There is nothing more invigorating than a grand hotel lobby full of guests coming and going, and the service and amenities found in the world’s best hotels can quite literally transform a trip — whether for business or pleasure. But occasionally I love nothing more than to go off to a small, simple place, hidden away, to really relax. No other guests, no need to dress for breakfast, and typically an innkeeper accustomed to treating guests as family.
The one-room hotel beckons.
Israel’s Judean Mountains are beautifully scenic, and just minutes from the bustle of Jerusalem are rural enclaves and agricultural treasures. Rama’s Kitchen is one of these. Tucked away from the nearby villages, Rama Ben Zvi has created a restaurant and one-room hotel worth a visit every time you are in the area. Local produce, local goat cheeses, Israeli wines and Rama’s famous breads are just a few delicious things on offer from chef Tomer Niv. Enjoy a leisurely dinner, and then walk down the stone path to your room to rest up for the rustic-gourmet breakfast.
France’s Cote d’Azur is fantastically glamorous; sorting through new recommendations and long-time favorites is a difficult task. But if seeking a beautiful break from the scene, speak with Roselyne, an impeccable hostess, and book the one-room charmer La Vieille Bergerie. Atop the picturesque village of Eze, La Vieille Bergerie is perfection. Provencal décor, a chilled glass of local rosé on arrival and a delightful breakfast each morning served outdoors.
Finally, if your travels take you to Prague, consider the One Room Hotel atop the Tower Park Praha. A one-room hotel that opened this year in a television tower, the room boasts incredible views and a, ahem, highly unusual setting. There is also a restaurant and access to the observatory.