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The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns & Hideaways
Video didn’t kill the radio star and apartment-sharing apps haven’t scuppered our enduring need for hotels. It’s this sincere belief that proved to be the rallying cry for our latest book, which covers everything from hoteliers’ trade secrets to holiday recommendations.
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The secret to running a restaurant
In the latest edition of our ‘Secret to...’ series, Niklas Ekstedt opens up his acclaimed eatery – Ekstedt – and divulges some insightful tips on how to run a successful restaurant.
Entrepreneurs: Casa Bonay
Monocle Films travels to Barcelona to meet 32-year-old entrepreneur Inés Miró-Sans, who is busy shaking up the hotel industry. We check in to Casa Bonay to find the key to its success.Want to hear more? Join Miró-Sans and a stellar line-up of speakers at the fifth Monocle Quality of Life Conference this June. Buy your ticket.
Time for a hospitality refresh
From nation to brand, city hall to hotel, who is doing hospitality well and offering benchmarks for experiences that are genuine, reliable and believable? This Monocle Quality of Life Conference film was the overture to the panel discussion, exploring how cities and brands make visitors and locals feel welcome.
End of an era
We look back at the hushed world of the iconic Hotel Okura in Tokyo. Monocle Films was granted exclusive access to capture the gracious ways of this much-loved modernist gem just before it was demolished in 2015 to give way to a new iteration of the building.
Be it an airport lounge or a cinema, feeling at ease is hugely dependent on your surroundings. Monocle films meet with the design experts crafting the warmest welcomes.
Keeping the faith
Nestled just in from the Corsica coast sits Le Couvent de Pozzo, a converted monastery that has been brought back to life as a tranquil guesthouse by owner Emmanuelle Picon. Monocle stopped by to enjoy breathtaking views over the Tyrrhenian sea and tuck in to some of Emmanuelle’s delicious French cuisine.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa Resort
In our search for places to soothe the soul, Japan delivers with holistic spas and rural retreats. For centuries the Japanese have travelled to Karuizawa to benefit from the healing hot springs and mineral waters found in the valley.
France's melting pot
Marseille is a city embracing the future while keeping its celebrated multicultural personality intact. To discover the beating heart of Marseille, Monocle Films visits three hoteliers whose establishments reflect the evolution of this heady Mediterranean city: Au Vieux Panier, Le Petit Nice and Hotel Le Corbusier.
Q&A: John Morford
Designer John Morford has created some of the most iconic hotel interiors in Asia - from the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong to the Park Hyatt Tokyo, made famous in the Sofia Coppola film "Lost in Translation". Monocle editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé caught up with Morford in Hong Kong to talk about the design ingredients that go into a great hotel.Gabriel Leigh /
Capsule hotel – 9 hours
The 9 Hours is the brand new capsule hotel unveiled in December 2009 by Tokyo-based Cubic Corp. Designed in a collaboration with designer Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, it looks nothing like its predecessors and represents a revolution in the capsule concept. Gabriel Leigh visits the hotel to see what's different.
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
What makes a great hotel manager? Who is shaping the future of hospitality? We visit the famous Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne to observe the service stars of tomorrow as they are put through their paces.
Recently reopened in Copenhagen's Tivoli gardens, Nimb has provided the city with a badly needed asset - an outstanding hotel. Furnished with the best, locally sourced materials and bespoke Danish designs, the family-run business is obsessive about quality and provenance. There's even an on-site dairy so guests can be sure their yoghurt is fresh. Monocle visits the hotel that is raising the bar in Denmark and beyond.