The time is far behind us when travelers settled for indistinguishably luxurious chain accommodations. These days, it seems everyone wants to talk about local hubs providing locally sourced products and services. But some of today’s most exciting boutique properties, like the four featured below, have taken things a step further by bringing the neighborhood, quite literally, into the hotel.
Le Pigalle, Paris, France
True to the neon-lit, bohemian past of its eponymous home district, Le Pigalle has turned to its neighbors to create and nurture what is now an inspired, art-filled community focal point.
Introducing you to the people and stories that make Pigalle so vibrant at every step, the hotel features photographs and illustrations by local artists, curated music by a neighborhood DJ, delicious baked goods delivered by a nearby bakery, a local flower shop by Muse, as well as special access to shopkeepers and other residents who will enthral you with tales of a gritty, provocative, functioning red light district that continues to defy definition.
Ion Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
From the volcanic marvels of Mount Hengill to the urban sophistication of Reykjavik nearby, Iceland’s unique landscape plays a pivotal role in the rich design of the 45-room Ion Adventure Hotel. Icelandic rock and locally sourced, repurposed wood fill the hotel’s interiors, which were designed by Santa Monica-based, Icelandic studio Minarc. A hyperlocal sensibility extend to the ever-rotating local artworks and music that fill the hotel, as well as to the farm-to-table cuisine at Silfra Restaurant & Bar and the partially exposed Lava Spa, where guests can luxuriate with herbal products made from organic, mineral-rich volcanic ash and clay sourced from the immediate vicinity.
The Robey, Chicago, United States
Housed in an Art Deco masterpiece that is one of Chicago’s most recognizable buildings, The Robey was a neighborhood icon long before it opened in 2017 as a boutique hotel. Hovering high above the live music venues, cafés, and boutiques of Chicago’s swinging Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, it draws a constant stream of discerning locals to its ground-floor modern American bistro, Café Robey, and to Up & Up, its popular rooftop cocktail lounge gazing out over Chicago’s ever-changing cityscape.
Guesthouse Vienna, Austria
Everything at Guesthouse Vienna, a collaboration between celebrated Austrian hotelier Manfred Stallmajer and British design icon Sir Terrence Conran, is resoundingly local, from the classic Viennese bentwood chairs, to the soaps by local eco-luxury cosmetic guru Wolfgang Lederhaas, to the Brasserie & Bakery, a beloved gathering point for the movers and shakers of the Austrian capital’s storied 1st district .