Explore Warsaw’s enigmatic, last-surviving milk bars

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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”

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel

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”

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

How New York club staple Kim Ann Foxman travels

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”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Looking back on 25 years of Design Hotels

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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”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania

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With its lovely Baroque architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and hip bohemian enclaves, the Lithuanian capital makes an ideal city break, even more so when you realize it’s substantially cheaper than other European cities. Stroll along the charismatic streets of Old Town—a UNESCO cultural heritage site—and along the river into the creative hub of Užupis, known for the quirky fact that it boasts its very own constitution. Craft beer, castles, Soviet relics, and street art round out this ace destination, not to mention a flourishing hotel scene that includes, since the spring of 2018, the fantastic Hotel Pacai, a 17th-century mansion that has been transformed by a team of passionate local architects and designers into a bold, design-driven accommodation for the 21st century. And there’s never been a better time to visit, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. Rejoice! Continue reading “Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania”

Sunday, August 19th, 2018