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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Kate McCarthy Reader Find

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

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

Mr & Mrs Smith Reader Find

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Alana Saphin Reader Find

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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