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
Resorts World  
Sentosa
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There’s no such thing as too much luxury and pampering, and that’s the spirit of the Resorts World Sentosa. It counts six separate hotels, each with its own theme, as well as 1,500 individual rooms for visitors. For beach lovers, the Beach Villas offers a great honeymoon scene. For art-lovers, …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Underwater
W Miami  
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Located in Brickell Avenue, the money district of Miami, this hotel is aimed at the business elite but is still near to the interesting parts of the town. Swim in the 300-foot infinity pool and then wash up at the poolside bar and fireplace. Like chess but find that normal …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Spa
Location: Miami  USA  North America
Off-grid  
itHouse
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Before going off the grid, experience off-grid living. This house, recently noted by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best houses of all times in Southern California, is available for those who appreciate the architectural beauty and significant design in creating a smaller footprint in wilderness locations. It’s …
Accommodation types: Desert   Design   Nature
Rosewood  
Mayakoba
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This resort was opened in 2008 and is located along a tusk of white sand on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Its eco-design blends with the environment but still offers luxurious suites, pools, and sundecks. The resort has so married to the needs of the environment that with its guests, it has …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury
21c  
Bentonville
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In 2011, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened. It is the first large American art museum opened since 1974 and is the project of a Walmart heiress who spent a number of years amassing a collection of fine art and arranging it in the museum located in the …
Accommodation types: Art   Design   Museum
Casa  
San Agustin
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This quaint hotel has been restored carefully with the needs of the cosmopolitan traveler in mind. The three sun-gleamed buildings were built in colonial times and original frescos and wood-beamed ceilings remain key features of the new design. The location is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Cartagena de Indias …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Kura  
Design Villas
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Costa Rica has a long tradition of ostentatious hotel-building but today’s travelers often prefer a smaller, wiser experience. Enter then, Kura Design Villas. Located on the esoteric Osa Peninsula halfway up a rainforest-clad mountainside, these properties balance perfectly on that fine line between rustic and luxury. Awake then, to the …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Nature
25 Hours Hotel  
Number One
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25 hours are a new brand of design hotels with the philosophy that each hotel should be unique and tailored to its location. Their “Hotel Number One” is located in Hamburg in a converted 1950s office block. Inside, the interior is a funky blend of the 60s and 70s style …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Hamburg  Germany  West Europe
Five Boutique Hotel  
Paris
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For many people, Parisian hotels are always going to be a crystal chandelier affair with Louis the XVI chairs and hankies flopped around the place. But for us at Uniqhotels it is all about vaulting design that overleaps itself and… well, this is no time for Shakespeare. Why not? Because …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Paris  France  West Europe
Hotel Greif  
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This 500-year-old building was once owned by aristocratic families but it is now a designer hotel. A huge renovation project took place in 1993 when the Viennese architect Boris Podrecca managed the feat of creating a modern hotel encompassing four old houses. Today, each of the 33 rooms has been …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Bolzano  Italy  West Europe
Yooma Urban Lodge  
Bruxelles
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Take a swill pill in this fragrant pit of chic. Yes, this 1920s building has been refurbished into one of the world’s most desirable boutique hotels. The interior has been decorated to exacting standards using monochromes and reflective steel to create an impression of living inside a sexy chessboard. Throughout …
Accommodation types: Design
Inntel  
Zaandam
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This incredible-looking hotel is twelve stories high and looks as if a giant has taken a number of the green-painted cottages typical of the Zaan region and mashed them together. One blue house stands out in the mix – it is a reference to Monet’s painting “The Blue House” completed …
Accommodation types: Design   Fairytale
Delano  
Hotel
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Miami Beach is a magnet for celebrities, and you can find some of them at the Delano Hotel. The hotel has been designed to reflect the lifestyle of your average schmo’s wildest dreams. Just check out these indoor/outdoor lobby photos, the landscaped pool, and luxurious day beds. Artwork by Salvador …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Hotel  
Boca Chica
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Acapulco, Mexico, in the 1950s was a glamorous haven for rich dudes with grey-haired chests and beauties in white bikinis. But recently, some people have said it is in decline. Lucky, then, that Hotel Boca Chica has arrived on the scene. Located in a vintage Acapulco hotel, new owners overhauled …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design
Chekhoff Hotel  
Moscow
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This is Moscow's first boutique hotel and it is jam-packed with sizzling décor. There is a giant golden apple in the glasshouse lobby and every floor has a different colour scheme with the seven floors corresponding to the colours of the rainbow. The unique design for each floor is noticeable …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Moscow  Russia  East Europe
Hotel Zetta  
San Francisco
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Located in central San Francisco near SoMa (South Market) and the Westfield mall, Hotel Zetta is one of America’s most technologically advanced hotels. The recent refurbishment has utilized the recycled, the re-used, and re-appropriated. A string of iMacs contrasts with twisted timber detailing. Your room features a “tall desk” where …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Seven4One  
Hotel
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This boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, California is a special design hotel created by the famous Horst Architects. They have created a contemporary design in conversation with the quaint aesthetics of Laguna Beach. They used reclaimed wood from buildings demolished in east LA, over 100 years old. The garden seems …
Accommodation types: Design
Rogner Bad  
Blumau
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You can find the Blumau Hotel on the clear green hillsides of South-Eastern Austria. It is a unique wellness and design hotel. Some blogs have dubbed it “the world’s largest habitable work of art”. Designed by Austria’s most famous contemporary artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Blumau Hotel was designed to unleash …
Accommodation types: Art   Design   Fairytale   Spa
Hotel  
Welcome
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This hotel is built into a historic townhouse in Brussels. It has 17 themed rooms. Each one is decorated in the style of a location that gives you wanderlust. There is the Congo Room with its impressive African art, statues of tribal gods, and dancing masks. Check out the Cuba …
Accommodation types: Design
W Singapore  
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Located on a resort island, W Singapore is a hotel for the playful-hearted to wine, dine and have fun. Here you have access to everything on your doorstep: casinos, beaches, restaurants, and the massive retail park known as Orchard Road. Your room has sea views, a special W signature bed, …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Spa