Hotels for the design conscious traveller

by Rebecca Lori

There’s a lot to be said about staying at a designer hotel, where every tiny detail has been considered. Sitting in a chic lobby bar, with an expertly mixed cocktail planted firmly in hand, makes one feel very glamorous – and at Great Hotels, we’re all about the glamour.

If you want a little style and sophistication during your holiday, take a look at our selection of hotels for some inspiration:

Hotel Cavo Tagoo

Visualise a free-form infinity pool with sweeping views across the Aegean Sea, white-washed rooms with splashes of intense colour and luxurious private suites which feature their own private swimming pool and terrace. This is Cavo Tagoo – an award-winning boutique hotel located in uber-trendy Mykonos. A stay here is like adding a dose of superstardom to your beach holiday.

Hesperia Tower Hotel & Convention Centre

Designed by renowned architect Richard Rogers, the Hesperia Tower Hotel & Convention Centre in Barcelona is one of the tallest buildings in the city, standing 107 metres above ground. Dine at the impressive restaurant, which is located on one of the top floors, boasting breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Or make the most of the on-site leisure facilities that are available for guests. Built using a variety of materials, this hotel is an interior design enthusiasts dream.

Shanghai Inn

Located in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown district, the Shanghai Inn fuses Thai and Chinese elements effortlessly together, creating a stunning boutique hotel which guests will never want to leave. The rooms feature original silk-screen artworks, traditional Chinese cabinets and beautiful antique beds, which are scattered with silk cushions in an array of opulent tones – guests staying here are guaranteed a luxurious stay.

Hotel Basico

Those looking for something a little different should venture to Playa del Carmen in Mexico – home to the unique Hotel Basico. All of the features of this hotel are truly unique – from the petroleum tank bathing pools, industrial-style rooms, Polaroid cameras that hang from each bed and furniture made from reclaimed findings. This is where the local fashionistas hang out, so if you want to be part of the in-crowd book at stay immediately!

Honeymoon Petra Villas


Honeymoon Petra Villas is situated in an unsurpassable location overlooking the sparkling azure Aegean Sea. Built into a large rock-face, the villas mix traditional and modern materials, resulting in a warm, stylish environment, where the stresses of everyday life are truly left behind. Not just for honeymooners, the villas make a perfect choice for guests looking for stylish escapism.

Other stylish hotels:

Condesa df

Hotel Deseo

Hotel Barcelona Princess


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