These spectacular design hotels are architectural wonders

When booking a hotel, most people don’t consider the setting of the building itself. Many choose hotels based on their convenience or cost. Centrally located? Marvellous. Cheaper than an Airbnb? Gorgeous. For some, minimalism is good – the hotel is secondary to the trip. But other travelers want more from their hotel: to surround themselves with total luxury in a space like no other. Does this sound like you? If you have a penchant for unique architecture, designer hotels are destinations in their own right.

Most hotels crop up in all available real estate. A number of properties, however, affect their environment. What makes these architectural wonders of design hotels differ from each other. This could be important because of the architect who designed it, some historical distinction, or even because the building itself is unique (if it is a building).

Here are eight designer hotels worth checking out.

Spectacular design hotels that are architectural wonders

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1. Hotel Marqués de Riscal

La Rioja, Spain

At the center of the Rioja Alavesa wine region in Lava, Spain, sits this avant-garde masterpiece by Frank O. Gehry, one of the few modern architects the average person knows by name. . Hotel Marqués de Riscal is only 15 years old, contrasting with the surrounding structures 10 times older (and that’s nothing compared to La Rioja’s 1,200-year-old wine industry). Gehry calls the hotel “a wonderful creature, with her hair flying all over the place, soaring over the vines”. He also designed the interiors of the 43 rooms and suites, made even more luxurious by the site Caudalie Vinotherapy Spa, and a Michelin-starred fine to eat. (Can we suggest Rioja?)

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Museum Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey
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2. Hotel-museum

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is famous for its Bronze Age cave hotels, carved into the rock among the stalagmite-like “fairy chimneys” on the horizon. Your stay at any hotel is second after the sunrise hot air balloon adventure most visitors seek, although a luxury skyline-view cave hotel (and all those hot air balloons) can rival. with him. Museum Hotel is a modernized cave dwelling with antiques from the Ottoman, Seljuk, Roman and Hittite periods, which gives it a concept of “living museum”. And of course, none of its 30 rooms and suites are alike, as uniformity was not a priority for the original architects when they cut corners. Design hotels aren’t always man-made, after all.

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Felsenhotel La Claustra, Airolo, Switzerland

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3. Felsenhotel La Claustra

Airolo, Switzerland

La Claustra is not for the claustrophobic, nor for those who appreciate a cell phone signal. It is in fact a “hotel-bunker”, designed from an artillery bunker built into the rocks 1.25 miles high in the Swiss Alps. And while that’s not most people’s idea of ​​luxury, the location and silence are a welcome respite. If you are worried about the other most important convenience (since connection to the outside world is irrelevant), rest assured that you will have hot and cold spring water from five different springs in the Alps. The eerie underground vibe makes for an enlightening escape for many conferences, retreats, and creative escapes. There are 17 rooms over 54,000 square feet, accommodating up to 60 people for private events.

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InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, Songjiang, Shanghai, China

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4. InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, Songjiang

Shanghai, China

Thirty miles outside of downtown Shanghai is Wonderland, opened in 2018 in a rock quarry. What’s remarkable about this InterContinental resort hotel is its two underwater suites, which swap the stunning views of the quarry and immerse visitors in a bustling aquarium. The on-site restaurant, Mr. Fisher, does the same, surrounding guests with schools of fish.

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A view of the pool, ocean and the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
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5. Hotel Fontainebleau

Miami Beach, Florida

Often, hotels are emblematic of the era they represent. This is the case of the seafront Fontainebleau in Miami (22 oceanfront acres, to be exact). Its importance on the coast is at Copacabana, thanks to the imposing curvature design of architect Morris Lapidus. The 565-room luxury resort has been a nightlife staple since it opened in the 1950s and has even been seen in a number of TV shows and movies, most notably the James Bond movie Goldfinger. A renovation in 2008 cost over $ 1 billion, the same year the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For many, it is the most important architectural structure in Florida and it made it to the top 100 of the 2007 American Institute of Architecture list of “America’s Favorite Architecture” at No. 93.

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An exterior image of the Petroff Palace in Moscow, Russia
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6. Petroff Palace

Moscow, Russia

From curtains to wall sconces, every detail of the Neo-Gothic Romantic Petroff Palace is majestic, as it should be, since the facility was erected by order of Catherine the Great to celebrate the victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of the 18th century. She wanted its 16-meter dome to resemble that of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (then Constantinople). Do not miss to see it, in the round room of the hotel. Napoleon once occupied the palace while Moscow surrounded it on fire, and Petroff also greeted Alexander II just before his coronation. Today it is a superb boutique hotel with 43 keys and one of the most reputable properties in the world.

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A view of the Nhow Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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7. Nhow Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is one of the world’s architectural capitals, and the most original. (It’s a short train ride from Amsterdam, equidistant from Schiphol Airport.) A stroll through the city center is a feast for the eyes, thanks to its appreciation for brash. One of Rotterdam’s most iconic structures is the De Rotterdam riverfront, with its trio of off-center towers designed by Rem Koolhaas. The architect made all the interior details to Nhow Rotterdam hotel too, which occupies 23 floors in the easternmost tower. This hotel is a treat for architecture lovers above all, but it is an easy and accessible 4-star choice for all visitors.

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The Le Corbusier hotel in Marseille, France.
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8. Hotel Le Corbusier

Marseille, France

Speaking of architectural buckets: this 3-star hotel is located inside the otherwise residential ‘Cité Radieuse’ (‘Cité Radieuse’) in Marseille. Le Corbusier Hotel combines colorful elements characteristic of Le Corbusier, the famous architect and town planner whose various Housing Unit projects aimed to resolve urban overcrowding with a high-rise, community-based structural design. You can experience what life is like for the many residents who still occupy the space, with its pop-colored balconies overlooking the sea on one side and green foliage on the other.

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