Plus One Berlin
Plus One Berlin
When arriving in a online pharmacy no prescription foreign city for the first time, what hip traveler hasn't wished for a plugged-in local to take them around and show them all the truly cool stuff that never makes it into the guidebook? If you're heading to Berlin, you'll be able to do just that.
High Design + High Tech = Hi Matic
High tech meets high design in Hi Matic, an "urban eco lodge" from French designer Matali Crasset and hoteliers Philippe Chapelet and Patrick Elouarghi, the same team behind the Hi Hotel in Nice. Located in the lively Parisian neighborhood between the world's hippest cemetary, Père Lachaise, and the trendy Place de la Bastille, one might easily mistake Hi Matic for a hostel. The practical block shapes and twee colors are definitely youthful. But Hi Matic is not a budget hotel or a youth hostel. It's a new sort of technophile bed and breakfast placed square in the urban center of Paris with an eco-friendly ethos to boot.
Hotel Boca Chica
Boca Chica, Acapulco, Mexico
If you were a movie star in the 1950s, Acapulco, Mexico, was the place to go for fun and frolic by the beach. You might have stayed in a hotel owned by actors Johnny Weismuller and John Wayne on the northern end of Acapulco Bay, drinking fruity cocktails with Brigitte Bardot during the day and dancing under the stars with Sinatra in the evenings.
Monastery at Tuan, Corsica, France
The Monastery at Tuan, Corsica
Let’s face it: peace and quiet are luxuries very few of us get to enjoy on a daily basis. In a world built on constant communication, unplugging from your network, even for an hour, is more difficult that it should be. The stress of it all is enough to drive anybody bonkers. The key to keeping your sanity is taking the time to take care of yourself and recover your spiritual center, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But is there anywhere left in the world that’s been left untouched by the march of technology? Yes there is. And we found it for you. MORE >>
Museumotel: Le Motel de l'Utopie
The Museumotel is an unusual hotel to say the least. The group of white, round structures that make up the guest houses look like space pods crossed with hobbit holes, plopped down in the wooded landscape of northeastern France. The interiors are even more spacey: huge circular windows, dripping support columns, curving staircases, and arched doorways are common features. But while the design of these bubble houses is fascinating and unique, the story behind the Museumotel is even more so. MORE >>
Casa Camper, Berlin, Germany
Casa Camper, Berlin
Casa Camper is all about functionality and friendly aesthetics. Which makes sense, as it was created by the famous Spanish footwear brand, Camper. A hotel inspired by a shoe? I've heard of an old lady who lived in one, but other than that… MORE >>
New Majestic Hotel
Art for Sleep’s Sake
Art hotels – they’re inspiring, but we know they can be a little hit or miss. Let’s face it, I wouldn’t want to stay in a room filled with Damien Hirst’s decaying formaldehyde cow heads. Not that I know of a room like that. But for the sake of comparison, a room full of his butterflies would be far more appealing. Art, after all, is personal, subjective. As are art hotels. With that in mind, see what you think of the New Majestic Hotel in Singapore. MORE >>
Mojave Sands, Joshua Tree
Last year we told you about a hotel which a friend of ours was building in Joshua Tree. It’s now open, and Mojave Sands looks great.
Boutique on the Bosphorus
We haven’t featured many Turkish hotels on Been-Seen. In fact, we’ve only featured two. One is uniquely situated, inside a network of caves. The other is a Victorian-style townhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover. So, here’s a third: A’jia, a former pasha’s mansion located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Joie de Vivre
The Joy of Living
You may not have heard of Joie de Vivre Hotels. The chain doesn’t really shout about itself. In fact it doesn’t really advertize itself at all. It relies on buzz to promote its more than 30 boutique hotels located up and down the coast of California. If you live in the Golden State, or are planning to visit it, it’s definitely worth checking out what Joie de Vivre has on offer.