The first wave of Milanese boutique hotels were grand gestures that represented Italy’s design capital to the world. Vico Milano, by contrast, is a more personal vision, but no less stylish — its public spaces are dazzling, filled with design furniture and contemporary art, while its seven rooms and suites are handsome in a more relaxed way, delicately balanced between sparse simplicity and organic warmth.
California’s wine country is full of architectural homages to Europe, and this one, built in the 1980s by salt heiress Mary Tilden Morton, is a hacienda-style tribute to the Spanish countryside, built from timber reclaimed from a 19th-century barn. In its current life as a luxury boutique hotel, the Rancho Caymus Inn remains somewhat intimate, weighing in at a mere 26 rooms and suites.
Tbilisi is now home to some of the most fully realized and authentically unique boutique hotels in the world — case in point, the Communal hotels. They make use of antique townhouses in some of the city’s most desirable old neighborhoods. In the case of Communal Plekhanovi, that’s Chugureti, a hip, creative district a short distance from Marjanishvili Square and Tbilisi State University.
There’s no city in Brazil or anywhere else quite like Salvador, and the 1934 Art Deco–style Fera Palace Hotel is a local treasure. In some ways it’s still the same grand hotel it was during its midcentury heyday, when it hosted Carmen Miranda, Pablo Neruda, and Orson Welles; look closer, though, and you’ll see a hotel that has kept pace with the times.
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