This year’s annual edition of The Design Hotels™ Book comes with 220 unique and inspiring hotels worldwide featuring 21 new member hotels and including new destinations like Sydney, Bogotá, Portobelo and Nairobi.
In a world where the shift of rural to urban is changing the way we live and interact, it is the neighborhood that adds color, flavor and that much-needed personal connection. With the new book, readers can explore the gateways to some of the most creative neighborhoods around the world – Design Hotels™’ member properties. Whether it’s the little street of old-time weavers or an area where a new generation of “urban artists” express themselves on walls, furniture and whatever else they can find, each locality is unique and each one tells a special story of where you are. www.designhotels.com/specials/book_2012
“A hotel should be much more than a beacon of creativity and hospitality. It should be a member of the community. At times it’s a valued partner standing alongside other businesses in a local scene. But it can also be a leading figure, helping a neighborhood transform itself as it takes on an exciting new shape and purpose,” says Design Hotels™ Founder and CEO Claus Sendlinger. The member properties do this by offering guests a slice of local experiences that are topical. They are meeting places for creative folks and individuals looking for like-minded company. Their staff is absorbed into the fabric of the neighborhood, so much so, that it’s like visiting a cool friend in an unknown city.
In the new additions to the Design Hotels™ family, take Hotel Matilda in Mexico for example – the sharp, style-conscious hideout is bringing San Miguel de Allende’s historic cobbled streets to the future, both with its design and contemporary Mexican art inside. In another part of the world, Tribe Hotel in Kenya surrounds guests with an unrivaled collection of African artifacts and crafts from where to explore this diverse and rich part of the continent. In the heart of Paris’ golden fashion triangle lies La Maison Champs Élysées. With its subtle and theatrical décor, it is the first hotel interior created by the fashion brand Maison Martin Margiela.
Further afield, Kimamaya Boutique Hotel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido offers guests an intimate sanctuary with a handful of rooms and a spiritually lasting experience. In the renowned wine region of Southern Styria known as the “Tuscany of Austria,” LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark will concentrate on the local. Its architecture combines coarsely cut materials from the region with glass for fabulous views and the LOISIUM Vinothek encompasses an educational vineyard and showcases Styria’s most interesting wines.
So go on, flip through the pages and choose not just hotels to stay but places to be.
Retail price: EUR 44 | ISBN: 978-3-89955-426-7 | Hardcover, 472 pages, 32.5 x 23 cm (12.8 x 9.1 inches)
Where to Buy
The books are available to buy at www.designhotels.com/shop, member hotels and selected book retailers worldwide.
Cover design: Design Hotels™ is proud to collaborate with Chicago-based designer Jenny Beorkrem for the cover illustration. Jenny has developed her own unique graphic view of neighborhoods and communities.
The complete list of 21 new members with opening dates is below.
To view them online please visit www.designhotels.com/specials/book_2012
B.O.G. Hotel, Bogotá (March 2012)
Downtown, Mexico City, (February 2012)
Endémico, Baja California (May 2012)
Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende (September 2010)
El Otro Lado, Portobelo (March 2011)
Bergland Hotel Sölden, Sölden (November 2010)
Hotel Lamée, Vienna (May 2012)
Hotel Topazz, Vienna (April 2012)
LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark, Southern Styria (June 2012)
Five Hotel & Spa, Cannes (June 2011)
La Maison Champs Élysées, Paris (March 2010)
Hotel Bachmair Weissach, Rottach-Egern (January 1862, renovations Summer 2010)
Ekies All Senses Resort, Halkidiki (May 2001)
Stallmästaregården Hotel & Restaurang, Stockholm (August 2000)
25hours Hotel Zürich West, Zurich (October 2012)
Tribe Hotel, Nairobi (September 2008)
QT Sydney (August 2012)
The Park on Holiday Beach, Goa (January 2012)
The Park Kochi, Kerala (December 2012)
Luna2 Studios, Bali (late 2012)
Kimamaya Boutique Hotel, Niseko-Hirafu (December 2009)
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