Top 6 world’s most beautiful hotels for the design-conscious traveller

The world’s most beautiful hotels for the design-conscious traveller Make your next getaway extra special with a stay in one of these gorgeous accommodations that double as ID works of art themselves

Eden Locke in Edinburgh, Scotland

See the quaint little corner in the cover image? You’ll find that space nestled in Edinburgh’s Eden Locke hotel, located in UNESCO World Heritage Site New Town. Designed by New York studio Grzywinski + Pons, the sophisticatedly tropical interiors provide charming contrast with its 18th-century stone exterior, welcoming guests with a soft pastel palette and modern, tropical furnishing.

The Krane in Copenhagen, Denmark

In stark contrast with Eden Locke, the next establishment in this list is painted in shades of black. A former industrial coal crane by the harbour turned a luxury two-person retreat, The Krane, an all-black living space complete with a lounge terrace take up the top floor, while a spa and terrace filled with natural light occupy the second floor.

The Ned in London, UK

The Ned is named after British architect Edwin “Ned” Lutyens, who designed the former bank back in 1924 that is now home to the lavish hotel and members’ club by Soho House. The grandeur of the historical building is retained via period design features and vintage-inspired furnishing, an aesthetic that is constant through the 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, spa, lounge bar and other facilities.

RYSE Hotel in Seoul, South Korea

Aptly located in the colourful, artsy neighbourhood that is Hongdae, RYSE is a hotel designed by creatives, for creatives. You don’t have to be art-inclined to appreciate the beautifully modern establishment though. The lobby reels one in with a pastel pink lacquered floor juxtaposed with textured concrete walls and brass accents, while the differently-themed room and suites each boast tasteful design and bold personality.

Alila Yangshuo in Guilin, China

Yet another industrial structure transformed into a retreat, Alila Yangshuo guarantees peace and tranquillity in the heart of the mountainous Yangshuo County. The original buildings now house the reception and other amenities, while new accommodation buildings complement the existing infrastructure with a muted aesthetic and palette bolstered by contemporary materials and construction methods. Just look at the outdoor lounge space – pure serenity.

Brody House in Budapest, Hungary

Going against the grain of modernist design, this eccentric boutique accommodation in Budapest consists of 11 unique rooms, each featuring art by different artists who either used to have a studio at Brody House or collaborated with the Brody House Group. Expect artistic quirks in design such as walls covered in antique music scores and handwritten letters, magnificent marble columns and crumbling plaster walls all under one roof.

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