Stay at this hotel in Antwerp and take advantage of their in-room fashion mini bar

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Wednesday 17 June 2015

Excited by regular mini bars choc-full of booze and fancy chocolates? Then you’ll probably get a kick out of a new mini bar concept by fashion house Pimkie. Because when you stay at Antwerp’s Banks Boutique Hotel, you’ll get a mini bar full of clothes and accessories that fit in with the city’s weather and festivities.

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A hotel in downtown Vienna that accommodates tourists and refugees

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Travel to Vienna and forget staying in one of those chain hotels. Come to this city and stay at Magdas, a boutique hotel. While you’re staying here, you’ll be helping provide employment and housing for young refugees.

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Christchurch’s Hotel Montreal: luxury a rebuilding city needs

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Opened mid-2014, the hotel stays true to its name by incorporating European flair with contemporary style. A polo theme runs through the hotel, with guests able to eat at the popular Polo Bar, and most of the decorations are buyable, should you feel so inclined.

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10 wonderfully quirky hotels that will make you want to travel … now!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 May 2015

You’ve saved up those pennies and now it’s time to go travelling. But you don’t want to stay in any ordinary hotel on your adventures; you want to stay somewhere unforgettable. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a round-up of ten wonderfully quirky hotels that’ll definitely make you want to book a trip to see the world. Pronto.

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Staff at Art Series Hotels in Australia are reviewing the guests starting April 17th

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Currently, there are more than 40 million reviews on TripAdvisor, telling you where to stay, where not to stay, where to eat, where not to eat, and so on. Well, the Art Series Hotel Group has other plans. Starting April 17th, instead of guests leaving reviews of their stays at Art Series hotels, hotel staff will instead leave the reviews… of the guests.

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Stay at Hotel Hotel in Australia’s capital for some serious R&R

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Hotel Hotel is one of the many great reasons to visit Australia’s capital. And after spending lots of time between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (with the help of Hotel Hotel) this hotel seems to be the coming-of-age destination for hipsters everywhere!

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Dutch architects are developing the world’s most beautiful hotel shaped like an amethyst

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 22 January 2015

The Plaza’s got nothing on this line of hotels! Developed by Dutch agency NL Architects, the proposal for the Amethyst Hotel looks just like violet variety of quartz, cut in half. Designed to promote the healing qualities of the amethyst, the first Amethyst Hotel (of many) is under development in China, on a man-made island called Ocean Flower, which is in the sea north of Hainan.

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You can now order hotel rooms to come to you, wherever you are

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 December 2014

This is really quite something: mobile hotel rooms that come right to you, wherever you are. Hotel chain Scandic has launched its Scandic To Go stays for footloose travellers who want to pick the exact spot to sleep at, wherever they are. It’s like camping, with the comforts of a hotel room: the 18-sqm air-conditioned […]

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Yours Is A Very Bad Hotel: Hotel guests immortalize bad hotel experience with PowerPoint slides

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Haha, sarcasm never gets cold. On Nov 15, 2001, two business travellers from Seattle, Tom Farmer and Shane Atchison, turned up at the DoubleTree Club hotel in Houston with a guaranteed room booking that turned out not to be guaranteed after all.

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Thanks to Airbnb, you can stay overnight in a Sydney IKEA for just $11

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 25 August 2014

You’ve always wanted to take a quick nap while shopping at IKEA but now’s your chance to spend the night! Those bright and colourful rooms are no longer just for show, thanks to a new initiative with Airbnb. For one night only, IKEA is opening up to customers, offering three luxurious (as luxurious as IKEA can get) suites in its Tempe, Sydney branch.

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Calling all novelists: The Paris Review is offering 3 weeks at NYC hotel for free

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 11 October 2013

Writing a novel can be difficult (10 years and counting here) but thanks to The Paris Review and The Standard Hotel in NYC, one lucky (very, very lucky) writer will get the chance to write ‘til their heart’s content. The hotel and the mag are partnering up to offer three weeks of glorious, uninterrupted writing […]

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David Bussell has been hiding graffiti messages in hotels since 2006

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By Jake Sheridan in New Photography on Thursday 10 October 2013

The writings on the wall, and behind that frame, and under the sink and even in the fridge. David Bussell has been hiding messages in hotels since 2006 and what fun he’s been having. His crude drawings and surreal messages have no doubt been confusing residents and entertaining us alike. And I think we know […]

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Abandoned hotels: snapshots offer glimpse of past glory

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 15 August 2013

We are loving this series of photographs of deserted hotels around the world — it’s cool to see how much dignity and beauty from their heydays these spaces retain, even while they gradually disintegrate and fall apart.

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Mr & Mrs Smith tell us what to do in Portland

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Friday 8 March 2013

Portland, on the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, is shaping up as the new Seattle/Melbourne, with its passion for indie music, coffee and cycling. Oregon’s low-rise, river-bestriding capital has long taken a creative approach to city planning, ensuring its heritage architecture remains pristine and independent stores, arts spaces, bars and cafés flourish. Nicknamed Stumptown for […]

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World’s first panda hotel in China’s Sichuan province

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 March 2013

The Haoduo Panda Hotel is the world’s first panda-themed hotel, where everything from the decor to the staff are pandas (well, people in panda costumes). Nestled at the foot of Emei Mountain in China’s Sichuan province, the panda hotel will officially open in May, with rates starting at about $45 per night.

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