The world within reach
Hotel Daniel Graz
With its Gothic cathedral, citadel and ornate palaces, Graz, located halfway between Vienna and Ljubljana, ticks all the boxes when it comes to old imperial cities. But Austria’s second-largest city harbors surprises, with its predilection for design galleries, festivals (over 20 annually) and bold architecture. Situated on the same bank as the eye-popping Kunsthaus, the Daniel is ideal for taking the city’s pulse. Its 1950s facade has been transformed into a pink, green and blue checkerboard, and its 107 carefully decorated rooms embody “smart luxury,” fusing luxury and simplicity. Prices are affordable, and there’s also homemade honey, an espresso bar and Vespas for guests to use, as well as a rooftop suite in the form of a 44 m2 cube.
Hotel Daniel graz
1, Europaplatz. Tél. +43 316 711 080 0.www.hoteldaniel.com
WE Hostel Design
Behind the WE’s elegant facade and black railings is a place where backpackers can stay together and make new friends. The dormitories (including one for women only with a private bathroom) and two rooms can accommodate up to 46 guests. Wi-Fi and breakfast are included, but there’s a fully equipped kitchen for budding chefs. The all-white interior of this renovated building (1910) is furnished with vintage and contemporary pieces. In the communal spaces (with a blackboard ceiling for leaving messages), you can work, lounge and play. With its outdoor bar and garden, the WE provides a tranquil haven, located not far from a bike rental shop and the Ibirapuera Park. You will feel right at home.
We Hostel Design
Rua Morgado de Mateus, 567, Vila Mariana. Tél. +55 11 2615 2262.www.wehostel.com.br
Across from Piazza San Marco lies Giudecca, gazing out to the sites of central Venice just opposite. The Generator Hostel, away from the tourist hubbub while offering a grandstand seat, occupies a former warehouse whose original facade, columns, and staircase endow the place with a certain charm. Modern comforts in the rooms, dormitories and communal spaces.
Fondamenta Zitelle, 86. Tél. +39 (0)41 877 8288.www.generatorhostels.com
Casa Gràcia Hostel
No matter how comfortable and welcoming a hotel might be, it is often a place where you stay for only a night. The Casa Gràcia Hostel is a great place for socializing, where travelers, local residents and neighborhood shopkeepers mingle, regularly taking part in events. This contact with the locals adds a dash of authenticity that makes this cosmopolitan spot a bit special. Whether staying in the comfortable dormitory, in a double room or in a suite with terrace offering a stunning view of Barcelona, everyone feels as though they were part of the barrio.
Casa gràcia hostel
Passeig de Gràcia, 116 bis. Tél. +34 931 740 528.www.casagraciabcn.com
Clavertye Shepherds Huts
In 2015, at their family farm in Kent, on England’s southern coast, Hannah and Mark opened two identical wooden trailers. There’s fresh bread, butter and milk, as well as a wood burner, cozy bed corner and solar panels, providing impeccable comfort and a feel of self-sufficiency. Choose between a clearing filled with primroses and bluebells or a hillside with a view of the valley and buzzards in flight. The silence hesitated between the two for a long time, before choosing both.
Clavertye Shepherds Huts
Hawes Farm, Clavertye. Tél. +44 (0)1 303 840 231.www.wildwoodlandretreat.co.uk
Just five minutes’ walk from the Saint-Ouen flea market, a convivial new hub has just taken root, a communal place of shared experiences designed by Philippe Starck and Cyril Aouizerate (Mama Shelter hotels and MOB vegan restaurants). It’s a hotel with 92 rooms that can accommodate up to five guests (modest prices, luxurious bedding, organic toiletries, Wi-Fi, teepee for children), with a rooftop vegetable garden tended by local residents. The address is also home to a start-up, supports artistic activities and organizes concerts and screenings (there’s a Japanese film festival this month). You can rent iPads from the reception desk, and in the pizza restaurant there’s a library of 6,000 paperbacks, which are also for sale. Food trucks supplement the eating options. An oasis for inquisitive nomads, on the edge of Paris.
4-6, rue Gambetta. Tél. +33 (0)1 47 00 70 70.www.mobhotel.com
This palatial home in Lisbon has such high ceilings that even triple bunkbeds fall short of the moldings. A former ambassador’s residence, this placehalf-inn, half-hotelbelongs to The Independente Collective, which also owns another bohemian address in the same little street, more luxurious this time and just a stone’s throw from the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Amid a mishmash of eras (100-year-old parquet, construction site timber and Art Deco furniture), travelers have a choice of options. The sociable backpacker will opt for one of the 11 dormitories, which are so spacious they feel like living rooms that have been transformed into guestrooms for a party. Those seeking a more contemplative setting will be drawn to the private balconies of one of the four suites, with breakfast served overlooking the gleaming Tagus. Guests of every stripe come together in the communal room for a movie night, or head to the rooftop restaurant, The Insólito, fitted out like a gourmet attic.
the independente hostel & suites
81, rua de São Pedro de Alcântara. Tél. +351 21 130 26 34.www.theindependente.pt
A comme Afrique. Impressions d’Afrique Avec un peu d’imagination, avec quelques accessoires aussi, avec une allée et des palmes, la Sicile, c’est aussi l’Afrique. Il ne s’agit pas d’arpenter la ville. Ailleurs est ce qui arrive.
A as in Africa: Impressions of Africa With a bit of imagination and a few accessories, such as a path and some palms, Sicily can also be Africa. You don’t have to amble all over the city. Afar is what appears.
Book and Bed
This library-hotel in Kyoto, where guests can settle in among shelves filled with thousands of books (in English and Japanese), is a bookworm’s dream. Minimally furnished, these spaces are a haven for literature lovers, manga fans and guidebook insomniacs, and anyone who likes to read for a while before turning out the light. If you’re staying the night, you’ll have to share a bathroom. Some of the 20 “rooms” overlook the Kamo River. Drift from one page to the next.
Book and bed
9F Kamogawa Building, 200, Nakanocho-Nishiiru Higashiyama-ku.www.bookandbedtokyo.com
Dormitories are usually synonymous with a loss of privacy, but Away Hostel offers shared rooms in which the beds are small pods, veritable cocoons of coziness in which it is possible to shut yourself away. The building also houses double rooms with their own distinctive character, as well as pleasant, convivial communal spaces. The Groom cocktail bar, nightclub and concert hall opened recently just next door, with a program like the city itself: cutting edge and laid-back.
21, rue Alsace-Lorraine. Tél. +33 (0)4 78 98 53 20.www.awayhostel.com