This week's ZINE comes courtesy of our 3D Creative, Sam.
"I love to travel but have to confess I’m a total hotel snob. I will happily scale the side of a volcano if I know there's a comfy boutique room at the end of it.
Here are 3 x of my favourite hotels".
1. Drake Hotel, Toronto
At home in the Brooklyn of Toronto, Queen Street West, the Drake is a self-proclaimed hot bed for culture.
It's no surprise the rooms are stacked full of individual personality. Although the in-room bathroom may be an eye opener for the more modest amongst us.
Each room marries mid-century with modern art, a theme which runs throughout the rest of the hotel and beyond with specially curated pieces and a 'Drake Art' residency programme.
At night, the Drake Underground leads the hotel’s culture scene, with the general store next door offering home-grown Canadian retail therapy.
There is nothing precious about The Drake. You can party all night underground, catch a movie in the sky-yard or sip cocktails. It's your choice.
Come as you are and join the Drake community.
Ion Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir, Iceland
The Ion Hotel is a natural retreat that exceeded all expectations. Hidden away in the blackened lava fields of Thingvellir National Park, it feels almost otherworldly.
Looking out across the lunar landscape less than an hour from Reykjavik, it's difficult to remember if any other civilisation even exists?
The "Scandi-chic" interior by design studio Minarc reflects the rugged beauty of its volcanic surroundings, with accents of salvaged driftwood and solid chunks of lava.
These brutal finishes are softened by the cosiest Icelandic sheep skin, so you forget it's below zero degrees outside.
If you're really brave (some would say sadistic), you can take a dip in the outside geothermal pool to warm up instead.
Seasonal new nordic cuisine, a UNESCSO World Heritage Site and artisanal decor. What's not to love?
They even offer a wake up call should the northern lights appear when you're resting your head on fair-trade pillows, although good luck to the person who ever tries to wake me up.
Sat in the Northern Lights Bar, looking out over the rugged terrain, chilled drink in hand and staring out to a picture perfect view, I did contemplate never returning to normality and staying at the Ion forever.
The Ned, London
The Ned is part of the Soho House & Co portfolio. With outposts as wide spread as Mumbai and Sunset Boulevard, this joint venture with the Sydel Group is a little closer to home.
Sir Edwin Lutyen’s abandoned Midland Bank in the capital’s financial district has been transformed into a 5-star hotel.
Inspired by its Grade I listed architecture, the interiors resurrect the bygone era of the 1920’s and 30’s.
Original features from the old bank still remain intact. The walnut clad tellers desks are now bar tables, the central reception desk a stage and the underground vault is a cocktail lounge of course!
With 10 restaurants, a spa, a barber’s shop and hairdressers, a members club, a rooftop pool and gym, five event spaces and 250 rooms, the Ned reimagines the definition of ‘hotel’.
It is more than just a place to rest your head it’s a destination. As with all the Soho House ventures the focus on lifestyle and ‘creative souls’ means that every detail is designed to fit perfectly with the home from home aesthetic.
You can even shop the story and take-home the crystal cut glassware that you drank your espresso martini from.
Yes, it is opulent and overindulgent but who cares? Time to treat yourself.
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