Our essential guide to summer music festivals


As June slides languidly into July, it’s time to take a look at that golden yearly ritual, the summer music festival. Whether you’re looking for a civilized, time-honored jazz gathering on the shores of Lake Geneva, or a down-and-dirty L.A. dance fest with a name so obscene we can only print the acronym, our essential guide to summer music festivals—with helpful hotel suggestions plucked from the curated global collection of Design Hotels properties—has a little something for everyone. Continue reading “Our essential guide to summer music festivals”

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Welcome to Ion City

“I want our guests to experience exactly where they are in the world.” Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir, founder of Ion Hotels

Our favorite Icelandic escape, Ion Adventure Hotel in the country’s dramatic hinterlands, has just opened the doors of a new sister property in Reykjavik: Ion City Hotel, an 18-room boutique property with a design motif inspired by traditional Icelandic weaving. Clean lines, Icelandic art, and warm-hued wooden floors define luxuriously organic interiors. Continue reading “Welcome to Ion City”

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

In Case You Missed It: The Reunion

Check out this trailer for a recent Original Experiences film, which follows a group of old friends who reunite at Hotel Skeppsholmen, set within a landmarked pair of pale-yellow 17th-century barracks on an island in central Stockholm that were built to house Sweden’s Royal Marines. The friends take a chartered boat ride through Stockholm’s maze of waterways and eventually dock on the banks of Lake Mälaren for an open-air picnic as their shared memories and old affections come flooding back. Visit the Original Experiences site to see the full video, and start planning your next reunion.

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Don’t sleep on these sweeps


What beats winning a shopping spree from Vestiaire Collective, the go-to spot for curated vintage premium luxury products? Wearing your new designer duds on an expense-paid dream trip to Tulum, that’s what. Design Hotels recently paired up with Vestiaire Collective, a community platform launched in 2009 that enables its members to buy and sell top-of-the-range, pre-owned luxury clothes and accessories, for a sweepstakes that will hand one lucky winner a 1,500-euro Vestiaire voucher and a three-night stay at Casa Malca, an art-filled retreat set in a landscape of Mayan temples and majestic cliffs along a private beach on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. But be warned: the sweepstakes ends March 31, so there’s no time to waste! Click here and enter to win. Continue reading “Don’t sleep on these sweeps”

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017