Manipulated Photography by Victor Enrich of a Munich Hotel


Architectural photographer Victor Enrich has shared with ArchDaily a series of 88 images — one for every key in the classical piano — exploring the various formal possibilities of the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. “I found it beautiful,” says Enrich, “to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano.” See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break. Continue reading »

Hotel’s Incredible Ice Palace in China

Built out of ice bricks, Shangri-La Hotel’s Ice Palace is a bar and a restaurant open from December to February every year, catering to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival visitors in China’s city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province. The temperatures inside the ice palace hovers around -10 degrees Celsius.


A waitress pours liquor into ice cups on an ice counter during a photo opportunity at the Ice Palace in Shangri-La Hotel in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) Continue reading »

Hotel Reenacts Guests’ Most Bizarre Suggestions


The Standard Hotel chain made use of their 2013 customer evaluations in a creative way. Under the direction of Erik Kessels and photograph Thomas Mailaender, the hotel rolled out a quirky calendar that references twelve of the strangest letters, suggestions and complaints collected from their guests. As part of the visual documentation, hotel staff were invited to re-enact the scenes, which include a man completely wrapped in toilet paper and a Daschund puppy sandwiched between a hot-dog bun.

Flipping through the monthly themes, you will find a hallway full of water cups from a guest thanking the hotel for curing his epic hangover. Good thing there is a small explanation on each page, or else it would be impossible to understand what is happening in the photo. Nonetheless, the Amsterdam-based creative agency KesselsKarmer did a great job in creating something that is unique to the hotel. So if you have ever left a comment card at The Standard, be prepared because your idea might be one of 12 peculiar calendar ideas for the new year. Continue reading »

The Incredible ‘Unbalanced Hotel’ to be Built into the Side of a Cliff in Peru

A hotel set to be built in Peru has been designed to look like a giant, off-center picture frame.

The cliff-hugging structure, designed for a private client by Madrid-based architecture firm OOIIO, will serve as the perfect frame for the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the Andes on the other. Provisionally named the Unbalanced Hotel, the building is intended to become a landmark for Lima, where it will be built into cliffs outside the city center. The Unbalanced Hotel will have 125 rooms, restaurants, conference rooms and exhibition spaces.

A hotel ‘constructed in a traditional way would be a visual barrier… that could block the ocean view,’ according to the OOIIO website. ‘Thanks to [the hotel’s] peculiar shape, the landscape is now even more relevant – we have framed it!’ The design was commissioned by a private South American client but the plans have yet to be approved by city planners. Continue reading »

The Iglu Hotel

Welcome to nature amidst a carefully designed environment made of glistening snow crystals – rebuilt every season from 3000 tons of snow at six locations in the Alps and the Pyrenees. A vivid product for exciting events and one of the most innovative hotel concepts of our times – CO2-neutral and sustainable. Continue reading »

Longcroft – Luxury Cat Hotel

An exclusive luxury all-suite hotel property featuring five-star service and fine gourmet dining has just opened in north of London. What makes this property uniquely exclusive is that prospective hotel guests are required to possess whiskers, claws and speak only the language of Meow and Mew. Indeed, the new Longcroft Hotel is for cats only. Continue reading »

Cat Fashion Show at the Algonquin Hotel

Manhattan’s most fashionable felines dressed their best to help Matilda, the famous Algonquin Hotel cat, celebrate her 15th birthday on Aug. 11, 2010. The party was held in the hotel’s lobby and centered around a good ol’ fashioned cat fashion show. (Photo by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist.com) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Hotel Boom

The Three Gorges Hotel (L) and the passenger terminal of Chongqing Port (R) collapsing after demolition by explosives in Chongqing, southwest China. (Reuters)

Palais Namaskar: Luxury Hotel & Spa in Marrakech

There are some places that are not easily described. Just as there are some experiences that are not easily compared. The luxury Palais Namaskar Marrakech hotel is both. Proudly standing amongst the gems of the Oetker Collection – a one-of-a-kind collection of masterpiece hotels – Palais Namaskar is also a member of the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World. Continue reading »

Indoor Pool at the Hotel Catell dels Hams

The indoor pool at the Hotel Catell dels Hams on the Spanish Island of Majorca which was recently improved by designers from A2 Arquitectos. The space appears white and serene. Continue reading »

High Flying Fashions At Boston Hotel

A model walks down the side of Revere Hotel in Boston during a vertical fashion show for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on April 18, 2012. (Dominick Reuter/EPA/Lauren Fish/Lauren Frohne/Globe photo)

The Revere Hotel in Boston, Ma. celebrated its grand opening on April 18 with a vertical fashion show. The Boston Rock Gym provided the models who rappelled down the exterior of the 24-story hotel wearing outfits created by the students from the Massachusetts College of Arts and Design and by Ted Baker London. Continue reading »

A Day in the Life of China’s Professional Hotel Test Sleeper

Luxury hotels in China now have to think twice before boasting of the facilities they provide because they are under the watchful eyes of Zhuang and her friends. Zhuang is one of the hotel test sleepers in China, selected for the job from the 7,800 candidates in 2010. She is one of the three winners recruited by the Qunar, a Chinese travel website. Her job involves testing the comfort of the major hotel chains by checking in as a traveller and tests each and every item in minute detail and write reviews about it.

“My job is to role-play travellers of different types, different ages and genders at different scenarios, and see how each hotel fits their particular needs,” Reuters has quoted Zhuang as saying.

So far she has slept at over 200 hotels. The job requires one to sleep at selected hotels without disclosing their real job and write expert reviews about the facilities, location, dining, services and prices of the hotels, in order to provide an independent third-party evaluation and an authoritative guide to travelers, the Reuters quoted the company as saying.

Ms. Zhuang, a Hotel Test Sleeper, checks a tea cup at a business chain hotel, in Beijing March 6, 2012. (Reuters) Continue reading »

North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel: ‘Worst Building in the History of Mankind’ and Probably the Ugliest

North Korea’s Ryugyong hotel, described as “the worst building in the history of mankind” by Esquire magazine, is set to open partially for business this spring, 23 years behind the schedule, Seoul-based Yonhap news agency reported. Continue reading »

The Space Hotel

Like a scene from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, it looks like there’s a UFO landing in this forest. But far from being an opportunity to meet E.T. or the martians, it’s actually a place to sleep. That’s because the bizarre retro-looking 50s-style flying saucer situated near the town of Harads, Sweden, is actually a HOTEL. (Daily Mail Reporter) Continue reading »

Shakhti 360 Leti: Luxury Hotel in Himalayas

Shakti was founded by Jamshyd Sethna, whose love of the mountains began during his schooldays in Darjeeling and thereafter as a young tea planter in Upper Assam. A Parsi from Bombay, Jamshyd is one of India’s leading travel professionals and his travel experiences, love of food and art, combined with a passion for the Himalaya is the creative force behind the foundation and evolution of Shakti.

Early morning casts a pink glow over the snow-covered peaks; very soon the sun burns off the cool of the night. Energised by the crystalline air, you may already be out walking with your guide, through the ancient rhododendron forests. Or you may choose to linger over a long, slow breakfast. Continue reading »