“The role of the designer is to be a good, thoughtful host and for a design hotel to work, it should do just that”

Charles Eames

There are hotels… and hotels! More than just a place to stay and spend a night, there are hotels that invite you to dream (even awake), that transmit emotions, that tell stories, that provoke desire… They are design hotels, places that have become references for the care of their details and for being much more than a place to sleep. 

An authentic art gallery, a place lost in the middle of a mountain, a unique architecture, a 100% sustainable bet… There are many factors that make a hotel a design hotel. And the fact is that, also known as ’boutique hotels’, are booming. More and more we find impressive interior design projects for new design hotels. 

But, with more than 184,000 hotels on offer worldwide, what are those design hotels that can’t be missing on every good traveler’s list? It was difficult to choose only a few, but we recommend you not to miss our TOP 10. From Bali to Budapest, passing through Singapore or (of course) New York, here you will find the 10 best design hotels around the world.

We promise they all have a touch that makes them unique. And we’re sorry, we’re sure your wanderlust will be growing as you read this article, but… do you join us?

1. Pumphouse Point Hotel, Tasmania

The first of our design hotels is Pumphouse Point Hotel, a unique retreat surrounded by nature in one of Tasmania’s wilderness areas. Next to Lake St Clair, this hotel is characterized by its rugged simplicity and unrefined comfort. The exterior remains true to its first life and reflects the passage of time. The best part? The incredible views from the rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake.

An idyllic place in which to capture beauty, where time stands still. A place to reset your inner compass. A hotel in which to spend time, not just stay.

2. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Brooklyn Bridge is a hotel that welcomes you with a 25ft living wall full of figs and ferns. This design hotel is part of a luxury hotel chain that places nature at the center of all their actions. For this reason, Building materials were mostly repurposed and the electricity supply is entirely wind-powered. This hotel is also characterized by its spectacular views of the famous Manhattan skyline, as it is located on Pier 1 of this famous New York neighborhood.

Reclaimed wood interior, rough leather, responsibly sourced handmade textiles, use of organic cotton… so this hotel is as instagrammable as it is sustainable. impressive! And so are all the hotels of this chain, which you can follow on this Instagram.

One of our design hotels is 1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel. In the picture, one of its bedrooms.
1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel is one of our design hotels because of its midcentury style restaurant

3. Eden Locke, Edinburgh

Eden Locke is a design aparthotel comprising 72 studios designed by the New York firm Grzywinski+Pons. A palette of warm materials and textures, powdery tones and soft lighting is used throughout. A modern hotel design that begs for an Instagram post. All rooms/studios have marble countertops, oak floors and handmade tiles.

4. The Warehouse, Singapore

The Warehouse Hotel is named after the building in which it is located. It is a renovated 19th century spice warehouse on the banks of the river, which maintains its essence but with a much more contemporary touch. A 37-room hotel that stands out for its elegance, exotic fusions and luxury lifestyle. 

The most contemporary mid-century style is represented in this design hotel, which combines minimalism and luxury. A soulful respite in the heart of the city, a place where to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

5. Brody House, Budapest

In our list of design hotels we could not miss a visit to Budapest and, in particular, to the Brody House Hotel. Located in a 19th century house, this 10-room boutique hotel is itself an art gallery. The strong owner’s dedication to the Budapest art scene has led to a place filled with art featuring work: eccentric art installations cover its crumbly walls – see Australian sculptor Bo Droga’s intestines-like pipe installation and a “chairndelier” hanging light made from a wooden chair.

6. Artist Residence, London

Ideally located between the charms of Chelsea, Tate Britain and the grandeur of Westminster, the Artist Residence boutique hotel in the British capital brings vitality to all its spaces: both bedrooms and the ClubHouse, place where pop art, neon and shabby-chic are the main protagonists. 

In the 10 bedrooms there are recycled furniture, some curiosities, original works of contemporary art and extravagant furnishings. From him a chain of art hotels has been born, which are creative spaces spread all over England.

Artist Residence hotel in London. In the image, we cans see one of its rooms, that demonstrates why this one is in our design hotels list.

7. Casa Bonay, Barcelona

Hotel Casa Bonay, in Barcelona’s modernist Dreta de l’Eixample district, is a boutique hotel with a decidedly international spirit, combining modern design with original elements. In its interior design there are New York notes that blend perfectly with the more traditional touches: classical Catalan masonry – along with the mosaic-tiled floors and 19th-century features of the original iconic building. As a result? An unmistakably Mediterranean personality but with a fresh and urban twist.

8. Katamama, Seminyak, Bali

If Bali is already a paradise in itself, imagine what this hotel on one of the country’s southernmost beaches must be like. The Katamama Hotel at Desa Potato Head has made its way onto this list of the best design hotels for its commitment to local craftsmanship. The architectural design is bold, made with rust-colored bricks that were hand-pressed in a local village. The furnishings are also well cared for: custom-made smooth teak furniture and hand-woven tablecloths and cushions. Another attraction of this hotel is being able to sit in chairs by Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and other mid-century Danish classics.

9. Mama Shelter, Rio

New design hotels are born in off-the-beaten-path places, in this case, in the cobblestone neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in the hillside of Rio de Janeiro. This Mama Shelter has 55 rooms (from S to XL) designed by Jalil Amor with a unique urban-tropical touch with luxurious bedding and organic own-brand toiletries. From Bordeaux to Los Angeles, this chain of budget design hotels is infused with each city. That’s why the one in Rio is colorful, eclectic and vibrant.

10. Treehotel, Sweden

At the last, but not least in our design hotels listing, Treehotel combines nature, ecological values, comfort and modern design for an exciting and unique adventure. Inspired by The Tree Lover, a film by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, the founder couple invited different architects to build their own vision and now there are seven, all different shapes and sizes. The only stipulation for each was that it fits with the 100-year-old pines and sustainable, as it’s one of the project’s key. Each room is suspended four to six meters above ground – all with spectacular views.

Also, if you are a fan of hotel listings around the world, here you can find out which are the most unusual hotels and also the most romantic bubble hotels.

And now, tell us, which has been your favorite of this list? And, which one would you complete the list with?