Location, service and amenities be damned; sometimes, we just want our hotels to look good.

Though many hotels are built to be beautiful, the “designer” tag only goes to a select few with very strong credentials in the looks department.

As a picture is worth 1000 words, we’ve selected some of our favorite design hotels from the Grand Luxury Hotels collections to present you.

Made by some of the biggest names in design and located in some of the most active cities in the world, you’re sure to find something here that tickles your fancy.

So without further ado, here are 25 photos from designer hotels that will blow your mind… and since they’re in our collections they all come with great locations, service and amenities. So it’s not all about the looks.


The Upper House – Hong Kong

The Upper House is poetry made manifest. Conceived as an upwards journey into the skies and above the streets of Hong Kong, the hotel feels like every inch and corner of it was made with zen in mind. Envisioned by Andre Fu and created in collaboration with local artists and designers, the Upper House is one stunning example of just how good modern hotel design can be.

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Gramercy Park Hotel – New York

Director, artist and designer Julian Schnabel is the man behind the Gramercy Park Hotel’s unique atmosphere and looks.

One of the hypest places to hang out in New York, the Gramercy Park Hotel offers a blend of bohemian lifestyle and glamour which you won’t find elsewhere and if you like it; you can give full credit to Schnabel’s vision.

The hotel’s bar cum nightclub is filled with works by Basquiat, Warhol and Schnabel himself. It’s a unique experience and to add to it, guests of the hotel are given access to the Gramercy Park, one of the most exclusive parks in the world.

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La Réserve Ramatuelle – St Tropez

A 16 minute drive down the D93 is what separates La Réserve Ramatuelle from the beaches of St Tropez. And that’s about the only common link between the two.

The cool and peaceful interiors of La Réserve Ramatuelle are a far cry from the parties and glamour of the French coastal town. The same people go there, but for different reasons.

This Jean Michel Wilmotte designed beauty is all about relaxation and healthy living. A philosophy embodied by the uncluttered and airy looks of the hotel. Spend any time here, and you’ll leave feeling like a new you.

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Charlotte Street Hotel – Soho London

Any article about design hotels should include a Firmdale Hotel. The chain’s Lead Designer, Kit Kemp, is one of the most talented individuals in the industry and her style is unmistakable.

We could include any of the Firmdale hotels in this list, but the Charlotte Street just manages to pull itself up by the tip of its toes to make it in this feature.

Located in north Soho, this intimate townhouse hotel of only 52 rooms and suites is the regular haunt of local celebrities and the Oscar Bar & Restaurant is always filled with the interesting folk from the neighboring media companies.

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Bulgari Hotel – London

Hotels don’t get much sexier than the Bulgari Hotel London. A stone’s throw from Harvey Nichols and Harrods and wearing sleek designs by Antonio Citterio, the Bulgari Hotel London is best summed up in one word: Desirable.

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The Opposite House – Beijing

The first thing you’ll notice about the Opposite House; is that there’s no reception area at all. Check in is efficiently handled by an Ipad toting staff member instead. It doesn’t feel like regular hotel procedure, it doesn’t look like a regular hotel, and it isn’t meant to.

Designed by Japanese designer Kengo Kuma, the Opposite House looks like a cross between an sophisticated art gallery and an up market private home. That’s not a bad thing at all. It’s the kind of design and feel which makes the modern Sanlitun district tick and it’s impossible not to feel right at home in its simple yet elegant interiors.

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About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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