In Slovakia's largest city (and capital) of Bratislava, Hotel Albrecht shows that historic character need not be swept away by the tide of modernist interior design.
Rustic wooden beams hang overtop sharp-lined furnishings and bold fabrics. In all 12 rooms, the latest in hotel technology includes plasma TV sets, and high-speed Internet. In the spacious bathroom, a selection of L'Occitane products harnesses classic scents to awaken tired bodies.
The cocktail craft is seriously fun business at the Lounge Bar, where the folks behind the wood shake, muddle, and strain their way into the hearts of patrons. For a healthier beverage, hit the spa's Aqua Bar, followed by a soak in the Jacuzzi, and a session on the massage table.
Dine with a view out to Bratislava at Albrecht's Restaurant, where local and International fare is plated with an elegant and precise touch. With cuisine this gorgeous, you may hesitate to dig in. Of course, that would be a great folly.