A stay here is like an overnight in a contemporary design showroom—with breakfast in the morning. The first thing that will strike you is the full-size red fiberglass cow grazing on the decking in front as you approach. Inside, guest rooms have ingenious lighting, like winged lightbulbs by Ingo Maurer, Mario Bellini "Cuboglass" televisions, and gray-tiled bathrooms with Philippe Starck fittings. The comfortable lounge with its tomato-red walls is peppered with equally modern-classic furniture. Unlike some boutique hotels, the Monty doesn't tip over into chilly attitude; its warmth is demonstrated at breakfast, served at a friendly communal table. Three serviced apartments are available in a neighboring building for longer stays (min. 1 week). The hotel is out of town, but just a few steps from the Georges Henri underground tram stop, close to Montgomery.