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Seventeen oversized concrete pipes stacked over each other create the captivating façade of the Prahran Hotel bar in Melbourne. Designed by Australian architecture studio Techne, the new venue offers a unique entertainment experience, especially for those sipping a cocktail inside one of the circular conduit-like booths. It looks like a fun place to meet up with friends for happy hour. Right?

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For me, traveling is about expanding my horizons and experiencing other cultures and customs. It's about enjoying the city I'm visiting as much as the place I'm going to be staying in. That's why I'm a big fan of the Room Mate Hotels — a quite affordable hotel chain that's passionate about great and innovative design. Located just steps from Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya, the Room Mate Pau is the latest addition to their family. The friendly hotel offers a unique cosmopolitan decor full of character and great sense of humor conceived by architect and interior designer Teresa Sapey. By using oversized graphic images throughout the hotel's public areas, she created unexpected and fun spaces for the guests. The dramatic design also extends to the rooms, where white and circles are protagonists. Super fun!

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A destination that's always been on my short list of places to visit is Salzburg, Austria. I guess I've always been drawn to this Alpine city for its history and my love for Mozart. Just an hour away from Salzburg and set smack in the middle of beautiful rolling hills, the Hotel Wiesergut re-opened its doors after a complex renovation and extension by GOGL Architekten. Their goal was to upgrade the existing traditional structure with purist architecture and transform it into a modern retreat that exudes organic warmth and comfort. By using local wood, natural stone, granite, glass and exposed concrete they created a timeless style putting nature at its center. The furnishings were entirely commissioned to Austrian designers who gave a contemporary twist to classic materials like linen and weather-beaten leather, all of which factor prominently in the hotel’s design concept. I'm really impressed with their attention to detail which gives the the hotel its harmonic and elegant overall impression. No doubt Hotel Wiesergut has become yet another reason for me to cross the pond and visit my beloved Salzburg.

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If you've ever wished your pad looked like a hotel suite, this  luxurious home might be the right source of inspiration for you. Using the Big Apple as muse, its owner achieved the look of a fancy hotel room by using exclusive materials, clean surfaces and a sober color scheme with rich color punches. Having stained the floors dark was key in making the apartment look sophisticated and urban. Of course, for me the blood orange pendant over the coffee table is the pièce de résistance—a clever way of centering the living area. Another cool trick was the use of white sheer curtains to create an alcove bedroom, enough to make it private when desired. A job well done! On that note... have a delicious weekend!

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What started as a big dream and a project between two close friends, culminated in the first design hostel in São Paolo, Brazil. The stylish 'We' Hostel is housed in an early 1900s mansion, which adds character to the design of this low-cost inn. The urban chic decor is divine with a relaxed and unexpected mix of styles and restored flea market finds. Every space has an eclectic and interactive atmosphere that offers comfort, style and the refinement of any boutique hotel.

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Behind the facades of four old town houses in the old part of Ljubljana city, Slovenia, lies the modern interiors of the Vander Urbani Resort. The hotel's design, by architects Sadar and Vuga, is based on a kaleidoscopic play of 3D patterns in different materials and reflections. All 16 rooms and suites are designed in soothing colors, soft lines, exquisite materials and custom-designed furniture pieces, creating an intimate atmosphere and a unique living environment for the stylish traveler. One of my favorite features is the mirror-encased bed in one of the suites and the unexpected play of textures and patterns that create a luxurious yet welcoming place to stay.

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Every so often, I'm delighted to come across original hotels where the design concept is for every space to look completely different from each other. Recently opened, the Modez Hotel in Arnhem, The Netherlands offers its guests a unique experience through its eclectic look. Located in the middle of the city's Fashion District, thirty plus Dutch fashion designers were invited to design all twenty rooms of the hotel, each bringing a surprising concept that characterizes their personal styles. Although they're all wonderful, I happen to love the guestroom designed by Caroline Evers with her fun and quirky use of knits throughout the guestroom—including lamps, curtain, decorations and even chairs fully covered with knitting. Wouldn't it be interesting to have the chance to sleep in all twenty rooms and be pampered with so many different styles?

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Hostels have been around for a long time offering affordable no-frills accommodations for the thrifty traveler. But lately I've noticed a rather welcomed trend of design hostels popping up everywhere. This particular one immediately caught my eye for its gorgeous and minimalist look. Designed as a hybrid between a Japanese pill hotel and an old European department store, the modern Goli Bosi Design Hostel is located in the heart of the old town of Split, Croatia. Yellow plays a key role in its decor paying homage to the old sulphur baths the town was known for. Although simple in its design, this hostel has very delightful details—I especially love the graphic signage in the rooms floors. If you're not into sharing your room with other guests, don't sweat it. You can choose a private room to enjoy a fabulous stay in this groovy inn.

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