5 European destinations for an Easter city break
Why not make the most of this month's four day Easter holiday with a European city break? I've picked out five design-led hotels where I'd be happy to spend a night or two.
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Soho House opened its first private members’ club in London in 1995 and since then it has expanded to cities across the world including Berlin, which opened its doors in 2010. The House is set over eight floors of a restored Bauhaus building, formerly a department store, located in the Mitte district of the city and offers 65 bedrooms open to members and non-members along with 20 apartments available for short and long-term lets and 4 newly opened lofts. Guests can choose from six different categories of rooms ranging from tiny to extra large, and can expect to find the stunning interiors that have become synonymous with Soho House. After relaxing in the Cowshed spa head to the rooftop to enjoy a dip in the heated pool before sampling a cocktail at the bar while taking in the views of Berlin.
Escape to the waterside retreat of Hotel Skeppsholmen to enjoy peaceful surroundings in the heart of Sweden’s capital. The hotel is housed in a beautiful historic building that dates from the 1700s and has been transformed into a modern and eco-friendly boutique hotel and restaurant by Stockholm-based architects Claesson Koivisto Rune. The design of the hotel reflects the building’s simple aesthetic and has incorporated original elements including wooden floors and bricks while introducing contemporary touches that blend seamlessly together. The décor oozes understated Scandinavian style and the hotel champions Swedish cuisine, design, art, music and fashion – the staff uniforms are kitted out by hip local brand ACNE.
When it comes to accommodation in Paris there are a plethora of options to choose from. One of the latest offerings in the capital is Hôtel des Paradis, a delightful boutique hotel that’s within easy reach from Gare du Nord making it the ideal choice if you don’t want to fly to reach your destination. The hotel offers single, double and triple rooms but if you want to go all out then opt for the suite which has stunning panoramic views of Paris that take in the iconic monuments including the beautiful sight of nearby Sacré-Coeur. The décor favours a palette of murky blues, greys and reds with design-led details such as the light fittings, striking wallpaper and contemporary furniture transforming it into a place you would most definitely want to spend a few days.
If minimalist Danish design is your thing then make sure to check out Skt. Petri, one of Copenhagen’s most stylish hotels. Located in the lively Latin Quarter area of the city, the hotel is ideally situated for a weekend break with the sights of Copenhagen at your fingertips. The original building, which housed a department store, has been transformed into a design hotel with the tricolour red, white and blue colour scheme designed by leading Danish graphic artist Per Arnoldi. Ask for a room with a balcony for truly stunning views of the city and make sure to pay a visit to the restaurant which, with its floor to ceiling windows and striking lighting, certainly leaves a lasting impression.
Self-catering is always an option that appeals to me as I love the idea of living like a local for the weekend and of course shopping for food at the market. Baixa House has 13 serviced apartments to choose that are located in a charming 18th century building in the historical district of Lisbon. The light and airy apartments are each named after a Lisbon garden, which has inspired its interior design, and feature Portuguese handicrafts and tiles. It’s pretty hard to choose a favourite but if I had to pick one I’d go for Universidade, a peaceful one-bedroomed apartment with a spacious kitchen and living room that’s perfect for relaxing in after a day of sightseeing.