New standout hotels across the globe.
A new gin-themed boutique hotel — aptly named The Distillery — opened in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood late last year. Featuring two bars with more than 100 gins on offer, a 400-liter copper still, and three guest rooms (each of which is stocked with, you guessed it, a gin minibar), The Distillery aims to provide an immersive, spirit-honoring experience. Guests can even create their own personal gin blend in The Ginstitute and learn more about the spirit’s 300-year history at the in-house museum. Cheers!
Each winter for nearly three decades, the Icehotel in northern Sweden has welcomed brave guests into a chilly wonderland, quite literally made of snow and ice. But this year, the experience won’t have to end come springtime; rather, owners have decided to keep a section of the hotel open year-round, thanks to solar-powered technology that will cool 20 ice suites, an art gallery, a chapel, and a bar to a sufficiently frosty -5 degrees Celsius. Guests sleep in thermal sleeping bags beneath reindeer hides, and the sauna is always open to warm up chilled bones. But if the experience still sounds a bit too cold for your liking, rest assured: Warm rooms are also available.
Located in the city’s ancient Jaffa district, the W Tel Aviv — the brand’s first in Israel, opening this spring — gives new life to old beauty. The 127-room hotel and apartment complex revived two adjacent structures: a 19th-century French hospital and the former School of the Sisterhood of St. Joseph. British architect John Pawson worked alongside Tel Aviv’s Ramy Gill Architects & Urban Designers to design the minimalistic hotel, with such standout features as a bar inhabiting the former convent’s stained glass chapel and 12th-century ruins framing the main lobby. Add in panoramic views of the Mediterranean Coast, and the hotel perfectly captures the elegance for which its brand is known.