This August Small Luxury Hotels of the World are welcoming four new boutique hotels to its collection. A modern ‘smart hotel’ in Buenos Aires, a mansion turned luxury boutique hotel in Penang, a riverside luxury retreat in Guangzhou and a quirky city centre gem in Seoul.
Rooms from 450 MYR per night based on two sharing
Opened on 16 July, The Edison George Town is SLH’s first hotel in Penang and joins eight other SLH hotels in Malaysia. Located in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site and originally built in 1902, this boutique property was formerly a mansion and is rich with historic architectural features. The Edison features 35 elegant rooms and suites built around a cool central courtyard, a quiet place to relax away from the bustling city. The shady cabanas by the pool are a great spot to enjoy a cocktail or read a book from the on-site library. Beyond the mansion itself, George Town is a diverse multicultural city offering plenty to keep visitors busy, from a labyrinth of streets to wander and take in the faded colonial glory to the quayside for a bite of fresh tasty seafood.
SLH Insider Tip: While you’re in Penang make sure to try an ice ball – tightly packed ice dipped in palm sugar and rose syrup, try one at ‘Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul’, just ten minutes from the hotel.
Seoul, South Korea
Rooms from 171000 KRW per night based on two sharing
Hotel28 is a brand new boutique hotel and the first SLH property in South Korea, which opening its doors on 28 July 2016. The architecture of the hotel is modern and contemporary, with sharp lines and a glass façade featuring around 200 LED bulbs designed to look like a movie screen. Located in the heart of Seoul’s cultural district, its decor celebrates the city’s cinematic heritage. The design concept honours famous Korean actor Shin Young-Kyun, featuring checkerboard floors and dramatic spotlights across the hotel. Guests can also enjoy their own private film screening or stay in the Director’s Suite, the hotels signature room decked out in Hermés furniture. The hotel features a restaurant, three bars, a cinema, gallery, library and a secret garden rooftop bar, Bar Epilogue which is a great place to take in the skyline after a day of sightseeing and shopping in one of South Korea’s premier shopping districts.
SLH Insider Tip: The hotel is in walking distance from the Myeong-dong cathedral and the 600 year old Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in South Korea.
Rooms from 1380 CNY per night based on two sharing
Located on the banks of the historic Pearl River in Guangzhou, LN Hotel Five sits right in the heart of the cultural district of the city. The elegant 32 south facing guest rooms were inspired by the traditional Chinese ‘Theory of Five Elements’, which promote the spirit of balance, harmony and inclusion. All the rooms come with specially tailored vintage furniture, a balcony boasting a beautiful view of the river and a smart tablet. Tea 5, the hotels traditional Cantonese restaurant offers a fine dining experience overseen by Chef Bob Wu, whose 30 years in the culinary industry have allowed him to perfect gourmet Cantonese cuisine. Up on the seventh floor, Bar 5, the hotel’s trendy urban rooftop bar and restaurant serves up delicious light bites and five unique seasonal cocktails, all enjoyed in front of a 180˚ view of the city. A rooftop fitness studio and private library provide guests with downtime in what is one of China’s most vibrant cities.
SLH Insider Tip: Book a luxury Pearl River night cruise, one of the most atmospheric ways to explore the city and take in the beauty of the river.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rooms from 220 USD per night based on two sharing
Style is key at 1828 Smart Hotel, this cutting edge hotel is at home in one of Buenos Aires’ trendiest districts, Palermo. Guests can stay in one of fourteen cool contemporary rooms with monochrome palettes and marble bathrooms. The ‘Smart Suite’ even has its own balcony with outdoor Jacuzzi. Outside, the urban garden becomes a trendy spot for pre-dinner drinks in the evening and the hotel’s piano lounge offers live shows. Each guest receives their own tablet or smartphone for use during their stay, with which they can alter the air-con, choose their breakfast, make reservations and even open their curtains. This city centre retreat also houses a small spa, which includes low-lit sauna, massage room and a gym. Breakfast at 1828 Smart Hotel is a classic Argentinian affair, offering medialunas and other sweet treats and pastries to start the day.
SLH Insider Tip: Visit the nearby Bosques de Palermo, previously the grounds of dictator Juan Manual de Rosas, which became public land in 1852. Wander through El Jardin de los Poetas (the garden of poets) before hiring a paddleboat and relaxing on the lake.