Hotels & Restaurants

The Royal Snail – Namur, Belgium by BURO5 and Muzeo

It’s always appreciated when a hotel truly delves into its historic past. This is precisely what has been accomplished by The Royal Snail, a modern boutique hotel situated along the Meuse river in Namur, a city in Wallonia in southern Belgium. Designed by local architectural firm BURO5 in collaboration with Parisian studio Muzeo, this unique property belongs to the Design Hotels collection.

A small luxury hotel, The Royal Snail is the first of its kind in the capital city of Namur and features just 30 rooms with ten various themes. The name and several interior works are derived from the city’s symbol of the snail. Local artisans helped craft the furnishings, artwork and linens.

Posted by Suzanne at 10 January, 2014


citizenM Hotel – Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Concrete Architectural Associates

A boutique hotel, citizenM in Rotterdam, The Netherlands is the chain’s newest and fifth property to open its doors. Situated in the city centre, this destination exudes a hip, modern hotel design which is not at all austere as some trendy hotels tend to be. Designed by Concrete Architectural Associates, citizenM features 151 rooms with fantastic views of the Oude Haven, or old harbour. The progressive hospitality company prides itself on affordable luxury with excellent service.

The hotel’s facade is an eclectic mix of materials, color and shapes. A colorful windowed mural was commissioned by artist Gijs Frieling, creating interest across the glass and steel exterior which also receives a spectrum of window hues. Interior spaces are cleverly reflective of The Netherlands flag of red, white and blue.

Posted by Suzanne at 9 January, 2014


Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Beach Club – Sydney, Australia by Jeremy Bull

Picture a retro Miami vibe fused with Key West flair and there you have the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Beach Club by Jeremy Bull of Alexander and Co. Nestled within a parcel of land on the iconic Watson Bay in Sydney, Australia with enticing city and sea views, this coastal destination is lively and welcoming.

Situated directly on the harbour, this 32-room property boasts modern hotel design that is fresh and fun with a relaxed elegance. On the newly-renovated Beach Club site, there is a restaurant, two bars overlooking the water and a white-tiled coffee barista station serving deliciously sinful pastries. The separate Sunset Room is a beachy elegant space reserved for private parties and events.

Posted by Suzanne at 30 December, 2013


Nikbor University Residence – Barcelona, Spain by Normal

Nikbor is a university residence situated on the iconic Passeig de Garcia in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by local studio, Normal, these interiors span three levels of a historic building and evoke a fresh, hip approach to modern hosptiality design.

Stepping into the reception area, one may think they’ve just entered a swanky hotel. Original gold tiled flooring with striking inlays meets a curvaceous, customized black front desk flanked by two small table lamps imposing a warm glow. An inky black ceiling with painted plaster reliefs plays dramatic contrast to the stark white walls featuring rows of laquered vintage rotary phones–what a whimsical display!

Posted by Suzanne at 2 December, 2013


RIOOW Hostel – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by PKB Arquitetura & Vital Oficina

The RIOOW Hostel in Rio de Janeiro interprets modern hospitality design with imaginative takes on traditional muxarabi, a play of juicy hues and kitschy-cool elements. The progressive accommodations are located in a vibrant neighborhood of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and were designed in a collaboration by PKB Arquitetura with Vital Oficina.

Funky painted wall murals and a curved hedge designate the blue-and-white hostel from the street corner view. The screening is a stand-out, melding the outside facade with its thinly-layered mylar installation with the interior ceilings and panels encompassing the sleeping quarters. Ultra-modern, these muxarabi-inspired elements pique interest, especially in the dining lounge where the ceiling is illuminated from within with color-changing LED lighting. The dorm rooms feature stacked bunk beds highlighted by the perforated light-wood screens which create dimension within the space.

Posted by Suzanne at 26 November, 2013


Generator Berlin Mitte Hostel by The Design Agency and WAF Architects

Known for its stylish hostels, Generator has once again made its mark, this time in Berlin’s bohemian Mitte district. Rooted with loud graffiti-type murals resembling those found in the city, this urban hostel housed in a historic 1900s building exemplifies edgy, modern hospitality design created by the Canadian firm, The Design Agency with local WAF Architects. 

Raw concrete, exposed painted pipeline ceilings and plenty of natural wood accents bring these budget accommodations down to earth. Pops of bright colors in hallways and across furnishings add a lively vibe and create a fun contrast. The lobby is one such space with a neutral backdrop of pale timber and black concrete floors, ottoman seating and cushions along built-in benches which are fuchsia, red and orange, a welcoming touch to this reception area tastefully clad with a curved wooden desk.

Posted by Suzanne at 15 November, 2013


The Standard Hotel – East Village, New York City by Design Hotels

A colorful and bustling area in New York City, the East Village is now home to The Standard, a property boasting modern hotel design uniquely meshing European flair and cool Manhattan style. The Standard East Village is a member of the visionary hospitality group, Design Hotels.

With 145 rooms and suites, The Standard East Village sits opposite its downtown counterpart, The Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District, offering guests a bird’s eye perspective of the surrounding neighborhoods while enjoying a level of hip luxury that happens to be more sleek than snobbish. It’s glass and steel tower gracefully slices 21 stories through the sky with a somewhat curved aesthetic. A penthouse with 360-degree, wraparound glazed terrace currently serves a complimentary breakfast but is also available for private events and overlooks the iconic Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

Posted by Suzanne at 11 November, 2013



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