The Westin Hamburg
Here, the Elbe hurtles toward the North Sea. The waves of the facade’s 1,000 glass elements wink at the sky while those on the concave roof are ruffled by the wind. Waves of music inundate two concert halls (classical, pop, electro and jazz), and there are waves of joy in discovering The World of Instruments, next door to the Westin. Nestled in the eastern part of the Elbphilharmonie designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Westin’s 244 quiet rooms and suites offer harmonious views of the city and port.
The Westin Hamburg
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 2. Tél. +49 40 8000 100.www.westinhamburg.com
With neighbors like Gibson, Sony and MassiveMusic, the Sir Adam Hotel in Amsterdam simply had to pay tribute to the music industry. Occupying the first eight floors of the emblematic A’DAM Tower and refurbished last year, the comfortable, spacious rooms boast guitars and turntables. The lobby, transformed into a communal space, has a large selection of vinyl records that guests can listen to in their rooms while enjoying the magnificent northern skies.
Chapeaux de marin breton, en wax de coton et patte en cuir Maison Château Rouge x Béton Ciré Étui de 3 savons parfumés pour homme (Tonifiant, Relaxant, Exfoliant) Le Baigneur
Bague Pégase sertie d’un statère en argent du Ve siècle avant JC, or rouge et rubis Maison Auclert Aiguière à orangeade Urban en argent, verre et ébène Marischael
Guéridon Stephen Hawking, marqueterie de cuivre et acier peints Bovy Bemberg
Overhoeksplein 7. Tél. +31 20 215 95 00.www.siradamhotel.com
Hotel Saint Cecilia
Let’s start by recalling that Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians. This address (where a descendant of Davy Crockett once stayed) keeps the promise of its name, with Geneva sound systems and Rega turntables in the 14 rooms, each of which is different. There is a collection of vintage LPs you can sample and Gibson guitars to rent. For those who are more in tune with their bodies, there’s a heated pool, bicycles to borrow and a lobby with a fireplace. In-room spa and styling services are also available on request. Located in the heart of South Congress, the epicenter of culture in Austin, the Saint Cecilia cultivates a bold late ’60s/early ’70s vibe. A rebellious comfort? More like a comfortable rebellion.
Chorégraphe, danseuse et réalisatrice, elle crée le spectacle Robot en 2013, danse avec l’étoile Maria Alexandrova dans Déesses & Démones en 2015, et tourne Elektro Mathematrix, comédie musicale urbaine dans les salles ce mois-ci.
Blanca Li created the show Robot in 2013, danced with the Russian étoile Maria Alexandrova in Déesses & Démones in 2015, and shot her urban musical Elektro Mathematrix, in cinemas this month.
hotel Saint Cecilia
112 Academy Drive. Tél. +1 512 852 2400.www.hotelsaintcecilia.com
Domaine Royal Palm
Under the sun, the “thwack” of balls struck by clubs on the 18 holes laid out by Cabell B. Robinson and the “pock” of those exchanged on the tennis courts call to each other. The splash of divers in the pool, the laughter at the Kids Club and the murmur of languid conversations from the deckchairs ripple through the air. The buzzing and chirping in the olive grove, up in the palms, beneath the foliage of the orange trees and in the lavender blooms, vibrate in concert. Then, at nightfall, the 88 piano keys embellish the evening with jazzy notes in the bar. As if on a score, Jean-François Adam has designed horizontal spaces open to the panoramic views of the Haouz Plain.
domaine Royal Palm
Km 12 route d’Amizmiz. Tél. +212 524 458 746.www.domaineroyalpalm.com
Le Méridien Étoile
Don’t be deceived by the monumental structure, a relic of the 1970s: the largest hotel in Paris (1,025 rooms) conceals a small auditorium on the ground floor, a jazz lover’s den called the Jazz Club Étoile, where Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, B.B. King and Dee Dee Bridgewater have all performed. Transformed by a duo of architects from London (who renovated the rest of the place), rejuvenated by a program that embraces jazz, blues and funk, this club seating 180 has rediscovered its legendary vibe, with tables a few meters from the stage, alcoves, leather seats, and a whirl of plates and cocktails. Concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and an acoustic brunch every Sunday.
Le Méridien étoile
81, boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr. Tél. +33 (0)1 40 68 34 34.www.lemeridienetoile.com
The William Vale
For New Yorkers, this hotel that sprouted on the banks of the East River last September is the new kid on the block, located in the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, in northern Brooklyn. Everything about it is spectacular: from afar, the futurist silhouette designed by the architect Albo Liberis seems to be perched on pillars. Inside, the 183 rooms have floor to ceiling windows and private balconies, and there’s an open-air rooftop pool. Opposite stands Manhattan, a perfect distance away: far enough that you can trace the skyline, close enough that you can see the reflections of the glass windows. To top things off, there’s a multifaceted cultural program: evenings, DJs take over the bar on the 22nd floor, jazz musicians groove by the water, and yoga classes (with a view) follow literary talks. New York at its refined and eclectic best.
The William Vale
11 N.12th Street, Brooklyn. Tél. +1 718 6 31 84 00.www.thewilliamvale.com
Hôtel du Temps
The vibe is laid-back at the Hôtel du Temps: a set and concert designer, Laura Léonard, joined forces with the stylist Alix Thomsen for the new decor of this perfectly sized spot (22 rooms, 1 suite) in the north of Paris. White and cream interiors, green and jungle prints, handcrafted or flea market furniture, mirrors and attic rooms. The basement, which is for hire, is a tad louche: down a few steps is a cellar that is half-boudoir, half-clandestine bar, with banquettes, a thick rug and an upright piano. The music is brought by the guests, plugged into speakers, volume turned right up under the vaulted ceiling or softer around the tables. A festive home away from home, without (necessarily) inviting the neighbors.
Hôtel du Temps
11, rue de Montholon. Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 37 16.www.hotel-du-temps.fr
Rio de Janeiro
For the decor of the Fasano in Rio de Janeiro, Philippe Starck drew on the ’50s and ’60s, the golden age of bossa nova. Owner Rogério Fasano is a music lover and picked out items from his own music collection to decorate the walls in the Bareto-Londra bar, where Bebel Gilberto and Gilberto Gil once performed and where concerts are still held.
Avenida Vieira Souto, 80. Tél. +55 21 3202 4000.www.fasano.com.br
The music of the ocean in the distance, by turns gentle and stormy, can be heard everywhere: it knocks on the windows of the 42 rooms and suites and invites vacationers to step out onto their balcony or terrace, it provides a rhythmic backdrop to meals in the two restaurants and soothes swimmers as they emerge from the pool. But what is most unique about the Christopher are the other sounds that bring the lounge to life: the sharp DJ set every Tuesday, the Caribbean rhythms that spice up the barbecue on Friday and the live music that accompanies Sunday brunch. Never intrusive or over-powering, these sounds blend into the refined, understated ambiance of this place, where everyone can find the atmosphere they are looking for.