Pure Hotel, Frankfurt $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Fans of austere contemporary design will love this 50-room newcomer near Frankfurt's main train station. As at many design hotels, the place is mostly self-service: No one fusses over you when you arrive in the lobby, which evokes A Clockwork Orange, right down to the rounded edges on the furniture and the backlit bar that also serves as the reception desk. The all-white rooms contain leather-upholstered headboards and wall-mounted media centers, and although your desk may block the wall outlet and thin walls can mean undesired intimacy with the neighbors, wireless Internet access, great Thai herbal toiletries, and feather duvets put the Pure a notch above other style contenders. There's no restaurant, but Frankfurt's best pizza place, 7 Bello, is a few doors down and does takeout. 2006 Hot List
When to go: Late fall and winter, when the weather is perfect for sampling apple wine.
Which room to book: Nos. 509, 510, and 511, on the top floor overlooking the backyard patio (doubles, $167$417).
Amenities: Bar/lounge, GymSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›