With a distinct and alluring neo-Gothic flavour – think black velvet swing hanging from a chandelier in the middle of the lobby – this majestic hotel oozes style and energy. With mirrors, draperies, silver mosaics and imposing marbles, the main hall is a feast of decorations and often serves as a stage for photo shootings, so expect to bump into the occasional local celebrity. Walk through the purple and red halls to discover the rooms, gracefully decorated in the tones of pearl grey, black and white and often equipped with a private balcony. The real treat are the junior suites, bigger in size and filled with natural light. The location might be a bit of a downside for those who regret not being in the heart of the historical centre, but note that the surrounding area offers a good selection of restaurants, cafes and museums.