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5 Design Hotels That Will Make Leaf-Peeping Less 'Basic'

September 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nothing like 269 pieces of modern art by 36 local artists to light up, so to speak, a former tobacco warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Autumn is officially upon us and for most of the eastern U.S., the temperatures are getting cooler while the colors are getting hotter. Fall foliage expeditions have always been popular (some may call it "leaf-peeping") and the scenery each year is never quite the same, as Mother Nature ultimately decides the color palette.

Yet, some of the regular hotel options along the fall foliage trail are rather "basic". You know, a little too much pumpkin spice and not a lot of actual pumpkin.

So we've decided to break away and seek out some less ordinary hotel options.

Here are five hotel picks for this season, each with its own story to tell.

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The Watson in Adelaide, Australia is More Than Elementary

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  Site Where: 33 Warwick Street, Walkerville, South Australia, Australia, 5081
September 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When pinning places to go on your next vacation, hopeful travelers might be surprised to find that Adelaide, Australia is a perfect destination to explore a budding art scene and stay in a new hotel. The city has witnessed a few new hotels enter its borders, but The Watson will be the coolest addition to an otherwise sleepy city.

The Watson is the brainchild of Art Series Hotels (the folks behind Melbourne's The Olson, The Blackman and The Cullen.) Planning to open next week, the hotel will offer up 140 suites, an in-house restaurant and fitness center. If you just need to provide this cool address to friends back home, a few long-stay apartments are available as well.

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Funky Friday: You've Done The Ice Bucket Challenge, Now Do The Ice Bar Challenge

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  Site Where: 3 Passage Ruelle, Paris, France, 75018
August 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Enjoy vodka IN the rocks amid 20 tons of ice art that make up the Ice Kube Bar, reputed to be the first and only ice bar in the French capital.

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Ice hotels come and go and they don’t come cheap as we have seen in the ICEHOTEL design suites. Well, put your plastic away because for a mere €25 (for three drinks) you can chill out in Paris—yes Paris-- at the Kube Hotel's seriously cool Ice Kube Bar. Whether or not you took the ice bucket challenge, and we commend you if you did, a visit to the Ice Kube Bar is a must see when in Paris.

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Starwood to Add Design Hotels' 260+ Super Cool Hotel Collection To Its Empire

July 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Number Sixteen Hotel, London

Back in March it was announced that Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide, Inc. intended to enter into a dominating agreement with Design Hotels AG. While it’s not officially a done deal yet, it got a whole lot closer this month, with the majority vote approval received by Design Hotels’ Management Board.

We may not fully grasp the legal details of such an agreement – though reference to “dominating” got our attention— we imagine there will soon be another logo at the bottom of the Starwood Hotels web site. This is big news and here’s how we see it from a design perspective.

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Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Is a Country Hotel Hiding in the City

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  Site Where: Gröna gången 1, Box 1616, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 86
July 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Looking at the above photograph of the front yard and entrance to Hotel Skeppsholmen, you’d be forgiven to think it’s somewhere in the scenic Scandinavian countryside rather than a 20-minute walk from Stockholm’s Old Town.

Its split personality is a result of its setting on the tiny island from which the hotel takes its name, which is almost entirely parkland, and the 18th century buildings that have been converted into the hotel. We spent an overnight at Skeppsholmen on a short visit to the Swedish capital – read on to see what we found.

Check-In: we arrived at the hotel by taxi, having taken the Arlanda Express from the airport to the city’s central station. Big mistake: it cost us $35 for the short journey, and bus no65 does the same journey for a few dollars. Given that a return on Arlanda Express alone is $65, we made sure to save the cab fare on the way back. Check-in was quick and easy, and we were on our way to our room in a few minutes.

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The Thief Hotel Will Steal Your Anglophilic Heart With Its Brit Suite

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  Site Where: Oslo, Norway
June 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Broom Suite

It always seems to come as a surprised to us highly reticent, self-effacing Britons that other nations dig us – especially since we are a nation of inveterate travellers, always off on our long weekends and citybreaks to escape Broken Britain™.

But dig us they do, and the latest place to show its Britophilia is the Thief Hotel in Oslo, which has just unveiled two suites which it describes as “a homage to British design, art and culture”. Luckily there’s not a Union Jack inside – this is sleek, classy and understated Britain on show.

One is, fittingly, called The Brit Suite, and is entirely furnished with hand-made Conran (as in Terence) loot. The other is The Broom Suite, which gives the furnishings over to Lee Broom, this latest generation’s Conran, for his first hotel project. British photography and art by Bryan Ferry (yeah the real Bryan Ferry) and Sarah Hardacre complete the Anglocentricity. As you can see, this is sleek and stylish Britain on display - not a Union Jack in sight.

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Welcome To Croatia's Newest Beach, At Rovinj's Hotel Lone

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  Site Where: Luje Adamovića 31, Rovinj, Croatia, 52210
June 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing says summer like a beach club – at least, that’s what Hotel Lone in Croatia thinks. A trendy hotel (it’s a member of Design Hotels) in Rovinj, the Lone opened its pool area last summer, and has now launched a club, Mulini Beach, to join it.

As you’d expect from the kind of joint that has a concept store selling the work of local artists, it ain’t your bog standard beach club. Instead, there’s almost a lido feel to it, with a white stone and concrete platform arcing out into the water, surrounding a manmade pebble beach – the first in Rovinj, no less (not that Croatia exactly needs manmade beaches, having one of the greatest coastlines in Europe).

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Hot To Trot And Kid-Friendly: Praia Verde Is A Trendy Parent's Dream Hotel

June 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a parent who prides themself on being cool, not frumpy? Does your heart sink if you check into a family-friendly-but-mediocre resort? Do you have too much self-awareness to run the gauntlet of wrathful looks if you chance it with the kids in a trendy place?

If so, you need to get to Portugal. Specifically, Praia Verde, in Castro Marim, on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It’s the latest property for the Design Hotels portfolio, and it’s family friendly. No, apparently that’s not a contradiction in terms.

The all-suite property opened in April, and goes for a look that will complement, rather than dominate the landscape: a low-rise building with neutral colors and natural materials – wood, slate, even straw – to keep the focus on the outside, even when inside.

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Inside The 1888 Hotel, An Alternative to Sydney's Corporate Hotel Scene

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  Site Where: 139 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

1888 Shakes Things Up With a "Cozy Industrial Vibe"

Focusing on being Instagram-worthy as it does (and handing out free nights if you have 10,000 followers or more), Sydney’s 1888 Hotel better be bringing it in the looks department. We showed you how to get the lobby (or yourself) into the frame, and are following up today with a closer look at how the rest of the hotel measures up.

1888’s Pyrmont location puts you just on the "other" side of Darling Harbour, to the west of Sydney’s CBD. A stroll across the pedestrian bridge will take you into the city’s core in 15 minutes, or you can take the scenic ferry route and sail underneath the Harbour Bridge before you dock at Circular Quay.

Getting to the hotel from the airport is easy enough: hop on the express train to the city’s Central Station and change to the monorail, get off at Convention Centre (you buy the monorail ticket on the train), enter the parking garage and take the lift up to the fourth floor, exit on the other side, and 1888 is right in front of you. The red brick building (formerly a wool-storage facility) certainly looked pretty against the backdrop of bright blue Sydney skies when we arrived.

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Sydney's 1888 Hotel Looks Good Enough to Frame

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  Site Where: 139 Murray Street, London, NSW, Australia
April 22, 2014 at 11:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

And you can get yourself easily in the picture: just step behind the frame (or ‘Selfie’ space as the hotel calls it) that hangs from one of the wooden beams in the lobby of this wool-storage facility turned hotel in Sydney's Pyrmont district, snap away, tag it #1888Hotel and it will appear on the screens near reception.

Since we know you’d much rather look at hotels than us, we’ll let the lobby itself have its close up, which has various seating areas (including a small restaurant section), a living tree, and a set of glass elevators that take you up through the four-story atrium to one of the 90 bedrooms.

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A 'Wander'-ful Design Team Interprets a Chinese Fairy Tale at The Mira Moon

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  Site Where: 388 Jaffe Road, Hong Kong
March 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Mira Moon in Hong Kong is 100 percent hotel haute couture and we all look good in it. This hotel unabashedly shows off its own sense of style and we, as the guests, become the necessary accessory.

In case you're not sure what we're talking about, this is the sister hotel developed by the Miramar Group, after the Mira Hong Kong, another visual journey (and hide-out for NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.) We think they may have outdone themselves with this one.

The hotel takes its name from the traditional Chinese "Moon Festival" which is celebrated in the Autumn. This is a festival of good fortune, honoring the Goddess of Immortality who has inspired many a Chinese fairy tale. It has also inspired a dream team of designers, who took this happy fairy tale and turned it into a one-of-kind, high fashion boutique hotel. Who else could pull this off better than Wanders & yoo?

Keep reading below for more on Wanders & yoo

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Restoration Hardware is Apparently (Not) Working on a Hotel Brand in NYC

February 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 2.27.14: We received word from a Restoration Hardware representative: "We have no plans to open a hotel at that location." But could there be a different location in mind? Only time will tell.

Well, this is quite cool and a little weird at the same time. The once hot Pastis restaurant (featured in several eps of SATC at its peak) is about to shutter on Friday and in its place will go a massive Restoration Hardware. (Pastis will open up in another new location later.)

But that's not all, according to ThirstyNYC, this Restoration Hardware will actually be a Restoration Hardware Hotel. What?? We had no idea the pricey furniture store was working on a hotel brand.

We can't seem to find any more details on the hotel or what its concept will be like. But we guess that isn't very hard to imagine. Fill the hotel with all Restoration Hardware furniture and voila, you have a hotel. Good thing we've always admired the Restoration Hardware bedroom set-ups.

Got any leads on the Restoration Hardware hotel? Let us know!

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