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
theWit  
Chicago
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The Wit Hotel has an enviable location on the corner of State and Lake near Chicago’s business district, theatre town, and Millennium Park. The 27-story building was built in 2009 and reflects the vibrancy of the local area with a kickass lightning bolt running the length of its glass floors. …
Accommodation types: Design   Skyscraper
Location: Chicago  USA  North America
The Mira  
Hotel
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The Mira has just emerged from a 65 million-dollar renovation to claim its place as a luxury hotel located in a stand-out fashion opposite the popular Kowloon Park in Hong Kong. Your room has a view of the rich green park which is a rare treat in the Hong Kong …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
25hours Hotel  
Hamburg HafenCity
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This hotel is brand new and chic as hell. It is part of the 25 Hours chain of design hotels. Its location is in an area of Hamburg called HafenCity which has recently been restored and made into a haven for the leisure pirates of Europe. The versatile rooms have …
Accommodation types: Design   Spa
Location: Hamburg  Germany  West Europe
Singa  
Lodge
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Located in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, this hotel is perfect for exploring the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape Safari Belt. Your room is individually decorated in a style that blends Asian and African influences in order to inspire your holiday. Every tile is handmade and …
Accommodation types: Design
Morosani  
Fiftyone
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Fiftyone is an automatic hotel which means there is no concierge, no receptionist, and definitely no yoga teachers. You book your room online and check-in using a computer that ejects an electric keycard. The hotel only provides you with a room that has an LCD TV, high-speed internet, and bathroom …
Accommodation types: Concept   Design
Lanchid 19  
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Budapest’s only design hotel, the Lánchíd, opened in 2007 and has received numerous awards since, including three architectural awards, and it is frequently named in traveler journalist’s lists of top 50 hotels. Its location is right in the heart of Budapest, in an area where all the main sites and …
Accommodation types: Design
Deseo  
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Located in the Mexican Caribbean and achingly hip, this hotel is built around a courtyard swimming pool: the blue iris in an eye of chicness. Around the pool are the designer day beds and a Jacuzzi. There is a DJ playing ambient music, hopefully with gratuitous lashings of DJ Shadow. …
Accommodation types: Design
QT  
Sydney
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Two of Sydney’s historic buildings have been revamped to create the QT Sydney which straddles the defunct Gowings’s department store and the still functioning State Theatre. Famous designer, Nic Graham headed-up the project taking inspiration from gothic and art deco styles to create a surrealist experience where you are welcomed …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Sydney  Australia  Oceania
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Guangzhou
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This hotel blends stylish modernity with traditional hospitality in one of China’s most dynamic cities. The hotel has some arresting contemporary artworks and original designs. When you enter, the first thing you see is the three-story glowing “waterwall” lit by 5000 LED lights; they’re choreographed to create an evanescent pattern …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Skyscraper
Location: Guangzhou  China  East Asia
Distrito  
Capital
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Grupo Habita is well-known for producing hotels that have style gurus levitating in amazement. This one is located in Santa Fe, Mexico City’s high-retail and business district, so it is one of their more swish creations. Acclaimed interior designer Joseph Dirand masterminded the interior down to the vintage furnishings and …
Accommodation types: Design   Skyscraper
Mama Shelter  
Marseille
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Located in the back alleys of the chic Cours Julien area of Marseille – famous for its sunny terraces and arty crowd; this brand new hotel features a minimalist design with street art highlights. The rooms are decorated with graffiti and contemporary prints and stencils. There are rooms specially designed …
Accommodation types: Design
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Seattle
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Boeing (as in the airplane company) was founded here, so to commemorate that you'll find riveted metal cocktail tables to rest your specially crafted beverage. The massive circular fireplace in the Living Room which houses the resident DJ high above, riffs on a forest ranger look-out tower, and is covered …
Accommodation types: Design   Skyscraper
Location: Seattle  USA  North America
Indigo  
Pearl
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This beachside property is set against a backdrop of a rainforest – home to rare species. Rarer still is your experience at this unique hotel. Renowned architect, Bill Bensley helped with the refurb using reclaimed materials and found curios. For example, the iron coffee tables in the lobby were made …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Spa
Fasano  
Boa Vista
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Located on a 750-hectare property a few hours from Sao Paulo, this hotel seeks to recreate the glamour of the 50s and 60s. The two wings of the hotel sit on the highest point in the property, overlooking a lake where the sun appears to submerge every evening. On the …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Nature
Mira Moon  
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The Mira Moon Hotel takes its name from the legend of the Chinese Moon Goddess of Immortality. The story goes that there were once 10 suns orbiting the Earth making our planet a hellish place to live. The hero, Hou Yi shot down nine of them making the Earth into …
Accommodation types: Design
Downtown  
Mexico
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This stylish renovation project has brought one of the oldest buildings in Mexico City back to life. Once the home of a high-office government don, it is now a bohemian-style hotel in an aesthetic that blends Spanish colonial, contemporary and indigenous mescal-color. The rooftop bar has views of intricate churches, …
Accommodation types: Design
Almyra  
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A high-quality renovation has created a hotel with excellent craftsmanship. Inspired by the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite (who, legend has it, was born from the waters of Cyprus) the hotel was built in a traditional terrace design to maximize the ocean views. Your room has ample space with …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Spa
Location: Paphos  Cyprus  East Europe
Mainport  
by Inntel Hotels
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“Rotterdam is anywhere alone” sang The Beautiful South in the 1990s. God knows what they were on about. But one place in Rotterdam that certainly isn’t just anywhere is the Mainport by Inntel Hotels. The black glass and metal exterior make a statement from the outset. Your room has some …
Accommodation types: Design   Spa
Daddy  
Long Legs
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Daddy Long Legs is a traveler’s lodge that celebrates the creative spirit. Each one of its rooms was given to an artist, poet, or photographer who was allowed a free reign to design and decorate the space as they liked. Check out the results in these amazing photos. Owners, Jody …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
Madonna  
Inn
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For over 50 years (which is ancient history in American time) the Madonna Inn has been welcoming travelers with its eccentric and luxurious take on the essential roadside Motel. Choose from 110 themed rooms from “Caveman” to “Elegance”, “Jungle Rock” to “Bridal Falls”. The Inn has a famous bakery where …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury