The Ice Hotel is situated on the shores of the Torne River, in the old village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. Sweden’s Ice Hotel is built from scratch every year. A new design, new suites, a brand new reception – in fact everything in it is crisp and new. 10 000 tons of crystal clear ice from the ‘ice manufacturing plant’, the Torne River, and 30 000 tons of pure snow generously supplied by Mother Nature are needed to build the Ice Hotel every year. The hotel sleeps over 100 guests, and every bedroom is unique. Covering more than 30,000 square feet, the Ice Hotel includes an Ice Chapel, the hotel itself, an ice art exhibition hall, a cinema and last but not least, the world famous ‘Absolut Ice Bar’.
An over twenty-year journey from an Igloo of 60 square meters to the world’s largest hotel of ice and snow at about 5500 square meters. Welcome to Icehotel and Swedish Lapland. The world famous Icehotel has over 80 rooms built each year from snow and crystal clear ice, taken from the waters of the local river Torne. The Icehotel is available from mid-December to mid-April. For departures before early January, you can still watch some of the ice sculptures and artists at work, finishing off their creations and other aspects of the hotel, whilst you stay in a snow room. After that time you can see the completed hotel in all its glory and if you wish, upgrade to one of their stunning art suites, each individually designed and hand crafted by one of many artists who travel there from all over the world to help create the Icehotel each year.
The sight, as you open the main, reindeer-skin clad doors, is simply breathtaking – a grand, ice pillared hallway illuminated by dazzling ice sculptures and spectacular ice-carved chandelier. The interior, at between -5°C to -8°C, actually feels quite pleasant, especially when outside temperatures can drop to around -37°C! Walk past several ice sculptures and imaginatively lit ice art towards one of the most popular rooms – the Absolut Ice Bar. With its vaulted ceiling, plenty of ice block seating and see-though bar, it serves an impressive range of colourful vodka cocktails, naturally served in chunky ice glasses. Hot cocktails are also available! The Icehotel Restaurant, situated just across the road from the main reception, offers an extensive breakfast and lunchtime buffet plus an à la carte dinner menu. It also houses a Champagne Bar and a more relaxed bar in the basement.
The purpose of these mini rooms would be to offer a place to stay between layovers and the event of unexpected delays- saving the time, money and energy needed to book a hotel in these situations. Barcelona company Dream and Fly sent Dezeen the latest renders of their conceptual miniature hotel rooms. They propose that these pods – or bubbles – be placed in airports and train stations.
The pods will come in three sizes depending on your needs: Simply Bubble is is the smallest version and it has no bathroom. A Single Bubble would be the next size up and features an en-suite. The Family Bubble is the largest bubble and includes a cot.
One of the finest creations, AquaDom in Berlin, Germany is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world. At 25 meters tall, and 11 meters wide, the aquarium is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world and contains 900,000 liters of sea water and 56 different species of fish. A pair of divers undertakes daily cleaning and fish feeding activities. This marvelous aquarium contains 900,000 liters of seawater and hosts 2600 fishes of 56 species. Constructed by the U.S Company, Reynolds Polymer Technology, the AquaDom was built at a cost of 12.8 million Euros. Eventually, it was opened to the public in December 2003. The aquarium is a perfect blend of huge amount sandblasted glass, which lends a lucid touch to the lobby. Visitors can enjoy their trip through the aquarium in a glass-enclosed elevator that takes them to the sightseeing point. There are two full-time divers for, maintenance of the fish tank as well as feeding the fishes. Some of interior suits and rooms are especially designed to offer a privileged oceanic panorama of AquaDom.
The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is an idea of freedom come true, a gathering space merging different cultures and ways of interpreting architecture and design. A masterpiece that awakens guests’ senses, that breaks the mould by using different colours, materials and shapes. A 5 Star Luxury Hotel that ushers guests into innovative spaces, a bold departure from the usual. A compilation of designs from 19 different architects, this eclectic luxury hotel features two contemporary restaurants, a bar, a nightclub, a fitness center, and a heated indoor swimming pool. The 12 guestroom floors were each created in the vision of a unique international architect giving the rooms individualized design and décor. All rooms include complimentary wireless Internet access.
The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is a space that invites people to dream – a neverbeen- attempted-before project that has brought together nineteen of the top architecture and design studios in the world from thirteen different countries. Originality, luxury, innovation and formal freedom define a hotel that awakens its guests’ senses. Each of the floors showcases a different concept in hotel rooms. All play with different materials, colours and shapes to create spaces that bring together the best in avant-garde design and architecture, where creativity and the freedom to develop each of the spaces has been the hallmark.
The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is an eclectic, daring space that does not sell comfort short. Rooms with luxury in their finest detail that entice guests to search for new forms, to interact with them, to touch, to see, and even to breathe and smell… In short, to utterly enjoy a unique space that stands out especially for its quality and wide range of services. 12 different floors, 12 ways of understanding the architecture and the design. A hotel that is unique in the world.
The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai. At 321 metres , it is the second tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai’s urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat. The hotel cost $650 million to build. Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world’s only “7-star” property. Despite its size, the Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 square meters, the largest covers 780 square meters. It is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. The cost of staying in a suite begins at $1,000 per night; the Royal Suite is the most expensive, at $28,000 per night.
In its relatively short tenure on the Dubai coastline this legendary and symbolic hotel has attracted international attention and awe, ensuring its place as one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the worlds most luxurious hotel. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire – Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired, impressive.
This all-suite luxury hotel in Dubai reflects the very finest that the world has to offer. With a discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers, you can be assured of the ultimate in personal service throughout your stay. Upgrade your experience at Burj Al Arab with your chauffeur driven Rolls Royce.
Mardan Palace is the most expensive hotel in Europe. the construction cost to its owners €1.4 billion and it is situated in the popular Turkish resort town of Antalya.
The hotel has 560 rooms which cost from $ 475 up to $ 19, 000. the most expensive rooms come along with private swimming pool, huge TV, concert grand piano and other stuff. And now take a look at the photos.
Mardan Palace Hotel is almost a unique throughout the world with its 24.000 square meters pool, 80.000 Euro worth antique armchairs and 2500 square meters king suits. Being said to have spent 17 milion dollars only for cutlery sets, Mardan Palace is going to be one of the best in the world for its luxury and splendour.
Further will the resort comprise of extensive conference, meeting and banquet facilities with latest state- of- the- art technology, a 16,000 sqm swimming pools, entertainment areas, generous children facilities and magnificent public places for guests to indulge all day and night long.
Mardan Palace is the ideal choice at any time of the year to have a relaxing holiday, to enjoy a romantic break, to hold a business meeting, to unwind after accumulated stress, to delight in the best conditions of privacy and tranquility and to regain the well-being. Mardan Palace’s facilities offer all the services and sophistication that is expected of a top class hotel. Mardan Palace is 10 km from International Antalya Airport and 15 km from Antalya city center. The Mardan Palace is a luxury hotel in Lara, Antalya, Turkey, built by Azerbaijani Mountain Jewish businessman Telman Ismailov. It was opened on 23 May 2009 and attended by Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Monica Bellucci, Paris Hilton, Seal, Tom Jones and the Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev. It’s considered as Europe’s and the Mediterranean’s most expensive luxury resort. It cost $1.4 billion. It has the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool within which is a sunken aquarium containing 2,400 fish. The hotel has 560 rooms, a 12,000 sq ft spa, and its own beach containing 9,000 tons of sand imported from Egypt. 10,000 m2 of gold, 500,000 crystals, 23,000 m2 of Italian marble are used in the construction of the hotel. The corporate identity and website for the hotel was created by Brash Brands in Dubai, for which they received an International Design Award.
Abandoned property hotel in Southern California it was built in the 1900’s and opened in 1917. Sadly, this place has been boarded up since 1939, but not much has changed inside ever since because for over 70 years this property has been caught in a fierce legal battle over ownership.
This place preserves the Spanish Revival-style. Being once the destination for upper class of California and Hollywood’s elite, this hotel still can boast with antique relics and other amazing things including untouched statues and other beautiful decorations.
It is gorgeous inside even though it went through a tragic fire in 1939 that killed over 45 people from powerful and rich families. These deaths resulted in lawsuits, owners’ disgrace, contractors being sent to jail and even fire code laws of California being changed. Have idea if this hotel would ever re-open again, but this property is surely worth visiting. The hotel was built in the Spanish Revival-style at the turn of the century.
Miami-based interior designer Charles Allem did an incredible job with The Mira Hotel, making it one of the most stunning hotels in Hong Kong. With its modern yet warm vibe and incredible lighting, the hotel has done its share to attract a younger, hipper crowd, but it is still predominantly patronized by working professionals.
Mira Hong Kong’s half century of first name hospitality and a sense of being ‘at home’.
Located on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, in the heart of one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping and commercial districts, Mira Hotel boasts of 492 rooms that are well-designed and suits the requirements of business travellers and holiday makers. Every room is equipped with amenities such as telephone, wireless Internet access and coffeemaker.
Mira Hong Kong also boasts an area of 15,000 square feet of ballroom, making it the biggest hotel ballroom in Hong Kong. The Ballroom can be divided into several individual function rooms to accommodate from the smallest of group to the most lavish of banquets, meetings, conventions, weddings, and other premier events.
Ballroom on the 18th floor overlooking the Kowloon Park is one of the most spectacular in the area offering day and night views of both Kowloon city and HK Island. 18 beautifully crafted Czech crystal chandeliers adorn the tall ceiling. Sophisticated built-in lighting system provides virtually unlimited scene-setting capability to suit any event.
Asian and International Delicacies offers you a relaxing dining experience, with the delicious food and beverages, music, decor, ambience and lighting all come together to form one of the hippest dining spots in the city. The designer lobby and entrance complement newly refurbished rooms that feature stylish colour palettes with contemporary touches, will-appointed facilities and full amenities. The hotel also has 1 bar and lounge plus 3 restaurants offering International and Chinese.
The newly opened Inntel Hotel, in the Dutch town of Zaandam is now the main eye-catcher of the town center, due to its bizarre design, resembling a number of stacked houses. Inntel Hotel is the brainchild of Dutch designer, Wilfried van Winden. Many of us see hotels as temporary homes, so he tried to emphasize this idea by designing it to look like a bunch of traditional Zaan houses, stacked over each other. The result of his vision is both unique and familar, and definitely stunning. One can identify almost 70 houses in the design of Inntel Hotel, most of them green and one blue, right at the top.
Easily identified by its colorful façade, the Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam is pretty hard to miss. It stands in the heart of historic Zaandem, right on the quiet outskirts of Amsterdam. Guests therefore enjoy the best of both possible worlds—the serenity of a residential neighborhood, and the sights and sounds of the bustling city centre. Other notable amenities at your disposal include free wireless Internet access, multi-purpose conference facilities, a cozy lobby bar and a state-of-the-art wellness centre. Pampering leisure facilities include a refreshing swimming pool, a soothing sauna, an indulgent steam bath and a tropical rain shower.
The new hotel is an important building block, the first structure to be completed within the Inverdan plan. Providing 160 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a bar-restaurant, a swimming pool, and a wellness centre with a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. The conference accommodation is being built above the provincial road and is set for completion in autumn 2010. The hotel tower, with a footprint that is well-nigh square, is almost forty metres tall and has eleven floors. Constructed of timber and Eternit fibre cement cladding, the edifice is expressive, with varied fenestration, wide protruding sections, and elegant white eaves and barge-boards.
Gleneagles Hotel, one of the world’s most coveted 5 star resorts, is owned by Diageo Plc and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Set in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is home to three of the top Scottish Championship Golf Courses and a wide range of exhilarating outdoor leisure activities.
Located within an hour’s drive from the international airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow, this is a unique place to escape for business and pleasure. Whether you are a leading pro or an enthusiastic beginner, the Gleneagles golf courses offer an exhilarating test for any golfer, making your Scottish golfing vacation the holiday of a lifetime. Bedrooms, are in muted colours with sensual fabrics and with spacious bathrooms, ensuring that guests enjoy the finest comforts and the ultimate in relaxation.
Throughout the hotel you will find the finest comfort – from the elegant restaurants to the luxury interior and the calming environment of the spacious new destination spa by ESPA.
As well as an array of amenities all rooms have interactive televisions offering the excellent in-room entertainment and e-mail access.
Gleneagles, has an international reputation for exceptional cuisine and fine dining. Each of the five restaurants has its own style, but the characteristics of all is the use of the finest fresh produce available locally in Perthshire and Scotland, as well as from specialist suppliers around the world.The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA is a sanctuary within the hotel. Spacious, calming areas allow you to relax before and after treatments. Arrive early and prepare your skin by exploring the temperature sensations in the heat experiences area. Sink down into the striking vitality pool, sit back in the sauna and steam rooms and then relax by the tranquil pond in the courtyard garden.
The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company and opened in 1924, originally with its own railway station. The hotel’s golf course and luxurious surroundings meant that golf and grouse shooting at Gleneagles had, by the 1950s, become a fixed part of high society’s calendar, along with yachting at Cowes and polo at Deauville.
Between 1982 and 1986, £11 million was spent on renovation and since 1982 the hotel has been open all year round. In 1986, and every year since, the hotel has been awarded five red stars by the AA. The hotel is now owned by the international alcoholic beverage firm Diageo.