While the sister of the Metropolitan Hotel also subscribes to the principles of Zen, you will hardly notice it. But if you really want to know: Each floor's design is shaped according to a different element. But you will see little of it because the Italian design diminishes the Eastern philosophy with subdued colours, and the large windows direct your gaze outwards instead of inwards. Inside, however, the aroma reminds of Bulgari. And, in fact, shampoo, shower gel, soap and other toiletries at the marble bath are made by the Italian brand. But enough of Italy and back to the East. The hotel's Restaurant Nahm serves the best Thai kitchen in Europe, at least according to Michelin, who decorated the cuisine with a star. After so much culinary indulging you can work out your bad conscience at the gym, or relax during a yoga session, or pass by the Metropolitan. There, you have access to the Como-Spa. Afterwards we recommend a drink at the bar, the latter in a somewhat bland design like the other public rooms, but that doesn't matter, really. The rooms are truly beautiful and eventually only the inner values count, right? Double room from approx. 450 Euros per night.
Town Hall Hotel
Apartments have advantages: You can cook yourself and save money on expensive restaurants plus you have more rather than limited space. But what if you are in the mood for service, spa or the attentive waiter anyway? Then you should check into the Town Hall as the hotel is both hotel and holiday apartment, offering the best of both: a restaurant, for instance, or even a Personal Trainer at the gym. Design is not an issue here - there are so many styles, you won't find a favourite. The building is Art Deco, the pool is white marble, and the interior is Vintage, i.e. brown sofa with wooden feet of granny's era. But then you will be surprised by the ultra-modern bath in the glass cube with curtain. While the blend is bold, everything matches in the end, ranging from ancient hall to chic design hotel. That has its price - despite the little interesting, somewhat remote location: One apartment from 380 Euros per night.
Since 1718 nothing much has changed at the Hazlitt's: The beds are still of carved oak, the paintings and mirrors are gold-framed, the carpets and curtains are heavy. Only chamber pots and washbowls are missing to complete the scene but that's exactly where the picture changes. There are bathrooms at the Hazlitt's nowadays, and most of the candles have been replaced by electric bulbs. The hotel was named after Napoleon's biographer William Hazlitt, who would still feel at home here in this ancient treasure trove. While the flat-screens, DVD players and internet accesses would confuse him, he would still enjoy the library with a choice of autographed books - and there is no spa! Hazlitt would also be in best company here: Authors, publishers and artists very much appreciate the charm of the hotel and get together for a sherry or a chat near the bar's open fireplace. Even bestselling author J.K. Rowling was so enthused she didn't want to leave her room at all. No wonder: If you sleep in such a history-steeped ambience, you will for sure experience some magic moments. Double room from 251 Euros per night.