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
Kemang  
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Kemang Icon is a design hotel in Jakarta’s trendy Kemang neighborhood. Jakarta Today called it the city’s “only true boutique hotel”. Inside, ancient and modern artworks decorate the lobby: mirrors that once hung in royal palaces and a specially commissioned oil painting by Indonesian maestro, Srihadi Soedarsono hangs behind reception. …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Jakarta  Indonesia  Oceania
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Condesa DF
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This hotel is housed in a French neoclassical house refurbished with an eye for detail that has made owners, Grupo Habita famous worldwide. Set on a tree-lined street in Mexico City’s trendy artist neighborhood, La Condesa, this hotel is sandwiched between their rooftop Sushi bar and basement dance club. So …
Accommodation types: Design
Det Hanseatiske  
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Situated in a historic trading building – part of the Bryggen world heritage site – the Hanseatiske Hotel is a place where you can step back in time. In its long history the house has been a workplace, residence, warehouse, and restaurant. This 17th Century house has original features preserved …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Bergen  Norway  West Europe
Abitart  
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A very stylish art hotel in Rome. Located halfway between the Ostiense and Testaccio neighborhoods near to traditional restaurants, shops, and bars abuzz with clientele. Every lamp, application, and decoration is a unique design piece created by a contemporary Roman artist. Unique and expressive artworks transform the walls to create …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
Location: Rome  Italy  West Europe
Gaige House  
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This Glen Ellen inn was built in the 1800s by businessman, Albert Ebenezer Gaige. There was a butcher’s shop below and living quarters above. At some point in the intervening century, the house began to be used as an inn and remains so to this day. A Spa was added …
Accommodation types: Design
Museumotel  
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Created in the 1960s as a vision of future living, these quirky concrete cottages are certainly unusual. The buildings are examples of the “concrete veil” style of architecture that sought to create cheap, functional, and aesthetic houses. The idea was to build a future utopian society. Today the area is …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
Artist Residence  
Brighton
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Brighton is one of Britain’s coolest towns where a combination of wealth, music, and fringe culture merges to create a colorful melee. The Art Hotel is at the center of all that. Whether you want to hang out with the vegans, dance with the gays, or nod with the Hip …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
LIT! Bangkok  
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This hotel uses innovative design to create a luxurious and peaceful space despite the din of downtown Bangkok. The “extra radiance rooms” let in oceans of natural light while keeping your privacy. The full spectrum suits have showers in the middle of the rooms while other quirks of the design …
Accommodation types: Design   Spa
Ushuaia Ibiza  
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Where in the world would a nightclub and hotel merge to create a hotel-club hybrid with an open-air dance floor, pool, and music stage? Ibiza of course. Feel like a king or queen of the night as you view the party from your own private balcony. The hotel is right …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury   Music
Armani  
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Armani Hotel Dubai is located in the prestigious Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai which is the tallest building in the world standing at 2723 ft / 828 m. You can avoid the crowds by accessing the hotel easily via the exclusive entrance. Everything is made by Giorgio Armani from the …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Skyscraper
The Saguaro  
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Palm Springs is an American resort popular with celebrities and people with a passion for living. The Saguaro stands in the resort with a youthful color scheme inspired by desert flowers. Famous architects, Stamberg Aferiat designed the colors and interiors and used the rainbow as a concept that flows throughout …
Accommodation types: Design
Casa  
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The Casa Zinc is a boutique hotel situated in the resort town of La Barra where the beaches and parties are only minutes away. This hotel was imagined and built by an antique fanatic, Aaron Hojman. He salvaged and restored all the antique and vintage stuff you can see here. …
Accommodation types: Design
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Arena
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This grand building was built in 1886 as a women’s hospital. It was administered by a charity that cared for the poor and vulnerable women in society because there was no welfare state in those days. During the Second World War, the property was occupied and later used to house …
Accommodation types: Design
Artist  
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Every floor, room, and suite in this hotel has site-specific artwork designed by a contemporary Israeli artist. The pieces cover a range of mediums from sculpture to video. All the furniture is designed in the retro style and every hallway features original artwork that sets the tone for the floor …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Tel-Aviv  Israel  Middle East
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Tomo
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Among the Kimono shops and brooding Yakuza members in San Fransisco’s Japan Town, there is a hotel devoted to Manga and Japanese pop culture. The lobby continuously plays old Godzilla movies. Buy your snacks from a robot vending machine. Like Manga? Who doesn’t? These incredible murals are originals by contemporary …
Accommodation types: Design
Adventure  
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In most hotels, you go out in the morning, have an adventure, and return in the evening. Not here. Because at Adventure Suites, the fun never ends. How? Because your whole room is about entertainment. Choose from 16 suites. Travel to Rome and sleep among the ruins of an ancient …
Accommodation types: Design
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Habita
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This hotel is so cool it looks like an ice cube. See it appear to float around the husk of an old apartment block. Completely rejuvenated now, of course. It looks this way because it is wrapped in frosted glass and, at night, it glows like a lantern. Inside, the …
Accommodation types: Design
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Azucar
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Named after the area’s sugar factories, Azucar features 20 beachside bungalows all as white as their namesake. The thatched roofs and colorful daybeds accent the pristine whiteness. Set on the Gulf of Mexico on miles of sandy beaches, Hotel Azucar is made for rest, recreation, and meditation. Each little bungalow …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design
Palms Place  
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Las Vegas hotels are known for their suites and Palms Casino Resort has the biggest, loudest and best suites on offer. Out of huge plate glass windows, a sea of light stretches before you for miles and miles, it’s just Vegas and then you turn away from the view and …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Location: Las Vegas  USA  North America
Martin's Patershof  
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This is a hotel in a historic church located in the art heart of Northern Europe, Mechelen where there are loads of amazing buildings, paintings, and sculptures. Many were created in the sixteenth-century renaissance. So when you’re done craning your neck and making impressed noises at the mountainous cathedrals, why …
Accommodation types: Church   Design   Luxury