The 6 coolest design hotels

These houses make travel enthusiast's hearts beat faster!

August 2, 2019

Lifestyle and Design Hotels around the world!

All over the world, design hotels make travel enthusiasts' hearts beat faster. They are places where lifestyle and special architecture meet and the ambience invites you to stay. From Southern to Northern Europe and the USA, each of these design hotels is unique. Selected designs and rare pieces of furniture ensure an unforgettable stay of a special kind.  


Nobis Hotel


Nobis Hotel in the capital of Sweden is a place for business travelers and design-savvy vacationers. Guests check in here to enjoy contemporary luxury. Whether it's lunch in the bistro, afternoon tea in the hotel lounge or a relaxing steam bath, Nobis Hotel has something for all tastes. The rooms and suites are equipped with high-quality DUX beds, which are rounded off by the use of Egyptian cotton. The wellness and fitness area is open around the clock and equipped with the latest equipment. In frosty weather, a steam bath, a dry sauna and two Finnish saunas provide optimal warmth. For sports enthusiasts and active guests, the hotel's staff will be happy to help with advice and selection of a personal trainer. The Nobis Hotel has a timeless, modern yet elegant style. The design in the hotel's common areas and rooms is by the Swedish trio of architects Claesson Koivisto Rune Characterized. Nobis Hotel's interior creates a contrast with the magnificent, culturally protected interiors of both buildings from the 19th century, which are impressive examples of Stockholm's unique, high-quality and richly decorated bourgeois stone architecture.



Hotel Schani


The Hotel Schani in Vienna is a very modern boutique design hotel, which is oriented towards forward-looking technologies in its facilities. The hotel is the right place for all those who want to stay in the capital of Austria in a contemporary and time-saving way. Located right next to Vienna's main train station, the Hotel Schani features "smart" amenities such as mobile key and mobile check-in, making the hotel reservation and stay processes easier and more enjoyable. The brisk demand for seminar space at the Hauptbahnhof location inspired owner Benedikt Komarek to expand the hotel to include a location for seminars, events and workshops. Hotel architect Gabriel Kacerovsky of "archisphere" skilfully combined wood and steel to create a harmonious whole, making Schani's Rooftop feel like a "house on a house". The rooms were built in a record construction time of 7 months and offer, in addition to top technologies, a breathtaking view of the city of Vienna. While the interior of the hotel is made of high-quality materials that create a living room atmosphere, the stairwells feature graffiti by the Janscha brothers.



Hotel August, Antwerp, Belgium


Located on the coast of Belgium in the city of Antwerp, Hotel August is a former Augustinian monastery that has been converted into a modern hotel. For guests looking for a haven of peace and tranquillity, the hotel's spa is the perfect place to unwind from a day of shopping in Antwerp. This invites you to relax in the sauna, hammam or on the hot stone. The August Bar serves a mix of elegant drinks and hearty snacks, which can be enjoyed in the chapel or in the beautiful courtyard garden on the covered, (in winter) heated terrace. The secluded courtyard gardens can be explored on a stroll. - They combine various functions of the charming property and can be used either as green gates or as relaxing terraces, offering guests the peace and quiet they need in the city. The restaurant at Hotel August has been curated by Chef Nick Bril of the neighbouring Michelin-starred restaurant, The Jane, and consists of a cosmopolitan à la carte menu that focuses on produce, season and terroir. From breakfast to dinner, both hotel guests and external culinary fans will find creative dishes on the menu, adapted to the seasons.



Proper Hotel


The historic lobby of the Proper Hotel in San Francisco has been transformed into an artistic wonderland. The lobby salon and the Villon Restaurant, open around the clock, are very spacious, so there's ample seating for relaxation. The 131 rooms and suites are lovingly designed to meet the requirements of modern city breaks. Here, coziness is combined with luxurious design by Kelly Wearstler and prime, postcard-perfect city views. All rooms feature Aesop products and Vifa speakers, cloud-like Aireloom beds and smart technology. The nature of the beds, in particular, ensures a balanced night's sleep. Extras such as a minibar, premium grooming products and walk-in showers round out the certain something of this design hotel. Three varied venues, such as the Villon Restaurant, the rooftop bar "Charmaine's", and the café "La Bande" support the hotel's culinary offerings. The elegant, all-day dining restaurant offers breakfast, afternoon snacks, and smart-casual dinner by Chef Mikey Adams. When the elevator doors open 120 feet above San Francisco's famous "Market Street," you'll encounter energetic European chic in a relaxed atmosphere. The rooftop bar "Charmaine's" features snacks, cocktails with premium flavors, original combinations and unique bitters and syrups. Whether the café "La Bande" is a stylish coffee shop, a classy café or a finely curated market is debatable! Here, light streams through double glazing and illuminated Parisian green tiles, black and white stripes and brass. A craft beer, glass of wine or an aperitif can be enjoyed at one of the spacious communal tables. Coffee junkies will also get their money's worth here: the barista provides individually prepared hot drinks made with care. - According to the guest's wishes, of course!



Hotel Chapter Roma


Behind an old door, in a narrow side street in the Roman district "Regola", you will find the Hotel Chapter Roma. The hotel owners themselves describe it as a "not fancy hotel". Although this hotel hits uniqueness with its interior design: it's glamorous, with touches of classic and contemporary art. It's topped off with graffiti, as well as artwork by Warios1, Cyrcle, Drew Merrit, and Willy Verginer. Hotel Chapter Roma's rooms feature local and international designer furniture. All rooms and suites feature warm wood floors and a perfectly coordinated mix of marble, velvet, steel and brass hardware. The furniture pieces come from internationally renowned designers, as well as local custom-made pieces by Italian craftsmen. Although the hotel is centrally located, you will find peace and serenity in all the rooms. The so-called "market" directly in the Hotel Chapter Roma is planned with its opening in September 2019. The market will combine a salad bar, a café and a juice bar, as well as a grocery store within one space. For guests, the eatery will offer fast, healthy food with unique, friendly service. - To go OR on site!



Scribner's Catskill Lodge


Scribner's Catskill Lodge was once established to welcome a new generation of urban explorers to the beautiful, year-round, U.S. Catskill Mountains (Appalachian) destination. With thoughtful design, friendly service and delicious cuisine, the lodge is the perfect base camp for an escape from the city to the great outdoors. In addition to 38 guest rooms and suites, the lodge features a locally inspired restaurant, multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, and over 20 acres of mountainside to hike and explore. Clean, modern and unconventional. - Each of the guest rooms has dark maple floors, vintage carpeting, custom furniture, and modern features such as free Wi-Fi. Room views are directly of the "Catskill Mountains," and some of the rooms have fireplaces and loft sleeping areas. All bathrooms feature terracotta tiles, a rain shower and beauty products.


Picture credits: Proper Hotels; Hotel August (Robert Rieger); Scribners Lodge (Read McKendree, Douglas Lyle Thompson, Nicole Franzen, Emily Johnston ); Hotel Schani Vienna (Gregor Hofbauer); Nobis Hotel Stockholm; Hotel Chapter Roma.

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