Superhero hotels: check into your very own secret lair

By Emma Power,

Every superhero needs some slick headquarters to operate from, whether you’re looking for a geeky hi-tech base or sleek secret lair. Chill out as a team in one of the safehouse’s common areas (or ‘lobbies’, as they’re known to civilians) or avail of the free WiFi so you can turn your bedroom into your very own personal command centre. At one of our international superhero hotels, you’re free to conceal yourself from the public eye and recharge for a couple of days (secret identities accepted).

BATMAN |SUPERMAN |CATWOMAN |HULK |SPIDERMAN

 

 Channel your inner Batman/Bruce Wayne

Superhero Hotels #1: Gotham, Manchester

SLEEK | SWANKY | MYSTERIOUS

At 100 King Street, in the former premises of the Midland Bank, the boutique 5-star Gotham hotel empowers guests to embrace the Bruce Wayne in each and every one of us – if only for a few luxurious nights. Designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928 and restored to its neoclassical glory in 2015, the Gotham is a lavish, Art Deco style hotel with subtle hints of Batman-inspired influences. Stepping into Gotham’s stylish lobby is like stepping back in time to Gatsby’s vibrant New York City, with sublime quality of service, statement furnishings and striking attention to detail.

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The immaculate Club, Executive and Directors bedrooms in Gotham feature distinctive geometric carpets, dramatic windows, opulent linen and touches of brass, leather and bold monochrome. The sleek Gotham Suite – the first level of suite – comes complete with a separate ornate seating area, while the two extremely spacious and decadent Bank Manager’s Suites enjoy plush emperor-size beds and signature roll-top bath. Featuring huge ‘wonderwall’ screens showcasing the unique Manchester skyline, the five Inner Sanctum Suites in the Gotham are named after iconic Mancunians. The suites’ quirky little touches – such as the signature emperor-sized feather-bed, vintage suitcases, newspapers, buckled belts, hat boxes and biscuits – will transport you back to the golden age of travel. You can even bring some Batman home and purchase items from your room!

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What better way to start your morning in glitzy Gotham than with a sumptuous breakfast of butter glazed kippers amongst bowler hat displays, green glass wall lamps and 1900s Banker style chairs? Honey is the Gotham’s 6th floor restaurant and a nod to the building’s banking past, with the menus and cocktails thoughtfully curated to reflect the hotel’s Art Deco heritage. Meanwhile, the eclectic Club Brass – the hotel’s exclusive VIP lounge and rooftop cocktail bar – is located on the 7th floor, and strictly open to members and Gotham guests only.


 

 

Channel your inner Superman/Clark Kent

Superhero Hotels #3: W London Leicester Square, London

BOLD | BRIGHT | STRONG

Off Leicester Square in the vibrant West End, just a 5-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus and the National Gallery, the hip W London hotel is immediately recognisable thanks to its ultra-modern glass facade. A bold contrast of themes, colors, textures and characters, the hotel’s swanky 5-star rooms integrate modern bathrooms into the main space and feature contemporary furnishings such as floor-to-ceiling windows, custom beds, mood lighting, iPod docks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and an impressive media library. Suites add living areas and custom artwork worthy of Superman himself, and some even include DJ stations, Jacuzzis or cinemas.

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Room 913 – the hotel’s epic nightclub – features signature oversized mirror balls, ruby lighting and live DJs, while the sleek and energetic cocktail lounge serves cool drinks and snacks in intimate surroundings. Is a good meal your Kryptonite? For lunch and dinner, the partner restaurant Burger & Lobster dishes out only the finest burgers and wild lobster (with attitude). For a dining experience that’s even edgier, celebrate 40 years of punk with the most rebellious afternoon tea in all of London; the Anarch-Tea!

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Push yourself at FIT, the hotel’s energy-charged, state-of-the-art fitness space overlooking London city. Kitted out with Technogym equipment, treadmills, weight machines, free weights, yoga mats, balance balls, jump ropes, punching bags, elliptical machines and stationary bikes mounted with LCD TVs, FIT is the ultimate exercise facility for a Superman in-the-making.


 

Channel your inner Catwoman/Selina Kyle

Superhero Hotels #4: Hotel Lancaster Paris Champs-Elysées, Paris

LUXE | LUSH | RITZY

Embrace Catwoman’s desire for the finer things in life at the five-star Hotel Lancaster. Located in the most fashionable area of Paris, the Golden Triangle, Hotel Lancaster is just one block away from Avenue des Champs-Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World Collection, this upscale 8th district hotel hosts an extensive and upmarket art collection, complementing contemporary design elements for a perfectly sophisticated stay. Revealing the ‘French Art of Living’, the 19th century small palace has 45 rooms and 11 suites, a 24-hour reception, fitness suite with sauna, complimentary Wi-Fi, private parking and a courtyard garden.

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Deluxe suites at Hotel Lancaster feature an inviting living room separated from the bedroom, plus beautiful views of the gardens or the Eiffel Tower. Looking over the manicured courtyard garden, the EmileWolf suite pays tribute to the Swiss hotel founder and includes a spacious living room and terrace where you can admire the Sacré Coeur Basilica. An homage to the famous impressionist artist, the Felix Ziem suite’s cosy lounge with fireplace opens onto a large terrace with gorgeous Paris vistas. Meanwhile, the Pastoukhoff suite is an ode to the prestigious Russian painter whose expressive paintings perfectly punctuate the hotel’s swanky corridors. Similarly, the Marlene Dietrich suite is a nod to ‘The Blue Angel’ who lived at the Hotel Lancaster for more than three years in the 1930’s.

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The Hotel Lancaster houses a gourmet restaurant, the exquisite two Michelin-star La Table du Lancaster, which serves a seasonal, fine dining menu. Slink in like your alter ego Catwoman to the glittery and contemporary Bar of Hotel Lancaster as it enhances the vibrant 1930s ambience with plush velvet and lots of natural light, as well as cocktails, light lunches and a hot chocolate menu. Of course, for a thoroughly indulgent stay, why not avail of the superior 24 hour room service? Ask your Clefs d’Or Concierge team for a tailor-made service to truly make the most of this luxurious hotel experience.


 

Channel your inner Hulk/Bruce Banner

Superhero Hotels #5: rocksresort, Laax

BIG | OPEN | SOLITARY

Over ten thousand years ago, there was the biggest landslide of all time, leaving a ruin of scattered boulders in its wake – a naturally-occurring Hulk smash, if you will. Today, this area of outstanding beauty and stunning mountain paradise is Flims Laax Falerain, in the Grisons alpine region of Switzerland. Here, the rockresort boasts clean external outlines and contours, with the natural materials of the interior décor perfectly complementing the precise architectonic lines.

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Located directly at the base station, the modern and expansive rockresort apartments – accommodating 4, 6 or 8 people (or indeed the Hulk) – offer guests a spacious, minimalist stay. The resort’s architectural concept was conceived by Domenig Architects and has won awards in leading design, architecture and lifestyle categories. A member of of Design Hotels™, with design classics by Cassina, the resort’s image is one of consistency and harmony, as the clear outer forms of the rocksresort are also reflected in the stripped back rockssuites.

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Only natural materials have been used for the furnishing in rocksresort. The sleeping areas are lined with untreated, massive solid oak and the walls and floors in the living areas are finished in slaked lime putty and concrete. From the extravagant gilded pendant lamps by Catellani & Smith, natural textiles, steam baths and rainforest shower to the taps designed by Dornbracht, the suites create an open and peaceful atmosphere allowing you to embrace your Bruce Banner-like desire for solitude.


 

Channel your inner Spiderman/Peter Parker

Superhero Hotels #2: citizen M, Amsterdam

GEEKY | HI-TECH | COOL

citizenM Amsterdam City is an eclectic, upbeat and modern hotel offering guests – or ‘citizens’ – 215 hi-tech hotel rooms in Holland’s historical capital city. A unique blend of technology and design – perfect for the global explorer – this hotel isn’t home to a single trouser press, bellboy, towel swan, or pillow chocolate. citizenM is all about stylish, straightforward, yet totally cool comfort.

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The citizenM bed is a gigantic two-metre squared XL king size, super comfy mattress with the finest luxurious Italian linen and soft, fluffy pillows. The hotel rooms have sleek surroundings complete with wall-to-wall windows, a rain shower and chic transparent pod. The innovative MoodPad tablet (think of it as your own in-room personal assistant) lets you control everything from the TV, ambient coloured lighting, music, blackout blinds and air conditioning. And it doesn’t stop there; free Wi-Fi and an extensive on-demand movie collection to watch on your smart flat-screen LCD TV means your space in citizenM is the ultimate escape.

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citizenM’s inimitable geek chic isn’t just confined to the guestrooms. Smartly designed to function as your living room, the relaxed, informal lobby is ideal for working, relaxing, eating or hanging out with friends. With comfy, contemporary Vitra furniture, great connectivity, sleek iMac computers, and in-house baristas serving freshly brewed coffee and tempting pastries, it’s a natural headquarters for digital adventurers. The hotel restaurant and bar features 24/7 dining, canteenM offers full breakfast as well as hot meals, sushi and quick snacks, while in the evening, the bar offers draught beers, spirits and exotic cocktails.


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