Beauty is, they say, in the eye of the beholder. That might be when we’re assessing a dubious painting or your sibling’s choice of girlfriend, but some things can surely be objective fact. Like these hotels, some of our favourites we’ve encountered recently one way or another.

Mondrian Doha, Qatar

If you thought the Mondrian in London was pretty splendid (I did, it’s one of my favourite hotels) then it turns out we’ve not seen anything. The Mondrian in Doha is so stunning that it not only lives up to the reputation of the Dutch abstract artist who lends it its name, but will keep on impressing you every direction you look. Like the staircase, snaking its way down the tower, the artistic details that make it every part the Morgan’s Hotel Group centrepiece. The 270 room hotel also boasts Wolfgang Puck’s The Cut restaurant and Morimoto Doha, the first Middle Eastern outpost for the legendary Japanese chef not to mention 27th floor Rise Skybar with stunning views.

Where: West Bay, Lagoon Doha, Qatar

The Beekman, New York, USA

Could It Bee-kman Any Prettier?

From outside The Beekman is a beautiful Lower Manhattan red brick Renaissance Revival style monolith. But the real beauty is found inside. Recently entirely re-built, the award-winning Martin Brudnizki Design Studio refurb includes a central atrium that’s become an Instagram magnet. And that’s before we get onto the two turret penthouses that launched last autumn on the building’s iconic rooftop.

Where: 123 Nassau Street, New York, NY 10038, USA

Pengilly House, Cape Town, South Africa

Are you a budding Bond Villain? Because if so use Pengilly House as your blueprint. The luxury villa is operated by Azura Retreats as a boutique offering with room to sleep just 12 over four floors. And the architectural masterpiece, designed by Peerutin, offers incredible views of the beaches below and the 12 Apostles mountain range beyond.


Castello Del Nero

If “Make mine a palace” is your watch-phrase when booking a holiday then you could do a lot worse than Castello Del Nero in Tuscany. With over 900 years of architectural heritage the hilltop resort is breathtaking. From wood panelled bedrooms with ceilings higher than a London semi, to the Michelin star restaurant overlooking acres of Chianti vineyards, the hotel is architecturally stunning.

Where: Strada Spicciano no. 7, 50028, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy

Miriandhoo Island, Malvives

What do you get when you cross the beauty of The Maldives with the style of a team of Italian designers? Probably something not too far away from Miriandhoo Island. The property from Marriott, which has literally just opened, features sleek cabins suspended over the transparent sea on the coral island in the Baa Atoll.

The Krane

Okay, if you’re not into the whole industrial thing then we’re probably stretching your bounds of ‘architectural beauty’ here, but The Krane is a converted coal crane that’s been stunningly converted into the tiniest boutique hotel. The work of architect Mads Møller, The Krane is set over four high floors and is a display of high industrial chic rarely seen and still more rarely actually enjoyed, but at The Krane it’s a genuine delight.

Where: 2150 Copenhagen, Denmark