Baglioni Hotel, London
Tel: 44 207 3685700
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Despite its self-declared status as the city's latest hot spot, this is a solidly pleasant new hotel for anyone who wants to do a lot of shopping (Harrods and Harvey Nichols are a ten-minute walk away, Kensington High Street is five) or surf the city's groovy zones from a single central location (Notting Hill and Soho are almost equidistant, Kensington Gardens is just across the street). The 68 rooms have a nocturnal look: ebonized wood floors and furniture and a color scheme of black, mocha, and taupe. Black-and-white portraits of Italian movie stars are hung in artful groupings, there's an en suite espresso machine, and the 24-hour room service slings some first-rate lasagna. A top-shelf spa and gym complex and a good Italian restaurant add to la dolce vita. Beware the vertiginous phone charges, even for local calls.2005 Hot List
When to go: London is at its buzziest from fall through Christmas.
Which room to book: A park-facing junior suite
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Spa, 24-hour Room Service