Upcycled War Planes – The Luxury Plane Hotel Suite is Someplace I Want to Stay In

January 27, 2010

Located at Teuge airport, this luxe lodge transforms a former 120 seat, Cold War era plane into an amazingly beautiful and luxurious pad. The luxury plane hotel suite includes an infrared sauna, a jacuzzi, and three flat screens.

I was in the Netherlands once, and I got so FUBAR, I can’t even explain. But let’s say I am a classy individual who wanted to explore the finer things of that country that did not include the word ‘chronic,’ I would stay in this luxury plane hotel suite.  Via: Robyn Currie – HotHotelReviews

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References: treehugger

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Lost Phone Trackers – Use iHound Software to Find Your Misplaced or Stolen Phone

January 5, 2010

Losing a phone or having it stolen can be a nightmare to some (okay, to most). In order to find that lost or stolen lifeline, all you need is the iHound Software. It is an application that uses GPS and WIFI signals built in your phone to track its location.

How does the iHound Software work? Keep the iHound Software application running on your iPhone or iPod Touch, and if you misplace it just visit the iHound tracking website to find the approximate location of your phone. It also offers an alarm system that you can use to alert others that your phone has been lost or stolen.  Via: Katherine Vong – Trendhunter

References: ihoundsoftware, thesofthelp

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Monolithic Stacked Structures – The Axis Viana Hotel in Viana Do Castelo, Portugal

December 16, 2009

The Axis Viana Hotel in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, was conceived by architectural firm VHM. It functions as a business and spa hotel and it’s overlapping, stacked sections make it an extremely impressive structure.

Two lower concrete levels bolster the uneven steel structure sitting on top to make up the 4-star Axis Viana Hotel. The modern black building is quite the imposing sight and the interior offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

References: hotelaxisviana, archdaily

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Glowing Jelly Hotels -The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is the World’s Largest LED Structure

December 9, 2009

The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is one of the city’s most elaborate and magnificently designed luxury hotels, but now it will boast another title—it is the world’s largest LED structure.

Designed by Asymptote Architecture, the Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel features LED lighting designed by Arup, which wraps around the building like a dazzling neon shell due to its more than 5,300 sparkling diamond-shaped LED panels. According to Inhabitat, the curvilinear structure of lights can also change color as well as display low-resolution 3D videos.

References:  asymptote.netinhabitat 

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Encapsulated Luxury – The 9h Capsule Hotel by Fumie Shibata in Kyoto, Japan

November 25, 2009

Japan’s capsule hotels are often a strange concept to foreigners, but the idea is an ingenious way to handle city crowding and space constraints. The first capsule hotel in Japan was built in 1979 in Osaka. The new 9h Capsule Hotel will open in December 2009 in the Japanese city of Kyoto.

Capsule hotels provide guests a private sleeping area and communal amenities. While the concept has previously been utilized as a cheaper hotel option, the 9h capsule hotel adds luxury and refinement. The bed capsule will be made up with 4-star hotel linens and provides a Panasonic system that uses light to naturally and comfortably wake you up. Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S is the mastermind behind the 9h capsule hotel.

‘A comfortable place to rest … 1 hour shower, sleep for 7 hours, have a one hour break / total 9h.’ Guests can spend up to 17 hours in a single stay – the price for one night is ¥4900 ($54,-). (dsgnwrld) Via: Jessica Marcel

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References: dsgnwrld, designerblog.it

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Chilean Luxury Hoteliering – W Hotel’s First South American Accomodations in Santiago

October 1, 2009

W Hotels will officially open their first property in South America (the W Hotel Santiago) on November 17, 2009.

The W Hotel Santiago is a modern take on the varied Chilean landscape by New York designer Tony Chi and Chilean designer Sergio Echeverria. Chilean exports such as copper, wine, and fruits and vegetables are incorporated into the design of the W Hotel Santiago to create an authentic sensory experience.

Inside W Hotel Santiago you’ll find Gerber Group hotspots Whiskey Blue and rooftop bar Red2 One as well as restaurants such as the Asian-inspired Osaka and modern French dining at NoSo and Terraza. The W Hotel Santiago also offers an intimate Tea Library, modern wine bar and WET, a heated rooftop pool on the 21st floor.  Via: Marissa Liu – HotHotelReviews

References: starwoodhotels, designscene.net

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