4. Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg
Less about grandeur and more about pop culture, individual flair and creativity, this German gem comes with personality plus.
Its rooms, suites and common areas are full of colour, and many of the walls are decorated with the words of writers, journalists and bloggers, plus cool vintage-inspired photos and artwork. This is one to watch - it won the European Hotel Design Of The Year Award in 2012.