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!
Tiny homes are the best homes. Casa Tiny is a beautiful tiny home in Mexico that you can rent on Airbnb. The home has a private pool, a private beach and a lovely hammock to make your stay the most relaxing ever. The home is made of concrete but the wooden shutters give the place some warmth. How nice would it be to wake up the in the bedroom with views over the Mexican countryside?
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.
This small airbnb surf shack in Australia was branded as one of the coolest places on ‘The Island’ and looking at the pictures I must agree. The surf shack was recently renovated by a stylist and is filled with pieces that have a story and a meaning to her. The laid back beach vibe in this home suits the surroundings of the surf shack and the black wooden wall in the living room gives the space that cool vibe. If the interior hasn’t won you over already than the fact that you can see the ocean from the deck must do the trick! An cool airbnb with ocean views, are you going to take a trip to Australia?
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!
I have posted about the projects of Tara and Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co many times before on my blogs simply because their work is absolutely stunning. Today I will give you a brand new project by Jersey Ice Cream Co that they have just finished renovating and the best thing about this home is that you can actually stay in it! This Rittenhouse apartment already had a good foundation with high ceilings, lots of old charm and a private roof terrace but after Tara and Percy worked their magic it has become a beautiful serene space. The apartment might be small but with the neutral colorscheme and clever design such as the benches against the wall they made it a beautiful serene and functional space, it’s the ideal airbnb stay to unwind after a long day in Philadelphia.
Botanical design is very trendy at the moment and you can definitely see that in Bar Botanique, a new restaurant and cafe in Amsterdam. Designed by the Dutch Studio Modijefsky this bar will get in you in a tropical feeling in no time. Bar Botanique is covered in green walls, ceiling and floor and is decorated with many (tropical) plants. The space, which was formally a gym, a cafe and a bar, has large double height windows that bring in a lot of natural light which is also being reflected by the mirrors hanging from the ceiling. The design of Bar Botanique was inspired by the cafe that was located in this building for more than 25 years, but as you will see they’ve added some tropical touches in the design.
When you go travelling you always want to see as much of the local culture as you possibly can. Now of course you can book a room in a large international hotel but perhaps the best way to really get to know the local culture is to rent a traditional home on Airbnb like this Moroccan riad in Marrakesh. A riad is a traditional Moroccan home with an interior garden or courtyard which gives the inhabitants a lot of privacy and shelter for the Moroccan weather. This riad in Marrakesh is beautifully decorated in Moroccan style with serene neutral colored bedrooms and lovely touches of pink in the living spaces. Next to the interior garden this riad also has a roof terrace where you can relax or have breakfast/dinner in the warm Moroccan sun. This Moroccan riad looks so peaceful and I’m sure it is an amazing place to stay for a relaxing holiday in Marrakesh.