by Courtney Beck in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 October 2010

Hotels these days are like works of art. Unlike the hotel experiences I had when I was a teenager — where everything in the hotel seemed beige — the hotel industry of today is a totally different world. Beige is dead, and the visionary company changing the landscape of this traditionally boring world is the Design Hotels group.

Design Hotels represents and markets the 190 plus hotels from around the world that have managed to meld architecture, design, service and gastronomy to create the ultimate home-away-from-home experience. Having a designer chair in a hotel lobby will not give you entry to this select group. Design Hotels are more about setting your imagination on fire.