1. THE NED NOMAD, New York, USA
Broadway’s 1903-vintage Johnston Building was, in an earlier incarnation as the NoMad Hotel, instrumental in putting this neighbourhood on the map for present-day New Yorkers. And now it’s the site of another step in the neighbourhood’s evolution: The Ned NoMad, a members’ club and luxury boutique hotel.
2. HOTEL PULITZER PARIS, Paris, France
Hotel Pulitzer Paris is a sharp-looking blend of early 20th century glamour and contemporary boutique hotel design, on a scale that allows it to be both lively and intimate. The location, in the Opéra district of the 9th arrondissement, places it within easy reach of much of the best of Paris.
3. THE LODGE AT ST EDWARD STATE PARK, Kenmore, Washington, USA
St. Edward State Park is unusual: 300 acres of lakeside forest that feels like a far-flung rural escape, yet it's situated very much within the Seattle metropolitan area. And the Lodge at St. Edward State Park is equally unusual: a one-time seminary, renovated and transformed into a uniquely atmospheric luxury boutique hotel.
4. AETHOS ERICEIRA, Encarnação, Portugal
Aethos Ericeira almost seems too extraordinary to be true. Its clifftop location, in the middle of a nature reserve overlooking the Atlantic, makes for spectacular views and splendid isolation. And the hotel itself is eminently worthy of its setting; impressively stylish and thoroughly tailored to the locale.
5. BRICK HOTEL, Mexico City, Mexico
The upscale neighbourhood of Roma is home to more than a few century-old mansions, but this one is unique – built from bricks shipped over from England, it was the custom-built residence for the head of the Bank of London & Mexico. Today, after a renovation, it’s one of Mexico City’s finest small luxury hotels.