Planning a short break? SL’s resident travel guru Jeannette Arnold has edited down the destinations that should be top of your travel wish list. From Stockholm’s laid-back Scandi vibe to high class glamour in Rome, she’s rounded up the best short-haul getaways, plus done the hard work for you and sourced the best places to stay in each city – whether you want to blow the budget on a stellar holiday or have a smaller budget and want luxe for less.
Words: Hannah Hopkins
With all the buzz of a metropolis and few big-city drawbacks, Amsterdam’s epicentre is small enough to walk or cycle around and comes packed with dinky gabled buildings, pretty bridges and quiet canals – not to mention a hefty dose of village-like charm. Combining a glittering past with contemporary edginess, there’s a wealth of top-ranking art museums, bars and eateries in the mix too.
Luxe for Less: Canal House
Located in the heart of the Jordaan, the cultural centre of Amsterdam, Canal House is a 23 bedroom boutique hotel made up in a seventeenth century merchants' houses. The interiors are glamorous, contemporary and comfortable, plus there’s a large garden, summer house and private bar to relax with a tipple after the day’s exertions.
Rooms from £146.27 a night
Luxury: The Hoxton
Fans of the Hoxton Hotel in London will go gaga for their new kid on the block in Amsterdam, which takes over the original Rembrandt Classic Hotel. Inside expect rooms that are a masculine mix of dark herringbone floors, exposed beams and leather chairs, facing onto the both Herengracht and Singel canals and a short walk from Dam Square, placing you within strolling distance of most of Amsterdam’s walkable core.
Opening Spring 2015, Prices TBC