7 Design-Centric Hotels


Commissary at The Line Hotel, L.A.

Commissary at The Line Hotel, L.A.

Although this year’s holiday traveling stats haven’t been released yet, expect millions of Americans to hit the road or air in the coming weeks. While many people stay with friends or family, others will need accommodations. If you’re a design snob (like me), then any old hotel will NOT do. I usually spend countless hours researching hotels and it’s quite tiring and overwhelming. To save you the headache, I’ve rounded up seven design-centric hotels that you will want to stay or even live at. I know, I know. If you’ve already glanced below, I probably didn’t cover 99% of the destinations you’re heading to this holiday season. You may not have family or friends in Copenhagen or Hong Kong, but it’s fun to start a bucket list, no?

25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Photo: Design Milk

25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Photo: Design Milk

The eclectic design of 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin reflects its prime location in Berlin’s City West district. Half of the rooms overlook the neighboring Berlin Zoo, while the other half offers views of the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This hotel definitely takes ‘urban jungle’ to a new level.


Drake Devonshire hotel. Photo: Dwell

Prince Edward County in Ontario, Canada was lacking modern accommodations so the Drake Devonshire entered the scene. It’s a 13-room hotel built in a renovated 19th century foundry. From the custom furniture to the locally made accessories, every detail was calculated by the design team.

Hotel Americano, New York. Photo: The Vanderlust.

Hotel Americano, New York. Photo: The Vanderlust.

Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Hotel Americano is the epitome of minimalism. The hotel’s design was intentionally neutral and simple to avoid competing with the arts district it’s located in.  The rooms feature Japanese-style platform beds, warm lighting and light wood trimming.


Hotel Wind, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. Photo: Design Milk

Using the natural elements as inspiration, the Hotel Wind‘s minimal design incorporates the air, earth and people on site. The design team also worked off of the words “growing” and “breaking from the ground.”


Ovolo Southside Hotel, Hong Kong. Photo: Design Milk

Formerly a warehouse, Ovolo Southside stays true to its industrial roots through its design. Industrial fixtures, graffiti and mid-century inspired furniture blend together to create a unique modern look.


STAY hotel, Copehagen. Photo: Nordic Design

 STAY in Copenhagen provides apartment-style accommodations. Each unit features a full kitchen and laundry rooms. And of course, the minimalist design is the biggest draw for me.


Tribal Hotel, Granada, Nicaragua. Photo: The Glamourai

In the quaint, 500-year-old colonial town of Granada sits the ultra-stylish Tribal Hotel. Restauranteurs Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Hoummard opened this seven-room hotel that showcases their sophisticated taste and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Guests will find mid-century modern furnishings among hand-picked global accessories.



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