Opening on Aug. 29, London's Ampersand Hotel is on the top of our must-stay list. Located in South Kensington, the hotel takes its inspiration from the city's world-famous museum district and the iconic ampersand symbol. The hotel embraces Victorian values and traditions in all of its 111 boutique rooms and suites — but the execution is entirely modern, thanks to the keen eye of Dexter Moren Interiors, the firm behind the design. Believe it or not, the Ampersand Hotel's design has already been shortlisted for a design award — even before it's opened its doors!
With inspiration taken from botany, geometry, ornithology, music, and astronomy, the hotel's room designs reference everything from the V&A's costume collection to the musical notes of the Royal Albert Hall. While this hotel property was originally built in 1888, the complete redesign of its historic rooms and hallways truly transcend any one time or style. Take a tour of the soon-to-open boutique hotel, and then book a stay soon — rooms start at under $200, so this is a design destination where you can afford to linger.