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Whilst occasionally we might suggest one of the established iconic landmark hotels in a city, depending on the occasion – think New Year fireworks on Copacabana beach in Rio from the balcony of the Copacabana Palace – on the whole, we prefer smaller boutique properties as a calm and relaxing base for your explorations of the city you find yourself in.

When it comes to staying in the city, we know that location as well as size is key. You want to be able to stroll out from your beautiful boutique hotel to a gorgeous little local restaurant or friendly little café for a coffee after pounding the pavements as you explore.

You want to feel that you are in a safe and comfortable environment that allows you to discover and get under the skin of the city you are in. We appreciate that many of you would like the property to convey a flavour of the country you are visiting and would rather have a small property as your base than a large international hotel that provides sumptuous but ultimately ubiquitous and characterless facilities such as large restaurants and leisure clubs.

Equally, especially in an urban environment where the outside world is all vibrant hustle and bustle, you are looking for a calming and relaxing oasis to escape to at the end of each day – you are on holiday after all! Perhaps a rooftop terrace that looks out over the city that has a small pool in which to take a refreshing swim or a siesta in the shade on a comfy lounger. Or a secret garden where you can sit out by candlelight on a balmy evening and enjoy a pre-dinner drink or delicious snack.

On chillier evenings, perhaps snuggle up on the sofa of the lounge by the fireplace and meet fellow guests. Find beautiful locally sourced organic toiletries in your sumptuous bathroom and hand-woven local textiles adorning your bed. Try local delicacies lovingly home-made for your breakfast and enjoy all those little thoughtful and uniquely personal touches that small hotels are so good at offering.

Rest assured that we have it covered. We know the best districts to stay in, whether it’s a recently restored historic quarter or a newly-hip bohemian neighbourhood. We seek out the latest and best places to stay, from chic urban-style town houses with cosy roof terraces, to elegant old colonial houses lovingly restored to upscale luxury hotels. We know you’ll get attentive and personalised service in all of these, as well as being in a perfect location from which to wonder out on foot in search of a lovely local bistro or bar.

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