By Aysha Majid
As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home,” so we at Cherrypick put together a shortlist of some of our top most homey urban retreats.
Peek into the Greenwhich's private courtyard on an evening and you're likely to spot at least one 'A lister', Robert Deniro's lived-in, urban oasis offers dedicated five-star indulgence in cobble-stoned Tribeca. The walls of the 88-room luxury hotel are decorated in the actor's late father's paintings, abstract expressionist painter, Robert Henry De Niro. No expense has been spared in the Greenwich’s quest for authenticity, from the impeccable yet relaxed service, to the homely interiors. The property's main restaurant, Locanda Verde, is a regularly busy spot serving high-end, rustic Italian fare, while the considerate curation carries through to the Shibui Spa; encased in a 250 year-old Japanese Barn (shipped to NYC piece by piece). The one and two bedroom suites and penthouses are classically refined with a wide range of cultural influences complimented by inviting, English leather sofas and hand-loomed, Tibetan silk rugs. The bathrooms are designed with Italian Carrara marble or hand-laid Moroccan tile and the beds hail from Sweden’s top comfort provider, Duxiana.
Part of the Firmdale Group, Covent Garden Hotel is a quintessentially English abode centrally located in the theatre district, just walking distance from Covent Garden and Soho's bustling streets. Brasserie Max serves fresh and seasonal fare, and of course traditional afternoon tea. The 55 bedrooms and suites have a modern British feel and are designed by Kit Kemp, with Bose sound systems and bathrooms in granite and oak. DVDs can be ordered with popcorn to enjoy in your room, sourced from the in-house library, or at the hotel's Screening Room. Writing desks with two line telephones and voicemail, a gym and 24-hour room service, along with a treatment room catering to body and beauty, make the Covent Garden the go-to hotel for visiting businessmen and actors performing in the heart of the theatre district. A wood panelled private drawing room area with French stone fireplace caters exclusively to hotel guests, adjoined by the intimate Tiffany's Library, where you will find the charming Honour Bar.
The boutique residence in the heart of Palermo, owned by Family Coppola Resorts, was a previous home of Francis Ford Coppola and family and where the film director still visits and writes to this day. With a homely, artistic atmosphere facilitating the distinctly bohemian environment, a private courtyard covered in natural greenery surrounds a rustic swimming pool with trickling water feature and Spanish colonial furniture. Traditional woven rugs and animal hide make up the sumptuous yet practical interiors, with the odd Coppola ancestral photo propped on a side table. Breakfast is served on the family table next to the parlour and the in-house concierge, as intrinsic as the furniture, will welcome you with a glass of cava and handmade chocolates, offering his dedicated service and informed tips on the city and surrounding area.
Blending cultural and architectural traditions with contemporary style, Rosewood Beijing is located in the heart of the busy capital. One of the rare hotels to offer outdoor space, this retreat provides respite from the intense hustle and bustle. Landscaped gardens complimented by striking artwork that runs through to the guest rooms, with a homelike, modern loft feel. Refined aesthetics from decor to books and accouterments facilitate a sense of comfort and relaxation. There's the charming Manor Club, reminiscent of a private residence, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails using premium champagnes and top-shelf ingredients. Going a step beyond to make sure guests feel right at home; Manor Club members can enjoy a 24-hour butler offering unlimited shoe shine, wake-up call beverage and nightcap, in-room scent service, courtesy car, use of the boardroom during your stay and in-room foot bath, to name just some of the services. A rejuvenating oasis houses; a 830-square metre indoor swimming pool surrounded by works by the famous Chinese artist Liyongfei, with Jacuzzi and a stunning view through the atrium roof framed by exotic trees, along with a yoga/fitness studio and spa.