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The Devil's in the Hotel Design Details

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Hotel Design

When staying at a hotel, sometimes it's the little things that count. Let's take a look at some worldly examples of great hotel design that doesn't overlook the details.  

Ever since it's opening, I've been drawn to the windows in the public spaces of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona (above). There's a playful voyeuristic quality to these ultra chic peep-spots.

Colorful Architecture

The fun facade at the Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam (above) is postmodern meets traditional Dutch meets Rubik's cube. 

Hotel Accessories

The pencils at the Andaz Hotel in London are made from recycled CD jewel cases (above). I'm guessing they now offer iPod docks in the rooms. The key to great hotel design is not just in the architectural details, but also the accessories that would normally seem unimportant, like a pencil.

Adaptive Re-use Hotel Design

The Waterhouse along Shanghai's Sound Bund (above) keeps the crumbling concrete walls of this former Japanese military bunker intact. It's a very real respite from the otherwise hyperreal development in the city that surrounds it. Raw materials and designer desk lamps can give an organic feel to any space.

Contemporary White ChandelierArtcraft Baby Swan White Chandelier

The Treehouse Hotel (below) sits just 35 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Suspended from trees and featuring mirrored sides, it's virtually invisible from the ground.

Tree House Hotel Design

Not all the rooms feature a mirror facade though, and inside there's a feast of minimalist decor (below). Loungy, white seating is a fun way to keep a place minimal and modern.

Modern Rural Hotel Rooms

Contemporary White Floor Lamp

Sonneman Tetra Gloss White Floor Lamp

Designers and graphic designers have to love the Pantone Hotel in Brussels (below), an homage to the color specialists in seven distinct hues.

Pantone Hotel

And sometimes it's the smallest thing that counts: a drink on the top floor at the end of the day. For fans of the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) is the perfect place to re-create your own Bill Murray Suntory whiskey moment. 

New York Hotel Tokyo

With a view looking across Tokyo and some of the best cocktails in the world, it's worth every yen. And trust me, you'll spend quite a few.

With so many options, hopefully you're booking a trip and heading to see one of these extremely cool hotel designs.

Images: Contemporist, Design You Trust, Concierge, Open Buildings, CN Traveler, That's Like Whoa!Ozon3, Nansiepants

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  • What does the view from the Park Hyatt Tokyo look like? - I must admit that I've never seen the film.

  • What does the view from the Park Hyatt Tokyo look like? - I must admit that I've never seen the film.

The Devil's in the Hotel Design Details