From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Featuring the same pan-Asian decorative exoticism as the original Buddha-Bar restaurant, in Paris, the first Buddha-Bar hotel brings its dramatic flair to the Old Town. The 39-room property, in a renovated Art Nouveau building, got off to a whiz-bang start when it opened in January, becoming a one-stop shop for jet set weekenders with its trendy restaurant, bar, and café. The 13 Superior Rooms, like the pricier Premier Rooms and suites, have immense mosaic-encrusted bathtubs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, seductive scarlet-on-black decor, and a TV hidden behind a bathroom mirror. The fitness center, Jacuzzi, and hammam/steam room are all small, but no one appears to use them: This is a place to eat and sleep, and to sip a cucumber-sake cocktail in the two-story bar/restaurant. 2009 Hot List
When to go: Anytimeweather and crowds are not an issue.
Which room to book: Try Room 35 for a nice view of St. Jakob Church; big budgets try No. 11, a corner suite with windows across two walls of the bedroom.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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