Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Simply Stunning Hotels

Accommodation website hotels.com has put together a list of the top 10 hotels around the world with stunning architecture:

HOTEL MARQUES DE RISCAL, ELCIEGO, SPAIN

The Hotel Marques de Riscal is situated in the city of Elciego in Spain, also known as the "City of Wine". The hotel was designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Spain.

The renovation of the 139 year-old winery estate was completed at an estimated cost of $100 million in 2006. The free-flowing architectural style creates a wondrous sight for any guest or visitor on approach to the hotel and truly has to be seen to be believed. 

CLARION HOTEL SIGN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

The largest and perhaps most unusual hotel in Sweden, The Clarion Hotel Sign was designed by great Swedish architect Gert Wingardh and opened in February 2008.

Granite and glass dominate the unusually shaped exterior, whilst on the inside the classic Scandinavian furnishings are intended to inspire guests. Each floor is dedicated to a Scandinavian designer whose style is reflected in the guest rooms.
 

OMM, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Hotel Omm, with its contemporary design, is situated in the heart of bustling Barcelona, overlooking the Passeig de Gracia. Designed by Jill Capello, the unusual limestone facade of the hotel has had people talking since its opening in December 2003.

Not just a pretty picture, the jagged exterior of Hotel Omm has been purposefully designed to provide views of the city and Passeig de Gracia below, whilst providing privacy and protection from noise and the midday sun.
 

THE MARMARA ANTALYA, TURKEY

The Marmara Antalya in Turkey is the world's first revolving hotel with the 24 roomed loft offering ever-changing views for its guests. For those who suffer from motion sickness, don't worry, as there are also non-revolving hotel rooms. The loft is powered by six electric motors and a full rotation will take between two and 24 hours, meaning you can go to sleep looking at the city and wake up with a view of the water.

The building floats in a tank holding approximately 478 tons of water with the three lowest floors fully submerged. The hotel has even constructed its very own private beach and a 297 metre-long river, which has been especially created for water sports such as canoeing.

QUINTA REAL ZACATECAS, MEXICO

The Quinta Real Zacatecas in Mexico is built into the grandstand of a restored bullfighting ring which was originally built in the 19th century and held its last corrida (bull fighting event) in 1975. The hotel was awarded the International Architectural Award in 1989 when the restoration and renovation was complete.

The hotel restaurant overlooks the old bullfighting ring, which now acts as a patio paved with cobblestones and an abundance of flowers. The hotel bar can be found where the matadors and bulls used to enter the building. 

THE STANDARD, NEW YORK, US
 
The Standard Hotel, in the iconic meatpacking district of New York, is the brain child of legendary hotelier Andre Balazs and is raised on stilts above an old freight train line. The hotel is marketed to the hip and happening and is known for its modernist design, making it an absolute must for any lover of modern architecture.

The hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer spectacular views over the city and Hudson River but have also been known to inspire some guests and staff to bare all for onlookers.
 

THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY, SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

The Palace of the Lost City, located in the sprawling Sun City complex, has been described as one of the world's most extraordinary hotels. Set amongst lush gardens, streams and waterfalls lies a resurrected fairytale palace.

The Palace hotel, with its 25 metre-high foyer ceiling and beautiful mosaics, has paid meticulous attention to create a hotel which reflects South African wildlife and culture. The hotel even includes the Valley of Waves, which is the only sub-tropical water adventure park in Africa.
 

HOTEL DE GLACE, SAINTE CATHERINE, CANADA
 
An idea conceived by the hotel's founder, Jacques Desbois, The Hotel de Glace is located in Quebec and is unique in that it is rebuilt every year, taking five weeks to erect. The hotel is open from the first week of January until the last week in March and offers guests the unique experience of staying in a hotel made out of ice albeit with creature comforts like a heated toilet, hot tubs and bar to warm up guests.

This year the hotel is celebrating its Nordic roots with the Bar de Glace featuring designs representing the complexity and diversity of water. The hotel will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010 with creative and unique designs throughout the hotel.
 

ROSE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA, DUBAI

The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai is now officially the world's tallest hotel standing at 333 metres, surpassing the Burj Al Arab at 321 metres, previously the owner of the tallest hotel crown until late last year.

The facade of the hotel is made with a considerable amount of glass making it an imposing structure in the Dubai skyline, dominated by high rise buildings. In recent years the trend for Dubai has been to build extravagant hotels with exciting innovations and the Rose Rayhaan continues the trend. For how long it will keep its title as tallest hotel in the world is anyone's guess.

CAPPADOCIA CAVE RESORT, TURKEY

The Cappadocia Cave Resort is built upon three acres of historic and pre-historic settlements between the volcanic castle formations of Uchisar in the National Park of Goreme in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The hotel has been able to blend man-made work with the natural beauty of the surroundings and offers a variety of rooms with earthly elements including rock carved and yellow stoned rooms and cave dwellings that provide a unique experience for any traveller. The sheer fact that they have used the local surroundings to carve out a hotel is no mean feat and is a must for anyone looking for a hotel stay to talk about.
 

1 comment:

  1. It would be wonderful to stay at luxury hotels during holidays at the beautiful places of the world.

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