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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Strange hotel ruins are located at the Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa. The ruins stand calmly with the sea in view. The hotel was under construction for a long time, and many people in Okinawa think that it is haunted. The old ruins are very dangerous, but it is still a beautiful site.
April 6, 2010, I survived a death defying five story fall through Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel. I spent the next ten days in ICU Psychosis in Hahnemann Hospital. During this time I had hallucinations of dead babies, riots, terrorism, hell, and 4Loko. I talked to inanimate objects, perceiving them to simply be French tourists. Six months after my recovery, I made a series illustrating my hellish voyage into my own mind. This experience has continued into my personal and illustrative work dealing with perception, memory, and mental deterioration that can strike any of us at anytime.
From the country that’s home to some of the ‘worlds weirdest hotels’ comes the latest in luxury tourist attractions: The Mirrorcube. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic circle, in Harads, Sweden, this stunning hide-out, designed by Tham & Videgard architects, is made of light-weight aluminum which is hung around the base of a single tree.
Tom Fruinis a Brooklyn artist who just completed HOTEL, a new sculptural work made from colorful scavenged signage collected from all corners of the city over the past two decades and fronted by four-stroke red neon. The signs are made with hand-printed fruit and pizza, air conditioner repair advertisements, warnings, and phone numbers, all found in demolished pizzerias in DUMBO and in old warehouses on the Bowery. It’s a 50 foot tall marquee on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Fancy being part of an art installation while staying in a funky albeit minimally furnished room in the heart of Berlin? Hotel Minimal, is a pop-up one-room hotel from the Linie project that explores the concept of public and private space. Guests just have to be comfortable being on view in a large shop front on one of the main thoroughfares of the trendy Mitte district.
studioHOPSCOTCH, a London-based design practice, recently completed the Bab Hotel in Marrakech, a pioneering urban hotel where traditional Moroccan influences meet contemporary design. They based its design on light and transparency to create sequences, rhythm and movement throughout the bar, restaurant and hotel rooms. The furniture was found in the souks of Marrakech, or designed by Clemence Pirajean and custom-made by local craftsmen.