5 Hotels Setting a New Standard for Design

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Say goodbye to your standard lobby and traditional hotel room. Hotels are finding new ways to set themselves apart with design. Whether through interactive technology or an updated decor, hotels are realizing the importance of making their experience one of a kind.

Here are 5 hotels that are embracing design in a unique way.

Innovative Design: Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, China

Step off the express elevator onto the 70th floor of Guangzhou’s International Finance Center (pictured above) and be greeted with a naturally lit 30-story atrium. The floor to ceiling windows create panoramic city views, especially from the 100th floor restaurant. As if the views weren’t enough, a collection of museum worthy sculptures and paintings by a who’s who list of artists adorn the hotel.

Lavish Design: Hotel Sofitel in Mumbai


A combination of luxurious French influence and Indian culture come together to form a unique but harmonious result. The two influences create an eclectic look of formal decadence and contemporary design like palace style windows and casual wood seating, all paired with the deep purples, maroons and golds of India.

Renovated Design: The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami

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The recently renovated hotel combines classic local architecture with updated design. The long but simple open lobby has a relaxing beach presence extending all the way to the beach itself. Guests can learn about the city through an interactive “Art Game” table where cubes placed in specific locations display images showcasing each place.

Green Design: Crosby Street Hotel in NY

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Built with sustainable materials and energy-efficient technology, this hotel has set the standard of green luxury. Guests can escape the city with rural features like a rooftop garden filled with fruits and veggies and even a chicken coop. Enjoy both antique and chic decorations, all under a sun absorbing roof.

Affordable Design: CitizenM in Bankside, London


CitizenM incorporates sleek design at an affordable price. The decor and furniture might remind you of an IKEA show room, where you can appreciate modern design without stuffy elegance. An extended ground floor is fit for leisure or work with four complimentary Macs to use at your disposal.

Hotels like these listed above offer more than just a place to lay your head at night. They create an experience you will appreciate and remember for years to come.

Featured image by Alanmak [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons