9930 Travel Guide
In the July/August issue of the European Travel Commission's newsletter, they highlighted several new and upcoming hotels in Europe. We'll be taking a closer look at some of these hotels this week but we're always interested in hearing your recommendations for hotels in Europe. So send 'em our way.
If you're looking for a hotel that's on top of the world then Norway's The Other Side, opening next spring, is a place to try. A pretty exclusive-sounding place up on the top of the map at Neiden, near Norway's borders with Finland and Russia, The Other Side is a design hotel made up of 12 "houses" arranged in groups of three. The houses are designed to match the elements: for example, the "Wind House" is suspended midair and the "Water House" is on top of a pond.
The innovative architects behind The Other Side are in fact a Swedish and French pair, Birgitta Ralston and Alexandre Bau, and they've made a special effort to incorporate the traditions of the local Sami people into the design process. On top of that the hotel is intended to provide "an ultramodern interpretation of luxury" and sounds really worth checking out in Spring '08.
· The Other Side, Neiden [Design Hotels]
· Hotels in Norway [HotelChatter]