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.
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.
Last weekend I stayed at The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, courtesy of the boutique and luxury hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith. This elegant hotel is housed within the same building as The Establishment bar, the three hatted est. restaurant, Hemmesphere cocktail lounge and sushi restaurant Sushi e. With this array of evening activity, coupled with the oversized room and tempting marble and limestone bathroom, it’s no surprise we didn’t venture far after checking in.
By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 10 October 2010
Looming from the Singapore skyline as a shimmering mirage, the Marina Bay Sands is an astonishing monument to architectural genius Moshe Safdie. The three 55-story towers are crowned by a rooftop skypark 200 meres in the air, which includes an infinity edge outdoor pool to capture the sights of Singapore.
When you first see The Gershwin Hotel, you might think it’s an art gallery or a public art installation. The white, bird-like shapes sticking out of its red facade is certainly unique, without being too loud. The rooms are rather small but the location and accessible price range makes it all worth it.
French design dynamo Jean-Marie Massaud has created a Manned Cloud. A cruise airship with a hotel for 40 passengers and 15 staff, Massaud worked with the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiale in this proposal.
Each room in Copenhagen’s Hotel Fox is an individual piece of art. 21 international artists descended on the hotel to turn each of the 61 rooms into a unique space, featuring creative artwork ranging from Japanese manga to fluid graphic design.