Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
Contemporary Hotels
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Droog
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Whether you are visiting Amsterdam for business or pleasure, or perhaps a mix of both, one of the most unique hotel experiences to be had is at the Hôtel Droog. It is located in the heart of the historical center of the city and what makes it truly interesting is …
Accommodation types: Art   Concept   Design
Hotel  
Not Hotel
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It's certainly easy to remember the name, and with a central Amsterdam location, it's also easy to find. What really stands out, though, is the hotel's commitment to art. The rooms themselves are designed as artworks, with creative input by the Collaboration-O, founded at the Eindhoven Design Academy. The rooms, …
Accommodation types: Art   Concept   Design
Vander  
Urbani
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A winter vacation in Ljubljana at Vander is just what you need about now, but don’t expect the usual luxury and high ceilings feel of a chain hotel. The Urbani Resort is all about old-world charm. Made up of four old townhouses right on the banks of a river, it …
Accommodation types: Design
21c  
Bentonville
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In 2011, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened. It is the first large American art museum opened since 1974 and is the project of a Walmart heiress who spent a number of years amassing a collection of fine art and arranging it in the museum located in the …
Accommodation types: Art   Design   Museum
Five Boutique Hotel  
Paris
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For many people, Parisian hotels are always going to be a crystal chandelier affair with Louis the XVI chairs and hankies flopped around the place. But for us at Uniqhotels it is all about vaulting design that overleaps itself and… well, this is no time for Shakespeare. Why not? Because …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Paris  France  West Europe
Chekhoff Hotel  
Moscow
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This is Moscow's first boutique hotel and it is jam-packed with sizzling décor. There is a giant golden apple in the glasshouse lobby and every floor has a different colour scheme with the seven floors corresponding to the colours of the rainbow. The unique design for each floor is noticeable …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Moscow  Russia  East Europe
Seven4One  
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This boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, California is a special design hotel created by the famous Horst Architects. They have created a contemporary design in conversation with the quaint aesthetics of Laguna Beach. They used reclaimed wood from buildings demolished in east LA, over 100 years old. The garden seems …
Accommodation types: Design
Spitbank  
Fort
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As you arrive via helicopter, Spitbank Fort initially looks like a military outpost from a classic strategy game like Red Alert or Total Annihilation. Indeed, when it was built in the 1860s its purpose was military: to defend Britain’s Portsmouth Harbour which was then one of the richest ports in …
Accommodation types: Fort   Industrial   Remote
Sekeping  
Tenggiri
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A relaxing get-away in the suburbs of Bangsar, Sekeping Tenggiri is a surprising mix of art and garden taste. The ambiance of country living is immediately visible in the vine-covered screen marking the patio entrance. The feelings become more pronounced as you enter the enclosed courtyard. Virulent greenery and carefully …
Accommodation types: Nature
Cowley  
Manor
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Celebrating all that best about the fresh English countryside and its traditional estates, Cowley Manor is a vanguard of English finery. Indeed, it was a favorite of Lewis Carroll who authored Alice in Wonderland and other delightfully surreal works. Located on an estate that was assigned by William the Conqueror …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Palace
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
Atelier  
Sul Mare
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No-one goes to galleries to view art these days. In fact, everyone who takes art and design seriously knows that to truly appreciate art you have to live with it. But even if we can afford the best art, we can only choose to live with a few select pieces. …
Accommodation types: Art   Beach
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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
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
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
Hoshinoya  
Karuizawa
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This hotel is eco all over. Set in the thrall to of a rocky volcano, the hotel harnesses the sulfuric heat generated below the soil to create geothermal power. It also captures the flow of fast streams and rivers to create hydroelectricity. Special “onsen” (Japanese hot springs) are available for …
Accommodation types: Nature   Spa
Location: Karuizawa  Japan  East Asia
The Balancing  
Barn
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Built by maverick architects MVRDV this barn is a fine example of contemporary architecture. The balancing of the barn has half its mass hanging over a hillside. This adds an element of drama to the building, a sense of impending doom perhaps? Or is it more a thrilling sensation of …
Accommodation types: Design
Red Stars  
Hotel
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Looking at the Red Stars from the outside, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is just another standard hotel inside a concrete cube. But this apparent ugliness is only skin deep. The interior of the hotel has been decorated by the best street artists in Russia creating a …
Accommodation types: Design   Soviet
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 …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Galway  Ireland  West Europe