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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]