Dimes Square is having a moment. Here, in the mini-neighbourhood Nine Orchard calls home, there’s a buzz that’s reminiscent of some of Downtown’s earlier golden ages – and, in Nine Orchard itself, there’s a hotel with enough character and personality to become a proper neighbourhood institution.
Cosme is set on the northern coast of Paros, an island that’s rather more tranquil than some of its neighbours. And in its 40 suites you’ll find a thoughtful, tasteful approach to luxury, and a style that’s memorable and modern while remaining unobtrusive. The setting and the seascapes are still the main attraction though.
In 1785, King Louis XVI bought a gift for his wife, Marie-Antoinette: a mansion built on the ruins of a 13th-century castle on Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France. Today, that mansion is La Baronnie Hôtel & Spa, a boutique hotel with all the elegance of days gone by – plus a sun-drenched Cinq Mondes spa.
This small and intimate boutique hotel, set in one of Mexico City’s poshest neighbourhoods, occupies a forties neocolonial mansion and the modernist addition next door. Together they contain just 19 rooms and suites, all unique and all decorated in a style that’s unmistakably luxe but maximally tasteful.
We mention that this old motor lodge was a particularly undistinguished one, not to criticize it, but to underscore how thoroughly its new owners have transformed it. Like the other Life House hotels, this outpost is also a beautifully realised, intricately detailed, retro-inspired but completely modern, luxury boutique hotel.