Hotels, Houses & Places to Stay

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This is (y)our wanderlust collection of cool design hotels, luxury villas, stylish houses and boutique B&Bs that share our passion for good architecture and creativity. These are soulful places to stay that we have chosen and that you have always wanted to find, where ordinary is a no no. Small, family-owned independents of lifestyle and the fine details, these hotels and guesthouses were created by those local heroes, designers and architects who dared to dream. From your Alpine pit stop of aged heritage to the modernist architectural den lost in the wilderness, the luxury coastal bolthole to the culture crashpad of urbane design.
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  • Altstadt Vienna | Boutique Art Hotel Wien Austria | The Aficionados

    Hotel Altstadt Vienna

    Definitely off-radar, ‘an insider’s boho art den’ best describes this series of lavish apartments, suites and rooms dressed in a plush melange of period styles, furnishings and artistic installations. This discreet little number is famed by writers, artists, actors and thinkers alike.

  • Hotel & Restaurant Mühltalhof Neufelden, is a riverside boutique hotel and culinary hotspot in Austria


    A fabulous foodie haunt, this chilled riverside hotel in Upper Austria is a traditional modernist that plays with heritage, the arts and nature between the Bohemian Forests and the Danube.

  • Hotel Arlberg luxury hotel in Lech am Arlberg in Austria
    Lech am Arlberg

    Hotel Arlberg

    A legendary crash pad of royalty, celebs and lovers of Arlberg, this is the chic chalet hotel and spa of consummate five star style. Interiors are dedicated to Alpine heritage and modern luxe running through the hotel’s family history.

  • Gasthof Art Hotel Hirschen, Schwarzenberg, Bregenzerwald in Austria, member of The Aficionados

    Gasthof Hirschen Schwarzenberg

    The Hirschen "Young since 1755", is a love pot of heritage, art, culture, food and style – a Wunderkammer of familiar nostalgia reframed for the nomads who seek roots and prefer to sleep with history.

  • Mesmerhaus is a boutique Bed & Breakfast in Bildstein, Vorarlberg, Austria, traditional house build in Arlberg


    Mesmerhaus, once the sexton’s home, is today a wonderful style chameleon of ornate exteriors and simplistic elegant interiors. The effect is of refined originality, a heritage house reduced to its essence through a calming language of decorative stillness.

  • New Architecture | Tempel 74 Mellau in Bregenz | Design Apartments |  Vorarlberg, Austria

    Tempel 74

    Strikingly modern design and humble heritage are the trademarks of Tempel 74 Apartments in the heart of the Mellau-Damüls ski region, just 500m to the ski lifts. Centuries-old Alpine craftsmanship marries pioneering architecture.

  • Halwina Hideaway Sibratsfäll Austria | Modernist Holiday Apartment Bregenzerwald | The Aficionados

    Halwina Hideaway

    Minimalist and tradition thread through these holiday apartments in scenic Bregenzerwald that mimic the original farmhouse templates with contemporary design.

  • Benedikta Montafon | Holiday Home Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados


    The perfect amalgamation of old and new, Benedikta breathes fresh life into Vorarlberg heritage traditions in this smoothly crafted private-hire house originally built in 1836, located in the sleepy village of Vandans clasped by the wildflower-strewn valley of Montafon, west Austria.

  • Amrai Suites | New Design Hotel in Schruns, Montafon, Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados

    Amrai Suites

    Overlooking a dramatic diorama of mountains and valleys, this fun spirited luxury den threads the Heimat of Montafon with a modernist design aesthetic.

  • the award winning Restaurant and Hotel, Taubenkobel in Neusiedler See, Burgenland Austria.
    Neusiedler See


    Nothing short of a foodie legend, Restaurant & Hotel Taubenkobel’s quirky 19th-century Austrian country cottage is the iconic culinary destination of Austria - and beyond. Serious pilgrims of food flock from far reaches of the globe to this tiny gourmet hub of creative flavour.

  • Mozart Suite | Altstadthotel Weisses Kreuz | Innsbruck Austria | The Aficionados

    Altstadthotel Weißes Kreuz

    Affectionately termed by its motif of ‘chic-shock-Baroque’, the Hotel Weißes Kreuz, originally built in 1465, is a timely marriage of its opulent Baroque past with a high concept design that pays homage to the rhythm of change that has taken place over centuries.

  • Kontor Boutiquehotel, Hall In Tirol | Destination Hotel Austria
    Hall in Tirol

    Kontor Boutiquehotel

    Built into the original Medieval town walls of Hall, this former guilders’ house of traditional Tirol style has stood here for well over half a century with records dating back to 1450. Today, behind the rose petal façade, lies the small Kontor Boutiquehotel.

  • Ullrhaus | new design hotel located in the resort of St Anton in the Tyrolean Alps
    St. Anton


    Ullrhaus is a hotel of muted luxury, where cool design marries Alpine soul and a minimalist edge. Located in the resort of St Anton in the Tyrolean Alps, home to some of the Alps’ most exhilarating skiing.

  • Hotel Bergwelt, Obergurgl in Tirol, Austria. A luxury boutique Spa Hotel

    Art & Relax Hotel Bergwelt

    Drenched in Tirol originality and crafted by a setting of mountainous vistas. This luxury ski & spa hotel is all about boutique personality, passion, delicious food and a perfect location that hugs the snow-capped plateau, with windows that frame endless Austrian mountain eye-candy.

  • Brandleit Boutique Chalet in Hart, ZIllertal Alps, Tirol, Austria


    Wonderfully humble, this authentic exclusive-hire farmstead hideaway dating back to 1885 comes with the mandatory choc-box appeal of a rural Alpine chalet besieged by the hush rhythms of lush green pastures, ancient forests and hum of the mountain waters.

  • Mari Pop Boutique Hotel, Ried Tirol -facade in Copper by architects Besto. ZT

    Mari Pop Hotel

    Close to the Tirol mountains of the Tux and Zillertal Alps, this design hotel of chilled style and nostalgic tradition, steps away from the chocolate-box picture-postcard image with creative art installations and a casual approach to life in the alps.

  • Christian Lacroix fabrics  - Zillertalerhof Boutique Hotel Mayrhofen: modern alpine design


    Birds, botanicals and fauna headline the canvas of this Austrian designer den found in Tirol wrapped in a fusion of honeyed Alpine traditions and chic urban style.

  • the Art Hotel Blaue Gans in the old town of Salzburg, Austria

    Arthotel Blaue Gans

    The edgy contrast of an aged coaching inn where artsy installations lend an air of east-side gallery – this is a cradle of the arts and style where a bold, contemporary curatorial scene is flanked by twisted beams and heritage-thick walls.

    Maria Alm

    PoSt Apartments

    Located next to the famous church spire, PoSt Apartments are a stylish departure from the expected alpine remit presenting a smooth co-joining of historical legacy with contemporary comforts.

  • the Haus Hirt Boutique Alpine Hotel & Aveda Spa in Bad Gastein, Austria
    Bad Gastein

    Haus Hirt

    A lovely Alpine lodge for families that has had a chic, eclectic refit. Quirky design elements, stacks of well-positioned collectables and lively, modern takes on heritage prints and textiles decorate this boutique interior.

  • Cool hip Miramonte Hotel & Aveda Spa with Bertoia chairs, White Line Hotels
    Bad Gastein


    A peak-side, sophisticated bolthole oozing fifties Vogue glamour. A firm favourite of the design fraternity, it is a trove of timeless, postmodern pieces that feel perfectly at home in this Alpine masterpiece of creative chillax.

  • Modern design hotel & spa, Forsthofgut in Leogang Austria - spa relaxation zones in wood


    A lair of nature wrapped by the mountains and forests with perhaps one of the best nature-inspired spas in Austria, all overlooking the Leogang Rockies. This design hotel hugs smooth modern interiors that brush up to loveliness of the Alps, complete with its own lake.

  • Haven Mountain Resort | St. Johann im Pongau, Austria | The Aficionados
    St. Johann

    Haven Mountain Retreat

    Opened December 2022, this new unashamedly smooth and modern resort, Haven is your ski-in, ski-out all apartment-hotel in the small Austrian town of St. Johann im Pongau.


  • Modernist Furniture | Cool Hotel Design Interiors at boutique Hotel Julien Antwerp, Belgium

    Hotel Julien

    The fabulous boutique Hotel Julien, with its mansion-house pedigree in the heartlands of old-town Antwerp, is a self-confessed curator of the arts, designer pieces, antiques and mid-century furnishings, which adorn the handsome salons and rooms in comfy elegance.

  • Hotel August Antwerp designed by architect: Vincent Van Duysen | The Aficionados


    Created within a former Augustinian cloister and chapel, Hotel August in the Flemish city of Antwerp was designed by one of Belgium's most acclaimed architects, interior designers, and product designers, Vincent Van Duysen.

Czech Republic

  • Mezi Plutky Boutique Hotel in the Carpathian Mountain range of Beskydy offers cool design accommodation in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic

    Mezi Plutky

    Set against the forested Beskydy (Beskids) range in the Carpathian Mountains, this 200-year-old designer hideaway fosters modern Czech country living whilst giving heritage a hug, decked in whites, linens and twisted rafters.


  • Alpenloge Boutique Hotel | Allgäu Bavaria Germany


    Originally conceived as the village schoolhouse back in the 1930s, the traditional house, with alpine curb appeal of larch shingles, gabled rooftop and green shutters frame the lattice windows, is now a fabulous small design hotel and restaurant surrounded by the Bavarian alps and pastures.

  • Kulturhof | Hotel Berchtesgaden Stanggaß Bavaria | The Aficionados
    Berchtesgadener Land

    Kulturhof Stanggaß

    A mountainside eco-friendly bolthole of smooth timbered charm wrapped by the snow-dusted pinnacles of Watzmann and Hochkalter, in the pretty village of Bischofswiesen at the entrance to Berchtesgaden.

  • Beautiful Ostseebad on the Baltic coast of Germany, here the village of Ahrenshoop

    Der Charlottenhof

    A famed retreat for artists over centuries, this little boutique house-hotel is all about style on the seaside, bathed in nautical blues and New England crisp sail whites. Just steps away from the windswept beaches of Ahrenshoop this is a thatched hideaway that is chilled and lovingly familiar on the Baltic coast of Germany.


  • Monsieur Didot | Design Hotel Athens, Greece | The Aficionados

    Monsieur Didot

    A wonderful six-suite design guesthouse-hotel in the creative heartlands of Athens in the Kolonaki Quarter - home to the creative set, bookstores, publishing, galleries, museums and cafes.

  • Hotel Aristide in Hermoupolis (Ermoupoli) | Luxury Design Hotel Syros, Greece | The Aficionados

    Hotel Aristide

    Housed within a fabulously restored Venetian-styled mansion house, this design hotel with nine suites and a stunning rooftop bar has put the island of Syros back on the map.

  • Infinity Views from Eros Keros Villas, on the slow-pace Cyclades island of Koufonisia

    Éros Kéros

    Éros Kéros Villas, on the slow-pace Cyclades island of Koufonisia, come drenched in Aegean blue vistas – a sun-kissed boutique retreat of four cubic Cyclades-style merchant houses that lazily gaze onto the island of Keros.

  • Cycladic archtitecture on Santorini, black on white, typical roof tops at Aenaon Villas Caldera

    Aenaon Villas

    Sat in a secluded spot right on the edge of the famous Caldera, individually-created traditional houses hug the rock formations – these exceptionally sleek designer dens are more than villas, their tonal whitewashed minimalism gradually revealing handcrafted touches and a cool boutique aesthetic.

  • Under The Sun Design Hotel | Tinos, Cyclades, Greece | The Aficionados

    Under The Sun Cycladic Village

    Seamlessly slotting into Tinos’ wild and remote surroundings, design hotel Under The Sun is a raw and natural addition to this dramatic cliff-scape where Aegean blues blend sky with sea and a rugged architecture creates the perfect setting for a soulful escape.

  • Nōstos Design Hotel Serifos | Best Boutique Eco Hotels in the Cyclades

    Nōstos Sérifos

    Billed as the first ‘green’ hotel on the island, Nōstos is a casual style refuge , a marriage of sustainability, nature, design and creativity that is neatly wrapped by the doorstep bustle of the port and the nearby beauty of Sérifos’ abundant beaches.


  • Inis Meáin Experience | Self-catering, private hire accommodation on the Aran Islands, Ireland | The Aficionados
    Aran Islands

    Inis Meáin Experience

    An elemental experience awaits at these natural designer dens, private-hire holiday houses for small groups, where cashmere hugs, rock walls shield, and simplicity is elegant.

  • Breac.House Donegal Ireland- small design Bed & Breakfast at Horn Head Peninsula, coastline and mountains of Ulster.


    A short drive northwards from the wild sandy beaches, the eco-design guesthouse lies secluded within the Horn Head peninsula. Created to blend seamlessly in with its surroundings of County Donegal’s mountainous yet green landscape.


  • Rome

    Crossing Corso

    Crossing Corso Apartment is a luxury design pad in the heartlands of Rome set within a historic 18th-century palazzo townhouse, which poignantly resides behind the Piazza di Spagna.

  • Crossing Condotti Boutique Hotel | Rome, Italy | The Aficionados

    Crossing Condotti

    Crossing Condotti is a style colony of luxury suites, lavish apartments and designer penthouse living created within 18th-century palazzo townhouse, which poignantly resides behind the Piazza di Spagna and namesake, Via Condotti, in the heart of Rome’s historic Tridente district.

  • Cape of Senses | Spa Hotel Lake Garda, Torri del Benaco, Italy | The Aficionados
    Torri del Benaco

    Cape of Senses

    With arguably one of the most magnificent infinity views across Lake Garda, the new, all-suite hotel and wellness retreat opens in the Summer of 2023.

  • Montelino Bardolino | Luxe Holiday Rental Lake Garda |The Aficionados

    Montelino Boutique House

    An über sleek modernist villa located in Bardolino, just fifteen minutes stroll from shoreside Lake Garda. A private-hire cuboid holiday home wrapped around by a lush garden and a pool, Montelino provides privacy seeking nomads with everything necessary as a hub for a modern-day Grand Tour pitstop.

  • Vivere Suites and Rooms - a small design bed & breakfast, in the Arco Mountains, close to Lake Garda, Italy

    Vivere Suites and Rooms

    A small designer outpost that is both rustic and sophisticated in its design simplicity – conceived to mirror the surrounding vineyards and Arco Mountains of Trentino, this rural idyll is an architectural bolthole that gives nature a stylish makeover, irresistibly close to Lake Garda.

  • Monastero Arx Vivendi Hotel | Garden Spa walled gardens | Architects: noa* | Lake Garda, Arco Trentino, Italy | The Aficionados

    Monastero Arx Vivendi

    Once the home of devout Sisters, its aged cloistral heritage has been recast following an exacting narrative of preservation, reframing the monastic aesthetics for the modern nomad without corrupting the patina of austere beauty and timeworn touchpoints.

  • Sirmione

    Aqva Boutique Hotel

    With the feel of a hip in-the-know club for lido-lovers, Aqva Boutique Hotel’s modular alabaster white building is fronted by a turquoise pool surrounded by sleek decking. Like a pointing finger, a private pier juts out onto the lake - perfect for those celeb moments.

  • Schgaguler Hotel Castelrotto in Alpe di Siusi South Tyrol designed by Peter Pichler Architecture
    Alpe di Siusi

    Schgaguler Hotel

    A smooth design den pearled in white with an interior design that is eminently simple: a clean alpine aestheticism that borrows from Italian design, the Danish principles of hygge and a touch of sweet sophistication in the Japonesque detailing.

  • Miramonti, Hotel, luxury, boutique, design, Alps, romantic, South Tyrol, Italy

    Miramonti Boutique Hotel

    The chilled design hotel Miramonti sits perched atop Merano, nestled in forestry with spectacular, Bond-like views. Modernity subtly reigns whilst snuggling up to Alpine traditions – the vibe is relaxed, chilled and most definitely easy-going.

  • Parkhotel Mondschein | Bolzano, South Tyrol Italy | The Aficionados

    Parkhotel Mondschein

    A fabulous new hotel, excitement builds for the opening of Parkhotel Mondschein, a new design hotel addition to the red-roofed Bolzano skyline in South Tyrol, ready for guests to pass through its newly painted doors.

  • A person looking at a postcard of the pool at | Magdalener Hof | Bolzano, Italy

    Magdalener Hof

    Affectionately known simply as ‘Magda’, personality flows from this mountainous bolthole of style framed on all sides by glorious greens, thanks to its location in choc-box Bolzano within the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Magda will soon become your New Best Friend.

  • Anders Mountain Suites | Design Hotel | Brixen, Bressanone South Tyrol Italy by architect Martin Grubner | The Aficionados

    Anders Mountain Suites

    A design refuge for those that like their head in the clouds but feet firmly placed in architectural modernism, set at 1850 metres, the hotel is lofty enough to be able to ski straight out of its door, as well as hiking in summer.

  • Schloss Freudenstein | Luxury Hotel with Boutique Suites in Appiano/Eppan, Italy | The Aficionados

    Schloss Freudenstein

    Sleep under medieval frescoes, sweep down labyrinthine corridors, lord it up on the lofty ramparts or stroll through the Mediterranean garden, admiring the ivy-clad castle backdrop.

  • Caldaro al Lago/Kaltern View from Seehotel Ambach, South Tyrol Italy
    Caldaro al Lago

    Seehotel Ambach

    A groovy icon from the seventies, Seehotel Ambach presides over the shores of Lake Caldaro in Italy’s South Tyrol with its perfectly formed, curvaceous marshmallowy walls of laid-back glamour and a canvas of tangerine, vert and oxide reds which drape mid-century furniture pieces.

  • Das Wanda boutique hotel, in Caldaro/Kaltern, South Tyrol
    Caldaro al Lago

    Das Wanda

    A design smoothie wrapped in vineyards and mountain eye-candy; this villa-hotel masters the polarity of heritage with its sedated tones of taupe framing dramatic vistas of vert. Modernity, fresh elegance and a natural hand are cornerstones within the restored traditional walls of Das Wanda; a modern, designer, natural retreat with a strong South Tyrolean heart. 

  • Villaverde Merano | Design Wellness Hotel Apartments in Lagundo Algund, South Tyrol, Italy by Studio Biquadra | The Aficionados


    History, design, calmed wellness and an interior of modern heritage make this hotel-apartment refuge close to Merano the perfect pitstop for some downtime and closeness to nature.

  • Gasthaus Reichhalter 1477 Lana, South Tyrol - new design hotel guesthouse Italy

    1477 Reichhalter

    Ceramics, pencil-lead greys, putty linens and aged furnishings headline at this restored design guesthouse of original simplicity in the cute market of Lana, South Tyrol.

  • Villa Arnica Suites & Garden | Lana, South Tyrol, Italy | The Aficionados

    Villa Arnica

    A fabulously chilled 1920s villa with just ten gorgeous suites is set to a rhythm of vineyards, vegetable gardens, velvets, rattans, good food, pool – and a past decked in creative glamour wrapped in mustard yellow

  • Hotel Milla Montis | Maranza, South Tyrol, Italy | The Aficionados

    Hotel Milla Montis

    Rising up like delicate meringue-whipped peaks, mirroring the Dolomites panorama that surrounds it, the architecture and design of Hotel Milla Montis create an impact.

  • Ottmanngut, Merano, South Tyrol, Italy, hotel, boutique


    Small, delicate, exquisite; this creative residence is fully-stocked with vintage family pieces and curatorial heritage, and includes a fabulous orangerie thriving between the greenest of Mediterranean gardens and whitest snow-capped peaks.

  • Villa Fluggi | Private Holiday House Merano, Italy | The Aficionados

    Villa Fluggi

    A fabulous retro-design, five bedroom holiday home of smooth vintage in Merano, this design vacation-rental is gorgeous, a luxury haven dotted with thoughtful mid-century design pieces, layered with love.

  • Lagació, Hotel, eco, design, luxury, spa, Dolomites, boutique, Alpine, South Tyrol
    Alta Badia


    Wrapped by the Dolomites, this modern eco resort pairs mountain lifestyle with simple elegance and luxury wellness vibes. An authentically pastoral location accented with the local Ladin culture that feels at once both holistic and fun.

  • ATTO Suites | Design Hotel Dolomites - San Candido/Innichen, Italy
    San Candido


    An architectural-statement, this minimalist hideaway in the Dolomites is the perfect basecamp for those who appreciate design, food, comfort and doorstep nature.

  • Purity of nature and design in South Tyrol-Vigilius Mountain Resort, a design hotel created by architect, Matteo Thun
    Monte San Vigilio

    Vigilius Mountain Resort

    The vigilius mountain resort was created by architect Matteo Thun, inspired by a fallen tree and the surrounding beauty of San Vigilio’s mountaintop landscapes. This wellness sanctuary rewrites the blueprint for an eco-design hotel, reached appropriately only by cable car.

  • Gloriette Guesthouse Soprabolzano - Cantilevered Rooftop infinity pool in South Tyrol designed by noa architects, overlooking the Dolomites

    Gloriette Guesthouse

    With mountain eye-candy stretching out in every direction, this nest egg of casual style is the perfect bolthole for urbanites who love the rural idyll framed by modernity and crowned by its fabulous rooftop infinity pool of sheer wow.

  • Farnhaus Holiday Apartments | Tirolo, Dorf Tirol, South Tyrol Italy | The Aficionados


    Fabulous holiday apartments with panoramic views and an interior palette that borrows from the surrounding beauty and captures the purity of nature with a modernist hand.

  • Alpine interiors of the Boutique hotel Weisses Kreuz & Mansion zum Löwen is a design and Spa hotel in Burgeis (Burgusio), situated in the Venosta Valley (Vinschgau), South Tyrol, Italy.
    Val Venosta

    Hotel Weißes Kreuz

    Birch and smoked oak hug the thick walls and capture the house’s DNA from the days as a farmhouse barn. Once a resplendent Renaissance home to the Bishop and favoured lodgings for the merchant traders heading along the Romanesque Via Claudia Augusta.

  • Architectural design Hotel Bühelwirt Valle Aurina/Ahrntal in South Tyrol Italy, member of The Aficionados
    Valle Aurina


    An eye-catching designer hillside bastion of cool contemporary interiors framed by lush alpine forests and snow-capped mountains, where simple luxe shakes hands with age-old tradition.

  • Roncolo 1888 | Boutique Guesthouse Hotel in the Venturini Baldini Vineyards of Emilia Romagna, Italy | The Aficionados

    Roncolo 1888

    Dating back to the 16th century and once the noble country pad of Marquises and Counts – the Roncolo 1888 is a boutique guesthouse-hotel set within 130-hectares of the Venturini Baldini viticultural estate.

  • Borgo Eibn Mountain Lodge overlooks the Carnic Alps in Sauris, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. A boutique hotel, spa & restaurant with chalet style accommodation.
    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Borgo Eibn Mountain Lodge

    Caramel timbers, robust chunky stone and larch shingled rooftops amplifies Alpine charisma buttered across the three ‘Malghe’houses of the Borgo Eibn which are draped in the views of the Sauris plateau and the Dolomites.

  • FOLLONICO B&B is a romantic, boutique guesthouse in Montefollonico, Tuscany


    A restoration den of raw genius – a weathered Tuscan house close to Montefollonico that has been allowed to expose her weathered elements and complemented with chic salvaged interiors. An imaginative retreat of utter, rustic romance.

  • La Bandita Countryhouse, Tuscany, Italy

    La Bandita Countryhouse

    An aged private-hire farmhouse conversion that is brimming with smoothness and urban vibes. Original stonework is forged with pastel eggshell tones, modern furnishings and fresh tonal whites.

  • La Bandita, Pienza, Tuscany, Italy

    La Bandita Townhouse

    An aged former Convent, the history and heritage of this house has been lovingly exposed to play host to modern furnishings and a chilled vibe right in the heart of old town Pienza.

  • Il Cannito boutique guesthouse in the lush hillside location backing on to the Cilento & Vallo di Diano National Park

    Il Cannito

    A tiny redoubt of stripped, twisted beams, limestone walls and a modern interior. There’s an air of culture at this aged – and much loved – restored monastery, which perches on a verdant hillside overlooking distant Capri and close to the Paestum Temples.

  • the Boutique agriturismo Masseria Cimino Puglia, Italy

    Masseria Cimino

    Agriturismo simplicity meets designer theatrics here at this chilled farmhouse awash in white and filled with rustic bric-a-brac. A candlelit gem that sits amongst the twisted olive trees, rubbing shoulders with a golf course and the Adriatic.

  • Filario Hotel Lake Como | Lezzeno, Lombardy Italy | The Aficionados
    Lake Como


    A sleek modernist mansion sitting front row on the Lezzeno shoreline of Lake Como, backed by a mountainous canopy forest. A homage to Italian custom, style and native craftsmanship, Filario flirts with time-past decadence and chilled luxury – an elegant paring of design and heritage overlooking Bellagio, Villa Balbianello, and Comacina Island.


  • Durgerdam - Coastal Retreat close to Amsterdam Sailing Boats| De Durgerdam | Luxury Boutique Hotel The Netherlands | The Aficionados

    De Durgerdam

    Creativity, nature, heart, design, deep comfort and food fuse at this house hotel and restaurant on the other side of Amsterdam, along the wild shores of Durgerdam, 20 minutes from downtown.


  • The Aficionados - Design Hotel in the wilderness, Juvet Hotel, Norway

    Juvet Landscape Hotel

    An unfussy architectural gem that floats above a bed of the greenest and most delicate fauna like a scene from the latest Hobbit epic, this is total immersion in nature from your spectacular viewing pods – here, less is definitely more.

  • Herangtunet, Boutique, Hotel, Heggenes, Norway, stylish, nature, front door

    Herangtunet Boutique Hotel

    An old logged, fairytale-like gingerbread house, wrapped in a lush carpet of nature. Inside, designer interiors narrate this chameleonic hub of eclectic creativity – it is traditional, pleasingly crafted and naturally cool.


  • Palacio Principe Real | Luxury Boutique Hotel Lisbon | The Aficionados

    Palácio Príncipe Real

    A noble Palácio of cor de rosa in the leafy Príncipe Real district dates back to 1877, a luxurious family residence that courted Lisboan high society. Aptly, this former heritage palace is a rather fabulous boutique hotel of style – it is grandeur: suitably chilled.

  • Na Travessa Suites Porto | Design Guesthouse Portugal | The Aficionados

    Na Travessa Suites

    Na Travessa pleasingly resides almost incognito amongst its neighbours, it is unassuming, familiar and reveals little about the poetic architectural features within.

  • Alcácer do Sal Villa Suites Portugal | Casa Fortunato | The Aficionados
    Alcácer do Sal

    Casa Fortunato

    With a handful of rooms, suites and studios to opt for, it is tough to know which one to fall in love with - they each have a distinct identity and are all infectiously gorgeous.

  • Pico do Refúgio, art, hotel, boutique, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

    Pico do Refúgio

    Artsy modernism melts within aged tea plantation walls perched upon a verdant hilltop – a house of uninterrupted rural life where Azorean beauty bursts from the terracotta architecture and the scents of wild coastal nature clean the air.


  • Lundies House Tongue Sutherland

    Lundies House

    This reclusive stopover will give you reason to pause and take in the stillness of your environment while revelling in the perfectly blended alchemy of Scottish and Scandinavian style.

  • Kinloch Lodge in Sutherland Scotland is a boutique guesthouse and B&B

    Kinloch Lodge

    Once a remote shooting lodge home to the Duke of Sutherland, Kinloch
    Lodge now provides a remote and inviting retreat into the vastness of

  • Kyle House Sutherland - a design retreat in the Scottish highlands

    Kyle House

    In a toned-down material palette of stone, timber, metal and glass, the brutal stone exteriors are hushed by Danish functionality: each piece of furniture carefully considered so as to embellish nothing but the raw landscapes, framed in oak.

  • Killiehuntly Cottages Scotland |The Aficionados Houses

    Killiehuntly Cottages

    Design Bothy & Geordie's Cottage close to the Cairngorms National Park, ideal for a small family or as a Highland refuge, this aged restored cottage is decorated with Scandi influences and Scottish crafts - complete with log stove.

  • Killiehuntly, farmhouse, hotel, design, Scottish, Highlands, interiors, boutique

    Killiehuntly Farmhouse

    A tiny weathered Scottish farmhouse plays host to Scandinavian contemporary design and Scottish crafted pieces from the Highlands - an irresistible combo of old and new, heritage meets the design - affectionately known as the 'Scandi-Scot'.


  • Luxury design retreat Son Bull Hotel Rural Sanctuary Pollença, Mallorca's best kept secrets

    Son Brull Rural Sanctuary

    A monastic designer den of rural appeal set in a 30-hectare estate, this rural sanctuary has clubhouse flair, a sleek modernist touch and loads of sun-kissed sophistication. Altogether, a chilled off-radar adaption of indulgent luxury.


  • the boutique Flora Hotel Gothenburg, Sweden

    Hotel Flora

    A funky creative home to fashionistas and hipsters, trendy grandmas and urban kids - this is where generations mix with ease. Hotel Flora’s playfully light, vibrant boutique interior sees the modern designer hotel fused with Nordic confidence and a nudge of hot Brooklyn vibe.


  • Pontisella Stampa | Bergell, Grisons, Switzerland | The Aficionados

    Pontisella Stampa

    A curated style jungle of mid-century furnishings, abstract modernism and bespoke pieces are flavoured by the original pine panelling dating back to 1848 - and all this cuteness is wrapped in a canvas of wild herbs and mountain eye candy.

  • Villa Flor, Hotel, Upper Engadin, design, Alps, ski

    Villa Flor

    Unapologetically vivid, this preferred pad of intellect and creativity is awash in Art Nouveau flamboyance tamed with clever 1950s-inspired design interventions. A stylishly cool home of the arts, brushed with boldness.

  • Brücke 49 Herberge Vals - a small design guesthouse with luxury nordic style, Switzerland

    Brücke 49

    A fabulously humble basecamp of good design for kindreds of style, Brücke 49 is a collection of rooms, suites, studios and apartments in the high-in-the-mountains creative enclave, Vals.

  • The Hide Hotel | Flims | Laax Falera Switzerland | The Aficionados

    The Hide

    A chilled habitat of modern alpine vibe, this ski bolthole is dapper, plush and Martini cool. A suave lair of modern alpine style that flirts with the traditions of the Alps and is the perfect habitat for the ski fraternity and summer activity junkies.

  • Spedition Hotel & Restaurant - a small design boutique hotel in Thun, Switzerland

    Spedition Hotel & Restaurant

    A bijou design hotel laced in a plush hipness of crushed velvets, soft linens, aged oak beams and lovely quirky accessories – a dash of peacock blue, gold, burgundy and teal usher a signature of urban cool to this
    120-year-old dairy warehouse.

  • Beausite Design Hotel | Best Views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt


    Perched high, this reborn majesty presides over the larch-wrapped resort of Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais, a design hotel that rekindles the Geist of Golden Age alpinism.

  • Villa Hundert Engelberg | The Best Design Hotels in Switzerland

    Villa Hundert

    Eye candy sets the tone, a decisively chilled design refuge of honeyed timbers and smooth noir accented interiors, a foodie basecamp and cabin-esque hideout for the lovers of keeping it easy, perched hillside overlooking Engelberg.

United States of America

  • Fabulous Penthouse Suite at The Greenwich Hotel, NYC by Axel Vervoordt
    New York

    The Greenwich Hotel

    A combination of country house familiarity and urban chill. A designer orchestration of salvaged pieces, crafted textiles, aged ceramics and bespoke furnishings that are housed in a traditional red-brick new build – this new luxury kid on the block gives TriBeCa the unpretentious grand hotel it so craved.