Fall City Escapes
September 3, 2023 by Perrie Hartz
There are few things better than exploring an exciting new city, especially when your home-away-from-home is a gorgeous luxury hotel that offers the perfect respite at the end of a busy day of touring. These urban properties from Hidden Doorways are so lovely, you might check in and then actually discover that you don’t even need (or want) to leave at all…
The Goring | Belgravia, London
Located on a quiet, leafy side street in central London’s Belgravia neighborhood, The Goring is arguably London’s most elegant hotel, embodying impeccable English luxury hospitality and personalized service. The hotel’s interior is beautifully enhanced by The Goring Gardens – one of the largest private gardens in the capital, along with The Veranda, the perfect setting to enjoy afternoon tea with sweeping views of the gorgeous fall foliage. Downstairs, the sleek, marble-floored lobby leads the way to The Dining Room, a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant celebrating the very best of British cuisine. As the lazy days of summer give way to the golden glow of autumn, The Goring embraces the enchanting allure of the city as it dresses itself for a new season. With many options from Family Suites to luxurious suites of interconnecting rooms, guests in town on a Fall city break will be spoilt for choice. All comfortably sleep families of four or more and each is beautifully appointed with considered family touches and are perfectly proportioned. Each guest can expect thoughtful and friendly personalized service, from young children in need of a family-friendly setting to teenagers who want to explore London. The Goring’s fabulous concierge, Big John, is on-hand and will make your visit as action packed or as relaxing as you want.
The Beaumont | Mayfair, London
Set in London’s lively Mayfair neighborhood, The Beaumont beckons for a stylish and chic city escape this fall. Along with a brand-new bar and al fresco dining terrace, The Beaumont’s lauded Colony Grill Room beckons for a lovely lunch or relaxing dinner. While London is full of delights, you might find The Beaumont is so inviting that you don’t even want to leave—enjoy afternoon tea with live piano music on the baby grand, sip cocktails on the picturesque terrace, and savor bourbon to the tune of jazz-age classics in the sleek Art-Deco inspired bar. The hotel’s central London location also serves a convenient base for outings to the city’s best museums, shops, galleries, and parks, including The National Gallery, Bond Street, Hyde Park, and the Tate Modern.
Casa Polanco | Mexico City D.F., Mexico
Tucked away in one of Mexico City’s most upscale neighborhoods, Casa Polanco is a design-forward, über-luxe boutique hotel that feels more like a friend’s chic private home. Newly-renovated into a 19-suite property, Casa Polanco is a blend of old and new, intimate and spacious, and is imbued with an exciting, dynamic energy, fusing local culture with the highest of international hospitality standards. Just steps from this urban retreat is the famed Avenida Presidente Masaryk. As well as being a shopping Mecca, this prestigious neighborhood is also known for cultural institutions like Nuevo Polanco’s modernist Museo Soumaya with its vast Rodin collection, the peaceful Plaza Uruguay Park and one of Latin America’s largest aquariums. During your trip, Mexico City’s riches will enthrall you every day, from Templo Mayor (a 13th century Aztec temple) one day to the Palacio Nacional (which houses historic Murals by famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera) the next, not forgetting the esteemed Frida Kahlo Museum. The city’s world-famous cuisine will excite your palate from meal to meal as you dine at the likes of award-winning Pujol, Quintonil, and the ever-popular Contramar.
La Suite Dior | Paris, France
Paris is always a good idea. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the Dior headquarters at 30 Avenue Montaigne has been transformed into an extraordinary setting where everything becomes possible. Guests now have the opportunity to stay overnight at La Suite Dior, a stunning 150 m2 private suite designed by LVMH architect Peter Marino. Booking La Suite Dior also means being given the keys to the entirety of 30 Avenue Montaigne, with tailor-made experiences like an intimate cocktail party in the Salon Historique, an exclusive tour of the High Jewelry ateliers, and a private overnight shopping event in the boutique. Additional privileges include a tour of La Galerie Dior, a gourmet getaway in the Conservatory created by Chef Jean Imbert, and a tour of Dior Heritage. For guests seeking more curated experiences, La Suite Dior’s Concierge can arrange a visit to Château La Colle Noire, Christian Dior’s former home in Provence, and the Granville Museum Christian Dior in Normandy.
The Norman | Tel Aviv, Israel
The only luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, The Norman lies in a picturesque city square in the heart of the White City, Israel’s world-famous UNESCO heritage site. The perfect spot for an urban escape, The Norman offers a sanctuary of calm and tranquility in the heart of the beating, lively metropolis. Days can be spent exploring the vibrant city, or perhaps, a languid late afternoon at the wellness center beckons instead. Later, traditional Izakaya-style Japanese tapas await at the world-renowned Dinings, where one can sit on the stunning open terrace for a panoramic Tel Aviv view. There is also a dynamic wine cellar featuring wines from Europe’s most highly regarded vineyards.
The Fife Arms | Braemar, Scotland
Located just a few hours north of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, The Fife Arms is a Highland countryside escape that offers the perfect beginning or end to a holiday in the Scottish capital. A historic property renowned for its art-filled interiors within the rolling hills of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, The Fife Arms boasts cozy nooks, roaring fireplaces, and stunning natural surroundings—the perfect place to spend a few relaxing nights after a visit to the bustling city. In late September, book-loving guests can experience the return of Braemar Literary Festival, taking place from 29th September-1st October 2023. The festival promises to be an exciting two-day event bringing together the Braemar community, Fife Arms guests, and literary lovers from all over.
Heckfield Place | Hampshire England
Revel in the glories of the autumn season at Heckfield Place, a luxurious Georgian countryside estate in North Hampshire, England. Set on 438 acres of lush gardens, woodlands, meadows, and orchards, this is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature. Each day, fall produce is picked fresh from the gardens and farm and served in restaurants Marle and Hearth (helmed by heralded chef Skye Gyngell), then, when the sun sets, the intimate Moon Bar comes to life serving estate-grown infusions that breathe new life into classic cocktails. With an extensive wine cellar, 67-seat screen room and all-natural spa, there’s much to do, though the beauty of the surrounding gardens and woods will be hard to beat. Exciting autumn festivities at Heckfield Place include the Cultural Exchange from October 3 to 5 with guest filmmakers Joel Coen and Frances McDormand, where guests can come together to share ideas, make new connections, and explore the many themes of storytelling. On November 23, Heckfield Place will offer a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the dining room, where guests will sit underneath a seasonal floral chandelier and come together over a farm-to-table meal from Heckfield Home Farm. On November 30, Justine Picardie returns to Heckfield Place and joins curator of the V&A’s forthcoming ‘Gabriel Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ exhibition, Oriole Cullen, to discuss the life and legacy of Coco Chanel.
Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa | Bern, Switzerland
Set in the heart of Bern, Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa is a gorgeous Swiss getaway with unparalleled views of the Bernese Alps that offers classic style, comfort, and relaxation during a visit to one of the country’s most charming cities. This chic property’s heralded restaurant, Jack’s Brasserie, offers classic French cuisine with an elegant “fin-de-siècle” atmosphere. Guests can also choose to cozy up with a hot cocktail and comforting fondue on a chilly fall evening. After dinner, venture into the Cigar Lounge, an intimate, dimly-lit bar where you can unwind with an aperitif or night cap after having whiled away an autumn afternoon walking the medieval streets of Bern’s Altstadt (Old Town).
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa | Lausanne, Switzerland
A gem holding court on the sparkling northern shores of the famed Lake Geneva, the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa is a grand, sophisticated luxury property right in the heart of the charming Swiss city of Lausanne, the perfect place to enjoy an autumn weekend. The hotel’s central location means convenient access to all of the city’s cultural and historic sights, from the Olympic Museum to the Lausanne Cathedral to the many quaint restaurants and shops. Back at the Royal Savoy, both traditional Swiss and modern dishes are served at the chic Brasserie du Royal, but the highlight of a stay will most likely be a night spent sipping cocktails under the stars at the SkyLounge, a rooftop bar that offers unforgettable 360° panoramic views of Lake Geneva, the soaring Alps, and the charming city of Lausanne.