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Design Hotels TM – a chain of hotels who is a trendsetter in hospitality



Furniture, objects, clothes…design has always been around us. But it is only in recent years that the concept of “design” has become essential to the hotel sector. Picture: The Mira – Hongkong

It was Claus Sendlinger who foresaw this development 18 years ago. He predicted insightfully that a) “design will become an integral part of hotels” and b) “design- driven hotels will become a lifestyle choice for today’s and tomorrow’s travellers.” This was the seed from which Design HotelsTM emerged.

Back in 1993, Design HotelsTM began as a marketing company for contemporary hotels and started with a modest portfolio of only 10 iconic member properties. Under Claus Sendlinger’s leadership, the company continued to expand, strategically tapping into new markets and hand-picking its collection of 200 one-of-a-kind hotels. Every single one provides a unique hotel experience and reflects the vision of an independent hotelier – an “original” with a passion for genuine hospitality that is culturally rooted and enhanced by thought-provoking design and architecture.

Today Design HotelsTM has blossomed into a global lifestyle brand that is synonymous with distinctive architecture and interior design balanced with functionality and exceptional service. With tailor-made solutions and services the company provides its member hotels the global exposure they need while preserving their individual identity. A hotel chain in the service of travelers.

Reservations: For a complete list of toll free numbers by country visit: http://www.designhotels.com

HOTEL KITZHOF MOUNTAIN DESIGN RESORT

An elegant mountain retreat in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps, Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort blends smooth lines with rugged native textures, creating an environment where guests can savor the true essence of Austrian alpine living. Dining options include four restaurants and an enoteca, as well as the Kitz Lounge & Bar. All 163 rooms and suites designed by co-owner Ursula Schelle- Müller seamlessly blend contemporary lines with textured, locally sourced materials like leather and loden, while some rooms feature inspirational views over the powder-covered slopes.

THE SURIN PHUKET – formerly THE CHEDI PHUKET

Amidst coconut palms and gently rolling slopes, The Surin Phuket elegantly sashays down a varied landscape to rest along the island’s finest white sandy beach at Pansea Bay. Paris-based architect and designer Edward Tuttle, known for his work in tropical locales, teamed up with Bangkok-based designer Jon Vorapot Somton to create a resort that beautifully combines local materials and traditional Thai designs with modern functionality. Elevated walkways link pavilions and public buildings, offering guests unobstructed views of the ocean, whilst the private thatched-roof cottages literally invite the surrounding nature inside through their shuttered doors. A private veranda and secluded sun deck ensconces each cottage beautifully in its own patch of paradise; here, guests can breathe easy in custommade designs and the earthy colours that reflect the organic aesthetic of Tuttle’s tropical vision or take advantage of discreet, yet always attentive service. It all stands in contrast to the restaurant’s dramatic lighting and the hotel’s library’s graphic elegance. Lustrous black anthracite makes up the hexagonal pool’s tiling and creates dramatic reflections at night, enhancing the already otherworldly wonder of this tropical retreat — the ultimate in southeast-Asian seaside serenity.

GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL

With one-of-a-kind furnishings, paintings and sculptures created by Julian Schnabel, the Gramercy Park Hotel is more than a unique luxury property — it’s a work of art. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan and bordering on New York City’s only private park, the legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors to the world’s most creative spirits. It’s here, night after night, that international artists, literati, fashion designers and intellectuals play out their brilliant human narratives against a stunning backdrop. And that is exactly what Schnabel and German-born real estate developer and art collector Aby Rosen have envisioned. With a lushly landscaped rooftop garden, al fresco dining and engagingly designed interior spaces, the hotel offers many evocative places in which to lounge. Danny Meyer’s Maialino serves Roman-style trattoria dishes; while Gramercy Terrace, a private roof club and landscaped garden, is suitable for casual dining, from breakfast to late-night dinners. Located on the lobby level, Rose Bar and Jade Bar – two eclectically decorated and candlelit spaces – both have a long list of classic and exotic cocktails, as well as all-day bar dining menus. For those who want to retreat to their quarters, in-room massages and spa services can easily be arranged. Since it was first built in 1925, the 185-room hotel has certainly lived its share of life. Humphrey Bogart married his first of four wives here. As a young boy, John F. Kennedy resided on the second floor with his family for several months before a move to London. Axel Rose played at the Rose Bar, a venue where an ever-evolving series of events, planned and spontaneous, erupt into being. Vera Wang photographed a recent ad campaign in one of the guest suites, richly layered with velvet curtains, leather wing chairs and carved stone mantels. And the original artwork of Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol has hung coolly on the boldly painted walls.

THE MIRA HONG KONG

Overlooking orchid-scented Kowloon Park in Central Tsimshatsui, one of Hong Kong’s boutique-lined shopping districts, The Mira Hong Kong is an innovative urban retreat that inspires guests with polished glass panes and groundbreaking inroom electronics. The Mira Hong Kong’s 492 rooms are dressed in shades of red, green, silver or purple, encouraging you to creatively select a colour that suits your mood. Each space is complemented by functional furnishings like Arne Jacobsen’s modernist Egg chair. Bose iPod docks create warm, resonant soundscapes that bounce off the translucent bathroom walls, while tropical-strength rain showers provide solace from the heat of Hong Kong’s vibrant, neon-lit streets. The awardwinning Mira Hong Kong blends experimental, pared-down design with modern technology and the best in Asian hospitality. By adopting this original, holistic approach, its designers have created a space where you can be seen, re-energize and unwind in the heart of downtown Hong Kong.



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