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There are various opinions on what level of importance a hotel has when you are traveling. For some, it is just a place to park your luggage, take a shower and get some sleep. For the rest of us, a hotel is way more than that. I am a succer for great design, but the most important things for me, when choosing a hotel, is atmosphere and service. It doesn´t have to be a five star luxury hotel, but unfortunately, you usually get what you pay for. Still, finding the less expensive places with the best ambience and service is a number one priority.

Whether I am traveling with my man, friends or family, I still like to use the hotel as a base to relax and chill. A home away from home, if you like. If the weather permits it, I want to be able to swim in a pool (unless the hotel is at the beach), I´d like to have access to great wine. A good restaurant is not necessary if you are close to many others, but if not, a great restaurant is a must. Also, location is key. If I am on a big-city trip to eat and shop, I want the hotel to be central. If I am on a beach-break, I don´t want to spend too much time driving or walking to and from the beach.

But, it is also important to consider where the hotel is when determining what type of standard you want. If you are on the countryside in Italy, modern and minimalistic design is close to absent, while in Thailand; you can get a lot of design for your money. Like with anything else, when you are traveling, reflect on where you are and respect their traditions, ways of living and sense of style. That is when you get the Grade A experiences and find the finest hotels.

Antico Podere Tota Virginia

Villa Vignamaggio, hotel in Tuscany

Locanda dell´Orso Bevitore, Verduno

Tenuta San Pietro, Design hotel close to Lucca.

Hotel Barcelona Catedral. Location, location, location

Hotel Zhero. Design hotel just outside Palma City.

Dorint Hotel & Spa, Bad Brueckenau

Das Stue. Great design hotel in Berlin.

Six Senses in Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam is close to heaven!

An Lam River Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Castell d´Empordá – A Hotel fit for a queen!

Palas Cerequio – The best hotel in Piedmont, Italy!

Borgo di Pietrafitta – A wonderful agriturismo in the heart of Tuscany

Chez Odette – A Charming & unforgettable hotel in France

Über Fluss – A desinghotel in Bremen

Hotel & Restaurant Les Avises by Domaine Jacques Selosse

Port Rive Gauche. Beautiful apartments in South Provence

L´Assiette Champenoise – A hotel by Arnaud Lallement

La Maison de Olivier Leflavie – Hotel in Puligny-Montrachet

Hostellerie de Levernois is an oasis in Burgundy

Where to find the best hotels

Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg

Hotel Flora. My new favorite hotel in Gothenburg.

Indiana Kenanga – Beautiful Botique hotel at Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Eme Cathedral Hotel in Seville

W Hotel Seminyak, Bali

Scallywags resort is high-end backpacking.

Como Hotel Ubud for restitution and gratification

Fresh Hotel Athens. Design hotel with a view.

Rizes Botique Hotel, Serifos Greece

Verina Suites, Botique hotel in Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece

Banyan Tree hotel in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), cool and quiet

La Belle Juliette Hotel & Spa in Paris

Chora Resort and Spa, Folegandros

Soori Bali. Luxury Hotel you´ll never want to leave.

Hotel Pigalle in Gothenburg. Lush, plush and velvety luxury!

Meeru Island Resort and Spa, Maldives

Bellora Hotel on Avenyen in Gothenburg

K4 Kythnos is the unspoiled Cyklades

Milos – A Cycladic diamond

Kapetan Tasos Suites, a quiet place in Milos

La Villa

La Villa Hotel – A home away from home in Piedmont

Arborian Relais

Arborina Relais – New Design Hotel in La Morra


101 Design Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland

Vestlia Resort Geilo, Norway

skt. petri entrance

Skt. Petri Hotel, Copenhagen

Hotel Lydmar is a legend in Stockholm

Son Gener. A sanctuary in Mallorca

Puro Hotel Palma

Puro Oasis Urbano Hotel in Oldtown Palma

Ibsens Boutique Hotel in Copenhagen