Legendary or more exotic, these hotels will delight even those who have seen everything. Here are five establishments with extra soul.
Sunset Tower - the prestige of Old HollywoodThe
Certainly, Chateau Marmont is still popular among party goers, but ask any director where he goes down to Los Angeles when he seeks the calm, privacy and a certain quaint chic old Hollywood, and he will answer you the Sunset Tower. It must also be said that California light helps to appreciate the view ... Infos: sunsettowerhotel.com
Il Pellicano - from Tuscany never tired
When the Pellicano, in the extreme south of Tuscany, was put on sale a few years ago, it was not bought by a real estate investor, but by one of his regulars. This is to say the love generated by the establishment in the hearts of its residents. Initially, however, the place may discourage the discoverer: it sells branded tote bags and books to the glory of his great years, the view from the terrace is almost too unstoppable to be true, and people there queue without aggression to immortalize on their smartphone. But, but ... The thousands of ecstatic customers who have been there for decades can not all have been cheated on the merchandise, and in fact, Instagram or not, the place is breathtakingly beautiful . The people we meet there come down for ten, twelve, fifteen, twenty years, they plan their year depending on when they spend a few weeks at the Pellicano. For some, it was their parents who took them there as children. They know all the good rooms, know which of the two restaurants to choose for dinner, and which club sandwich to order. What is funny is that no one seems jaded to be there: it is for everyone a pleasure of every moment. In spite of its legendary reputation and prices for the least salty, the establishment is not particularly luxurious - but everything is exactly in its place. And that's what makes all the difference between a super-chic hotel where you'll never go down until you forget it, and a magical place to think about every day of the year. will follow, and that will make us fill our piggy bank to be certain to be able to return there.
The Goldeneye - James Bond in Jamaïque
Initially, it is a house, on a private property, where lived Ian Fleming, who wrote the fourteen volumes of the adventures of James Bond. In the 1970s, the owner of the label Island, Chris Blackwell, bought it to settle there and welcome his friendly friends, like Grace Jones or Bob Marley. Little by little, he had a few cottages built there, forcibly transforming his estate into a hotel. But on the spot, the border between the two statutes still remains very vague, and one feels there so much that one does not ask even more the question: one savors, out of time and worry.
Budir Hotel - Icelandic haven of Nico Muhly
When the neo-minimalist composer needs icy fullness, he will pick her up at this lost hotel on an Icelandic peninsula. "The Budir on Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of my favorite places in the world. It's just awful, on a creek a few hours drive from Reykjavik. You can see the glaciers to the west, the sea to the east, and a tiny black church behind, at the top of a hill. The rooms are simple, but not simple in the Scandinavo-minimalist way more or less chic: we have framed paintings on the walls, sensitive lighting, a bit like living in someone's home. The real paradise for me is the lounge-fireplace which is at the bottom of the stairs and offers a spectacular view, through two bay windows, on this austere and comforting landscape. In winter, it feels almost alone, with the impression of being at the end of the world, but in a kind of cocoon of luxury, calm and voluptuousness. "
The Dwarika - Diplo's Den in Kathmandu
The American DJ-star often takes up residence in this establishment: "This is the best preserved old hotel I've seen in my life. I do not know of any place that sums up the environment where it is built. I became friends with the boss, Vijay. Everything is brick, and every door, every window, every table comes from the collection that Vijay's grandfather has built up over the years. I can spend hours contemplating them. "
Journalist : Daniel Riley