Enjoy the view from these 5 amazing hotel rooftops

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Whether you’re in downtown New York or the Japanese countryside, there’s nothing quite like taking in your surroundings from a rooftop terrace. The five hotels that follow offer some of the best panoramic perches in our 300-property collection, where you can take a high-altitude swim, enjoy a meal, or just sit back, breathe deeply, and enjoy the view.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The bold, minimalist designs of Duangrit Bunnag

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Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag has built a reputation for bold, minimalist projects, distinguishing himself within Thailand’s ever-expanding hotel scene and beyond. From the 28th-floor office of his company, DBALP, on Bangkok’s Siam Square, he spearheads influential projects like the Naka Phuket, which sees him slotting simplistic spaces into a complex natural environment overlooking Thailand’s idyllic Kamala Bay. The design of the 94-room resort is site-specific, directly addressing the nuances of the terrain where nearly 100 rectangular villas composed of floor-to-ceiling glass walls protrude from the lush hillside. Continue reading “The bold, minimalist designs of Duangrit Bunnag”

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Revisiting Warsaw’s remarkable postwar monuments

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Warsaw’s postwar architecture is fascinating. Its creators were given a near-completely destroyed city and were given a chance to try something new, something important. Such was the birth of massive embodiments of socio-realist doctrine, like the Hotel MDM or the Palace of Culture and Science, that were injected with everything from prewar modernism to Corbusier’s ideas about housing estates. Continue reading “Revisiting Warsaw’s remarkable postwar monuments”

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Georgia Rising: A Journey into the Caucasus

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Part I ARRIVAL

 

It was after dark when we reached Tbilisi, the city a pour of shadow streaming past the windows of the car that carried us from the airport. Down Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main drag, building façades appeared like specters in flashes of streetlight: curving Renaissance Revival fronts, the domed and striped neo-Moorish edifice of the czarist-era Georgian National Opera Theater, rows of plane trees bending to an arch.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

23 Chefs. 31 Michelin Stars. 4 Amazing Dinners.

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In 2016 the renowned Dutch chef Marco Westmaas opened Parc Broekhuizen, a culinary hotel (and soon-to-be Design Hotels property) housed in a remarkable castle on lush parklands near Utrecht. The following year it debuted Dinner at the Parc, bringing together some of the world’s most celebrated chefs for several days of cooking, dining and celebration on the gorgeous historical grounds.

Now the culinary event of the year is back, taking place for four days from June 15-18 at Parc Broekhuizen in collaboration with Design Hotels, with a spectacular culinary harvest that features master chefs from all corners of the world along with wine tastings, featuring a variation of unique Vins Naturels, orange wines and wines from Jerez, as well as an introduction to the top three rosé wines of the world.  Continue reading “23 Chefs. 31 Michelin Stars. 4 Amazing Dinners.”

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

How do the world’s top DJs travel?

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Few travel as widely or often as a touring DJ, traversing the globe between festivals, clubs, and parties. With this in mind, the German photographer Linus Dessecker, together with Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate and the Cosmo Hotel (a favorite crash pad for visiting DJs) posed the same seven travel-related questions to some of today’s top beat-makers, selectors, and producers, whom he also photographed. The resulting material was released in a slick volume titled Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017. We’ll be excerpting the book over the coming months, beginning now with German techno producer DJ Koze, Dutch-Cameroonian house denizen William Kouam Djoko, and Finnish eclecticist Trevor Deep Jr.

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2018