When you think about hostels, great design is probably not something that immediately comes to mind. But nowadays more and more design hostels are opening in the world. I’ve posted a great design hostel in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. This stunning hostel is located in the old town of Valencia. The two hostels have something in common because both are big on color! Valencia Lounge Hostel has 11 rooms which are all uniquely styled. The hostel is designed by Masquespacio with the intention of creating a ‘homey’ feeling and the hostel really looks homey and unique. So when you’re going on a trip to Valencia, instead of picking a hotel or airbnb you could just choose the Valencia Lounge Hostel. And otherwise you can get some amazing bedroom and paint ideas from these bright, colorful rooms!
La Granja Ibiza is a rustic members-only retreat situated on a farmstead in the Ibizan countryside. The old stone farmhouse is converted by designer Armin Fischer into a beautiful serene design hotel. The hotel only has 9 guest rooms and a freestanding guesthouse that has a private garden overlooking the farm. Each room has a luxury bed and materials of burn wood, burshed and oiled ash, wood, stone and slate. A stay in La Granja Ibiza feels like going back to basics with the beautiful dark colored walls and natural materials but with all the necessary comforts of a present hotel stay.
Hôtel Borgo Nuovo is a new design hotel in the Italian countryside, only 30 minutes from the center of Milan. In Hôtel Borgo Nuovo you will feel as if you’re miles away from all the touristic attractions that Milan has to offer. The hotel is designed by interior designers Viviana Fedeli and Luca Puglia. The hotel – decorated in dark colors, velvet and golden details – is filled with vintage items and custom made furniture. The artwork and installations are exclusively created by Samantha Lina. Staying in Hôtel Borgo Nuovo feels like stepping back in time to the 30s and 40s but with all the comforts of present day services. An ideal stay if you want to combine a visit to bustling Milan with a quit stay in the country.
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.