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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hetarrest Huis: a renovated prison turned luxury hotel in the Netherlands

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Tired of the typical, cliched vacations? Do you want to have a story to top everyone else’s in your office? If so, I humbly suggest booking a relaxing week in prison. Hetarrest Huis is an old renovated prison turned luxury hotel in the Netherlands. The clean, modern design mixed with funky lighting and tongue-in-cheek striped […]

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Romantic getaway hint app from Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Websites on Friday 22 February 2013

So, your Valentine’s Day didn’t quite go as well as you’d hoped. Maybe your other-half is a little, erm… oblivious. Well, luckily, there’s an app for that. The boutique hotel experts at Mr. & Mrs. Smith have put together a little Facebook app that gives subtle hints to your sweetheart about places you’d like to […]

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These whisper booths let you make discrete calls

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 28 September 2012

The W Hotels group is making its Singapore debut in late December 2012 this year. Going by the sneak peeks of the exteriors and interiors so far, the new hotel is entirely befitting of any luxury boutique hotel worth its salt. But what has really grabbed our eyes by their balls are the hotel’s delicate […]

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The Michelberger Hotel in Berlin

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By Leza Hatchard in Cool Travel on Friday 21 September 2012

Berlin has long had the reputation for being uber cool; think The Metropol, the huge cathedral-like cinema which Dario Argento used to film his nightmarish horror films. Now, courtesy of The Michelberger Hotel, there’s an uber cool place to hang out when in the city. More of a collective experience than an hotel, the Michelberger is also a graphic design studio where their ‘crew of space cadets’ make many of the objects featured in the building. Check out its amazing website graphics.

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IKEA to open chain of budget hotels in Europe

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Saturday 18 August 2012

The beloved build-it-yourself Swedish furniture store, IKEA, is now launching a chain of budget hotels throughout Europe. The first of these hotels will open in Germany in 2014, and 100 hotels will open soon after. However, the hotels are adopting IKEA’s philosophy of reasonably priced quality, rather than their actual furniture.

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Sleep overnight in a prison cell at the Clink 78 hotel

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By Nikita Goldovsky in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 June 2012

One of London’s most unusual hotels, Clink78 offers guests a chance to sleep overnight in a prison cell without having to first commit a horrible and atrocious crime. Book ahead, and steer clear of the other inmates.

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