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A casual and exclusive environment surrounded by black, white and gray welcomes guests everyday at the hip Hotel Habita in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind the minimalist, concrete front desk visitors can admire a wall mosaic made of hand-made mirrored tiles brought from India. Every single space in the hotel is sleek, dramatic and filled with timeless classics like Swan Chairs by Arne Jacobsen and furniture from avant-garde designer Rick Owens. The hyper-modern interiors were created by Parisian design extraordinaire Joseph Dirand, the creative mind behind the stupendous Hotel Distrito Capital in Mexico City—which I featured here not long ago. This one is most definitely going on my list of favorite boutique hotels.

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Romantic and eclectic comfort is what you can expect when you walk into this darling Amsterdam guesthouse by stylist-turned-designer, Ulrika Lundgren. Named after her luxury fashion brand RIKA, Maison Rika is a two-room inn centrally located overlooking one of Amsterdam's many canals. The decor of the place is close to her own quirky style, but beautifully put together to make her guests feel right at home. Painting the wooden floors and the window panels black framed with black velvet curtains gave her the opportunity to bring color through a fun mix accessories and lush bedding. This is a place I would definitely stay in.

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With impressively minimalist decor and commanding views, Hotel Distrito Capital is one of the hottest and stylish places to stay and chill out in Mexico City. The dazzling black, gray and white interiors were designed  by none other than Joseph Dirand, known for his modern, elegant style with a twist from the past. Located in one of the trendiest areas of the city –Santa Fe– this hotel is a statement to how cool and trendy Mexico’s capital has become in recent years.

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Inspired by the figure of a typical English gentleman, this gem of a hotel recently opened its doors in Granada, Spain. Hotel Portago Urban was designed by the very creative Ilmiodesign, blending style with a relaxed and colorful atmosphere that permeates this central district of Granada. To add that classical British cultural icon, the designers incorporated the adorable Jeeve's bowler and the Wooster's top hat pendants by Jake Phipps—creating an important staple in the decor of this lovely hotel. Although the use of white is key in their color palette, Ilmiodesign wasn't shy about using these beautiful jewel-like tones in the carpeting and accent pieces.

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I can't think of a place I'd rather be right this minute than in this dreamy and secluded refuge in the middle of the Caribbean. I'm already lounging in that gorgeous bar sipping on a delicious cocktail and ready to catch some rays in this picture-perfect heaven.
La Banane, located in the heart of a spectacular coconut grove in the island of Saint Barts, is the ideal spot to relax and take in every single detail that makes it so special. With a fusion of tropical chic and island sophistication, each corner of the hotel is exquisitely designed. The clever mix of furniture and accessories makes the decor stylish yet cozy. OK, I'm sorry but I have to leave you now so I can keep enjoying my imaginary mini-vacation at this spectacular retreat.

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The modern traveler is always in search of stylish places to stay that offer a flexible and comfortable lifestyle without spending much. This is exactly what Vienna's Hotel Daniel is all about. They've come up with a concept they call "Smart Luxury", or contemporary hospitality with stylish minimalism. The heart and soul of the hotel is in the building it's situated in: the first building in Austria to be constructed using the revolutionary Curtain Wall technique (centrally located within walking distance to the city centre). Their interior design concept is the polar opposite of heavy and sedate. It's a seductive and effortless mix of styles with a dash of warmth that makes it quite homey. All 115 rooms look super comfy, especially the ones with a delish hammock in the middle of the room to relax in after a long day in town. I'll definitely keep The Daniel in mind when I go back to Vienna.

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The phoenix is a mythical bird that has always been a symbol of renewal for its ability to be reborn from its own ashes. Believe or not, this gorgeous hotel in Portugal has a lot in common with this famous creature, as it was revived after a fatal fire almost burned the original building to the ground. Casa do Conto, or House of Tales, was fully rehabilitated after that unfortunate event giving rise to this unique hotel. During its rehabilitation, the architects tried to save as much as they could from the original structure, keeping some of the historical features intact. Some of the hotel's most unique features are the various texts engraved on the ceilings of some of the rooms, transforming an architectural element frequently neglected into focal points and great pieces of art. I wish more beautiful things like these would emerge from tragedies.

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A Feast For The Eyes

Style, distinction, warmth and personality are the four main ingredients to the newly opened boutique hotel in Paris' 8th Arrondissement. Interior designer François Champsaur was the creative mind behind the redesigned interiors of the stunning Hôtel du Ministère, just five minutes walk from the famous Champs Elysées. His choice of materials is delightful, especially the mix of wood, marble, rich fabrics and very graphic carpet that gives just the right touch of fun. Paris anyone?

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