Design Hotels to visit when traveling Europa
As a European, I am proud to be part of a community of different countries, histories, landscapes and design aesthetics. More than ever it seems so important to identify as part of this unique, rich and beautiful project called the European Union. Experiencing these different cultures and meeting people of different backgrounds makes my life so much richer and more beautiful. It’s a great privilege to be able to travel throughout all of Europe and have the opportunity to get to know the most beautiful places and people that make these places special.
I put together a small list of my must-go-to design hotels whenever traveling through Europe.
First stop is France. In the beautiful region of Burgundy, you will find the stunning Château de la Resle. This extraordinary place has the charm of a private art collector’s manor house. The six elegant rooms and suites are taken care of by Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens. Johan and Pieter restored the Chateau with so much attention and added their personal collection of contemporary art and design, making this space a romantic and exclusive place to stay for everyone that wants to dive into a world of art and design.
Growing up in Switzerland there still is no place that I love more than the Swiss mountains. Looking out to the most majestic landscape takes my breath away every time, while at the same time gives be a profound feeling of safety.
The Chetzeron is a former gondola station and restaurant converted into a hotel, that for sure will take your breath away as well! Covered with natural local stone, the building’s exterior blends perfectly in with its Mountain environment. Inside concrete brutalism, you meet a soft and cozy cabin living a place worth visiting.
Scandinavian minimalism and a glimpse into Swedish history await you at Skeppsholmen. Designed by Erséus Architects together with Claesson Koivisto Rune created a quiet and peaceful place, even though it is in the hub of the Swedish capital.
The hotel, earlier known by locals as “The Long Row,” has functioned both as barracks for Karl XII’s personal elite force and as a hospice for the poor people infected with the plague during the early 18th century. Today it is a lovely place to visit to experience Scandinavian minimalism and the beauty of the North.