Opened in September 2017, the 77-room Nobis Hotel Copenhagen in Denmark occupies a historic building that was once home to the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. While its exterior architecture dates back to 1903, its interior is awash with contemporary touches.
Case in point: An open-plan lobby, complete with a concrete reception desk and wood-panelled walls, that a die-hard minimalist would go crazy for. The lounge area, too, is kitted out with Scandi-chic furniture.
All the rooms come with soaring ceilings and soothing colour palettes of blues and greens, while the furniture, from the side tables to lamps and sofas, reflect a distinctively Danish aesthetic. The hard oak flooring, meanwhile, lends a warm, homey feel.
But the hotel’s “crowning glory” has to be its beautifully designed bathrooms. Every inch is covered in Bardiglio marble from Italy, which has a grainy, greyish look. Another plus: Luxurious toiletries from Swedish brand Byredo are stocked here. From €215 (S$341)/night
#2: The Robey Hall
If you’re into industrially-tinged decor (Singapore’s Warehouse Hotel is a fine example), then you’ll fall head over heels for The Robey Hall in Chicago, which opened its doors in October 2017. Housed in the former Hollander Fireproof Warehouse, there are only 20 loft-style rooms available here, so expect some serious exclusivity. Another draw? It’s located in the hip Wicker Park neighbourhood, which is full of buzzy, trendy cafes and clubs.
Positioned as the “younger, hipper sister” of The Robey Hotel, it’s little wonder that there are countless opportunities to chill out here. Grab cocktails on the roof and enjoy a scenic cityscape, or sample Latino-inspired dishes at the Cabana Club, which also has a rooftop pool and terrace. The lobby also plays host to a Tokyobike bicycle hire shop and an espresso bar.
All that space for social interaction doesn’t mean you should neglect spending time in your room. The rooms and suites blend industrial influence with modern design elements, from the high ceilings right down to the red brick walls and plywood-and-steel bedframes.
Rooms also come with a workspace and a sitting area, all of which are designed in subtle, neutral hues for an air of quiet, understated sophistication. From €103 (S$163)/night
#3: Hotel G Yangon
Billed as Yangon, Myanmar’s first design hotel, Hotel G Yangon lies in the centre of the city’s bustling entertainment district. With 85 rooms available for booking, the hotel comes equipped with several necessary amenities for the young, adventurous traveller, like chic Western restaurant Babett Eatery & Bar and a Real Fitness Express gym.
The hotel interior conveys a fresh, youthful attitude, from the bright yellow chairs in the lobby to the cute retail display in its G Shop, which stocks handmade crafts and other trinkets sourced in collaboration with local fair-trade design collective Hla Day.
The rooms are decked in cheery colours and graphic artwork that references Myanmar’s design heritage, while panelled wood floors immediately boost its style cred.
There are four room types to choose from – Good, Great, Greater and Greatest – and while they range in size, they all come with the modern trappings (free wifi, an LED smart tv, and an e-reader that allows access to 6,000 international newspapers and magazines). From S$101/night