One of Warsaw’s most unique features, milk bars, or bar mleczny, emerged at the end of the 19th century and thrived during Soviet times, largely thanks to hefty state subsidies, as a no-frills, egalitarian, very Polish breed of cafeteria. Serving good, home-cooked meals for just a few zlotych, milk bars typically had menus based around dairy items, but they served other, non-dairy traditional Polish dishes as well. Sadly, less than 150 milk bars exist across the country today, down from 40,000 in their heyday, but those that remain are well worth a visit. Continue reading “Explore Warsaw’s enigmatic, last-surviving milk bars”
This month, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of several new destinations to our global collection. We can’t share all the details quite yet, but two new countries will be added to the map: Chile and Mozambique, both home to remarkable beach properties soon to join our portfolio. We will also add new hotels in Jamaica, New York’s Catskills region, and in the Mexican town of Bacalar near the Beliz border. Finally, we’re thrilled to welcome two new phenomenal Chinese retreats, both works by celebrated architects set among the lush hinterlands of rural eastern China.
Watch this space for all the details on these properties and much more…
Some of today’s most exciting hotels function as live-in galleries, exhibiting commissioned and acquired installations and sculptural pieces by major contemporary artists. While their works run the gamut, many evoke a futurist vision of space-age forms, neon deities, and artifacts from the beyond. Continue reading “Installations from Outer Space”
We’ve shared the story of our history. Now join us to find out what’s next for the travel industry. In celebration of 25 years of Design Hotels, we’re hosting an exclusive Trend Briefing on October 12 in Copenhagen together with our friends from The FutureLaboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. Continue reading “A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel”
Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Kim Ann Foxman, the Hercules & Love Affair vocalist and a key figure in New York’s house and techno scene. Born in Hawaii, Kim Ann Foxman now tours the world regularly playing top gigs and festivals. In addition to her prolific career as a DJ and producer, Foxman is a natural trendsetter who has represented brands like Gucci, Dior Homme, Prada, and Adidas. Continue reading “How New York club staple Kim Ann Foxman travels”
This year, Design Hotels celebrates its 25th anniversary—a quarter century of pioneering design and original experiences. What began in 1993 as a radical vision of what a hotel could be is now a remarkable global movement that’s changed the face of hospitality. But to understand the story of Design Hotels, you have to go back a little further, to the early 1980s, when the hotel revolution was seeing its first stirrings in the city of New York. Continue reading “Looking back on 25 years of Design Hotels”