Best for entertainment
Created by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, who co-founded seminal NYC club Studio 54, this jewel on Berners Street has already lured the city’s cool gang since its launch during London Fashion Week. From the billiard table in the lobby to the velvet Chesterfield sofas, it’s quintessentially British with a new-generation feel that wows at night. Head to the basement nightclub and its “bar without a bar”, where drinks are served on a silver salver.
Insider tip: Book a one-bed suite with a terrace to watch the city light up after sunset. From £270; editionhotels.com
Best for not leaving your room
hotel amour, paris
This sexy, dark and discreet boutique hotel is a former bordello and still has an air of debauchery, with its blackened corridors and crushed-velvet furnishings. The bedrooms, some with open-plan bathrooms and private bars, clearly take center stage. With glow-in-the-dark graphics, disco balls and Terry Richardson photos, the focus is more on style than gadgetry (there’s no TV or phone), and the huge beds are worth staying in for.
Insider tip: The ivy-hung bistro courtyard, with candlelit tables and shady nooks, draws a fun crowd. From €165; hotelamourparis.fr
Rooms are minimal (below), while Berners Tavern is traditional with a twist (left)
Dark hues and a decadent mood: bedrooms made to linger in (top)
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Photos: Nikolas Koenig