Design hotels have been emerging around the world for some time, and many are breaking new ground with their high style and thoughtful design elements. These homes away from home have each been developed with weary travelers in mind – cozy corners, lux bedding, and amenities to boot. The brilliant rooms below are sure to have you dreaming about sleeping – and traveling – in style.

Scroll through these amazingly inspirational photos for decorating wisdom you can borrow, or maybe for a little motivation to plan your next trip abroad.

Hotel SP34 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

This scandi-style boutique hotel in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter is brimming with bohemian feeling. Situated near great restaurants in a bustling neighborhood, the hotel offers fun amenities like a private gym and a daily wine hour. Scandinavian style is known for its simplicity and functionality, paired with the beauty of clean lines. Muted colours and big bright windows are a winning combination you can try at home.

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Brody House (Budapest, Hungary)

Budapest is known as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe. Renowned for its old-world European elegance, the Brody House matches the flair and classic feeling that exemplifies the city.

The Brody House has 11 unique hotel rooms in a neoclassical heritage building. Vintage furniture, paint stripped walls, and gorgeous en-suite bathrooms are features that could lend themselves well to a personal home renovation.

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Renwick Hotel (New York City, United States)

The Renwick Hotel in New York City was designed to evoke an artist’s studio, and every detail is curated to offer guests a feeling of curiosity and comfort. Located in midtown Manhattan, the hotel offers loft-style rooms, each abounding with creativity. With a wall decal quoting “art is anything you can get away with” and headboards that flow into the room colour, it’s clear that these suites were meant to inspire travelers to take home a piece of the action. Look at your own bedroom and think of out-of-the-box ways you can incorporate art.

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The Alex Hotel (Perth, Australia)

The Alex Hotel in Perth was created by locals and intended to make all travelers feel right at home. Each of their bedrooms – as they call them – are relaxing sanctuaries with loads of extra comforts. Each room was designed to be a living space, not just a place to store your luggage. Bright colours and contemporary furniture make the boutique hotel the ideal place to browse for your own design inspiration.


The House Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)

The House Hotel is a small chain that blends Turkish and international style with a homey atmosphere. Their first location popped up in a hip boho neighborhood, situated in a neo-renaissance building with lots of history.

The rooms are a fusion of classic and contemporary luxury that is sure to pique your imagination. Opulent chandeliers, white walls, and gilded accessories make this the most classic example on the list. For your own bedroom, check out a local flea market for antique hanging lights – you’ll be surprised what you can find.

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Hotel-Not-Hotel (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

According to their website, the Hotel Not Hotel is a place in Amsterdam where a room isn’t just a room, but a work of art with its own creator, story, and identity. That’s a nice start if you’re looking for personalized inspiration.

The rooms were created by a group of young designers, and their unique vision is apparent throughout. If you’re looking for something that’s seriously creative, this is your palace. You can sleep in a tram recreation, a Transylvania inspired room, or even behind a secret bookcase. Kid’s room ideas, anyone?


Mama Shelter (Paris, France)

Last but certainly not least is Mama Shelter in Paris. The hotel takes a fresh approach to hospitality, and even the tone of their website offers a laid-back and cool vibe.

Quotes like “375 square feet to do pretty much whatever you want (Mama doesn’t ask questions)” lend themselves well to the overall theme of the establishment.

The pop art infused rooms are a mix of concrete and cartoon that is sure to blow your mind. If dark and edgy are your thing, then you’ve found your ultimate style guide at Mama Shelter.

Mama Shelter hotel_3Mama Shelter hotel_4Mama Shelter hotel_2There are hundreds of other hotels not on this list which are equally known for their panache. So next time you’re looking for photo stories of elegant rooms, check your favourite hotel review site and start taking notes.