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Off the beaten track? Check. Postcard-perfect views? Check. Design cred to show off on IG (if you get reception)? Check. Imran Jalal picks the best new designer hotels to check into – and what to pack.

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Off the beaten track? Check. Postcard-perfect views? Check. Design cred to show off on IG (if you get reception)? Check. Imran Jalal picks the best new designer hotels to check into – and what to pack.

Iconic Bauhaus furniture
 like Mies van der Rohe’s 
Barcelona chairs dot the hotel.
Iconic Bauhaus furniture like Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chairs dot the hotel.

THE GOTHIC HALL

For the history and architecture buff, the recently renovated 34-room The Qvest in Cologne, Germany sits in a 119-year-old heritage building that used to house the city’s archives. 

Installed in the
Salon Suite is
a hand-painted
wooden ceiling
from 1390.
Installed in the Salon Suite is a hand-painted wooden ceiling from 1390.

It retains the grand neo-Gothic architecture, but gets a swishy art-gallery update for the interiors thanks to the Bauhaus and mid-century modern touches such as furniture by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Mies van der Rohe. 

The neo-Gothic building used to house the
Historic Archives of Cologne.
The neo-Gothic building used to house the Historic Archives of Cologne.

1 Movado Edge steel watch on leather strap, $795, Gift Time.

2 Calfhair and leather shoulder bag, Lanvin.

3 Cotton-blend wrap dress, $750, Diane von Furstenberg.

4 Satin, rubber and leather sneakers, $1,000, Miu Miu.

My Reading Room

Leather bracelet, Fendi.

Brass and azul macauba earrings, $960, Celine.

My Reading Room

iBlues silk pussy-bow blouse, Level 2 Isetan Scotts.

Boxy calfskin tote, Emporio Armani.

Michael Kors Collection acetate sunglasses, Michael Kors.

My Reading Room

10 Diorever Squad calfskin satchel, Dior.

11 Brass hoop earrings, $955, Louis Vuitton.

12 Wool asymmetrical skirt, $660, Tsumori Chisato.

My Reading Room

13 iBlues polyester-blend dress, $519, Level 2 Isetan Scotts.

14 Wool pullover, Carven.

15 Patent leather Mary Janes, $900, Bottega Veneta.

A Bauhaus exhibition poster from 1968
A Bauhaus exhibition poster from 1968
Posing in prints from
Female’s September ’14 spread
Posing in prints from Female’s September ’14 spread

Bauhaus Poster Stuart Forster/Rex / Model Photo Mark Law.