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9 Hotels with Awe-inspiring Architecture

  • Remota, Chilean Patagonia

  • Hotel Americano, New York

  • Conservatorium, Amsterdam

  • h2hotel, Sonoma Valley

  • Claska, Tokyo

  • La Purificadora, Mexico

  • Kameha Grand, Bonn

  • Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

  • Opposite House, Beijing

February, 2012

Museums grab the headlines and private homes pay the bills, but for architects, hotels are a unique way to let the audience get up close and personal with the work. Don’t believe us? Try spending the night at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao or Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and let us know how it goes.


Puerto Natales, Chile — When you’ve journeyed to the end of the earth, a man-made monument would feel out of place. Remota, by Germán del Sol, is modern architecture at its most self-effacing.
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Hotel Americano
New York, New York — The Americano’s simple white interiors recall those of its Chelsea art gallery neighbors, however the gleaming metal screen that covers its face is anything but minimal.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands — Amsterdam’s historic music conservatory retains its classic façade, but inside it’s been totally re-imagined, put to new use as the ultra-modern Conservatorium Hotel.
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Sonoma Valley, California — Northern California’s Sonoma Valley finally comes of age: this modern classic in wine country leaves Tuscan villas and Provençal farmhouses as nothing but a distant memory.
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Tokyo, Japan — It’s no longer the new kid on the block, but Claska, out in Tokyo’s creative-focused Meguro district, is still a pilgrimage site for design groupies and boutique-hotel junkies.
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La Purificadora
Puebla, Mexico — This modernist makeover of a 19th-century water processing plant is one of Puebla’s new architectural wonders, with a rooftop pool that’s not to be missed.
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Kameha Grand
Bonn, Germany — Karl-Heinz Schommer’s striking wave-shaped structure and Marcel Wanders’s whimsical neo-baroque interiors combine to create a luxury hotel for the next century.
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Saffire Freycinet
Tasmania, Australia — It takes an impressive building to compete with the scenery here, and the stingray-shaped main lodge at Saffire Freycinet rises to the challenge.
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Opposite House
Beijing, China — Though the concept is inspired by ancient Chinese hospitality, Beijing’s Opposite House, by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is a thoroughly modern hotel.
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