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 of 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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Take a blood bath in Koh Samui. Well, not really, but kind of

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Blame us for watching too many samurai films, but the idea of taking a dip in a scarlet-red swimming pool makes us excited. At The Library, a beach-facing boutique hotel in Koh Samui owned by Kasemtham Sornsong and designed by Tirawan Songsawat, you actually can. And it’s not like you’re going to find yourself in […]

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High-tech capsule hotel with sci-fi pods

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 18 March 2013

Think capsule hotels, and it’s hard not to think about it as a bit of a squeeze. Which makes the Wink Hostel extra surprising. It’s a modern capsule hotel fitted with high-tech smart card technology — and when you enter the room, your sleeping pod actually glows and basks in lovely neon light to welcome […]

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This hotel in Belgium will pop up in random locales

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 12 February 2013

Haha, only in Belgium will you find the Sleeping Around hotel with, well, not a roving eye, but is roving nevertheless. Made from recycled shipping containers, the four-room hotel constantly pops up at new locations, aided by cranes that lift them onto a truck bed and transport them to the next ground of call. The […]

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Amazing abandoned igloo hotel in Alaska

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 29 January 2013

Developed in the 1970s, the massive four-storey Igloo City Hotel in Alaska has changed owners several times. The surreal piece of architecture remains to be fully constructed to this day, but we suspect no one from Cantwell, the nearest town 20 miles away, is complaining.

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China’s new toilet seat hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which opens in Jan 2013, has an unusual design that’s seen it being compared — rather unkindly — to a toilet seat. Which puts it in similar company with another building in Suzhou, which has been dubbed a pair of underpants. People can be mean.

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Check in at the Batman Hotel in Taiwan

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By Mareike Muller in Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 November 2012

It´s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s, well, Batman! At least at The Edén Hotel in Taiwan. So you don´t have to travel all the way to Gotham City to find a fully equipped Batman headquarters. In the Batman Suite, you can enjoy all the tiny gimmicks and features you´re so familiar with since you were a child sitting in front of the TV.

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