Joining our Trunk Talks interview series, Trunk Recommends is a new roundup of everything we love, from hotels to restaurants and more. This debut edition features five hotels to visit in 2024, as recommended by Trunk's Founder and Director, Mats Klingberg. From a serene city escape in Tokyo to the must-visit spot in Stockholm, join us in exploring these exceptional destinations.
Drei Berge Hotel (Mürren, Switzerland)
Ramdane Touhami's newly opened Drei Berge Hotel in Switzerland stands as a captivating testament to the intersection of history and contemporary creativity. Perched on a historic mountaintop in the shadow of Switzerlan's three tallest peaks, this once-sleeping establishment has undergone a remarkable transformation under Touhami's creative guidance. The hotel, which carries a rich historical legacy, now emerges as a dream-like retreat, offering guests an immersive experience that blurs the boundaries between the past and the present. Touhami's unique approach has infused the Drei Berge Hotel with a sense of enchantment and adventure, making it a destination where the old and the new converge to create a truly unforgettable and timeless escape.
Ramdane Touhami's Drei Berge Hotel faces Switzerland's three highest peaks, Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau.
TRUNK(HOTEL) Yoyogi Park (Tokyo, Japan)
The most recent addition from Trunk(HOTEL) (no relation, before you ask) delves deeply into relaxation, or as the hotel prefers to term it, an "urban recharge." Situated on Inokashira Street in the creatively laid-back Tomigaya district, the hotel finds itself right in the midst of the vibrant neon energy of Shibuya and the lively street culture of Harajuku. Despite its central downtown location, the new hotel boasts the epitome of inner-city luxury: panoramic 180-degree views that stretch across the vivid, green landscape of Yoyogi Park. Featuring minimalist yet intimate interiors showcasing a fusion of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and contemporary design, the highlight of the hotel is its sixth-floor heated rooftop infinity pool with views across the park.
The park view suite w/ balcony at the TRUNK(HOTEL) Yoyogi Park
Tuba Club (Marseille, France)
Established by a group of Marseillaise locals who identify as a "friends collective," Tuba derives its name from its previous incarnation as a scuba diving center. Beautiful yet simply designed, the hotel offers only 5 rooms, with the largest measuring just 180 square feet. However, it's the local area that is the real draw here. Nestled in the Les Goudes neighborhood of Marseille, accessible only by bus or car, the walkable neighborhood hosts several seaside establishments, including restaurants, cafés, and grocery stores. Situated on the outskirts and adjacent to the renowned National Park celebrated for its striking limestone cliffs known as "calanques," it serves as an ideal starting point for scenic hikes or a visit to the exclusive Baie des Singes restaurant and beach, accessible only by foot or boat.
The Tuba Club is situated in the Les Goudes neighbourhood of Marseille.
Pa.te.os (Melides, Portugal)
Not quite a hotel, Pa.te.os is a collection of four exquisite holiday homes located on the western coast of Portugal near the quaint village of Melides, in the Alentejo region. Each residence has been meticulously crafted by the renowned Portuguese architect, Manuel Aires Mateus. Whether rented individually or as a complete set, guests can indulge in the luxury of a shared infinity swimming pool, tranquil gardens and courtyards, as well as the option to enjoy the services of an on-demand masseuse and yoga instructor. The interiors of each dwelling showcase the artistry of design, incorporating solid wood and natural materials complemented by a soothing color palette. Meanwhile, the surrounding environment unfolds as a picturesque landscape of verdant soft rolling hills and plains. Pa.te.os stands as the ideal summer retreat for those seeking a truly relaxing getaway.
A glimpse of the infinity pool at Pa.te.os.
Ett Hem (Stockholm, Sweden)
Nestled in the peaceful residential enclave of Lärkstaden, Stockholm's Ett Hem provides a tranquil escape from the city centre while remaining conveniently close. Occupying a charming 1910 Arts and Crafts building, once a private residence, the hotel exudes a homely ambiance, shaped by its historical roots. Renowned designer Ilse Crawford, celebrated for her contemporary yet cosy designs, has curated the interior, ensuring a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication. With a commitment to exclusivity, Ett Hem boasts only a limited number of rooms, fostering an intimate and personalised experience, while the kitchen is open to residents and dining is communal, further addding to the homely vibe.