City Break Hotels

Gasping for a quick hit of holiday glory? Severely lacking for time to enjoy said glory?

Enter, stage left, the city break; a short, refreshing getaway incorporating all the best bits of a given country. Think culture, history, shopping, food, the list goes on. And no city break is complete without a truly fabulous place to rest your head of an evening. So we've canvassed the consultants and come up with our top ten luxury hotels for a city break. Marvellous.

For an in-depth look at the list, read our Top 10 City Break Hotels blog.

A city break is about maximising the time you have; you want to be able to hit the ground running and avoid that horrible feeling of leaving somewhere thinking you might have missed seeing something crucial or visiting the new hot restaurant.

Tom, Original Traveller

Where to stay

El Fenn

El Fenn

El Fenn is a stylish boutique hotel located next to the Bab el Ksour – one of the gateways to the bustling medina of Marrakech and only five minutes’ walk from the main square, Djemaa el-Fna.

Ellerman House & Villas, luxury hotel in South Africa

Ellerman House & Villas

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.

Lydmar Hotel

Lydmar Hotel

Once upon a time (that time being the 90’s) the Lydmar Hotel was achingly hip and trendy; so hip and trendy in fact, that it was destined to go the way of most of that decade’s fashions. However the Lydmar is back once again, and is an altogether more elegant affair this time round.

Brody House

Brody House

Brody House is a private members’ club and boutique hotel in the heart of the beautiful Hungarian capital city of Budapest.

Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie

The five-star Hotel de Russie is ideally located just off Piazza del Popolo and close to the Spanish Steps.

The Yeatman

The Yeatman

We at OT have known about Porto as a perfect Big Short Break destination for years, but always baulked at recommending it due to one crucial factor – the lack of a decent hotel. No more.

Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

The super chic Aman brand makes its debut in one of the world’s global cities with the opening of Aman Tokyo. Occupying the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower this five star urban sanctuary sits high above the buzzing metropolis with predictably fantastic views.

Fasano

Fasano

One of the slickest hotels in Rio, Fasano is situated on Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema Beach.

The Lyall

The Lyall

A contemporary hotel in the fashionable South Yarra district of Melbourne.

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