Wallpaper* a luat în inspecţie oferta de cazare low-cost a oraşelor preponderent turistice şi ne pune la dispoziţie cele mai arătoase hosteluri, moteluri şi hoteluri, la un preţ mai mult decât premisibil. Wallpaper* îmbrăţişează noul trend de re-design apărut în zona tarifelor mici, acest turism low-cost ajungând să se apropie astăzi foarte mult de aşa-numite concept hotels. Preluăm câteva astfel de exemplare, simultan făcând ordine şi cântărind bagajul de cală:
Generator Hostel, Veneţia: Designed by Toronto-based The Design Agency. Lighting and furnishings by Tom Dixon and Marcel Wanders. Housed in a former flour mill and granary store, the lodgings are located right on the waterfront of Isola della Giudecca. En-suite bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane en Provence toiletries. www.generatorhostels.com; rates: from €20.
Kosenda Hotel, Jakarta: Design-orientated haven owned by Indonesian textile and garment entrepreneur, Ruben Kosenda. Comprising 60 rooms, the hotel also has a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city, while the café and eaterie is headed by Australian restaurateur Stewart Gan, who serves up traditional Peranakan cuisine with local favourites such as Laksa curry soup. www.kosendahotel.com; rates: from £91.
Qbic London City Hotel, Londra: Each of the 171-guestrooms is dominated by a pod-like structure, the Cubi, which partially encloses the bed and also integrates a stylish bathroom component. Tim Mutton of Clerkenwell-based agency Blacksheep is the mastermind behind the handcrafted interiors. www.london.qbichotels.com; rates: from £59.
Bloom Rooms, New Delhi: An oasis of natural light, minimalist lines and buttercup hues wrapped up in an attractive Art Deco package, the hotel features rooms with superior ergonomics and bespoke furnishings designed by Amaury Watine, Ultra. www.bloomroomshotel.com; rates: from US$30.
Pentahotel, Hong Kong: Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Kai Tak, Kowloon, the 32-storey, 695-room lodgings feature raw interiors, with lots of exposed brick and reclaimed oak. Design firm Neri & Hu is usually associated with the luxury end of the market. So it was a pleasant surprise to hear it had designed the interiors of Pentahotel’s relatively low cost new Hong Kong opening. www.pentahotels.com; rates: from HK$1,200.
The Student Hotel, Amsterdam: The hotel combines esoteric yet thoughtful design by the perplexingly named local creative agency …,staat, as well as functional features such as fat-screen TVs and free wifi, and a heady dose of fun. The latter comes in spades: there is a basketball court on site and Amerdam-based bicycle company Vanmoof provides a high-tech cycle for every resident. www.thestudenthotel.com; rates: from €50.
Meininger Hotel, Brussels: With 150 rooms spread out over five floors, the décor is minimally chic in neutral shades with the occasional bright splashes of yellow and red. Offering a variety of options, rooms sleep from two to eight people and each has its own bathroom. Next to the open plan lobby, there is a bar in the former beer cellars, a kitchen, laundry room and games space. The hotel has also commissioned 20 European Street Art painters. www.meininger-hotels.com; rates: from £39.
Vibes Music Hotel, Buenos Aires: Paris-based Argentine Marcelo Joulia says this is a retreat for all ages, but the young will better appreciate the mod musical cons at Vibes, the latest concept hotel to hit Buenos Aires’s vibrant Palermo neighbourhood. Vibes’ resident DJ Luciano broadcasts in the main-floor lounge, tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, decorated in contemporary palettes that bring to mind a visual equivalent to electronic music. www.vibeshotel.com; rates: from £53.