County Wedding Magazines' Honeymoons editor, Melissa Barker has rounded up some of our favourite city escapes...
With a vibrant street life, cobbled streets and awe-inspiring art, Rome is undoubtedly one of the world's most romantic cities. Love has always been a part of the story of Rome, with the largest temple in the Roman Forum being dedicated to Venus and Roma: the goddess of love and the goddess that personified the city.
Set in the heart of Rome's historical centre, Rhinoceros Roma was established by Alda Fendi in 2018 and designed by world-renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel. The boutique features a modern and industrial vibe with new-meets-old design details throughout. Home to 25 rooms, from studio apartments to penthouse suites, Rhinoceros Roma provides a haven for couples wanting to explore what this romantic city has to offer.
Discover more at www.rhinocerosroma.com
Riyadh, Saudia Arabia
The Radisson Hotel Group has had a stellar year of openings and is planning to add new additions to its already impressive collection of properties. One of which is Mansard Riyadh in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which was named because of its distinct Mansard rooflines. Designed as a homage to the signature Parisian Haussmann style of the mid-1800s, the property is made up of 191 luxurious rooms, serviced apartments and duplex villas catering to short and long-term stays. The hotel is adding an outpost of New York's Michelin-starred Carbone restaurant in 2023, which is a must-visit for couples staying at the property.
For more information, visit www.radissonhotels.com
Nobu Hotel Marrakech is the Nobu brand's first hotel in Africa. First opening its doors in January 2023, the property is just steps away from the city's cultural epicentre, where rich heritage meets contemporary flair. The luxury lifestyle destination is complete with 71 spacious suites, a stunning rooftop lounge and restaurant, a 2,000 sq. ft luxurious spa and fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant.
Find out more at www.marrakech.nobuhotels.com
Couples looking for a cosy experience in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, will love Craves. The perfect spot to discover the rich Medieval architecture, art, culture and sensational foodie scenes, Craves opened in July 2022 and was designed by renowned London-based Saar Zafrir Design. The 59-room boutique hotel and restaurant will transport guests to the early 1900s Burlesque-era with its decadent interiors intended to arouse the senses. Craves evokes a dark and opulent aesthetic with comfortable rooms, lavish velvet furnishings and antique accessories reminiscent of Art Deco interiors. Perfectly located within walking distance to the Grand Place landmark in Brussels, guests can discover the cultural hotspot while staying in one of the city's chicest boltholes.
Visit www.craves-hotel.com for more information.
For generations, the Department of Education building in Sydney's Sandstone Precinct has stood empty, but in March 2023, it reopened as Capella Sydney. This heritage-listed icon marks the first property under the Capella Hotels and Resorts group to open in Australia. Spanning eight levels, the 192 guestrooms and suites are anchored by three ground-level food and beverage outlets, with spaces throughout with commissioned and collected artworks – all within footsteps of the harbour foreshore, the famed Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Centred around the 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool, facilities exclusive to in-house guests include a high-tech fitness centre featuring Technogym equipment, a yoga platform, well-appointed changing rooms complete with a sauna, and a spa showcasing immersive treatment rooms for couples.
To find out more, visit www.capellahotels.com
Located on the corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie, in the heart of Paris, Hôtel Le Grand Mazarin is the first urban hotel in the Maisons Pariente Collection. Joyful and flamboyant, Hôtel Le Grand Mazarin is a showcase of elegance with a mixture of styles and eras with a touch of humour. The five-star hotel boasts 61 uniquely-decorated rooms and suites, a spectacular restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool.
Head over to www.legrandmazarin.com for more information.
Couples looking for a romantic escape in the heart of the city of Berlin, Germany, will be delighted by the Provocateur Hotel. Located in the upscale Charlottenburg neighbourhood and designed by renowned London-based Saar Zafrir Design, the 58 room boutique hotel, bar and restaurant transports its guests to the early 1900s Burlesque-era with its decadent interiors. The Provocateur Hotel embodies old-school glamour with opulent, intricate interiors, red and blue colours, soft velvet furnishings and antiqued accessories, including a elevator dating back to 1912. Couples staying at the hotel can sample a delicious Chinese-French menu and a four-course tasting menu at the hotel's Golden Phoenix Restaurant, helmed by chef Duc Ngo. Perfectly located just a short stroll distance from Berlin's famed historic institutions, the hotel is within easy reach of local art galleries and tourist attractions.
Discover more at www.provocateur-hotel.com
Dave Red Athens is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Athens, Greece, and is the first international outpost from the Brown Hotels' affordable urban collection. The property opened its doors in July 2022 and breathes a fresh, young energy into the recently transformed Omonia Square. Set just a stone's throw away from its sister property, Brown Acropol, the 87-room boutique hotel features the brand's distinguishable, punchy décor, with an industrial-style interior and fiery red branding. Home to a bar, restaurant and a soon-to-launch underground nightclub, Dave Red Athens is perfect for exploring what the city has to offer. The property's spacious rooftop offers undisrupted far-reaching views of the ancient city, a pool table, a Jacuzzi hot tub, a massage room and complimentary sparkling wine on tap. Check out www.brownhotels.com/athens/davered for more information.