This crazy hotel in Taiwan has a slide down to the main lobby!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Sure, you’ve stayed in honeycomb sleeping cells, a seaport and you’re even planning to spend a night or two in an amethyst-shaped hotel. But you haven’t experienced anything quite like a stay at the RedDot Hotel in Taiwan, where you can take a slide straight down to the lobby.

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Join the “mile-low” club and stay the night in the Lovers Deep bespoke submarine

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 February 2014

So you’re staying at a regular hotel for Valentine’s Day? If you really want to impress that other-half, book you and your partner a night’s accommodation at the Lovers Deep, a bespoke submarine that will actually travel 200 metres under the water. The Mile-Low Club offers private speedboat transfers as standard and can include extras such as helicopter transfers, petal-scattering services and champagne breakfast in bed.

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The Ovolo Hotel, Melbourne

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 December 2013

You really couldn’t get a better location to explore Melbourne from than Little Bourke street. Unlike many big cities, the Melbourne CBD is actually a fun, bustling environment with plenty of bars, restaurants and boutique stores to keep you – and your wallet – busy. The Ovolo, a Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel, is right in the heart of it all, within easy walking distance to the trams (Melbourne’s gateway to everything cool) and just a stone’s throw (literally) from the constant energy of Chinatown.

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Finding our inner muse at Melbourne’s Cullen Hotel

Elise Boyd Editor

By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 July 2013

Located in Melbourne’s bohemian suburb Prahran, The Cullen is an Australian first; a boutique art hotel inspired by and featuring the original artwork and prints of Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. We were recently lucky enough to be invited on a trip to check out the hotel in the quest to “find our inner muse” at the sleek Art Series Hotel.

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City Spy: an insider’s guide to Stockholm

Mr & Mrs Smith Reader Find

By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Sleek design and snowy winter months settle Stockholm’s spot as the epicentre of cool. Fifty bridges link the 14 islands that make up Sweden’s biggest city; one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Graffiti is classified as ‘street art’, frumpy or clunky design is a rarity, and the city is as safe and clean as it […]

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Artists live for free at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Monday 6 May 2013

Looking for an extended vacation? Check into the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai from anywhere between 3 and 6 months. Enjoy a modern living space and continental breakfast every morning. And the best part? It’s absolutely free. Just be sure to leave your artistic mark on the building! This cool artist-residency program accepts applications from artists all […]

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Old world meets new in the decor at the Capo Hotel, Shanghai

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2013

The Capo Hotel blends old world Italian charm with the modern flash of glass and polished metals. The hotel, situated in Shanghai, was voted Best Restauarant 2013 by the China Tatler. And no wonder! Fresh, oven baked pizzas and scrumptious cocktails are readily available to enjoy in this super cool atmosphere. I love the strange classical art found throughout.

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Extreme Environment Love Hotel: comes with added gravity

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 12 April 2013

This whole love thing, it can be uplifting, or it can pull us down like gravity. Ai Hasegawa‘s Extreme Environment Love Hotel reimagines the love hotel as a centrifugal mechanism with Jupiter’s gravity, which is more than double (2.34 times, to be exact) of what we’re used to on Earth. This means, for instance, that […]

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Kurokawa Nakagin Capsule Hotel by Kishio Kurokawa

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 June 2012

The 14-floor Kurokawa Nakagin Capsule Hotel is a 1972 building designed by Kisho Kurokawa, with a tower made from 140 pre-assembled compact capsule units, hoisted by a crane and bolted to the concrete core shaft. They come fitted with appliances and furniture for solitary dwellers, and when additional units are connected, can also host families. Built to be easily adaptable, it’s a pretty forward-thinking design for a building. Plus, it also looks like a stack of washing machines tossed out in the streets, which is also kind of cool.

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Giraffe Manor

Clare Hillier Reader Find

By Clare Hillier in Cool Travel on Friday 20 May 2011

Giraffe Manor is like something from a storybook. Only better, because it’s not an act of fiction! Located in Nairobi, this boutique hotel has a herd of Rothschild Giraffe that you don’t have to simply admire from afar. In fact, they might just join you for breakfast!

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The Pool at The Joule, Dallas TX

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Architecture on Wednesday 9 September 2009

There’s something kinda fun about a swimming pool that dangles enticingly off the edge of a luxury hotel while the rest of the world watches on with a mixture of mock envy and bemused contempt. In my next life, I want to own one of these, then taunt the other half with graceful aquatic antics on windswept Dallas afternoons. [photo by Justin Terveen]

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