Looking for the perfect design hotel next time you take a break? From Dubai to New York and Milan to Beijing, we’ve got you covered
Armani Hotel Dubai
Envisioned by style guru Giorgio Armani, the Armani Hotel Dubai occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. Reflecting the elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define Armani’s style, every detail in the hotel bears the Armani signature, from the warm Italian-style hospitality to the Eramosa stone floors, Japanese tatami, zebrawood panels, bespoke furnishings, luxury fabrics and personally designed hotel amenities. Directly facing Dubai Fountain, the Armani Hotel also provides access to Burj Khalifa’s Observation Deck. Guests can also relax at the Armani Spa, or enjoy haute couture shopping at the Armani Galleria.
Burj Khalifa, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd no 1, Downtown Dubai United Arab Emirates t: +971 4 888 3888
Four SEASONS Hotel New York
The Four Seasons Hotel New York in Midtown Manhattan first achieved fame for its luxurious interiors by I. M. Pei, the renowned Chinese-american architect whose works include the iconic Louvre Pyramid. Highlighted with art deco lamps and a backlit onyx ceiling, this 52-storey property offers 368 rooms and suites, all furnished with handcrafted furniture and a full marble bathroom. In collaboration with architect Peter Marino, Pei designed the 52nd floor Ty Warner Penthouse Suite. At US$45,000 a night, the nineroom suite surrounds guests in 360-degree views of the city skyline.
57 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, United States t: +1 212 758 5700
Bulgari Hotel milan
Bulgari Hotel Milan is set in an 18thcentury Milanese palazzo complete with a 4,000-square-meter private garden, a natural extension of the nearby Botanical Garden. Black marble from Zimbabwe, stone from Vicenza and Afyon, teak and oak are accentuated by detailing and furnishings designed by the architectural studio Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners. Designed by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise, the garden offers ideal meeting and private event venues. Trees and hedges create a series of open-air ‘rooms’, each with a capacity of 50 people, that can be interconnected or partitioned off.
17-19 egerton terrace, Knightsbridge, Via Privata Fratelli gabba, 7, 20121 milano, italy t: +39 02 805 8051
Sunrise Kempinski beijing
Located one hour away from Beijing City Centre, the Sunrise Kempinski is a scallop-shaped building that embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolises harmony, unity and infinity. Designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Co., the fullyintegrated resort by Yanqi Lake offers 306 guestrooms and suites with views of Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall. At night, hydroelectric-powered LED lights light up the exterior. The interior of the hotel was designed by U.s.-based Dileonardo Design and furnished with contemporary dark and golden brown zebrano and a modern interpretation of the antique Chinese wood-carved chair.
18 jia, Yanshui road, Yanqi lake Huairou District,101407, beijing t: +86 1069618888
The new star of Melbourne’s boutique hotel scene, the Adelphi Hotel, is the world’s first “dessert” hotel. “The colours and textures of the hotel are all based on desserts,” says designer Fady Hachem. “But it’s not weird. It’s not too out there. It’s very comfortable and done subtly.” Originally built in 1938 as a warehouse for the clothing trade, Adelphi Hotel retains the building’s signature warehouse style with metal-framed windows and a concrete façade. Hachem infused the interiors with rich, chocolate-toned furnishings, carpets patterned like cakes, “liquorice allsorts” stools, and the smell of baking in the air.
187 Flinders lane, melbourne VIC 3000 t: +61 3 8080 8888
Hotel Zoo berlin
With 145 rooms and suites, a rooftop terrace, a winter garden, and an intimate speakeasy-style bar, Hotel Zoo boasts interior details by renowned contemporary designers, including a 22-meter emerald green catwalk carpet by Diane von Fürstenberg woven with black and white leopards. In developing the aesthetic concept, American designer Dayna Lee draws on the property’s glamorous past as the official VIP hotel of the Berlin International Film Festival: “I thought about what they wore to the film festivals and galas of the past. The design is inspired by our fictional tale of the current generation who would now inhabit this stately residence.”
Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 berlin, germany t: +49 30 884370
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is located in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa neighbourhood, featuring ancient Buddhist temples and various traditional festivals taking place throughout the year. The 137room Design Hotels property was designed by Shigeru Uchida, one of Japan’s most famous architects whose works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. Each room and suite features textiles by Marimekko designer Masaru Suzuki, and original paintings by acclaimed Japanese artist Katsuhiko Hibino.
2-16-11, Kaminarimon, taito-ku, tokyo, 111-0034, japan t: +81-3-5826-3877
Silken Puerta América Madrid
The Silken Puerta América Hotel project brought together 19 of the leading architecture and design studios in the world, from 13 countries, to design its 12 floors, each showcasing a different concept. The Space Club Suite by famed architect Zaha Hadid features a science-fiction theme. Among the rooms’ most unusual features is the sheer width and clean feel of their totally white floor and walls. The Zaha Hadid Space Club Suites are spacious (50 sqm) and consist of a bedroom with an adjoining lounge and a bathroom. The lounge boasts a semi-circular floor-to-ceiling window with panoramic views over the city.
Avda América, 41 o Corazón de maría,10 28002. madrid, Spain t: +34 917 445 400
The Omnia Hotel
Located in the Visper Valley of Zermatt, Switzerland, the Omnia Hotel is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional mountain lodge. The quintessentially American concept has been reinvented with a modern and ecosustainability design approach by the New York based architect Ali Tayar. Energy consciousness is visible in the perforated white oak ceiling panels. The materials used and the craftsmanship reflect the tradition of the Valais, while the furnishings are inspired by a warm, handcrafted modernism. All rooms and suites in this Design Hotels property include a private balcony. Some of the amenities offered include a fireplace, elegant baths with bay windows, Jacuzzis and even saunas.
Auf Dem Fels-postfach 135 Zermatt, 3920 Switzerland t: +41 27 966 71 71
Hotel Kakslauttanen is the home of the famous Igloo Village, with unique Glass and Snow Igloos for watching Northern Lights, and its famed snow restaurant. Each igloo, complete with beds for two people, a bathroom, and a personal sauna, is fitted with thermal glass walls and ceilings, which insulate the interior to keep it warm and cosy at night. The glass also contains a frost preventative, maintaining crystalclear panoramic views even when temperatures outside drop. The hotel is 30 minutes away from Ivalo international airport, and a stone’s throw from the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
99830 Saariselkä, Finland t: +358 16 667100
FROM TOP: THE INTERIOR OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN’S GLASS IGLOO, THE OMNIA HOTEL EXTERIOR, THE OMNIA HOTEL LOBBY, GLASS IGLOO’S VILLAGE
THIS PAGE FROM TOP: ADELPHI HOTEL LOBBY, OM NOM DESSERT BAT AT THE ADELPHI HOTEL, HOTEL ZOO’S CATWALK CARPET, HOTEL ZOO’S LOBBY ENTRANCE; OPPOSITE PAGE FROM TOP: THE ZAHA HADID SPACE CLUB SUITE AT SILKEN PUERTA AMÉRICA MADRID, THE GATE HOTEL LOUNGE
OPENING SPREAD: SUNRISE KEMPINSKI BEIJING; THIS PAGE FROM TOP LEFT: FOUR SEASONS NEW YORK, TY BAR AT THE FOUR SEASONS NEW YORK, ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI; OPPOSITE PAGE FROM TOP: BULGARI HOTEL MILAN, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT SUNRISE KEMPINSKI BEIJING