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  • Best for: haute cuisine


    London, England

    In the capital’s buzzing East End, the grandiose Town Hall Hotel looms large. The Edwardian building – revamped into 98 rooms that feel like chic personal apartments – fills up with creative types who come for the Michelin-starred Viajante restaurant and its enticing 12-course tasting menu, not to mention the glistening marble pool and 24-hour gym. A surprisingly elegant find.
    Insider tip: Order from the Town Hall Tea Lady, Mabel, for martinis delivered directly to your bedroom door. From £140;

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    Best for: artistic spaces

    12 Decades,

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Ten years ago you would not have set foot in Maboneng. Now, the district is one of the world’s top new neighborhoods, thanks to its restaurants, boutique stores and a community arts program to “color the concrete jungle”. This hotel entices a cool crowd with incentives to stay for free, if they produce artwork for the town. Rooms are decorated by different artists to represent periods in Johannesburg’s history and range from the stark to the sumptuous. Insider tip: Don’t miss the complementary street-art tour, held every Sunday. From ZAR$820;

    The sleek De Montfort Suite in London’s Town Hall Hotel

    The “Vision – Main Street Life” room in 12 Decades, designed by Marcus Neustetter

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    Photographs: Paul Hawley

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