Hotel helps you sleep all day with light therapy, sound pillows and more

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 11 October 2013

Designed for hotel dwellers who need quality winks, the DeepSleep Package at Swissotel Berlin combines light therapy, power naps, aroma therapy, nutritious drinks and sound pillows to deliver just that. It’s a structured all-day-resting programme that starts in the morning with a wake-up call, followed by room service serving your wake-up drink, before you start […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith’s City Spy: Austin, TX

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 July 2013

If Austin was a car, it’d be a VW campervan. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen its popularity (and population) soar in recent years: between 2000 and 2006, it was the third fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is cultured, kitsch and kooky, and rightfully wears its unofficial slogan […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Berlin

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Steeped in history, rich in culture, and awake all night long: breathtaking Berlin is the city that keeps getting better. Since its infamous Wall fell, Berlin’s creativity has flourished, with art galleries, bars, theatres, and iconic architecture springing up all over the formerly Soviet-era cityscape.

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Mr & Mrs Smith: a stylish getaway in Portland

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By Alexandra Rutman in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 March 2013

Portland, on the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, is shaping up as the new Seattle/Melbourne, with its passion for indie music, coffee and cycling. Oregon’s low-rise, river-bestriding capital has long taken a creative approach to city planning, ensuring its heritage architecture remains pristine and independent stores, arts spaces, bars and cafés flourish. For a stylish getaway, […]

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Visit Sweden’s homeless hotel: voted most uncomfortable

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep under a bridge like a homeless person? Perhaps you should consider booking a room at the Fakktum Hotel. Thanks to Swedish agency Forsman and Bodenfors, you can book a space that might otherwise be occupied by a street dweller. It’s similar to booking a […]

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Singapore Hotel: the Parkroyal on Pickering

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 7 February 2013

Designed by Singapore’s architectural darlings WOHA, the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel in Singapore packs a maddening 15,000 square metres of gardens, waterfalls and vertical green walls into its premises. Seems legit, then, that it is hailed as a ‘hotel in a garden’. The endless cascading tiers are inspired by Bali’s rice terraces, while, within the hotel’s eco-luxe confines, everything adds up to form a rather impressive sum of the total: marble walls that appear to flow like water, plucky birdcage-shaped cabanas that overlook the infinity pool and playful shadows cast by trees silhouetted against mood lights at night.

Let’s not forget the green measures in place too — that includes harvesting rain, harnessing solar power and making good use of sensors to conserve both energy and water.

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Pantone rooms, giant typewriters in boutique hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Singapore has a growing boutique hotel scene, and the 29-room Wanderlust, which it describes on its site as a “left-field and totally experimental boutique hotel set to draw madcap voyagers and curious travellers”, is pretty cool. It is designed by three design firms and one architectural firm, meaning every one of its four floors basks in a totally different designer palette from the next one.  

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The Divorce Hotel: spend a weekend ending your marriage

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 2 June 2012

So, forget about these love hotels. The Divorce Hotel, based in the Netherlands, is a smart business that checks couples into a high boutique hotel on Friday for a weekend of consultation with lawyers and mediators, then checks these newly divorced singles out on Sunday. Neat.

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Hotel Sezz in Saint Tropez

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By Clare Hillier in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 May 2011

Designed by Shahe Kalaidjian and Christophe Pillet, Hotel Sezz in St Tropez, is all your sleek modernist dreams come true. Each of the 35 rooms has been individually designed. Oh, and there is a Dom Pérignon bar and spa developed in partnership with Payot. What more could you want?

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The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Monday 29 November 2010

Last weekend I stayed at The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, courtesy of the boutique and luxury hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith. This elegant hotel is housed within the same building as The Establishment bar, the three hatted est. restaurant, Hemmesphere cocktail lounge and sushi restaurant Sushi e. With this array of evening activity, coupled with the oversized room and tempting marble and limestone bathroom, it’s no surprise we didn’t venture far after checking in.

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Design Hotels

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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.

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Sweden’s remarkable Tree Hotel

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By Greta Hoffman in Architecture on Thursday 29 July 2010

Next time you feel like you need to get away from it all, disappear into Sweden’s new Tree Hotel. That’s right, literally disappear, into an invisible mirror cube hung from a tree trunk that only birds can see. The quirky eco-hotel launched this month with six rooms designed by five different architects, transforming the idea […]

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Diamant Hotel, Sydney

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By Tim Neve in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 May 2010

If we believe the seedy world of Kings Cross as presented on current Australian TV hit Underbelly, you’d run a mile before considering laying your head to rest (unless six feet under by mafia lords) in the area. But the infamous nightlife strip has really cleaned up its act. In fact, as an ex-Sydney-sider who hasn’t revisited the locale in almost a decade, it’s almost unrecognisable. Enter the Diamant Hotel, perched side by side with the landmark neon Coca-Cola sign.

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Hotel Sezz

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Friday 2 April 2010

Designed by Starck protégé Christophe Pillet, the stunning Hotel Sezz in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is modern luxury decked out in classic attire. The interior is bright and airy, with hints of 21st Century futurism scattered amongst the more ornate finishings. The rooms are spacious and wickedly tempting, the overszied spa bath distracting mercilessly from the beautiful surrounds of the neighborhood, which happens to include a certain ubiquitous structure that’s just a hop, skip, and short dash away. This boutique hotel is boudoir chic, elegant and welcoming. Much like the rest of Paris, in fact. [photos by Alison Zavos]

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Condesa DF, Mexico City

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 28 August 2009

Condesa DF is an uber-hip, boutique hotel in the heart of Mexico City’s stylish, tree-lined neighborhood of the same name. Housed in an architectural landmark building dating from 1928, the hotel and its restaurant exude style, energy, and creativity. Occupying the ground floor of an airy, high-ceiling open atrium is the buzzing restaurant and bar, where splashes of bright turquoise cut through minimalistic white, black, and brown tones.

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