This Norwegian hotel has a floor dedicated to single ladies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Oslo’s Grand Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Norway. It’s where the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize resides every year to receieve an ovation on the balcony (in the Nobel Suite) and it’s also where writer Henrik Ibsen used to eat every single day. But what really sets this hotel apart from the rest is their ladies floor. 

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Who’s up for staying on the edge of this Peruvian cliff?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Don’t ever let a daredevil book your accommodation if you’re travelling through Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Enjoy a martini 200 metres above sea level at Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 June 2015

If we could put one bar on our bucket list, it would be Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar. Not only does the Skyview Bar give you amazing views of downtown Dubai, but it’s located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab – meaning, you’re literally on top of the world while you’re here.

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Bucket list #66: Stay at world’s oldest hotel, established in 705 A.D

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 February 2015

The oldest hotel in the world that, as awarded by the Guinness World Record, is the Keiunkan Inn in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Established in 705 A.D., it’s hotel guest list has included many dignitaries and even a handful of the emperors of Japan. A huge selling point of this venerable hotel is the […]

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Boat and bees on the roof, bed or hammock in your room? Take your pick at this hotel!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hotel Daniel Vienna, which features installation art by Erwin Wurm in the form of a stranded boat on the building, as well as bees on the roof (they make honey that go toward the hotel’s inhouse bakery treats), has something else that other hotels can’t beat: rooms with beds AND hammocks. Wow.

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Forget the conventional hotel and bunk down in a honeycomb sleeping cell

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Saturday 13 December 2014

When you’re at a week-long music festival, the last thing you want to do is stay in a regular hotel. You want to be as close as possible to all the action! That’s why there’s a new BnB on the block, calling itself B-And-Bee.

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Sweat it out at this beauty of a sauna with amazing views across the bay

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 28 November 2014

Compared to the standard four-by-two saunas we sweat it out at gyms and hotels, this beauty designed by Canadian studio Partisans is one of a dream kind that we wouldn’t want to get out in a hurry, heated up or not. A large percentage of the prefabricated design was constructed before it was transported and installed on a private island’s prehistoric formation by the bay, located at the north of Toronto.

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Check into this hotel, get isolated and have marine fishes checking in on you

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 25 August 2014

The Manta Resort is a one-of-a-kind, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba, off the east coast of Africa. But their guest rooms are all separated from each other and all come with an underwater space four meters below the water surface for you to ogle at some beautiful marine life and sleep in, if you can shut your eyes away from what unfolds all around you.

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You can now book a room inside a crane for your vacation

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 8 August 2014

We have found the perfect hotel room where there will be no next door guests talking non-stop or making the walls shake till three in the morning. Two, in fact and both are located inside a crane! The next time you’re in Netherlands, do check out Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in Amsterdam and Crane Hotel in Harlingen.

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Riva Lofts: a design hotel in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence

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By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Riva Lofts, nestling quietly on the banks of the Arno river in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence, is variously referred to as a design hotel and an architect’s hotel, and offers luxurious relaxation amidst traditional architecture, beautifully juxtaposed with a modern finish.

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Watch America’s tallest hotel built in less than 1 minute

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Sunday 2 February 2014

The tallest hotel in North America has just opened in New York’s Times Square (don’t worry, I live here and it was news to me, too). Just how tall is this building? It measures 760 feet tall, or 68-stories. Or, 231 metres for us metric people. The building stands at the corner of 54th Street […]

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Now you can sleep at Bauhaus, have a Modernist rendezvous

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau has reopened the design school’s accommodation block to anyone who’s willing to fork out US$48 (€35) for one of the 28 1920s-style rooms. If you’d rather not spend a night with the modern architectural icon, you can still check out the Bauhaus Building which opens in broad daylight from 9am-6pm. […]

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Alabama Hotel: an art hotel in inner city Hobart

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By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 November 2013

Hobart is becoming so art centric, it’s seriously brilliant. The Alabama Hotel is situated in the inner city and has been recently revived and re-opened after a near-decade long hiatus. Its boutique budget status keeps a personal creative feel without costing a year’s pay. Artwork on the walls includes Tom O’Hearn, Aeden Howlett and Stu […]

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Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It claims to have been ‘proudly disappointing travellers for 40 years’ — or so goes the refreshingly straight-talking marketing spew of Hans Brinker, a budget hotel in Amsterdam. We can’t recall the last time we’ve wanted so badly to stay in a terrible room with ‘levels of comfort comparable to a minumum-security prison’ and ‘doors […]

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Abandoned sea fort, reborn as private island hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

The Spitbank Fort boutique hotel, designed like a private island off Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, England, has its roots as an abandoned sea fort that used to defend against naval attacks from the French. What a place! It looks pretty darn fantastical.

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