Space Shack are travelling fanatics who enjoy gallivanting around cities across the globe; nothing beats exploring what place has to offer from it's extraordinary architecture to the regional food. Sometimes, a city can exceed all expectations, but the hotel you're staying in doesn’t impress you as much and can this can put a dampener on your time away. We've put together our five favourite European hotels in London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. We've chosen two from each location, one hotel we've stayed in and the other somewhere we'd love to visit as we've only heard great things and interiors are on our list to experience firsthand.
The Hoxton, United Kingdom
Location: Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU
The Hoxton is a great place to dine on a Friday evening, it has a great atmosphere, and the interior is elegant yet at the same time have an industrial feel to them, so you never forget that you’re in Shoreditch. We highly recommend going to The Hoxton even if it is for a drink but if you get the chance, have a look at their hotel rooms. I was pleasantly surprised, they’re very toned down and not so colourful as the ground floor. Instead, dark tones have been used which allows you to unwind and relax.
Mondrian, United Kingdom
Location: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Being located right next to the Thames, the Mondrian offers stunning views of London, with the famous Oxo Tower adjacent to it. If you visit, expect decadent interiors which stand as a piece of art themselves amongst the few sculptures located inside the Mondrian.
Location: 8 Rue Van Gogh, Paris 75012
Paris is always so beautiful, especially with the many patisseries which lure you in with their intoxicating smells, plus the historic architecture that never seems to get old. Entering the citizenM hotel somewhat makes you feel as though you’re back in Shoreditch with their mismatched furniture. However, there’s no doubt that this place doesn’t appeal to young adults with its colourful artwork that brings their modern interiors to life and ultimately creates a cosy atmosphere, and a perfect place to enjoy one of the most romantic capitals in Europe.
Kapital Opéra, France
Location: 34 Rue de Moscou, Paris 75008
The Kapital Opéra brings a new kind of sophistication that has never been seen before in Paris. The focal point of this hotel for me is the gold stairway that winds up the neutral hallway; it just adds that little bit of contemporary 'French chic' to the hotel. The use of dark timber and patterned carpet also adds a sense of luxury making it a haven and an ideal escape for any couple looking to get away.
Upper Diagonal Hotel, Spain
Location: 7 Passeig de Manuel Girona, 7, Barcelona 08034
Unlike some hotels, the Upper Diagonal Hotel in Barcelona uses a lot of dark tones and materials in its public spaces. Compare this to the hotel rooms which are full of light with neutral tones to compliment the minimalistic style. The perfect place to stay in Barcelona in if you’re sightseeing and need a secluded spot to rest your head after all that exploring!
Sofia Hotel, Spain
Location: Plaça de Pius XII, 4, Barcelona 08028
The Sofia Hotel has to be one of my favourite of all hotel interiors! The bright pastel colours, complimented with a dark jewel blues make the bedroom interiors so classy and relaxing, ideal for those travellers who are also light sleepers and the minimalistic timber bathroom creates an airy space to unwind in. Sofia's approach to interiors is current and so on trend right now. Their rooms are fresh and exciting, ideal for those trendsetters vacationing during Summer for those looking for a bit of warmth during the Winter months.
The Student Hotel, Netherlands
Location: Wibautstraat 129, Oost, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1091 GL
Having seen many student hotels and hostels, you can imagine I haven’t been entirely impressed. However, this hotel which primarily caters for students takes on a radical approach to its interiors with the use of dark materials combined with splashes of bright colours in their lobby, Games Room and bedrooms making the environment youthful and fun yet still giving off vibes of a mature traveller.
Kimpton De Witt, Netherlands
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 RC
In contrast, the Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam lives and breathes elegance with its use of royal colours. We particularly love the lighting used to highlight simple features to your room like the majestic Super King bed, or if you visit the hotel bar, the lighting is used to draw a spotlight on your cocktail. This thoughtful and clever approach adds so much to the interiors of the Dutch establishment.
Hotel SP34, Denmark
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, 1012 RC Sankt Peders Stræde 34, Copenhagen, Denmark 1453
Being a fan of Scandinavian interiors, Hotel SP34 encompasses the minimal yet functional ethos that surrounds Scandinavian interiors. The use of timber brings warmth and comfort into the grey palette used for the interiors as well as the breakout space which uses additional planters, turning the place you can't wait to check into on your next visit to Denmark.
Nimb Hotel, Denmark
Location: Bernstorffsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark 1577
The Nimb Hotel is very extravagant which is apparent as soon as you walk in with the dark framework used throughout the hotel, which creates a moody atmosphere. The use of patterns breaks up these deep tones and making the hotel space more light and relaxing ideal for any business trip or romantic getaway.
Love Omar x