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These Pop-Up Eco Hotel Rooms are Not Too 'Shabby'

October 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Hotel Shabby Shabby, the name given to a group of 22 individually designed, pop-up hotel rooms that were scattered about Manheim, Germany during the recent Theater der Welt Festival.

These quirky temporary hotel rooms - aka cabins - were available for booking for 17 days and were a popular feature during the festival. No kidding. The event (always a competition when designers are involved) drew submissions from around the world and a select group of designers were then invited to build their shabby designs. No prize was awarded that we know of other than glory.

The rules of the game were that each entrant use recycled materials and that the total cost to create the room must not exceed 250 Euro. That's one tough budget right there, which may partially and understandably explain the hotel design event's name. No doubt, thinking outside and inside the box led to some off beat and highly creative solutions.

Here are a few of the designs that popped up during this popular lifestyle festival in Manheim.

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1 Hotel Central Park to Open in March and It Will Be the Most Eco-Chic Hotel Yet

October 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)

A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:

Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.

Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.

Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.

There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!

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Glamping For Mustang Fans (Not the Car) at the Mustang Monument Eco Ranch

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  Site Where: HC60 Box 300 [map], Wells, Nevada, United States, 89835
June 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxurious tipis/teepees like these should help you forget that the bathrooms are next door.

Here’s a summer glamping opportunity you can feel good about--a Wild West safari that contributes to the preservation of our nation's wild Mustangs. The Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve offers an up-close and personal experience of these beautiful wild animals along with some pretty cool accommodations to retire to.

This is a true wildlife sanctuary created by Madeleine Pickens--as in the former Mrs.T Boone Pickens-- who founded the Saving America's Mustangs Foundation. The Mustang Monument is spread across 900 square miles south of Wells, Nevada, where the views are pretty much the same in all directions. All desert, all the time. This is an all-inclusive luxury eco-resort offering two types of accommodations, the "Luxury Tipi" and the "Cottage."

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This July, X2 Resorts Will Open Its Latest Design Boutique, By 'The Bridge On The River Kwai'

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  Site Where: 138 Moo, 4, Nongya, Muang District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 71000
May 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

X2 Resorts is a design-conscious chain of luxury accommodations in Asia and Australia, ranging from villas, to intimate resorts, to extended stay rentals. This July, X2 will open the industrial-strength doors to its latest resort destination, X2 River Kwai (yes, that River Kwai), located in Kanchanaburi, about 90 minutes west of Bangkok.

The locality is forever memorialized in WWII history and on film. It is here that the Japanese set up base camp for POWS to build the Thai-Burma Railway and the "Bridge on the River Kwai." The 1957 film of the same name won seven Oscars, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes, and is an eternal classic. The recently released Railway Man tells quite another embracing story, also shot on location here as well as in the UK and Australia.

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DROP Mobile Eco-Hotel Goes XL

April 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

When In-Tenta Creative Design Group came up with mobile eco-hotel DROP a few years ago, we loved its design, environmental friendliness, and ability to be installed pretty much anywhere.

We’re still waiting for someone to pick up the idea and turn it into reality, but with summer arriving and festival season around the corner, DROP now has a big brother – DROP XL – which we think is the perfect answer to leaking tents, deflating air mattresses, and shared bathrooms.

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Room With a Night View: Stargazing At Chile's Elqui Domos Hotel

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  Site Where: Camino Público, Pisco Elqui, Chile
March 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

Living in a big city, we’re used to so much light pollution that sometimes, we yearn for some proper darkness and a star-filled sky overhead. One place that appears to fit the bill perfectly, although unfortunately not exactly around the corner, is the Elqui Domos Hotel in Chile.

Built specifically by its owners to experience the night skies of the Elqui Valley, some 600 km (373 miles) northwest of Santiago, the hotel has two types of accommodation: domes and observatories. While each is different, both are designed with an eye towards the sky, with as little as possible to distract you from the twinkling lights above.

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Head to Australia's Cicada Lodge For Fresh Crocodile

February 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a place known for natural landscapes and indigenous culture, Australia's Northern Territory can now brag about its newest luxury lodge property. Cicada Lodge has just opened its doors and will be wowing guests from rocks to crocs.

This isn't your traditional never-leave-the-resort property since it's surrounded by a plethora of outdoor activities that would make even the most adventurous foam at the mouth. Guests can be whisked away via helicopter to snag a dip in a secluded waterfall, dropped off in the Katherine Gorge system and canoe back to the lodge or even explore the native rock art sites with a local Aboriginal guide.

When you do stay "put", you won't be disappointed. From a champagne toast upon arrival to the sunset canapés and complimentary bar service each evening by the pool, you can't help but think you've been transported somewhere special. Each of the private 18 lodges are elevated to maximize the view of the Katherine River and sandstone country above the gorge. With such killer views you might not need the property-wide free WiFi, but it's a nice touch.

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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

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Guess What, Greenies? We Spent the Night In An Earthship!

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  Site Where: 2 Earthship Way [map], Taos, New Mexico, United States, 87571
January 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

While UFO hunting and hot spring-hopping in Taos, New Mexico last week, we got to spend the night in an Earthship.

For all you non-hippies out there, Earthships are 100% sustainable, off-the-grid mansions made (almost) entirely out of recycled junk. We're talkin' old tires, beer cans, plastic bottles and mud. Admittedly, it doesn't sound all that glamorous at first, but for luxury- and nature- loving free spirits like us, this place is a desert paradise.

A 15 minute drive outside Taos, across the Rio Grande Gorge, the Earthship World Headquarters is the largest "biotecture" community (a.k.a alternative eco-suburb) of its kind on the planet. Set on a sprawling 640 acres, a handful of fully-furnished "demonstration" ships are available year-round for nightly rentals -- but, in the brochure's words, "this is not just a hotel." Well, obviously...

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Hotel Andaluz: The Hidden Gem of Albuquerque

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  Site Where: 125 2nd Street Northwest [map], Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87102
December 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

New Mexico is often called the “Land of Enchantment.” What’s so enchanting? We think its Albuquerque’s best kept secret is Hotel Andaluz.

This is a historic, tastefully lavish, charming boutique hotel located in downtown Albuquerque. Originally built in 1939 as the Albuquerque Hotel (then the tallest building in the state and with AC), it was the fourth Conrad Hilton ever built. Now privately owned, it's the hidden gem of Albuquerque. We were tickled silly to experience the beauty of this spot with its subtle flare, eco-friendly features and fun-filled history.

Take a look a look-see at our photo gallery!

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Meet DROP, The Next Generation Mobile Eco-Hotel

December 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

With glamping still on trend, we see a lot of attempts to marry hotel-room comforts with Mother Nature, all wrapped up in an environmentally sensitive package. We’re totally on board with this, whether up in an English treehouse or out in the African bush.

So, it’s no surprise then that we’re a little in love with the DROP eco-hotel concept, the brainchild of Barcelona's In-Tenta Creative Design Group. A fully mobile “micro-architecture” project, DROP is specifically designed to be installed with a minimum amount of impact on its environment.

We know, a little brain cramp might be happening now, but we'll explain more.

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Costa Rica's Sexiest Sustainable Hotel Opens Tomorrow

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  Site Where: Bahía Ballen, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
November 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

A few weeks ago, we hightailed it to Costa Rica's posh central Pacific Coast for a quickie first glimpse of the country's newest eco-licious spread, Kura Design Villas, during its invite-only soft launch phase.

Officially opening on November 15th, just in time for the high & dry season, even in the pouring rain (at the time it was wet, excuse us, "green" season), this place is bangin'.

After clamoring in our 4WD rental up to the hotel's steep mountaintop perch, bypassing signs like "WARNING: Very Dangerous Road!" while raindrops pounded our windshield, we were greeted warmly by the fresh faced, thirty-something owners Alejandra and Martin. "You made it! We were worried about you!" they genuinely exclaimed. She's a petite biologist with an edgy pixie cut; while he, an architect, master-minded the entire minimalist chic property head-to-toe (remarkably his first big project since finishing design school in San Jose).

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