The Big Six: Hotels with colour

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Semiramis, Athens

Ultra-modern high-gloss finishes, elegant furnishings and carefully co-ordinated colours are the hallmarks of Semiramis, a 52-room design hotel located in Kifissia, an upmarket suburb of Athens. Designer Karim Rashid keeps things tasteful throughout, and it's the detail that shines through – from the bold, bright bathrooms to the swooping, tiled pool and the striking yellow balconies on the modern façade. Regular exhibitions of modern art complete an impressively colourful picture.

Semiramis, 48 Charilaou Trikoupi Street, Athens, Greece (00 30 210 628 4400; yeshotels.gr ). Doubles start at €185, including breakfast.

L'Hotel de Sers, Paris

From the formal classical façade, you wouldn't guess that the luxurious L'Hôtel de Sers hides a colourful secret. The 52 rooms in the newly renovated interior contrast white walls with rich, dark curtains and violet carpeting, but it is the public spaces that really impress – from the pinks and reds of the restaurant through to the S'Bar, where cream-coloured armchairs are set near a backlit bar that changes colour every few seconds.

L'Hotel de Sers, 41 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris, France (00 33 1 53 23 75 75; hoteldesers.com ). Doubles start at €359, room only.

Pantone Hotel, Brussels

The seven floors of this new hotel each deploy different colours from the Pantone Colour Matching system (which has long been used as a reference tool in the printing and design worlds). So the "Daring, Fiery" rooms correspond to Pantone 200C (scarlet red), while the hotel's "Fresh, Eager" accommodation uses Pantone 353C (spearmint green). Throughout, these blocks of colour contrast boldly with otherwise minimal, white interiors. Design fans take note: colour-matched mugs, stationery and bags are also available to buy.

Pantone Hotel, 1 Place Loix, Brussels, Belgium (00 32 2 541 48 98; pantonehotel.com ). Doubles from €89, including breakfast.

Seaside Palm Beach, Gran Canaria

From the outside, it's a beach resort from the 1970s. From the inside, it's a ... beach resort from the 1970s. But in a cool way. Architect Alberto Pinto has refurbished the Palm Beach with two-toned rooms, and swooshy patterns and bold stripes of colour everywhere else.

Avenida del Oasis, Maspalomas, Grand Canaria, Canary Islands (00 34 928 063 200; hotel-palm-beach.com ). Doubles start at €194, half board.

Color Hotel Bardolino, Italy

The Color Hotel uses something called "chromotherapy" throughout its 80 rooms to soothe its guests. The four azure pools – combined with the cooling waters of nearby Lake Garda – should also help wash away the blues.

Color Hotel, Via Santa Cristina 5, Bardolino, Verona, Italy (00 39 045 621 0857; colorhotel.it ). Doubles start at €128, including breakfast.

Hi Hotel, Nice

The light that lured the Impressionists south to Provence is used to great effect in this eye-catching property close to the city centre. The public spaces are awash with colour, while the rooftop pool is a picture-perfect high-altitude beach. Even the organic breakfast is a feast of vibrant colour.

Hi Hotel, 3 Avenue des Fleurs, Nice, Cote d'Azur, France (00 33 4 97 07 26 26; hi-hotel.net ). Doubles from €249, including breakfast.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Suggested Topics
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Sport
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
football
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon
musicCan 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition? See for yourself
Sport
New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden pictured in The Zookeeper's Son on a late-night drinking session
rugby
Arts and Entertainment
Worldwide ticket sales for The Lion King musical surpassed $6.2bn ($3.8bn) this summer
tvMusical is biggest grossing show or film in history
Voices
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
voicesMaybe the new app will make it more normal to reach out to strangers
Arts and Entertainment
Salmond told a Scottish television chat show in 2001that he would also sit in front of a mirror and say things like,
tvCelebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
News
i100
Life and Style
food + drink
News
Rob Merrick's Lobby Journalists were playing Ed Balls' Labour Party MPs. The match is an annual event which takes place ahead of the opening of the party conference
newsRob Merrick insistes 'Ed will be hurting much more than me'
News
A cabin crew member photographed the devastation after one flight
news
Life and Style
Carol O'Brien, whose son Rob suffered many years of depression
healthOne mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Affiliate Marketing Manager / Affiliate Manager

    £50 - 60k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Affiliate Marketing Manager / Affiliate Mana...

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Day In a Page

    Secret politics of the weekly shop

    The politics of the weekly shop

    New app reveals political leanings of food companies
    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
    Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

    Beware Wet Paint

    The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
    A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

    Not That Kind of Girl:

    A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

    In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

    Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
    Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

    Model mother

    Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
    Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

    Apple still the coolest brand

    Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits