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February 26, 2013
Over 10,000 fans follow our Pinterest board devoted to modern hotels and travel (you should, too!). Enjoy a few of our favorites places from around the globe at a glance here.

Birch trees add an Asian touch to the Greulich Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Industrial designer Alfredo Häberli showed us around Zurich, Switzerland in this tour. Hotel by Romero + Schaefle Architects. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel (Pin)

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Propeller Island Hotel, Berlin: In 1997, musician Lars Storschen started renting out rooms in his house to supplement his income. Bored with the idea of a traditional guest room, Storschen created different themes for each of the four rooms. Inspired by Jules Vernes’ science fiction novel, Propeller Island, Storschen’s guestrooms-cum art installations, like Symbols (a room filled with 300 symbols) became an extension of his career as an artist. (Pin)

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An inventive mix of custom furniture and dreamy colors is the work of Maison Martin Margiela, commissioned by the hotel Maison Champs-Elysées to redesign major portions of the space, including the restaurant, smoking room, bar, rooms, and reception area shown here. Via Trendland. (Pin)

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona features a soaring white atrium and richly contrasting brown and black bridge. Check out the decidedly modern filigree of the screens.

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The Encanto Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico, discovered via Yatzer. (Pin)

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The Sagauro Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona: This 5.5-acre property is a welcome splash of color in the mundane beiges of the Sonoran desert. Despite breaking out from the shackles of traditional design, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture still paid homage to the landscape and the Southwest by blending the original buildings' classic "International style" architecture with the invigorating colors of twelve indigenous flowers. (Pin)

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Breathtaking views that never end: The Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali. Via Traveller. (Pin)

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Two Los Angeles designers resuscitated a down-at-the-heel John Lautner building, giving architecture fans a chance to spend the night in a mid-century gem. Notice how the designers forewent blinds or curtains on the windows and glazed walls, offering guests sleeping masks instead, to maximize the experience of Lautner’s legendary approach to daylight. See this and more hot hotels in our tour of modern hotels across America. (Pin)

 

 

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igloo hotel in Finland with glass roofs

Who hasn't wanted to sleep inside an igloo? A modified take on the original ice version shows up in Finland—reportedly one of the best places to catch the northern lights. (Pin)

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Birch trees add an Asian touch to the Greulich Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Industrial designer Alfredo Häberli showed us around Zurich, Switzerland in this tour. Hotel by Romero + Schaefle Architects. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel (Pin)

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