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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Eco pod hotel in Switzerland

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Friday 13 September 2013

If you’re looking for a cozy and eco-friendly getaway, we’ve got you covered. These quaint little pods nestled in a small valley in Laax Falera, Switzerland are the perfect place to relax. Each pod is big enough for two, and they come complete with basic amenities. It’s a comfy retreat for you and your Plus […]

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City Spy: Barcelona

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Tapas bars, nightclubs, the best sangria you’ve ever tasted, tapas bars, the beach, boutiques, tapas bars, mellow hipsters and did we mention the tapas bars? Barcelona basks in the Mediterranean sunlight by day; after dark, it becomes a nocturnal wonderland where things don’t even look lively before 9pm. Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, but […]

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Sleep 500 feet under at this hotel suite

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 2 July 2013

Can this the most luxurious, er, down-to-earth hotel ever? At Sala Silvermine in Sweden, you can stay at a mine suite 500 feet below ground. A night’s stay includes a guided tour of ‘winding galleries and thrilling cavities’, plus a basket with cheese, biscuits, fruits, sparkling wine and chocolate. You’ll get to go on a […]

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Get an artful experience at Melbourne’s Cullen Hotel

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By Alana Saphin in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 April 2013

The Cullen, located in Melbourne’s stylish South Yarra, is one of three boutique hotels in the Art Series Group, which dedicates hotels to individual artists such as Australian greats Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman. This beautiful boutique hotel experience immerses the guest in the aesthetic style of the artist. In The Cullen’s case, […]

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Europe’s first music hotel: Nhow Berlin Hotel by Karim Rashid

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 11 April 2013

Nhow is Europes first music hotel. This gem is located in the center pf Berlin and features two music studios. This is the place to stay if you want to do some recording, collaboration, or just soak up some inspiration.

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In Helsinki, they are hiring professional sleepers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 9 April 2013

What do you mean, you work so hard, you have no time to sleep? In Helsinki a hotel is now hiring professional sleepers to test out its beds. That’s it, we’ve found our dream job.

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Hotello: A portable room you can trolley around in a trunk

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 8 April 2013

Architect Antonio Scarponi and artist Roberto de Luca recently collaborated to design Hotello, a portable 4-sqm office or hotel room that can be easily packed into a trunk — and just as easily unpacked to occupy any abandoned urban space. The movable room looks rather minimalistic, with a metal structure and a sound-absorbent curtain. Does […]

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THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: No cold feet at this boutique hotel

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 March 2013

Luxury boutique hotel Eccleston Square Hotel claims to be London’s most high tech hotel, and it’s easy to see why. While the rooms are gorgeous enough, they are also fitted out with 46” high-definition 3D plasma TVs, surround sound systems, iPod docking stations, VoIP phones and your very own iPad to tinker with. For those of us who hate cold bathroom floors, the marble bathrooms come with under-floor heating. If that doesn’t spoil its guests, we don’t know what will.

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World’s first cake hotel now open in Soho

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 March 2013

Tate & Lyle Sugars has opened the world’s first hotel using entirely cake as its building material. Fittingly called Tasting House and curated by Miss Cakehead, 14 cake artists took over 2,000 hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate the three-storey edible hotel. In the eight tasting rooms you’ll find “vanilla sponge cushions, windows […]

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THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: The biggest architectural wave in the world?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 22 March 2013

If someone had told us ten years ago that they could freeze a wave, we would have laughed them off. Okay, we stopped laughing. Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which looks like a breaking wave that has stopped in its tracks — yes, all 26 levels of it — comes close.

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