Generator Hostel in Amsterdam is a colorful design hostel in Amsterdam which will change your mind about staying in a hostel. Call me a snob but if you ask me to sleep in a hostel the answer will always be no, nope, never! I slept in a hostel once when I was still in highschool which I believe was a former hospital and it really was just as depressing as a hospital. I can’t say that my former stay in a hostel made me very enthousiastic about hostels in general (plus I’m pretty introverted so I really like to be on my own when I’m on holiday). Luckily for the people who do like hostels you see more and more ‘design hostels’ opening in the world including this Generator Hostel in Amsterdam. The hostel is located in Amsterdam East near the Oosterpark in a former health sciences building and zoological museum but it is now transformed into a colorful, art-filled hostel that’s built to encourage social interaction.
Glamping – which means glamourous camping – is probably the biggest trend when it comes to camping at the moment. Dutch couple Jacqueline en Menno left their home in Amsterdam and created 8 luxurious canvas lodges on the Vinha de Manta estate in Portugal. At Vinha da Manta you can go glamping and have a luxurious outdoor holiday in combination with green living. The canvas lodges have proper beds, a kitchen, an outdoor bathroom and your own private outdoor terrace with stunning views over the valley. I have never been glamping but this Vanha da Manta in Portugal looks absolutely amazing!
Casa Cook Rhodes is a new boutique hotel in a beautiul luxurious bohemian style, the perfect place to lay back, relax and enjoy the sun. The goal is to connect and inspire like-minded travelers who want to embrace and explore local Rhodes culture. Each hotel room opens out onto a long, turquoise blue swim-up pool and they are all decorated uniquely (the hotel even has its own shop were you can buy items to recreate this luxurious bohemian decor at home). I’d already seen a few pictures of Casa Cook but now Anna Malmberg gave us a tour of the resort and it really took my breath away. I’ve never been to Rhodes but seeing Casa Cook Hotel I’m definitely thinking of making a trip south.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn is located in a former textile factory from 1901 near the Williamsburg waterfront. The history and character of the building is still very visible in the interior of the Wythe Hotel, through the entire building you will find exposed brick, wooden beams, steel columns and arched windows. The hotel fits perfectly in the surrounding neighbourhood with its laid back attitude and respect for the local history. Not only the bedrooms in The Wythe Hotel are stunning, the Reynards restaurant and the Ides bar are beautifully designed and with the tiled floor, exposed brick and vintage furniture it’s almost as if you step back in time. The bar and restaurant are managed by renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons so you’re guaranteed a wonderful food experience. The Wythe hotel is a stunning raw, industrial hotel where you can truly experience the local Brooklyn vibe.
You only have to take a quick glance at the pictures of The Dean Hotel in Dublin to know that this is a cool and fun hotel. The Dean Hotel stands in the centre of Dublin and it’s the ideal place to work, play, eat, dance and sleep. The fifty cool bedrooms in The Dean Hotel are filled with items you could find at a friend’s house: classic vinyl, Marshall amps, Grafton Barber products and Netflix on your tv. I’m not sure if you even want to leave the room with all these amazing things but if you do get a bite at the restaurant, a nice cocktail in the bar or head up to the terrace with a 360 view of Dublin and there’s always lots and lots of music! The Dean Hotel is not a hotel for a quiet stay or as they say ‘there’s always going to be a big buzz around here at night’ but if you like the sound of an energetic, fun and unconventional stay then The Dean Hotel in Dublin is your place to go.
In the Scottish highlands on the grounds of the Cairngorms National Park stands Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage, a stunning boutique hotel filled with Scandinavian design. The estate on which Killiehuntly Farmhouse is built dates back to 1603 and in 2011 the Danish couple Anders Povlsen and Anne Storm Pedersen bought the estate and carefully renovated it and made it into a serene and beautiful hotel.
Only a two hour drive from the bustling city New York stands this quiet boutique hotel Rivertown Lodge in Hudson Valley. The hotel is situated in a converted 1920s movie theatre and kept its charming original details. In this 27-room hotel you get the best of two worlds, while the hotel has every modern technology to make your stay a luxurious one it has a quiet ‘old-times’ atmosphere thanks to the vintage Danish furniture and potbelly stoves. It’s a beautifuly designed hotel where you can fully relax and only a short ride from energetic New York City.
In the 13th-arrondissement of Paris, on the Rue Édouard Manet, stands this beautiful blue coloured C.O.Q Hotel (C.O.Q stands for Community of Quality). The thought behind the hotel is that it is a club run by and for it’s members. Clients, friends and visitors can all use the hotel’s city guide ánd they can contribute to it so you can share your experiences and finds with other travelers to the wonderful city of Paris, such a nice idea!! The C.O.Q. Hotel is designed with a special attention to details and the desire to value the modern French know-how. They created a boutique hotel that feels like a personal home, the rooms are so elegant and comfortable decorated in these fantastic blue tones and antique artwork. And to make the hotel even more perfect, it has a winter garden, lovely to sit back and relax after a long and hectic day in Paris!
If there is one thing that Scandinavians are good at, it’s design. So it’s not surprising that you can find the most stunning hotels in these countries. Miss Clara is a design hotel with a boutique feeling in the center of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The hotel is located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1910, that was formerly a girl’s school Atheneum. The rooms are sparsely furnished but they are very comfortable, with beautiful dark herringbone floors and the use of good, solid materials. The rooms have large windows and the walls to the bathroom are made of frosted glass to fully make use of the natural light that floods in the rooms. It is such a beautiful hotel, that embraces the Art Nouveau style, with a wonderful warm feeling and decorated with an exquisite eye for design, I would love to stay in Miss Clara when I go to Stockholm.
Hotel Le Pigalle in Paris is all about the local neighbourhood. Pigalle is an area in Paris that certainly isn’t boring, named after sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, it is a neighbourhood that has always attracted thugs, artists, musicians and adventurers. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked here. The owners of Le Pigalle found that the neighbourhood lacked a spot that really reflected the vibrant energy of the area, so Le Pigalle was born. It is a very local hotel, the croissants come from a local bakery, the books are selected by a local bookstore, the music is chosen by local DJ’s and the hotel team makes sure you will truly experience the places, people and stories that make Pigalle such an interesting Paris neighbourhood. If I have to choose one word to describe this hotel I will go for ‘cool’. The hotel is mainly furnished in neutral colours with the occasional pop of red (a nod to the Pigalle reputation no doubt). The hotel rooms aren’t big but they are decorated with interesting artwork and great furniture. It doesn’t really feel like a hotel room, it could easily be a bedroom from a local (I certainly wouldn’t mind having a bedroom looking like this), which is exactly what the hotel wants you to experience, it’s all about embracing the Pigalle neighbourhood.