Out of Town:
|Today, lodging that will help make your trip memorable.
ROOM 606, Copenhagen
For design buffs in general and mid-century modernistas in particular, have we got a room for you.
Arne Jacobsen, who put most of the Danish and a lot of the modern in Danish modern, is most remembered for his chair designs. The Ant chair, the bent plywood Model 3107 chair, the Egg and the Swan are some of his most celebrated accomplishments.
Those last two, the Egg and the Swan, were designed for Copenhagen's SAS Royal Hotel, which opened in 1960. In many ways, it was the world's first designer hotel. Jacobsen designed virtually every piece of it—the facade, the silverware, the souvenirs.
Over time, the hotel lost almost all its Jacobsen works. Now known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, there is still one room that retains its Eggs, its Swans, and its lovely Drop chairs, as well as built-in makeup mirrors, radio and intercom system. And you can stay there.
Ask for Room 606. It's about $730 a night, so it's a serious splurge. But if you don't feel like shelling out to see it, you can stay at the hotel for about $215 a night. As a guest, the hotel will allow you to see the room if it's available.
HI MATIC, Paris
It's no longer a requirement for Parisian hotels to have creaky elevators, floral wallpaper, and affronted front desk clerks.
But it's unlikely you've ever stayed anywhere in Paris quite like Hi Matic. It's a bit like an HGTV project that found its way to the City of Lights.
And yet, with rooms that start (at various times during the year) at 100 euros, you may well be charmed by the playroom chic colors, eco-friendly materials, free wifi, and included continental breakfast.
Not everyone will appreciate lodging that is meant to be fully automated (there is staff on hand if you need them). And it's not for those who need to know the thread count before they book. For those, though, looking for a memorably alternative Parisian base, Hi Matic won't make you miss bad wallpaper at all.
CASA COLINA, Andalusia
The village of Comares in Andalusia is considered one of the prettiest in the region, which is no small claim. Whitewashed Moorish houses make up the village—there's not much in the way of commerce. But there is plenty in the way of views—gorgeous views—of olive, almond, and orange trees beneath the sometimes snow-capped Mount Maroma.
Boasting its own views to Comares is the delightful guest house Casa Colina, run by two British ex-pats, and overseen by their dogs (3), cats (2), donkeys (2), and hens (a flock). You can spend the day exploring the area or on the beaches of Costa del Sol (about half an hour's drive) and return to the many charms of this inn. Of course, you could just spend the day around the pool.
Room stay under $80 a night even in high season, making this retreat gentle on your wallet, too. But it's the warm welcome, those crazily beautiful vistas, and the thought that you, too, could be an ex-pat here that will stay with you.