before retreating to your room – or, when it opens in June, head to the residents-only rooftop bar to take in views of the Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre over cocktails and crepes.
The website: generatorhostels.com
The damage: private doubles from €98, room only.
Where to eat out: Porte 12, the new Paris restaurant from Singapore-based André Chiang, with chef Vincent Crepel manning the kitchen, is the hot table in this increasingly gastro hot spot.
Hotel L’Orologio, Venice
Italy’s Why The Best hotel group may have a slightly unfortunate name but don’t be dissuaded. They’re a good bet if you want style and personality in Italy’s tourist centres without paying over the odds. Its latest opening in Venice is set right on the Grand Canal in the San Polo district, steps away from the Rialto bridge. That location comes with a price but it’s a more reasonable one than many in this over-subscribed city; for the best rates stay off-season and book early.
The website: hotelorologiovenezia.com
The damage: doubles from €160, B&B.
Where to eat out: One of the city’s best seafood restaurants, family-run Antiche Carampane, is five minutes’ walk away; book in advance if you want one of its few outside tables.
After half a century of abandonment this wedding cake Art Nouveau building has been renovated and re-opened as a hotel. Set in hip Agias Irinis, inside are 14 blue and white bedrooms with furnishings that are stylish but subtle – the perfect foil for the elaborate architecture they sit within. For extra wow, splash out on a room with a view of the Acropolis and Parthenon.
The website: emporikonathenshotel.com
The damage: doubles from around £95, room only.
Where to eat out: Directly below the hotel is Manas Kouzina-Kouzina (Mother’s Kitchen), where chef Yannis Spathas serves reimagined Greek comfort food to a young and appreciative crowd).
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