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OUR VISION IS TO CREATE AN UNRIVALED GLOBAL COMMUNITY FOR DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE AND BECOME THE DEFINITE SOURCE OF ORIGINAL HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCES

Established in 1993 as the first of its kind, with a portfolio of only 10 iconic member properties, Design Hotels™ today represents and markets a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels—each a wholly unique creative expression—in hundreds of destinations around the globe, from world capitals and exclusive mountaintops to hidden beaches, off-the-beaten-path escapes, and beyond. Far more than a loosely affiliated assortment of properties, Design Hotels™ unites hotels that reflect the vision of independent hoteliers—“Originals”—with a passion for genuine, culturally rooted hospitality and cutting-edge design and architecture. Design Hotels™ members go beyond merely curating their own neighborhoods—though they do that with great passion, providing truly local experiences—they curate culture within their very own establishments. Our member properties transform the hotel from a place offering accommodations into one that creates platforms for shared experiences among people united by passions, ideas, and inspirations. As a global lifestyle brand and full-service marketing consultancy, Design Hotels™ offers its members customized B2B services, including global launch campaigns, sales representation, revenue management, strategic marketing, public relations, and branding. And of course we bring together an engaged Community of followers who seek out travel inspirations and Original Experiences, and find them in hotels that are new, established, transformative, and unexpected.

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Discover the World of Design Hotels™

They shape the way we travel, they influence the way we do business, and they tantalize us with new and exciting hospitality trends. The local flavor that permeates each hotel forms the core of our long-term vision to provide unique hotel experiences for the design-savvy traveler of the 21st century.

Read more about Originals Valéry Grégo (above) and Seija Ojanpera (right).

Made by Originals

At Design Hotels™ we focus on the people who make our member hotels extraordinary and who create the imaginative spirit that shapes our brand. Whether owners or operators, designers or developers, our Originals are always outstanding personalities and extraordinary thinkers. They are the engines behind pioneering design and revolutionary hospitality.

Made by Originals

At Design Hotels™ we focus on the people who make our member hotels extraordinary and who create the imaginative spirit that shapes our brand. Whether owners or operators, designers or developers, our Originals are always outstanding personalities and extraordinary thinkers. They are the engines behind pioneering design and revolutionary hospitality.

They shape the way we travel, they influence the way we do business, and they tantalize us with new and exciting hospitality trends. The local flavor that permeates each hotel forms the core of our long-term vision to provide unique hotel experiences for the design-savvy traveler of the 21st century.

Read more about Originals Valéry Grégo (above) and Seija Ojanpera (right).

Original Experiences

As time passes, what endures are your memories of the extraordinary, the unexpected—moments that moved your soul or altered your mind. In recent years, the travel sector has witnessed a dramatic shift in consciousness. Today’s travelers are savvy, value-conscious, and looking for authenticity. Beyond products and services, they want meaningful experiences. Through vivid, audiovisual storytelling, Original Experiences get at the heart of what’s most meaningful for today’s traveler: the lived moment, a highly personal, emotional, and most of all experiential concept. The true value of travel is to be found in unique, meaningful moments—the Original Experiences that stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

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Design Hotels™ Presents Original Experiences

DESIGN HOTELS™ PROJECTS

With a vision to create a global community for design, architecture, and culture, Design Hotels™ is creating spaces—both on and offline—to bring together like-minded globetrotters and the inspirationally inclined. Design Hotels’™ ethos of connecting Communities—both hyperlocal and global—has inspired hospitality offshoots from events to clubhouses and conceptual spaces. Ever shifting in flavor and form, these testing grounds of hospitably bring together like-minded nomads to create and exchange. What began several years ago as an experiment in community and collaboration, has taken Design Hotels™ from Tulum, to Mykonos, to Rio de Janeiro and now Ibiza.

Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels™, channels the inspiration, expertise, and adventurous spirit of our global creative community into more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. With an eye toward art, architecture, design, food, and wellness, Directions also includes the popular Design Hotels™ Locator, an at-a-glance tool that enables readers to navigate the entire worldwide collection of more than 280 independent, design-driven properties.

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The Design Hotels™ Book tells the story of handpicked hotels across hundreds of destinations around the globe, and of the original hoteliers who brought them boldly to life. Featuring a curated collection of spectacular photography and exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, the book celebrates the visionaries behind today’s most inspiring hospitality concepts. You will also meet the formidable designers and architects topping our annual Influencers List—creative geniuses who are changing the face of architecture and design today.

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The Design Hotels™ Book tells the story of handpicked hotels across hundreds of destinations around the globe, and of the original hoteliers who brought them boldly to life. Featuring a curated collection of spectacular photography and exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, the book celebrates the visionaries behind today’s most inspiring hospitality concepts. You will also meet the formidable designers and architects topping our annual Influencers List—creative geniuses who are changing the face of architecture and design today.

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Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels™, channels the inspiration, expertise, and adventurous spirit of our global creative community into more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. With an eye toward art, architecture, design, food, and wellness, Directions also includes the popular Design Hotels™ Locator, an at-a-glance tool that enables readers to navigate the entire worldwide collection of more than 280 independent, design-driven properties.

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COLLABORATIONS

As a design authority, a trend expert in hospitality, and a connector of creatives, Design Hotels™ is constantly on the lookout for innovative companies that match our own brand values. We strive to establish partnerships and create striking co-branded products that bring added value to our member hotels and that expose our partners to new markets. Our collaborations are conceived as smart travel solutions that generate unforgettable travel experiences. Current partners include quality-oriented, forward-thinking companies like Horizn Studios, BMW i8, Maison & Objet, muun, and Monocle.

INTEGRATED POSITIONING STRATEGY

Design Hotels™’ holistic service portfolio incorporates all aspects for a lasting partnership with our members. Thanks to state-of-the-art distribution technology we seamlessly connect each hotel with the most relevant distribution channels on a global scale, which is key for efficient revenue generation. By focusing our sales and marketing activities towards the end consumer and the travel trade we assure that all potential markets are covered. With the help of our in-house PR team we create awareness and exposure for both communities.

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