Designing European Hotels
When it opens this month, the 40-room 101 (10 Hverfisgata; 800/337-4685 or 35-4/511-6999; www.designhotels.com; doubles from $180) will be the buzz of Reykjav’k. In a Funkghis building—the Icelandic version of Art Deco—the hotel combines glass walls and domed ceilings. • Answering the call for a post-clubbing crash pad in Leeds, northern England's nightlife capital, is the 45-room Quebecs (9 Quebec St.; 800/457-4000 or 44-113/244-8989; www.etontownhouse.com; doubles from $180), where suites have candy-land names like Butterscotch and Bon Bon. • London-based architect and Czech native Eva Jiricna returned home to work on the 110-room Hotel Josef (20 Rybná; 800/337-4685 or 420-2/218-0611; www.designhotels.com; doubles from $210). Jiricna's glass-and-steel structure, opening in July, will be a striking counterpoint to Prague's Old Town. • Hotel Amigo (1—3 Rue de l'Amigo; 800/223-6800 or 32-2/547-4747; www.roccofortehotels.com; doubles from $380), a 177-room grande dame in Brussels, was looking tired, so Rocco Forte Hotels came to the rescue. The update incorporates embroidered velvet curtains and classic Flemish furnishings. • Milanese architect Piero Lissoni has jazzed up Venice's historic 44-room Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (San Marco 1332; 800/457-4000 or 39-041/520-0211; www.summithotels.com; doubles from $450), with elements such as Le Corbusier seats.