Best of the Week: A Definitive guide to Europe's best Winter City Hotels
Copenhagen is undeniably one of Europe’s most creative cities, and the Hotel Sanders is the proverbial cream of the crop on top of it's bustling hotel scene. Located behind the Royal Danish theatre, the hotel’s location is a reflection of the story of its legendary owner, Alexander Kølpin. Kølpin was the principal dancer with the Royal Danish ballet, and his own unique taste can be felt throughout all of the hotel’s beautiful spaces. Inside, Hotel Sanders is a blend of polished eclecticism, mid-century modern furnishings, impeccable amenities, and striking vintage art. Each of the 54 rooms are decorated in a colonial-chic style and painted in a flurry of earthy shades that remind you of a warm but sophisticated home. No wonder it looks so damn good.
How do you create a space that caters to both locals and visitors alike? Hotelier Myrthe Slotemaker’s answer is Morgan and Mees; a hotel that captures the unique duality of the Dutch Capital. Occupying a converted orphanage, the hotel was inspired by the story of a chance meeting between international traveller (Morgan) and local (Mees). A funny imagined narrative thread that connects all of the hotel’s distinctive spaces. Speaking of, Morgan and Mees has individually decorated rooms, some of which with gratuitous split-level living spaces, rainforest showers, and a hefty dose of contemporary Danish architecture. Achieving a look that inspires escapism while also having the warm familiarity of home is no easy feat. So we highly recommend Morgan and Mees as your next home away from home in Amsterdam-West.
Moving away from Amsterdam and into Berlin, the Sir Savigny Hotel is the first international hotel by Amsterdam based hospitality group EHPC - and it does not disappoint. The first of a series of ‘Sir’ hotels, Sir Savigny is named after a fictional Sir of the same name. (or more likely, the Savignyplatz which is literally around the corner) Enter through the book-filled lobby, designed by Baranowitz + Kronenberg, and filled with a consciously arty selection of books and artwork. Spot the woman in the ceiling by German Street Artist DOME, or the shredded bookish illustrations by Katharina Musick. The esoterically designed bedrooms all have a very self-aware kind of suave; from the plus velvet curtains, full-bodied leathers, and emerald green accents. They say confidence is key, and this, Sir Savigny has in spades.
Images by Le Pigalle Paris
Back in the tawdry days of the Belle Epoque, Pigalle was to Paris, as the red light district is to Amsterdam. A hotbed for seedy under the table dealings, glamorous can-can girls, and questionable adult entertainment. While the neighbourhood’s reputation has definitely changed over the years, Le Pigalle embraces the debauchery that made the Moulin Rouge an international sensation. The hotel exudes an achingly cool vibe that reflects the frenetic energy and history of Montmartre itself. The croissants are sourced from a local bakery, the books by a local bookstore, and the music by a local DJ - you can’t get any more Parisian than this. And heck — for a weekend break in Paris, why go anywhere else?