Forget everything you thought you knew about an international hotel brand: the W portfolio brings a dynamic energy to some of the world’s most exciting cities thanks to the group’s cutting-edge art installations, dazzling décor, fun-loving emphasis on eating, drinking and dancing the night away, and blissful spa and pool areas.

Towering views in Taipei | W Hotel Taipei

Looking for a room with a view? Want to dine next to one of Taiwan’s greatest architectural feats? The W Hotel Taipei might just be the answer.W Hotel Taipei

Located in the renowned entertainment district of Xinyi this 405-room hotel is smack-bang next to Taipei 101. Diners at YEN, the hotel’s plush, purple Cantonese restaurant and bar, have floor-to-ceiling views of the towering attraction. Steaming baskets of expertly crafted dim sum come flying out of the open kitchen at lunch, while the a la carte menu is best enjoyed alongside tea-infused cocktails and ice-cold bottles of 5 Beer, which has been specially created for the hotel by a local brewery.

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Buy blissful bath products in Bangkok | W Hotel Bangkok

Thailand’s capital can be loud, hectic and crowded almost 24/7, but seeing the sights and tailor-making an unforgettable experience is a breeze with W Bangkok’s Whatever/Whenever concierge service.

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From hitting the mega malls with a personal shopper to cruising down the Chao Phraya River at dusk, nothing is too difficult to arrange at the W Hotel Bangkok. Guests at the Sathorn Road hotel can recreate their room when they get home by picking up a few things at the W Store, including signature items such as lemon spritzer Room Scent, a sumptuous Silk Robe and Bliss bath products, as well as clothing and jewellery from local designers. And for a stay that’s even closer to home, a brand-new W Hotel is scheduled to open in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

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Harbour from Sunrise to Sunset | W Hotel Hong Kong

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Beat the humid heat of Hong Kong and dive into the open-air WET pool at Kowloon’s W Hotel Hong Kong, where guests gaze at the stunning butterfly mural the dominates the sun deck by day, before gazing out at the twinkling harbour from this sky-high terrace by night.

As with all W Hotels, there’s a wide choice of rooms – from entry-level to extravagant – and for a city that’s short on space even the compact Wonderful Room is a generous 40sqm.  Expect feather beds and pillowtop mattresses, 400-thread-count sheets, rainforest showers and oversize bathtubs.

Shanghai gets its very own W Hotel in 2017.

W Hotel Hong Kong

Old meets new in Paris | W Hotel Paris

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Housed in an elegant 1870s Haussmann-era building and within walking distance of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré’s coveted contemporary boutiques, France’s first W hotel combines timeless glamour with a modern art aesthetic. Located in the upmarket Opéra district, guests feast on French fare at Restaurant Coquette – think cooked-to-perfection Chateaubriand for two followed by a selection of delicate millefeuille, washed down with plenty of champagne – before heading to the iconic Garnier Opéra house to take in a show.

And when not out exploring the City of Lights, they spend Saturday bending and stretching with a yoga class or getting pampered at the on-site barbershop and beauty rooms.

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Water retreat in Bali | W Hotel Bali

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Situated a short distance from restaurant and bar hub Seminyak, the W’s modern aesthetic meets the island’s natural beauty with nearly all 237 retreats, suites and villas offering stunning ocean views, while communal spaces feature tropical gardens, lotus pools and a traditional wantilan (Balinese pavilion).

To sample Indonesian cuisine and street food from across Southeast Asia without leaving the five-star surrounds, guests enjoy Sunday lunch at the Hawker House Street Feast held at the hotel’s signature restaurant FIRE.

A W Hotel will open in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta in 2017.

 

Live London like an A-lister | W Hotel London

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Leicester Square has hosted hundreds of film premieres over the decades, and guests at the W Hotel London on Wardour Street in nearby Soho prepare for their red-carpet moment at the 93sqm state-of-the-art FIT gym on the hotel’s mezzanine level, overlooking the West End, before chilling out in one of AWAY Spa’s five treatment rooms, steam room or sauna.

With Detox Drinks and exclusive REN products on offer, and iPod docks to customise the spa experience, it’s easy to see why guests feel like celebrities here.

Complete the makeover with a shopping spree on nearby Carnaby Street and, in evening, channel the Hollywood vibe at the on-site screening room.

 

New York: So good, they opened four | W Hotel New York

That’s right, the Big Apple has four Manhattan locations to choose from, and they read like a guide to must-visit New York attractions:

W New York Lexington Avenue a centrally located sanctuary in the city thanks to the Bliss 49 Spa ;

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W New York Times Square close to Broadway and the theatre district, and next door to the Chrysler Building ;

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W New York Union Square near Greenwich Village, the Rockefeller Center and Madison Square Garden ;

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and W Downtown New York which rubs shoulders with the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

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Seoul’s stylish, urban oasis | W Hotel Seoul

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W Hotels all over the world have some pretty stunning interiors, but in the South Korean capital the surrounding landscape is just as breathtaking. Situated on the slopes of Mount Acha and overlooking the Han River, the W Seoul Walkerhill is an oasis of calm in one of Asia’s most energetic and vibrant cities and located just 15 minutes from the financial and business district of Gangnam.

And while travellers will find the city is bursting with eating options, it can be tempting to eat in with four restaurants to choose from: there’s brunch, dinner and everything in between at Kitchen; sushi, sashimi and sake at Namu; cocktails at Woobar; and spa restaurant Tonic, which is located within the AWAY spa and serves authentic Korean cuisine.

To unwind guests visit WET indoor swimming pool and outdoor sun deck, where floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the area’s natural beauty.

W Hotel Seoul