Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
West Europe Hotels
Nespereira Estate – Rustic heaven
'12oct11
Nespereira  
Estate
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The Algarve is one of the most crowded tourist destinations in Europe but this isn’t the Algarve, this is the Nespeira Estate; a secluded hideaway without a drunk Englishman in site. It is still close enough to the gorgeous Alentejo coast so you can enjoy the beautiful beaches that made ...
Accomodation types: Nature
Le Sirenuse Hotel – Glamour with nice curtains
'12oct5
Sirenuse  
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This 18th Century villa is still privately owned by the Sersale family who opened their summer house as a hotel in 1951. It was just about the time the Positano region of Italy was growing as a tourist destination thanks, in no small part, to John Steinbeck remarking in a ...
Accomodation types: Luxury   Villa
Location: Positano  Italy  West Europe
Murtoli - A Figa – Corsican Grandeur
'12oct3
Murtoli  
A Figa
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The A Figa Villa in Corsica was built in the 17th Century and has been wonderfully maintained in that original style. It is the signature property in a portfolio of stunning buildings in beautiful landscapes around the Corsican coast. It houses seven people and is a traditional ‘tall house’ looking ...
Accomodation types: Nature   Traditional   Villa
Location: Sartène  France  West Europe
Igloo Hotel, Sorrisniva Alta – Northern Soul
'12sep26
Sorrisniva  
Igloo Hotel
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Alta is the northernmost city in the world that has over 10,000 inhabitants. Its location in a valley along the banks of the river Alta means it is sheltered from the vicissitudes of the climate to the extent that its land does not develop permafrost. It is one of the ...
Accomodation types: Ice
Location: Alta  Norway  West Europe
Albergo Il Monastero – Ten Hail Marys and Two Hello Fishes
'12sep20
Albergo  
Il Monastero
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This was once a convent. Built in the 16th Century, the cloisters and passageways once echoed with the sound of rosary beads and prayers. Today, it is the building that contemplates on a rock overlooking the sea while, inside, the residents relax. Thousands of religious hours have been worn into ...
Accomodation types: Castle   Island   Traditional
Location: Naples  Italy  West Europe
The G Hotel – Arty and hip to the touch
'12sep10
The G Hotel  
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No, the G here doesn’t stand for ‘Gangsta’ although they may serve Crystal Champagne. Interiors by Philip Treacy OBE (he was the guy who designed the Internet’s favorite hat – the one worn by Princess Beatrice’s at the royal wedding). This top designer used an eclectic style palate drawing from ...
Accomodation types: Design
Location: Galway  Ireland  West Europe
Masseria Torre Coccaro – King of the Castle
'12sep7
Masseria  
Torre Coccaro
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When arriving at Masseria Torre Coccaro, you will see ancient olive groves where connoisseur olive oil is pressed, a wave-lapped Adriatic shore where a private yacht is moored and a restored farmhouse where you will be staying. The farmhouse is hundreds of years old and is more fortress than house. ...
Accomodation types: Cave   Spa
Location: Fasano  Italy  West Europe
Michelberger Hotel – Bed and breakfast for heroic hipsters
'12sep6
Michelberger  
Hotel
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This hotel was first conceived as a place for a group of friends to live together. Then they decided to make it into a hotel where everything is made by the darlings of Berlin’s burgeoning art scene. So expect the unexpected. The hotel rule book has been cut up and ...
Accomodation types: Art   Design
Location: Berlin  Germany  West Europe
Consolacion Hotel
'12aug27
Consolacion  
Hotel
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This hotel gives you the choice: traditional Spanish Baroque or Japanese-style cubes. The designer was inspired to create the unique ‘Kube’ rooms after reading a philosophical piece called ‘In Praise of Shadows’ by Tanizaki who is one of Japan’s great modern writers. It is a sophisticated space with one glass ...
Accomodation types: Design   Nature
Location: Monroyo  Spain  West Europe
Paco de Pombeiro
'12aug20
Paco  
de Pombeiro
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Not long ago, it was just another ruined castle. Now beautifully restored, it sits in 10 hectares of land and historic vineyard. The old outbuildings have been incorporated into the new design to create a modern complex making the most of the historic architecture. In 1163 a crusading knight, friend ...
Accomodation types: Castle   Design
Location: Vizela  Portugal  West Europe
Kirkjubaer Church – authentic Iceland
'12aug17
Kirkjubaer  
Church
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This was once home to lines of tough-faced worshippers from the local fishing village of Stöðvarfjörður. Now it is home to you while you explore Iceland’s volcano-carved east coast. There is plenty of room and the accommodation is warm and welcoming. There is a self-catering kitchen and the choice of ...
Accomodation types: Church   Hostel
Hotel Aire de Bardenas – where the streets rage with running bulls
'12aug14
Hotel Aire  
de Bardenas
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Designed to enhance the beauty of the natural landscape traditionally used for farming and olive grows by the native Basque people, Aire de Bardenas is a great example of how contemporary architecture can be used to build excellent hotels. The main façade of the hotel is built from containers originally ...
Accomodation types: Design
Location: Tudela  Spain  West Europe
Sintra Castle Hotel - Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
'12aug13
Sintra  
Castle Hotel
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‘I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world’. Not my words but the words of Lord Byron, one of the world’s my dashing romantic poets. The romantic style of Sintra Castle Hotel is typical of 18th Century Royal residences. You ...
Accomodation types: Castle   Luxury
Location: Sintra  Portugal  West Europe
Albatroz Seafront Hotel
'12aug10
Albatroz  
Seafront Hotel
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Set on a cliff with beaches either side, the Albatroz commands a place of honour in Portugal’s foremost playground, Cascais. The former fishing village has been around since the 12th Century. A succession of Kings, Lords and Marquises took possession of the village over centuries until today, where it is ...
Accomodation types: Beach   Luxury
Hotel Palafitte
'12aug9
Hotel  
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 ...
Accomodation types: Design   Floating
Carbon Hotel
'12aug7
Carbon   
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Coal mining was the principle 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 ...
Accomodation types: Design
Location: Genk  Belgium  West Europe
Aufberg 1113
'12aug6
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 ...
Accomodation types: Design   Mountain   Nature
Hotel Punta Grande - The smallest hotel in the world
'12aug3
Hotel  
Punta Grande
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It holds the world record for ‘smallest hotel in the world’ and, when you arrive at Punta Grande, you will be forgiven for thinking you have arrived at the home of an insane fisherman with a love for very exposed locations. Situated on a rocky outcrop in the island of ...
Accomodation types: Eco   Island
Location: El Hierro  Spain  West Europe
The Royal Crescent
'12aug2
The Royal  
Crescent
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The Royal Crecent, Bath, was built in the 1770s by noted architect, John Wood. A keen occultist and freemason, when viewed from above, the crescent represents the moon as part of a series of buildings that mimic Masonic symbols. Shapeshifting Lizards notwithstanding, The Royal Crescent Hotel is a fine place ...
Accomodation types: Luxury   Spa   Traditional
The Canvas Hotel – Shiny bikes, steep hills and cold lakes
'12jul30
The Canvas  
Hotel
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You are balancing on a mountain bike at the top of slither of rocky trail running steeply down a mountainside. Everything is focused on your next maneuver. Your behind hovers behind the saddle for balance, feet in firm contact with the pedals, white knuckles on the handlebars, you choose your ...
Accomodation types: Nature   Remote   Yurt
Location: Nissedal  Norway  West Europe
Nordic Light Hotel
'12jul29
Nordic Light  
Hotel
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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 ...
Accomodation types: Design   Eco
Farol Design Hotel
'12jul27
Farol  
Design Hotel
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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 ...
Accomodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury