AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiada, Lisbon
On the site of the city’s arsenal on Praça do Municipio, an 18th-century building has been transformed into a 28-room boutique hotel. The style is colonial-meets-industrial chic, everything from the beds to the toiletries is made in Portugal, and an informal restaurant serves petiscos (tapas) and other regional dishes.
From €110, almalusahotels.com
Casa Bonay, Barcelona
This hip hotel in the Eixample district houses a cold-pressed juice bar, a restaurant serving rare sherries and natural cider, a pop-up Vietnamese lunch joint and a rooftop cocktail bar. Many of the 67 retro-minimalist rooms come with terraces or balconies, and yoga kits are provided. The building dates from 1869, and the Brooklyn design studio that renovated it retained the original hydraulic tiled floors and sliding doors.
• From €102, casabonay.com
Coq hotel, Paris
This may be a hotel in practice, but it is a members’ club in spirit (coq stands for Community of Quality). Guests are encouraged to add to a collaborative city guide, events are organised with local artists and craftspeople, and there are regular gatherings for aperitifs and tastings. The 50 rooms are masculine in tone, deep blue and grey with splashes of mustard, lots of brass and wood, and some sombre portraits. It is near the Place d’Italie in the up-and-coming 13th arrondissement.
• From €158 coq-hotel-paris
Hotel Oderberger, Berlin
These historic public baths were designed in 1898, opened in 1902 and closed in 1986. In January, the building reopened as a hotel, and in September the pool will reopen too. There are 72 modern rooms and two suites, with nods to changing rooms – you can almost smell the chlorine on sections of tiled wall complete with coat hooks. A fine-dining restaurant will also open in September, in the dramatic surroundings of the former thermal power station: three storeys and 15-metre-high ceilings. The drop in sterling pushes this just over the £100 mark, but it’s worth it.
• From €118, hotel-oderberger.berlin
Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj, Croatia
This boutique art hotel, which opened last summer, features an impressive collection of over 100 artworks from artists across Europe. In picturesque central Rovinj, the hotel has 18 bedrooms, a French brasserie-style restaurant, and a bar that serves Croatia’s largest selection of whiskies.
• From €99, maistra.com/adriatic_rovinj
Hotel Ziggurat, Guernsey
The Channel Islands might not be known for exciting accommodation, but Hotel Ziggurat, perched on the historic Constitution Steps in St Peter Port, stands out. Close to Market Square, it’s a bit of a climb to get here, but worth it for the warm welcome, Moroccan-themed restaurant (you can eat in one of the beach huts on the terrace too) and “private home” vibe. The 14 rooms may not be massive, but most have a balcony for soaking up the views towards Herm and Sark.
• From £90, hotelziggurat.com
Skuggi hotel, Reyjkavik
This hotel was inspired by a book of Icelandic photography, Behind the Mountains by Ragnar Axelsson, and it shows: everything is snowy white and icy grey, stark save for orange and yellow pendant lights and thick woollen blankets. It is right in the centre of Reykjavik, next to Hverfisgata, and close to the main shopping street, Laugavegur.
• From €122, keahotels.is
Quaint Hotel, Nadur, Gozo
Opened last summer in the picturesque village of Nadur, on tiny Gozo, off Malta, the Quaint is more of a restaurant with rooms, focused on the Fat Rabbit on the ground floor, a popular hangout for locals. Prettily located next to the parish church, it has a 19th-century exterior that belies the contemporary interior, with its 12 slick, pared-back bedrooms.
• From €55, quainthotelsgozo.com