Silent knowledge in the Danish capital


Back in October, the extended Design Hotels community gathered in Copenhagen for our annual Arena* conference, the best attended in the company’s history. Built around the theme of “Silent Knowledge,” it was especially meaningful because this year’s conference marked the 25th anniversary of Design Hotels, a benchmark on which we reflected in various ways throughout the week. Get-togethers took place at some of our favorite venues throughout the city, from the Glyptoteket museum to Nobis Hotel to Copenhagen Contemporary, the city’s newly reopened art space set within an industrial landmark on the edge of town. Continue reading “Silent knowledge in the Danish capital”

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The Design Hotels guide to New Year’s Eve

As 2018 draws to a close, many of us may be struck by a sentiment expressed in one of the year’s top pop hits: Thank you, next. It’s been a wild year, so it’s only fitting we ring it out in style. Whether you’re in the mood (and the time zone) for a London rooftop, a Caribbean island, or a Berlin basement, the global Design Hotels collection has the party for you. There are too many great festivities to list, so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations across our 300+ hotels in 60 countries around the world.

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Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Secrets of a master mixologist, Tokyo’s Ryuichi Saito


If you find yourself in Tokyo’s hyper fashionable Shibuya neighborhood and in need of a stiff drink, discerning locals will very likely send you to the lounge bar of the Trunk (Hotel), helmed by Ryuichi Saito, considered one of the best mixologists in the world. Ryuichi’s creative concoctions, like “Getting Trunk,” a sublime fusion of Ogasawara rum and Hojicha tea, accented with almonds and delicate spices, or the “Breakfast Whisky Sour,” an homage to an English breakfast made from Dewar’s whisky, Earl Gray, lemon, egg whites, vanilla bitters, and orange, have brought him wide recognition and numerous bartending awards.

On October 18, Singapore will be treated to a taste of Tokyo when Ryuichi takes over The Warehouse Hotel bar, pouring some of his boldest creations for the city’s cocktail enthusiasts. In anticipation of this special collaboration between two Design Hotels, we caught up with Ryuichi to find out more about where he finds inspiration. Continue reading “Secrets of a master mixologist, Tokyo’s Ryuichi Saito”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Five mind-blowing futuristic hotel designs


Anyone interested in how big ideas and new technologies in the travel sector will transform the guest experience in the near (and distant) future should pay close attention to the upcoming Radical Innovation Awards. Now in its 12th annual edition, the competition and year-round community challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. Earlier this fall, the organization announced three finalists, which will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City on Wednesday, October 3, after which a live audience will vote to determine the grand-prize winner of $10,000 and the runner-up prize of $5,000. All of the finalists will have an opportunity to meet industry experts who can help further their concept. Check out the 2018 finalists and honorable mentions below, and click here to RSVP to the live event.

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Sunday, September 30th, 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