The Orania Hotel in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Berlin opened a few months ago in a building that dates back to 1913. Its 40+ rooms are accompanied by a private members’ literary salon (hotel guests have access), as well as restaurant, bar and concert space where you might listen to jazz, classical, electronic or world music depending on the night.

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I’m going to try and post more new hotel openings on Mondays, to give us a post-weekend boost on an otherwise rather grey start to the working week. (Well, if you’re reading this in London it’s pretty grim today. Ignore than bit if you’re in Cape Town, Buenos Aires or Melbourne right now).

This week it’s Copenhagen and the newly-opened Nobis Hotel. It’s a sister property to the Miss Clara in Stockholm which is one of my favourite hotels in Europe, and where I took my sister for her round number birthday last year.

Rates at the Nobis for a double room start from around 2500 Krone (£300 / €340 / US$400).

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Images are courtesy of the hotel, and their copyright. 

If you’re travelling around South East Asia this month and want a diversion on your next flight or by the pool, look out for DestinAsian magazine. In it you’ll see my recent review of The Ned, one of London’s newest hotels, which just opened near the Bank of England last month.

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I had chance to look round the Trump International Hotel Washington DC recently, the same week that Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the USA with two million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. It’s a funny old world.

I have a dilemma.

I am not a fan of Mr Trump’s policies. In fact I can’t quite understand how anyone could vote for a man who openly mocks the disabled, which – I’m just putting it out there – I think is disgusting.

But I have to say (and here’s the dilemma…) if you are visiting Washington DC, this actually is a really nice hotel and in a great position.

It’s housed in the former Post Office and its tower is the tallest building in Washington (if you say that the Washington Monument is a monument not a building – that is taller).

It’s luxurious, has very ornate bedrooms (263 of them), a Spa by Ivanka (update: his daughter will not be giving massages, nor will Melania), a great restaurant and a bar where you can order wine by the spoon. No I’d never heard of that either.

Anyway, if you are a fan of Mr Trump here are a few photos to tempt you and some more information via Expedia (<<< click on Expedia) or you can see what people have said via Tripadvisor (<<<click on Tripadvisor).

The exterior of the hotel, which used to be a post office

The atrium, where you can grab a drink at the bar and try and spot Mitt Romney.

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Room decor: too much is never enough, right?

Donald and family at the grand opening in October 2016. Or just add your own caption here…

 

SLOW DOWN

Getting somewhere first, before anyone else, has very little real and lasting meaning.
Seek instead to encourage others to come along, and you’ll find the journey much more fulfilling.
When you hurry through each moment, you miss out on the richness that could be yours. Take the time to live, to experience where you are, rather than being so obsessed with getting to the next checkpoint.
When you stop demanding to have it all now, you’ll discover that you have plenty already.
Learn to experience joy where you are, and you’ll experience it in abundance.
Yes, it can be wonderfully exhilarating when life moves quickly.
But do not move so quickly that speed becomes your only experience, for there is so much more to enjoy.
The terrain of life is filled with wonderful and astounding detail.
Slow down and take in all its richness.

Spare some time for your friends.

(The above was given to me on a card at my hotel in Kalpa, India, last month)