Fans of contemporary architecture would do well to book a room at these refined, elegant digs contained in a corner seven-story building dating from 1907, whose insides are designed from top to toe by French 'starchitect' Jean Nouvel (who also designed the city's landmark KKL building nearby). The Hotel is a luxe urban boutique affair, with 30 rooms and custom-designed furnishings. Every inch of space has been lovingly thought through: big windows take advantage of the natural light and the hotel's position near a leafy park, while minimalist bathrooms make the most of their dimensions. Ceilings and some walls feature depictions of classic avant-garde cinema scenes (by directors such as Almodóvar and Bertolucci) and only add to the feeling that this is a place to get in touch with your creative side. There are four types of accommodation: deluxe studios, corner junior suites, garden and park loft suites (with patios), and penthouse junior suites (roof terrace, great views of the city and mountains). The onsite restaurant Bam Bou, with its wildly popular pan-Asian menu and slick decor, is definitely worth trying.