Design Hotels is kicking off 2014 with nine new members in its portfolio. The new additions span three continents, from North America to Europe to Asia. The new additions bring the Design Hotels portfolio to more than 260 member hotels in 170 destinations.
Miss Clara, Stockholm, Sweden
One of Stockholm's best known Art Nouveau buildings, the former Ateneum girl's school, is about to be transformed. Miss Clara, named for the school's first headmistress, Clara Strömberg, will burst onto the city's hotel scene. Built in 1910, the old school building is in the process of being restored. High ceilings, expansive windows and grand rooms are focal points of the hotel.
25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Germany
Due to open at the end of January, 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is the first Berlin property from hotel group 25Hours. Located in a 10-story high-rise, the hotel is part of a complex of 1950s-era historic buildings including the Zoopalast cinema in the Bikinihaus, a post-war architectural icon. One of the cornerstones of the project is the hotel's rooftop bar and restaurant. With a wide-open design and 360-degree views, the space offers views across the city.
Piet Boon Bonaire, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Spaced out along the waterfront in Kralendijk, the island's capital, sits Piet Boon Bonaire, a tropical collection of nine private villas. The property is designed and owned by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Six of the villas sit right on the beachfront, with secluded private terraces and pools. Three villas are set further back from the shore.
The Royal Snail, Namur, Belgium
The Royal Snail is located at the foot of a citadel, inspired by the history and traditions of Namur. The four buildings of the hotel house the 30 rooms. There is also an intimate spa, outdoor pool and gardens, along with a restaurant L'Agathopede.
SKT. PETRI, Copenhagen, Denmark
Situated in Copenhagen's Latin Quarter, SKT. PETRI sits in a former 1930s department store. SKT. PETRI will undergo extensive renewal and renovation in the coming year.
Anemi Hotel, Folegandros, Cyclades, Greece
Anemi Hotel sits against the rocky terrain in Karavostasis, with a dozen two-floor whitewashed buildings. Limiting the buildings' height to only two stories throughout helps it to blend with the landscape. Inside are 44 rooms and suites.
Grace Beijing, China
Grace Beijing is set within a former 1950s Bauhaus-style crystal factory in the 798 Art District. The building's design was inspired by Hong Kong's colonial architecture. Each of the 30 rooms and suites has its own contemporary design. Inspiration was also found in the surrounding neighborhood, with graffiti art, film stills and contemporary photography. The hotel's Mediterranean restaurant Yi House is a popular destination, as is the Bar 798.
Zash Country Boutique Hotel, Riposto, Sicily, Italy
In eastern Sicily, Zash Country Boutique Hotel sits in a 1930s manor house and former winery. The nine-bedroom hotel has sea views and gardens, volcanic stone cladding and high vaulted ceilings. Located in the entrance of the hold winery, the hotel's bar offers a relaxed atmosphere, serving up some of the region's best wines.
Roms Hotel Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, Georgia
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi features 156 rooms with views of the Caucasus Mountain Range. A restaurant serving traditional Georgian fare is accompanied by a bar with its own fireplace and cigar menu.
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