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Terence Conran's Boundary hotel follows hot on the heels of a slew of bars, galleries, and private members' clubs that have settled into the painfully cool Shoreditch neighborhood in east London. This Victorian red-brick warehouse has been transformed into 12 stylish rooms and five suites as well as an eponymous subterranean bar and restaurant serving classic British and French dishes; an upscale version of a typical English "caff" called Albion, offering fish and chips, pies, and puddings; and a rooftop terrace with an open fireplace for those hardy enough to brave the British climate. Boundary's lodgings strike an excellent balance between top-line design and homey city chic. Each room is inspired by a great designer, complete with signature pieces such as the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman or David Tang's near-psychedelic chinoiserie (his suite will have you either basking in Oriental reverie or climbing the walls, depending on your aesthetics). Choose from Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Bauhaus, and, of course, Conran himself. The rooms are surprisingly spacious for an urban hotel (from 334 to 393 square feet), while the duplex suites are positively palatial (from 470 to 662 square feet). We suggest an upgrade to any of the corner rooms, which have no less than six sash windows and are well worth the extra 30 quid ($50). No-nonsense details like discounts for Sunday nights and long stays, free Wi-Fi, eco-friendly climate control, and underfloor heating in the bathrooms push the envelope, making Boundary a most appealing alternative high-ender for style-conscious travelers focused on visiting the galleries, bars, and shops of Shoreditch—or for those who have appointments in the City but can't bear the idea of staying somewhere business-boring.—Vanessa Able
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Seasoned restaurateur and design store proprietor Terence Conran's first foray into hotels is an art-filled 17-room converted Victorian brick warehouse complex comprising bars, a café, a restaurant, and a food store in East London's edgy Shoreditch. Each bedroom is inspired by a different design star or movement, from Shaker to Mies van der Rohe. The Bauhaus bedroom feelsperhaps not surprisinglya touch austere, with the requisite black leather Wassily lounge chair, a splashy painted headboard, a black desk, and a red, yellow, and blue cabinet; others, including the British room, with eccentric patchwork furnishings, are warmer. Large warehouse-style windows look onto the area's higgledy-piggledy brick buildings, while minimalist bathrooms have intriguing toilets with heated seats and other bells and whistles. Breakfast is taken in the attractive Albion eatery downstairs, where the menu includes specials like kidneys on toast and porridge with prunes; the glam basement bar and cavernlike dining room of exposed brick, velvet-covered chairs, and mirrors recall Conran's high-rolling early-nineties restaurants (Quaglino's, Mezzo) but with a cozier feel. Another draw is the roof deck, where there's a grill restaurant and bar andan essential in this citya fireplace, plus 360-degree views of London's skyscrapers.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: The Modern Dickensian duplex suite, with a black leather Chesterfield sofa and graphic black-and-white-tiled bathroom.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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