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?
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Palafitte
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Hotel Palafitte takes Japanese minimalism and combines it with over-water bungalows from the South Pacific islands and places it all in the Swiss Alps. And not just anywhere in the Swiss Alps, in one of the best spots available in the converted Three Lakes region. Contemporary hardwood floors and designer …
Accommodation types: Design   Floating
Carbon  
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Coal mining was the principal industry of the Limburg area. The Carbon Hotel takes its namesake from these seams of history that run through the rocks and culture of the area. Luckily that’s where the similarity with coal mining ends. Your room has an iPod dock, a BOSE Soundsystem, designer …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Genk  Belgium  West Europe
Aufberg 1113  
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Two specially commissioned holiday apartments located high in the Austrian Alps where the scented air holds, in its spell, spicy conifer forests and ancient glaciers. Professor of architecture, Andreas Meck used bird’s nests for his inspiration. He placed his design hotel on the edge of a deep valley with views …
Accommodation types: Design   Mountain   Nature
Nordic Light  
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Famous for its ‘mood rooms’ – this is Stockholm’s foremost design hotel. Its rooms are fitted with lighting designed to inspire moods and create atmospheres – like lighting a candle and dimming the lights - only more awesome. You can choose ‘relaxing blue’, ‘refreshing green’ or ‘pulsing red’ and adjust …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
Farol  
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The tourist industry in Cascais has had a great time recently. This gorgeous medieval village boasts a fine location that has long been used as a getaway for the rich and famous. The top real estate here is the old aristocratic mansions that lie on rocky outcrops, high above the …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury
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Be Angkor
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From the people that brought you the ‘One Hotel Angkor’- the ‘Be’ hotel is another trendy place for you to consider. It offers you not rooms, but a choice of three ‘design experiences’ (not my words). And to be fair, the interior design is spankingly original, as you can see …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
New Majestic  
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It’s called the New Majestic Hotel so no-one forgets that it’s new and majestic. But that would be hard to do given that the lobby has a copper ceiling, white-washed walls, and vintage fans. As is usual for modern design hotels, local artists have been allowed to splurge their creative …
Accommodation types: Design
Hard Day’s  
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I will attempt to talk about this Beetles-themed hotel with no terrible Beetles-related puns. It will be hard, can I do it? Read on. Situated next door to the famous ‘Cavern Club’ where the Beetles first rose to fame, this hotel is perfectly suited for fans to explore all the …
Accommodation types: Design   Music
MO.OM  
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This hotel bills itself as ‘Hotel & Motel, Love & Sex, Business & Relax all become One’. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a terrifically messy evening. But then, maybe I’m not Italian enough. You can choose whether to stay in the Hotel building or the Motel …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
Miura  
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Hooray! Now we can finally combine Golf and modern art. This hotel might look like a giant coffin on stilts but inside you will find a flourish of top design to delight your eyes. Works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, and Anish Kapoor hang in the private …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
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Lodz
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In Chinese tradition, the front façade of a building is highly important as it is the ‘face’ of the building. The lovingly restored entrance and red bricks of this converted textile mill give Hotel Lodz a classic and beautiful face, like that of Ava Gardner. The interior has been designed …
Accommodation types: Design   Industrial
Location: Lodz  Poland  East Europe
Conscious Hotel  
Vondelpark
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A veteran hotelier’s wife gives birth to a child on a starry night. And when the proud father looks past the waving arms and feet into that child’s eyes, he was forever changed. This is roughly what happened to make the Dutch duo, Marco and Sam open a hotel aiming …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
Fabriken  
Furillen
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A former limestone quarry, this privately owned boutique hotel has been a labor of love for the family that owns it. The idea was to make the structure as simple as possible so as not to detract from the stunning surroundings of Gotland, Sweden’s largest island and home to Visby …
Accommodation types: Design   Industrial   Island
Location: Larbro  Sweden  West Europe
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Unique
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Shaped like a huge boat, the brave architecture of Hotel Unique is making waves in the trendy city of Sao Paolo. Architect Ruh Ohtake has used the wedge-shape of his building to create floors that get progressively wider the higher you go. Every evening, the rooftop Skye bar collects sophisticated …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
V8 Hotel  
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‘Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe. But this isn’t Britain. Dis is za Autobahn’. Take advantage of the Autobahn’s no speed limit driving as you career full pelt into the V8 Hotel car park, pulling off a sweet handbrake stop in the process. As you enter, marvel …
Accommodation types: Car   Design   Museum
Library  
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Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Library Hotel is one of New York’s most unique locations. Each room is numbered according to the Dewey Decimal System (which is the system libraries use to organize their collection using numbers to label each book) and themed according to one of ten …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Location: New York  USA  North America
Bayside Marina  
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Minimalism meets reclaimed structures in a pretty Japanese harbor. Visionary architects, Yasutaka Yoshimura, have based their design for chic holiday cottages on ship’s containers. The containers are stacked on top of each other to create two floors. One end is all glass, and the walls are white to reflect light …
Accommodation types: Concept   Design
Location: Yokohama  Japan  East Asia
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Semiramis
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Located in a quiet Athenian suburb this hotel was designed down to the last detail by Karim Rashid who is regarded as the best designer of his generation with over 300 awards to his name. The idea was to create a vibrant, functional, and relaxing space. Lollypop colors create a …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Athens  Greece  East Europe
CitizenM  
Amsterdam
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When you arrive at Citizen M, the unusual check-in is the first thing you notice. Rather like online check-in for flights, you just enter your details into a computer terminal and you are then issued with your room key. The ‘M’ stands for ‘Mobile Citizen of the World’ – it …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Design
Mandarin Hotel  
Barcelona
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This unique hotel is exclusive. It has only 98 rooms at its premier location on Passeig de Gràcia – the most expensive street in Spain and home to its most stunning architecture. So prepare to book early. Your room has been decorated to an individual style by acclaimed designer, Patricia …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Spa
Location: Barcelona  Spain  West Europe