(Photo courtesy of QT Sydney)There's something romantic about losing yourself in a big city. Maybe it's the chance for discovery (was that Ryan Gosling on the corner?), the opportunity to try your hand at the unexpected (hailing a New York City taxi like a pro), or the superlatives that wait at every turn (the food, the shopping, the architecture!). Naturally, hotels in the world's style capitals have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to all of the above—and they look good doing it. Here are some incredible places to rest your head, whether your #MeMoment includes plans for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.
(Photo courtesy of QT Sydney)If you ever find yourself in the Land Down Under, the QT Sydney is where you want to book a room. A stylish blend of the past and present, the boutique hotel sits at the nexis of two of the city's landmark Art Deco buildings—the now defunct Gowings department store and the still-functional State Theatre—both restored to their original grandeur. The eccentric focus includes original clothing display cases, walls covered in found furniture, and an elevator that plays different music depending on who is riding.
(Photo courtesy of JK Place Roma)In the heart of the Eternal City, old-world style meets modern luxury at J.K. Place Roma. Nestled within the onetime architecture school of the Sapienza University of Rome—and within walking distance of posh Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps—the 30-room boutique is the brainchild of hotelier Ori Kafri and Florentine architect and interior designer Michele Bönan, who infused the space with glossy wood paneling and moody hues inspired by the masculine palette in Tom Ford’s A Single Man. And guests can find touches of la dolce vita at every turn: in the restaurant, Roman specialties such as fried artichokes and spaghetti carbonara are prepared with ingredients found at the nearby farmer’s market; and in the summer, the rooftop terrace bar will screen classics like Cinema Paradiso and, yes, the inevitable Fellini masterpiece.
(Photo courtesy of Viceroy New York)Inspired by film noir, the lobby of the new Viceroy New York looks like something from another era. Wood-paneled ceilings, brass beams, three types of marble—on their own they'd be the scene stealers. But an abstract painting by American artist Thomas Hart Benton blows away the competition. In the back of the space, a library houses a collection of hand-picked books, and a designated “cartender” creates seasonal “off-menu” cocktails from a vintage bar cart. And while the hotel's 240 guest rooms look like they came straight out of the 1940s—with tufted leather headboards, matte brass pharmacy lamps, and grand casement windows that look out on Central Park—modern amenities such as the Viceroy-branded smartphone don't go unnoticed.