Design hotels are the balance between the bizarre quality of concept hotels, and the standard services of a traditional hotel. These hotels are created by world-renowned interior designers who meticulously plan and craft every avant-garde room. Some feature abstract lighting displays while others have rain showers, vintage art and photography, and of course, life-size chess boards, because why not?
Design Hotels
Salut Maroc!  
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Salut Maroc sits in Essouira's historic Medina at the landmark fortress walls. There is a small path leading to its entrance squeezed between the brick walls of the historic ramparts and the hotel's building. You can't miss its main door, as the former merchant's house's facade is adorned with beautiful …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Essaouira  Morocco  Africa
Galleria Vik  
Milano
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Milan's central landmark, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opened its doors to the public in 1877. Italy's oldest active shopping gallery with its iconic iron-and-glass roof is an architectural masterpiece designed by Giuseppe Mengoni. In 2007 they decided to open a luxury hotel, initially named TownHouse Galleria. Today, it's called the …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
Location: Milan  Italy  West Europe
Manon  
Les Suites
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How do you stand out in such a cool city as Copenhagen? Well, Manon Les Suites by Guldsmeden Hotels has a few tricks up its sleeve. It's situated in the hot spot of all the buzz that the Danish capital has to offer. But what's hidden inside the unassuming walls …
Accommodation types: Design
One Central  
25hours Hotel
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It's hard not to be impressed by the 25hours Hotels chain's newest work. They've opened their first hotel in Dubai – and the first outside of Europe, and it's an absolute hit! Famous for their impressive interior designs that incorporate local history, 25hours is not afraid of some crazy ideas. …
Accommodation types: Design
Ecomama  
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Ecomama's attractive proposal of a boutique hotel-style yet affordable accommodation is the hit in Amsterdam. It takes the best bits of the coziness of hostels with creative communal spaces and dorm rooms and mixes it with the charming appeal of luxury hotels. Then there is the eco-consciousness. Ecomama takes a …
Accommodation types: Design   Hostel
Old St. Francis School  
McMenamins
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Back to school has never sounded more tempting. Located in a former Catholic schoolhouse in Bend, Oregon, McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a hotel with a twist. The original suites are housed in old classrooms, and the recent extensions stay very much on theme with namesakes such as Donna …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Bend  USA  North America
Moxy Osaka  
Honmachi
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Marriott group's launch of the Moxy brand in Japan signifies a new era in sleek and funky accommodation. Moxy hotels are geared towards fun-loving travelers with their playground-like interiors. The cooperation with the local-based studio Wise Labo resulted in a complete revamp of an 11-story warehouse and showroom in a …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Osaka  Japan  East Asia
Mystery Hotel  
Budapest
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The quirkiness starts from the moment you enter the 19th-century freemasons' lodge house. This former meeting place has inspired the concept of Mystery Hotel. The receptions carpet climbing up the ceiling is reminiscent of the magic carpet of Aladdin. Paintings on the walls "come to life" as the subjects in …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Hotel Cala  
Di Volpe
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The scenic Cala di Volpe bay is located in the north of Sardinia. It's part of the Costa Smeralda, AKA Emerald Coast, famous for its white-sand beaches, exclusive hotels, and ability to attract celebrities and other affluent visitors. The place is so special that The Spy Who Loved Me, a …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury   Movie
Optimi Rooms  
Bilbao
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The capsule hotel movement originating from Japan is spreading through the whole world. Originally started as a means to drive down the accommodation prices, it has now entered a new era. Travelers are no longer satisfied with cheap but crowded and overly simple rooms. Optimi Rooms in Balbao is set …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Design   Hostel
Location: Bilbao  Spain  West Europe
Axis  
Viana
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If you’re a design freak, you will love every bit of Axis Viana Hotel. The unique and elegant shape of the building is just the beginning of an aesthetic feast. Minimalism rules here from start to finish, and you will find that all interiors are sleek, modern, and consistent. The …
Accommodation types: Design
LH Vintage Design  
Hotel Sax
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Prague, the capital city of Czechia famous for its spectacular old town, is home to a quirky hotel. The LH Vintage Design Hotel Sax paves the way for a new generation of unique accommodation. It takes inspiration and uses vintage décor and spins them into a modern design with flourishing …
Accommodation types: Design
EAST  
Miami
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If you've visited EAST in Hong Kong, you'll love the EAST in the coastal city of Miami in Florida, USA. Located centrally to give you easy access to famous districts like Wynwood and South Beach, this hotel has 352 rooms, suites, and residences. Whether you choose a cozy 300 sq. …
Accommodation types: Design   Skyscraper
Location: Miami  USA  North America
Mabi Hotel  
Maastricht
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Hotel Mabi is set in a former cinema and located in the lovely historical part of Maastricht, Netherlands. This boutique hotel is unlike any other – from the decor to the convenient location, it offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience. Rooms range from the Basic Twin to the Corbusier Family Room, …
Accommodation types: Design
The Inn Of The  
Five Graces
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In the historic district of Santa Fe, the colorful melting pot of cultures is prominently visible. The Inn of the Five Graces reflects the city's Native American and Spanish architectural heritage. The walls of this hotel are coated with mud, drawing inspiration from Santa Fe de Nuevo México's traditional Pueblo …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Santa Fe  USA  North America
Shattuck Plaza  
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Opened in 1910, Shattuck was San Francisco’s first luxury hotel. It was constructed of reinforced concrete in the mission style, which has come to epitomize San Francisco’s culture and heritage. Ever since, it has remained a hotel under different ownership and was subject to a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2007. Your …
Accommodation types: Design   Heritage
Location: Berkeley  USA  North America
137 Pillars Suites  
Bangkok
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High above the bustling streets of Bangkok, this boutique hotel tower is the ultimate luxury getaway. 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok is a 135 meter (443 feet) tall skyscraper designed by the iconic Palmer & Turner architects famous for their hallmark buildings in Hong Kong. This boutique hotel occupies the uppermost …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Skyscraper
Superbude  
Wien Prater
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Forget about the commercial hotel nonsense spread around the Globe. It's time for a new wave of hospitality that focuses on a friendly, unpretentious environment where you will feel at home. Superbude hits the right chords with its laid-back nature. Breakfast in the afternoon? Sure thing! There is nothing more …
Accommodation types: Design   Hostel
Location: Vienna  Austria  West Europe
2inn1 Kensington  
Boutique Hotel
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Ideally situated in the chic neighborhood of Oranjezicht, 2Inn1 Kensington provides extravagant accommodation that allows you to escape the downtown hustle and bustle of Cape Town yet still have easy access to the city center. In addition to the quiet atmosphere, the prestigious location also allows you to enjoy spectacular …
Accommodation types: Design
NH Milano  
Palazzo Moscova
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This neoclassical railway station was opened in 1840 and with trains running from Milan to Monza, the second oldest route in Italy. Today, it has been redesigned into a hotel by a top brand hotel brand, NH. When these fashionistas designed the rooms, they were thinking more of dreams than …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Milan  Italy  West Europe