Beyond city walls: 5 off the beaten track hotels

Date Posted: 18/12/2014

Ever visited a place and felt like you’d missed the best bits? Sometimes it takes a look beyond the cover of your basic rough guide to reveal a location’s hidden gems; and there’s nothing quite like a bit of local know-how from a unique hotel.

Here are five off the beaten track hotels across the world that aim to show you right into the nooks and crannies of their city walls.

The House Hotel Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey

The 20-suite House Hotel Galatasaray, located in one of the oldest districts of Istanbul (Çukurcuma), has a lot of very friendly neighbours.

Visit Çukurcuma Koftecisi to taste the region’s delicacy, köfte, before losing yourself in the warren of antique stores, street vendors, and coffee houses.

Join the weekly rooftop social, when the city’s movers and shakers are invited to mix and mingle with guests of the hotel.

Share your haggling highlights of the day with fellow antiquing enthusiasts, swap stories with other travelling nomads, or just let the stunning view envelop you as the sun sets over a thriving contemporary city built with ancient stones.

Mainport, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Mainport’s location right on the water in the Leuvehauven district of Rotterdam affords so many possibilities that newcomers might be a little overwhelmed.

Fear not, though, because this 215-room property designed by the experts at MAS Architectuur has you covered. ‘The Explorer’, the hotel’s own exclusive city guide, is your key to one of the busiest harbours in the world.

Being split up not only by category (architecture, shopping, culinary, going out) but also by type of journey (luxury and glamour, urban and vintage, indulge and unwind) guarantees that you’ll find something to perfectly suit your mood.

Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s first warehouse-turned-hotel, Ovolo Southside, is your exclusive guide to the south coast of the city.

Using the hotel’s customised directory, venture out to one of the more than 20 art galleries hidden in factories in the surrounding area.

The hotel itself features a multimedia events space and a Mediterranean restaurant, CIRQLE.

The rooftop bar ABOVE is frequented by local tastemakers as well as a bevy of DJs.

Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre, Sweden

It’s good to get an early start at the Copperhill Mountain Lodge, as fresh powder snow is purportedly the best to ski on.

As you breakfast on locally produced meat and cheese, let the friendly and knowledgeable staff point you to all the best hidden ski spots in the area.

From there it’s a simple matter of strapping on your gear and flying out the door, as the hotel’s ideal location features a true ski-in, ski-out experience.

112 Peter Bohlin-designed rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor hot springs, two saunas, and a large lap pool await you after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

H15 Boutique Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

The 46 rooms of the H15 Boutique Hotel are located at one of Warsaw’s most exclusive addresses, Poznanska Street, in the ?ródmie?cie (downtown) district of the Polish capital.

Start your day with a visit to the Rabbithole Art Room and Gallery, run by the interior designer of H15, Mariola Tomczak.

Afterwards, retreat to the Aficionado Room, a high-end whiskey and cigar lounge, or browse the wares of Eleven, a chic boutique filled with must-have items.

In the evening, sample the international cuisine at the hotel’s multiple award-winning and Michelin-recommended restaurant, Signature.

The above list was compiled by Design Hotels™. Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of 280 independent hotels in over 50 countries across the globe.

Pictured: The rooftop bar ABOVE at Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong, China

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