June 7th, 2013
Most striking feature:
From your room in Das Stue you will directly look into the zoo of Berlin. So if you don’t like to fly to some African country to see an elephant or a giraffe from up close, you can now come to Berlin. Das Stue is the latest designhotels.com property in Berlin and it’s housed in the former Danish embassy. It’s not easily reached by public transport, but with a taxi or bike you’re there in a few minutes from the busy shopping street Kurfursterdamm. Do you recognize Read more…
March 28th, 2013
The hotels on Designhotels.com are a feast for the eye and are on the Travel Bucket List of many of us. The yearly publication of their Designhotels Book is even better: now you can sit on your couch and read and, more important, fantasize about all those beautiful places they describe. This year they collaborated with Artek, the famous Finnish design company, to make Read more…
May 22nd, 2012
Most striking feature:
The Japanese wooden cube you’re sleeping in. Isn’t that fantastic? The bed is extreme comfortable and you don’t want to get out if it anymore, but there’s so much more to discover in the room. From your own iPad to the Aesop bath amenities and from the fire place to the Bento box room service. Oh, and then there’s the Read more…
April 2nd, 2012
After the success of the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Designhotels.com decided to do it again. This time they are travelling to Mykonos, Greece Read more…
February 15th, 2012
There are a few things I collect. The Designhotels.com books are one of them. I love that they come in bold colors every year, after the yellow and green one, it’s now time for the purple one. With an amazing typography on the cover. In this 2012 edition you’ll find Read more…
August 23rd, 2011
I think every traveller has it’s own way of finding the best deal. Because I like all those design hotels it doesn’t mean that I didn’t like a good discount. So when I’m preparing for a trip I scan the following websites: Mr and Mrs Smith, I-escape, Splendia, Designhotels, Tablet Hotels and Booking.com.
I want to recommend Mr an Mrs Smith big time. I booked the Townhall Hotel in London via this travel organisation and was surprised by the warm welcome. It felt like we got a better room and we got a fruit platter on arrival. Because Mr and Mrs Smith is a well known organisation for boutique hotels I quess hotels love to work together and guests really notice the difference. When planning a trip to New York I’ve found some good offers on the Ace Hotel on this site as well.
With booking flights I’m loyal with Tix.nl. They have the option to scan the cheapest dates and airports around you. And when you book here, you get a voucher for your next booking. Which means: 20 euro off. A welcoming extra. (In my case: I’m flying to Barcelona in September for 75 euro retour, including everything).
Then there’s Booking.com. A huge organisation with a lot of crap on it. Because they don’t have any rules, every hotel can get on it. But there’s a tiny little extra: the design button. So first step: fill out your destination and the dates. After that you’ll find 1000 hotels match your criteria. Go to the left sidebar, find the box ‘theme’ and ‘design’. When using that box you can browse through the design options and here you’ll find a lot of Petite Passport hotels.
Play with the dates until the price shows up in green and you’ll know you have a great deal. I found some great rates on Med-inn in Bodrum. Combine that with a cheap camping flight and you’ll have a fantastic holiday.
But you don’t have to forget to check the website of the hotel itself as well. When I was searching for the best rates of the Mamashelter hotel in Paris the hotel itself had the best ones.
What are your secret tips to book flights and hotel rooms? I love to know!
June 6th, 2011
Take the elevator up and the first thing you see is this view
Contributor Rik went to Shanghai and made a photo report about the übercool spot The Waterhouse at Southbund. Let’s get carried away Read more…