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
La Minervetta  
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Sorrento, the charming cliff-side town on the famous Amalfi Coast, features beautiful architecture. It's the last stop on the Circumvesuviana rail line running from Naples, only taking an hour to reach your destination. Sorrento is renowned for its gorgeous handicrafts such as ceramics, lace, and woodwork. Maison La Minervetta embraces …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Sorrento  Italy  West Europe
Long Story Short  
Hostel
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Situated in the old town of the cheerful little Moravian town of Omolouc, Long Story Short prides itself to be different from the rest. It's founded on the principle that hostels don't have to look cheap, nor should they serve dry toasts for breakfast. Instead, they have a magical garden …
Accommodation types: Design   Hostel
Hotel Villa Ducale  
Taormina
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Taormina is a charming medieval hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. Hotel Villa Ducale sits right above the old town blessed with exceptional panorama on Mount Etna and the Strait of Messina. In the right weather condition, you can see as far as the ancient port city, Catania. …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Taormina  Italy  West Europe
Morpheus  
Hotel
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Morpheus Hotel is straight out of Matrix. The Zaha Hadid-designed building that's part of the City of Dreams casino complex strikes as a machine-generated dream world. Exposed exoskeleton mesh structure facade, high-speed panoramic elevators zooming up-and-down, welcome to the futuristic vision of Macau! Luckily you won't have to choose between …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Macau  Macau  East Asia
ME Dubai  
by Meliá
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Right at the edge of Downtown Dubai in Business Bay, ME Dubai by Meliá hotel is in the most prestigious part of the city. The bold shape of the exterior continues inside, fans of architecture will notice the signature style of the world-famous Zaha Hadid Architects. Fluid curvy shapes adorn …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Viceroy  
Los Cabos
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This stunning Miguel Ángel Aragonés-designed resort is just minutes from San José del Cabo. The striking minimalist design highlights the white concrete and large glass surfaces. The eight blocks of buildings are surrounded by water mirrors all the way to the edges of the concrete walls with pathways leading to …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury
Hewing Hotel  
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Jackson Building in Minneapolis’ North Loop was built in 1897 as a farm implement showroom and warehouse with trains going directly inside the building. In 2016 a complete transformation and a full renovation were finished, and it turned the brick-and-timber warehouse into an elegant and edgy boutique hotel. The iconic …
Accommodation types: Design   Industrial
Faena  
Miami
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Miami Beach is like a tropical island, but with Whole Foods on every corner. It was cleared of mangroves in the 19th century to make way for coconut farms, but property developers quickly realized the potential and incorporated it into a city. Ever since, Miami Beach has been a trendsetter …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury
7132 Hotel  
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It seems like Swiss hotels are constantly trying to outdo each other in the art of ultimate luxury. The cryptically named 7132 Hotel is a strong contestant in the game. One of its unfair advantages? World-famous thermal baths designed by Peter Zumthor. The hotel's curious name comes from its postcode …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Mountain   Spa
Kameha  
Grand Zürich
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Situated in the bustling city of Zurich stands the Kameha Grand Zurich. With a unique fusion of architecture and interior design, this hotel will grab your attention right from the moment you see it, be it the spaciously well-designed suites or the quirky façade. The truly Swiss rooms have doors …
Accommodation types: Design
Reddot  
Hotel
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Built in 1979 under the name of Galaxy Hotel, the RedDot Hotel in Taiwan was refurbished in 2014 with a creative and playful ambiance. And boy does it impress! This hotel has a slide for those who wish to have their childhood dreams come true. You can choose your rooms …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Taichung  Taiwan  East Asia
The Joule  
Dallas
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Located in the heart of Dallas’ business district, The Joule is a luxury hotel set in an old 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building. All 161 rooms, including four penthouses, are decorated with modern touches, luxurious linens, and more. From the “Demi Joule,” a petite urban escape, to the “Terrace Suite” with …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Dallas  USA  North America
THE QVEST  
Hideaway
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A traveler’s hideaway tucked in the 2,000-year-old German city of Cologne. The QVEST is a beautifully designed hotel that expertly blends old and contemporary and can be found within a gothic building behind St. Gereon's Basilica. Built in 1897, the building was formerly home to the Historical Archive of Cologne. …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Cologne  Germany  West Europe
Art Paradiso  
Paradise City
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The exquisite Art Paradiso Boutique Hotel is located in the Jung District of Incheon, right next to the Incheon International Airport. It's part of the massive Paradise City art and entertainment complex. The uniqueness starts with the way of getting there. You will be traveling between the airport and the …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury   Spa
The Collective  
Paper Factory
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An ode to times long before the digital age, The Collective Paper Factory in Long Island City, NY, lies at the crossroads of the Kaufman Arts District and Astoria in the borough of Queens. This is the co-living company’s first space in the United States. The 100-year-old building was once …
Accommodation types: Design   Industrial
Location: New York  USA  North America
Su Gologone  
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Hotel Su Gologone is located in the Barbagia region of Sardinia, an area that is both rugged and refined. Engulfed by the local flora, the red geraniums and prickly pears are the perfect backdrops against which the hotel contrasts its theme of culture, art, and tradition. The hotel embodies the …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature   Villa
Location: Oliena  Italy  West Europe
PURO  
Gdańsk
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Located in the city center on Granary Island, PURO Gdansk is a functional work of art. It is the fourth offering of the hip Polish hotel brand PURO. The hotel's facade is modern with large glass surfaces, but it follows the traditional architectural shapes of Gdansk. London-based creative studio DeSallesFlint …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Gdansk  Poland  East Europe
Hotel Indigo  
Warsaw
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The city of Warsaw quite literally rose from its ashes after the Second World War, and so did the Branicki Residential House, also known as Smolna40. It was bombed and robbed, and it was completely rebuilt after the war. This picturesque eclectic building is where the iconic Hotel Indigo Warsaw …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Warsaw  Poland  East Europe
Haslla Art World  
Museum Hotel
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Located on the boardwalk in Gangneung, South Korea, the Haslla Art World Museum Hotel was created to be a piece of artwork itself. The architecture and design represent a harmonious balance between art and nature. There are 24 unique guestrooms inside. The areas in the front of the hotel feature …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
Hotel EMC2  
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You might have guessed it from the name: this hotel is for all the geeks out there. Referring to Albert Einstein's famous equation, EMC2 is an art-and-science-themed hotel “geared toward both left- and right-brained guests” for a unique experience. The concept behind EMC2 was inspired by Northwestern Chicago, where the …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Chicago  USA  North America