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Be a culture vulture: New Year, new you

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Berlin, February 4, 2013 – Feel like a headless chicken in the daunting cultural hubs of Europe?

If you can’t decide on what to do, then we have the best offerings in London, Milan, Oslo and Venice – all inclusive with your room. www.designhotels.com/specials/mbo_experiences

London – all that life can afford
Many have sung the virtues of this 2,000 year old city that’s at the forefront of art and design. Straddling a fine line between the posh city center and the edgy East End is the perfect gateway to experience London at its pluralistic best: South Place Hotel by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi. And what a trip they’ve planned. Stay at Suite 610 with a glass bathtub, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system and a private bar. Start every morning with a Bellini brunch. Skip the lines with entry for two to the temporary exhibition at the Tate Modern and the Barbican Gallery. Get a guided walking tour of the East End’s storied art. And finally, dine at London’s new ‘it’ place, the hotel’s buzzing seafood restaurant Angler and try class English food by Michelin-starred chef Tim Allen at Launceston place.
 
Milan – so trendy it’s probably hereditary
They say the best way to enjoy Milan is out of the city. Find the perfect perch at C-Hotel & Spa, a modern marvel of minimalism by Andrea Colzani in the hills above Lake Como. A stunning glass and stone retreat, enjoy the vistas from the Panorama Suite. Wake up to a delectable Italian breakfast. Start your design journey right in Como with a guided tour by C-Hotel’s Art & Design curator. Get a personal tour of Milan, ticking off all the hotspots such as the Triennale Design Museum, and Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni, an architour of the most iconic buildings and the hottest new concept stores. For design buffs, there’s even a trip to the Industrial Design District north of Milan to Italy’s most influential brands such as B&B Italia and Poliform. Soak in all your impressions by ending your day at the hotel’s spa.         
 
Venice – channeling art
In keeping with the discreet but in the center-of-the-action personality of Ca’Pisani, the experience planned in this romantic Italian city is just as cool and under-the-radar. To begin with, look at the Dorsoduro neighborhood in Venice through the eyes of local artist Robert Morgan, who moved to the city in the ’70s. Spend some time discovering the lagoon with local architect Riccardo Palma in a cofano, a small traditional motor boat. Since the food in Venice is like art, there are special treats in store. Such as an exclusive dinner with Ca’Pisani’s co-owner Marianna Serandrei at one of the best restaurants in town, La Caravella. And also a four-course meal with wine pairing at Osteria I Rusteghi, famed for its 500 varieties of fresh-made paninetti (assortment of breads).
 
Oslo – an exciting new Scandinavian hub
The breathtaking views of the Oslofjord are punctuated by shiny new examples of cutting-edge architecture the city seems to be welcoming with open arms. Amongst them are the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum and Petter A. Stordalen’s THE THIEF hotel. While great design is no stranger to these parts of Northern Europe, the rooms at THE THIEF take it up another notch. Every little detail has been carefully planned out with even in-room amenities such as the bathrobe, slippers and blanket being custom-designed by local designers. The cozy wool slippers by Runa Klock being one of your take-home souvenirs. With one of the finest hotel art collections, you don’t need to venture far for your fill of culture. In case you do feel like stepping out, you can also check out the next-door Astrup Fearnley Museum gratis for the top names in contemporary art. For a farm-fresh spin on Norwegian cuisine look no further than the hotel’s Fru K restaurant.

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