Vicente Castellano is the new Executive Chairman of Globe-Trotter, the discerning luggage label that is synonymous with great British design and craftsmanship. After all, they’ve been perfecting the art of the travel case (and accessories) since 1897.

Expect timeless shapes in the form of trolley cases and attaché bags that’ll transport you to a bygone, romantic era and a place that’s ready to explore.

And with that in mind, Globe-Trotter by profession, and globe trotter by nature, Castellano has shared his favorite hotels from around the world. Be sure to bookmark these hotel hotspots for a later date, or even partake in some armchair travelling.

Gōra Kadan: This hotel offers an amazing experience all in all. I am totally blown away by Japan in general but definitely staying in this Ryokan is one of the most incredible experiences. It sums up all of what Japan represents and is one to try at least once in your life!

Gōra Kadan, 1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0408, Japan

InterContinental Hong Kong: The view of the bay is unbeatable, the service is great and the bar is really one of a kind. I stayed here the first time I ever visited Hong Kong, and have been many times since then, so it holds a lot of memories for me. 

InterContinental Hong Kong, No. 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The Peninsula New York: Spacious, nice rooms in a great building and set in a superb location. The rooftop bar is amazing and breakfast is really one of the best you can have in New York. The service is always outstanding at Peninsula level. 

The Peninsula New York, 700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States

Grand Hotel Majestic (Lake Maggiore): Exuding 100{143106009d8b87d45252e1fd973f0c0835ad3aabba3679e828c3cd83539ae06c} the Italian style of living, it is quite a decadent hotel, and has such a great view out to the lake and the beautiful garden. It’s the perfect place to stay and discover the area. 

Grand Hotel Majestic, Via Vittorio Veneto, 32, 28922 Verbania VB, Italy

Soho House New York: With this hotel expect all the Soho House services and kindness. One of the first Soho House hotels, it still exudes the spirit and the vibe that you would expect when you decide to stay downtown. 

Soho House New York, 29-35 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, United States

The Carlyle: This hotel is such a landmark. Sleeping in this hotel takes you right back all ‘60s/’70s with all its famous stories. If you add to this heritage an incredible breakfast and the opportunity of listening to the clarinet, it is definitely unique!

The Carlyle, 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, United States


Mandarin Oriental Singapore: This is the hotel where I used to go for the F1. It has amazing rooms and pool side, and the service is exemplary. Obviously the vibe of the city during that weekend helps a lot to make the experience unforgettable! 

Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797 

Hotel Arts Barcelona: The view, the huge rooms, the service, it’s a hotel that after the years, not only continues to have a stylish aethetic, it also delivers on experience.

 Hotel Arts Barcelona, Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain 

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