Design: If you love design, The Dominican Hotel in the city center is the place for you. The Dominican monastery turned hotel is perfect for a romantic city trip or a luxury getaway with friends. I love the open courtyard of the hotel, popular with locals for weekend cocktails or a coffee break. As you walk through the dark hallway to your room, you are accompanied by soft music and taken to a quaint, gorgeously decorated room with hints of green and purples. The tub is deep, perfect for a soak after a long flight (aromatic bath salts included). Make sure to have cocktails at the bar, they are simply delicious. Local Tip: Walk to Place Saint Gery (five minute walk) for drinks at one of my favorite spots: Halles de Saint Gery. On Saturdays, head to Place Saint Catherine (five minute walk) for the markets.