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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From Hong Kong to London, we round up some of the world's most notable overnights

THE AMPERSAND HOTEL
London

DESIGN NOTES: Set in a late-19th-century building that previously hosted the slightly fusty Grosvenor Kensington, this boutique property opened last summer after extensive cosmetic surgery. The result is smart, fun and mostly understated. The theme gives a nod to the nearby museum district—giant textbook etchings of stuff like fossils and scientific instruments adorn the walls—but nowhere does the whimsy go overboard, thankfully.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Some of the best museums in the world and, beyond these, Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and Portobello Road. Upmarket shoppers can choose between swank Knightsbridge and trendy King’s Road. While the area still offers ample opportunity for being bumped into by backpack-toting teens, the Ampersand’s arrival suggests things are on the up.

HOT PLATE: The hotel’s cellar restaurant, Apero, does Mediterranean tapas: creamy, wonderfully flavorful burrata and beets; generously portioned saffron pasta with mussels and kale; autumn truffle croquettes with truffle mayonnaise (which may be one of the best comfort-food dishes ever invented). Apero itself is intimate and warm, with lots of whitewashed brick and metro tiling, which somehow lends itself to the communal-dining idea.

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