The pandemic made us all dream about the holidays that we have been to and fantasize about our next destination once the situation settles. Having enough time to search for different experiences in hotels, became an important factor to choose the hotel, escaping the mundane quarantine experience all over again. Innovative and memorable hotels are the solution to satisfy these fantasies. From the East and West Coast to the coziest and dazzling spaces all around the world’s most innovative hotels and Airbnb providing the ultimate getaway in the form of staying in.

Here are 10 of the world’s most innovative hotels:

1. CITY HUB

Location: Amsterdam & Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Architects: Mulderblauw architects

When on budget, these innovative hi-tech minimalist pods are the best option. City Hub is an urban eco-friendly hub, that could be entitled as an advanced hostel according to how the pods are arranged, and the self-tech hospitality the pods offer. The concept of the hotel is derived from a spatial configuration in an old warehouse, mixing the existing materials of the rusty metals and wood flooring with the new materials of the clean ceramic materials creates a visible contrast of the modern white walls and the LED lighting offering an ‘authentic’ modern stay with a vintage sense in the hub.  

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2. THE TREEHOTEL

Location: Harrods Village, North Sweden
Architects: Tham&VidegårdArkitekter

The Treehotel meets the childhood dreams of living on a treetop like many of the cartoons. The hotel offers 7 different ‘tree-rooms’ and a sauna perch freestanding between 4 to 6 meters off the ground. Each room has a different exterior and vibes, such as the UFO room in the shape of a spaceship, the Mirrorcube: a cube hide-out with mirrors covering its exterior reflecting the nature around, and there is Bird’s Nest, The Cabin, 7th Room, Dragonfly, The Blue Cone and The Guesthouse. Even though all the rooms offer different vibes, they all offer sustainable features with a hydroelectric heating and electro-connected sewage system.  

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3. THE QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Architects: Dubarch Architecture

This one of a kind Arabian nights fantasy, built on the largest outskirts of Abu Dhabi’s uninterrupted sandscape. The resort offers an authentic sensation to the guests and the 212 room villas with pools and views to the camel crossing in the sand dessert. Although the palace was built in 2009, over the course of 3 years, the Badiouian architecture is persistent in the palace’s structure, referring to the style of a romantic hallucination as its name translates to ‘The Mirage Palace Desert Resort’.

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4. THE YOTEL NEW YORK CITY 

Location: New York, United States
Architects: London architects Softroom & New York studio Rockwell Group collaboration 

The Yotel is one of the innovative hotels around the world, offering the perfect stay for both business and pleasure stays. The robotic hi-tech infusion into the hotel showcases the futuristic style and vibes into the stay. The tight space of rooms, just like any in NYC is translated into a capsule form in the Yotel having a total of 665 rooms. Taking elements that are driven from luxurious hotels into smart spaces as it changes the perspective of the guest, allowing priorities efficiency and space with vibrancy in the Yotel. 

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5. HOTEL JAKARTA 

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Architects: SeARCH

This sustainable hotel in the Netherlands with an Indonesian influence is one of the first energy-neutral projects with long life cycle materials. The 200 hotel rooms and suits of the concrete and wood construction are designed around an atrium of a 9-story hotel with an inner garden that supports the structure. The earthy-material palette of bamboo, wood and subtropical plants does not only support the sustainable character but also gives the rooms and the place an intimate warm look with a cozy sensation.  

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6. HOTEL WHITEPOD

Location: Monthey, Switzerland
Architects: Montalba Architects

Located more than 4,000 feet above the sea level, The Whitepod Hotel is located in the form of 15 geodesic domes covered with colored canvas that changes according to the season, green in summer and white in winter. The idea is to be staying in futuristic igloos that blend in with the surrounding nature offering different pod features: cozy, family, deluxe and the suites. The ecological hotel is energy efficiently controlled with views of the alps aiming to have an environmental change through the mesmerizing stay. 

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7. THE GOOD HOTEL 

Location :Antigua & London
Architects: Blooey / design by Remko Verhaagen & Sigu / SikkoValk

This innovative hotel used to be a Dutch prison that moved from Amsterdam to London. Over a period of a year, it was transformed to become a floating boutique hotel over the Royal Victoria Docks, offering views of the river Thames and the city of London. The hotel has a mixture of industrial and a natural material palette, the combination of textures showcases the influence of the Dutch in the stay originality making the guest feel like home. Not only that, but The Good Hotel also offers charitable help to the locals by hiring and training long term unemployed individuals that are searching for a job making it social business, by your getaway stay with river views, you employed a job seeker. 

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8. CASA ZINC

Location: Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Architects: Aaron Hojman

This hotel is the perfect getaway for antique lovers! Originally founded by the designer Arron Hojman, who intentionally wanted to open a showroom of his vacation home pieces that he now shares with the guests. The 6-room hideaway is decorated differently from each other with vintage pieces. Its façade is as unique as its name, made of corrugated zinc giving the hotel an industrial authentic vibe.  

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9. MARRIOTT CITY CENTRE 

Location: Charlotte, United States
Architects: BB+M Architecture

This gateway has been a transformed property ever since the 1980’s by Marriott, combining the 80’s with the Modern and sleek technology. This hub of innovation allows the guest to take part in many virtual activities, reducing the human to human interaction which is pro the pandemic situation. The high-tech infusion to the building allows booths in the main area to measure the mood and set the mood of the room you stay in accordingly. Not only that, the purified air system and the lighting helps to ease the jet lagging making it easing the relaxation process.  

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10. GOLDEN ROCK INN

Location: Gingerland, Nevis, Caribbean
Architects: Amansara Angkor Wat architect

This mesmerizing compound located on a slope over, this 19th-century plantation was restored to be the hotel that it is with views of the Caribbean sea. The 11 cottages offer vibrant furniture giving an authentic modern vibe to the Flintstones stone cottages that are followed with rock sculptures and stone pathways, surrounded by tropical plantations and a designed garden and pool. This is your dreamy tropical innovative hideout!

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Author

An Architecture BA graduate that aims to leave her mark by offering her skill-set and knowledge of architecture to the rest of the world, BaheyaSarhan is strongly passionate about sustainable designs and model making. She is currently interning at an architectural practice based in Bahrain.

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