Inside Walled Off: 60 Photos of Banksy’s New Palestine Art Hotel

In stark contrast to yesterday’s hotel post, Banksy has opened a hotel of his own in Palestine and no, it’s not a joke. Walled Off is a legit art hotel complete with fully functioning ensuite facilities; artist-decorated rooms, a palatial presidential suite, scary budget rooms that look like barracks, an independently operated gallery and a museum. Operated by the local community, its meant to offer a warm welcome to everyone from all sides of the conflict and across the world. Read more

New Kameha Grand Zurich Is Indeed Grand, Thanks To Marcel Wanders. [UPDATED]

Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel by Marcel Wanders

At the beginning of March 2015, the ‘Kameha Grand Zurich’ hotel opened its doors. Carsten Rath’s 245 room lifestyle Hotel is an absolute feast for the eyes, down to every tiny detail. Read more

France’s Molitor Swimming Baths Re-Open With New Rooms, Restaurant, Pools, Spa and Club.

France's Molitor Baths become a hip hotel

For 60 years the Molitor were the most popular swimming baths in Paris. In 1989, the Molitor closed and was declared a historical monument. Over time the dilapidated building became a favorite haunt of graffiti artists and a hang-out for the Paris Underground. Hoping to once again become an inspirational place for the artistic and cultural community, the Molitor has re-opened with a beautiful overhaul. Read more

The Helvetica Hotel, From Soap To Signage – And A Little History.

The Helvetica Hotel

For an independent study, Jung Hwan (Albert) Son, a senior communication design student at Parsons the New School for Design, decided to create and brand a hip and trendy hotel – inspired by the Helvetica font. Below are the elements he designed for his concept of the Helvetica Hotel. Read more

Luxury Igloo Pods and Private Skiing At Switzerland’s New Whitepod Resort & Spa.




Brand new, Switzerland’s Whitepod resort has just opened (on the 20th of December 2011) featuring 15 private geodesic pods that resemble igloos anchored on wooden platforms, a recently built spa, a central chalet and private skiing for the guests.



The 15 Luxury Igloo Pods






Inside the pods:


Each pod has a large double bed for 2 people. Five of the pods are equipped with mezzanines that can hold 2 extra beds. However, the mezzanine beds are not intended for adults, they are more appropriate for children from 8 to 16 years old.

 


All pods are equipped electricity, a floor lamp, wood-burning stoves and organic luxury bedding. The bathrooms are heated with an electric heater and equipped with fully fitted bathrooms; shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, towels and amenities. And each pod has two pairs of Crocs™ (plastic clogs) at your disposal, lol!


The Central Chalet (chalet Les Cerniers)

At the center of the 15 pods, stands a charming early 1800s wooden chalet where guests meet for breakfast in the morning or gather in the evening around its central fireplace for evening drinks and socializing.








Note: The pods are not equipped with WiFi but there is free Wi-Fi in the Pod-house and in the chalet Les Cerniers.

Pampering and wellness:
Whitepod offers two different wellness areas…

The Relaxation area, which is inside the Pod-house, at the center of the pods, has:
– One Finnish sauna
– One Japanese bath
– Changing rooms
– Showers
Open every day from 15:00 to 20:00 or on request


The Treatment area, which is on the first floor of the chalet Les Cerniers, holds:
– Two massage rooms
– One massage room with a double bath

Skiing:

The Whitepod ski estate is made of 7 km of ski pistes with 700m altitude difference and caters for beginner and intermediate levels.

The two private lift installations can be opened from 11 am to 3 pm upon demand and ensure the guests benefit from a perfectly maintained and safe skiing experience.

The domain also has excellent snow conditions from December through to March.

The Whitepod Welcome kit:

Whitepod is located in Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, in the village of Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range (the beginning of the Swiss Alps), and faces the international ski resort Villars.


Winter 2011/2012, Price per night:
WEEKNIGHTS (Sunday to Thursday) WEEKEND NIGHTS (Friday or Saturday)
POD (single or double occupancy): CHF 400 / EUR 325 CHF 590 / EUR 480
Extra bed: CHF 50 / EUR 40 CHF 80 / EUR 65
Baby cot: FREE /FREE

Included in the price:
Buffet breakfast at the Pod-house
Access to the relaxation area
All equipment necessary for the stay – back bag, headlights, snowshoes, sledge
Access to our private ski slopes
Free WIFI at the Pod-house
Tea-Time – afternoon tea & pastries served everyday
Parking
All taxes

images courtesy of Whitepod, Photographer: Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse – Designer: Angelique Buisson

Whitepod Concept SA
Les Cerniers | CP 681
CH-1871 Les Giettes – Switzerland
reservations@whitepod.com

T +41 (0)24 471 38 38 | F +41 (0)24 471 39 55

Villa Amanzi, A Modern Cantilevered Villa on Phuket’s Coast Available To Rent.

Modern Cantilevered Villa

I don’t know if you’re planning a trip anytime soon, but if you were considering Thailand, this Phuket villa ought to be on your list. This jaw-dropping vacation rental is located on a little-known stretch of coastline in Kamala, with its sheltered coves, dramatic cliffs, tropical forest, picturesque hills and crystal waters. Read more

If Walls Could Talk. Timothy Goodman’s Mural for the Ace Hotel, New York.


San Francisco multidisciplinary designer Timothy Goodman was among a small group of artists asked to contribute to the mural project for the Ace Hotels.

The uber trendy hotel chain (whose rooms, I personally feel, look like college dorms) has locations in New York, Seattle, Portland and Palm Springs. Known for their appeal to the young and hip, the chain of hotels incorporates plenty of art, design, music and culture in their utilitarian-esque rooms and lobbies. They also have an association with the popular and fun Rudy Barbershops. 
 
Timothy joined the ranks of other artists when he covered the walls of one smallish room in the latest Ace Hotel NYC location with 99 hand-drawn picture frames. Created with black paint markers and paint, he then filled them with images of facts, love, tidbits, items of interest and shout-outs to other folks to represent, in his own words, “the spontaneity and grit of the city.”












above photographs by Mark Dye.

Below are examples of various wall murals by other artists in the Ace Hotel, New York:



Timothy Goodman:

Timothy’s website
Timothy’s blog

Le Royale Monceau Hotel. Now Transformed By Philipe Starck.

After undergoing two full years of important renovation work, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, which had closed down in June 2008, opened its doors in October of this year with a whole new look for the luxury hotel. Read more