The big-busted bra shopping guide
The big-busted bra shopping guide

Edaein OConnell

What’s new at Ikea this month? Lamps with speakers, air purifiers and designer vases
What’s new at Ikea this month? Lamps with speakers, air purifiers and designer vases

Megan Burns

12 puffer coats we love that AREN’T black North Face jackets
12 puffer coats we love that AREN’T black North Face jackets

Sarah Finnan

An expert upcycler shares how her online community provides constant inspiration
An expert upcycler shares how her online community provides constant inspiration

Megan Burns

21 inspiring journaling prompts to help you get started
21 inspiring journaling prompts to help you get started

Shayna Sappington

I feel safer out walking at night with a vulnerable baby than without. Here’s why
I feel safer out walking at night with a vulnerable baby than without. Here’s why

Dr Clare Moriarty

Lucy Watson’s vegan pad Thai is the perfect weekend dinner
Lucy Watson’s vegan pad Thai is the perfect weekend dinner

Meg Walker

7 stylish sherpa and faux fur finds that will keep you cosy through winter
7 stylish sherpa and faux fur finds that will keep you cosy through winter

Shayna Sappington

Greg O’Shea on his new fitness app and why ‘you need to fill your own glass first’ 
Greg O’Shea on his new fitness app and why ‘you need to fill your own...

Sarah Finnan

What do women do now?
What do women do now?

Sinead Brady

Image / Editorial

4 European City Boltholes


By Melanie Mullan
03rd Jun 2018
4 European City Boltholes


Berlin – 25hours Hotel Bikini Play “count the exotic animals” while swinging from one of the many hammocks, dining in the rooftop restaurant or ensconced in a window seat at this quirky, millennially-minded hotel overlooking Berlin Zoo. Interiors are as plant-festooned as they are eclectic – guest rooms come in two themes, “Urban” and “Jungle” – and there’s an in-house bakery, plus bikes to borrow. Rooms from €170. 25hours-hotels.com


Barcelona – Almanac The first in a new chain of boutique boltholes, Almanac Barcelona made a grand entrance to the city’s luxury hotel scene when it opened its doors in late 2017. From contemporary design and swirling staircases to rooftop bars and treatment rooms, it guarantees a memorable experience from start to finish – the hotel even has a signature scent created for it by master perfumer Jimmy Boyd. Rooms from €400. almanachotels.com


London – The Marylebone Bright colours, delicious food and a trendy neighbourhood are all part of the charm of The Marylebone. Vibrant soft furnishings sourced from local designers showcase the best of British across its 244 bedrooms and its 108 Brasserie spills out on to the street, making for ample people-watching opportunities during the summer months. Amazing rooftop terrace suites too. Rooms from £168. doylecollection.com


Vienna – DO & CO Hotel Designed as a futuristic shopping mall by Hans Hollein in the 1980s, the Haas Haus building’s curved windows overlooking St Stephen’s Gothic cathedral work equally well in the swish Onyx Bar on the sixth floor. This 43-room five-star has an enviable central location for those seeking in-the-thick-of-it sightseeing, while its high-spec – and high-tech – interiors marry teak, stone, marble and glass. Rooms from €266. designhotels.com

This article featured in the April/May issue of Cara magazine, the inflight publication of Aer Lingus. For the best fares, visit aerlingus.com.