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7 Inspiring Design Hotels From Around The World

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

I’m super excited to welcome one of my favourite bloggers (and the perfect plus one to events), Jess Gibson aka The Travelista, to the pages of Apartment Number 4. The Travelista, if you didn’t already know, is a luxury travel blog focusing on not only amazing destinations but experiences and adventures, both local to home and on a global scale.

Today Jess and I have swapped places, and while I’m over on The Travelista talking about the most amazing hotel in the Seychelles – interior goals personified – Jess is showing us 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world. Now, where’s my passport?


Travelling the world is definitely what first opened my eyes up to interior design. I’ve been lucky enough to stay some of the most beautiful hotels, with design details and interiors that are still vivid in my mind. I’ve stayed in everywhere from hostels to 5-star hotels during my travels, but over the past 5 years I have grown a deep love affair with boutique design hotels. Exclusively for Apartment Number 4, I’ve rounded up 7 of the most inspiring design hotels from around the world, all of which I have had the pleasure of staying in.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

If I could base my own home on the interiors of any hotel, it would have to be the Pulitzer Amsterdam. The Pulitzer is a boutique design hotel in the heart of the Negen Straatjes (Amsterdam’s trendiest and most photogenic neighbourhood). It spreads over twenty-five 17th and 18th century restored canal houses, so you can expect colourful, contemporary twists amongst elegant, original features.

Read Jess’ hotel review of the Pulitzer Amsterdam.

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

Castello di Casole

This hotel will always have a special place in my heart as it’s where my boyfriend and I sent our first holiday. Located in the rolling Tuscan countryside between Pisa and Siena, Castello di Casole is a 10th-century former castle that is oozing with character. Our suite was connected to a chapel and was once the annexe of the chapel’s priest. We were totally charmed by this place, and its interiors.

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

Four Seasons Sayan, Bali

The Four Seasons Sayan in Bali has the most breathtaking hotel entrance I have ever seen. A wooden bridge suspends high above a jungle canopy towards the futuristic open-air reception building which overlooks more lush jungle. Design and nature become one in this one-of-a-kind hotel. Although it’s part of the international Four Seasons hotel group, this luxury design hotel is totally unique.

Read Jess’ hotel review of the Four Seasons Sayan

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon

Design aficionados will love a city break in Lisbon, and the Pousada de Lisboa is the perfect boutique base. The former government-owned property is located right on the Praça do Comércio; Lisbon’s canary-yellow parliament square. Inside, the hotel still has the original archway tunnels and each room is bright and unique. I loved the intricate coving panel above the bed and the hanging side lights.

Read Jess’ hotel review of Pousada de Lisboa.

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

New Hotel Athens

Athens is one of the most underrated European city break destinations, anyone that takes the time to visit will be rewarded endlessly. As well as it’s thriving rooftop culture and the almighty Acropolis, it’s home to some fantastic design hotels such as The New Hotel. This was my base on a city break and I loved the statement design features that run from the lobby into each hotel room.

Read Jess’ hotel review of the New Hotel, Athens.

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

Masseria Montenapoleone

 Masseria Montenapoleone is a 17th-century farmhouse in the heart of the Pugliese countryside in Southern Italy. After a period of being empty and derelict, it has been lovingly restored into a rustic yet stylish country retreat. The interiors are the epitome of shabby chic and each room and suite has its own unique features and subtle theme. This has to be one of the most relaxing and charming places I have ever stayed.

 Read Jess’ hotel review of Masseria Montenapoleone

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

 Royalton New York

I visited NYC for the first time last November and fell head over heels in love with the city. With so many hotels in Manhattan, the choice can feel overwhelming. I knew I wanted to stay in a cool design hotel, and The Royalton fit the bill perfectly. The hotel is located at 44 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. It was originally designed by Philippe Starck but now has new styles, décor and room plans by Charlotte Macaux. The dark, sexy decor is not to everyone’s taste but it certainly makes it unique.

 Read Jess’ hotel review of the Royalton New York.

Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess. Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.Today we're collaborating with luxury travel blogger, Jess Gibson, founder of The Travelista, taking a look at 7 inspiring design hotels from around the world - all tried and tested by Jess.

About the Author

Jess Gibson is an award-winning luxury travel blogger based in Yorkshire via the world. Find out more at thetravelista.net and be sure to follow her on Instagram @thetravelista and on Twitter @travelistajess.

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Victoria Jackson is the editor of multi-award winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. Designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget, Victoria edits the inspirational and showcases the affordable.

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