A hotels exterior is like the front cover of a book, it’s the first impression and for most travellers it ends up forming the early opinion of the hotel. A beautiful country mansion invokes images of classical elegance, a futuristic skyscraper hotel implies a modern and smart interior whereas a grey brutalist block may imply a functional hotel with no frills. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, some tame exteriors house the most exquisite and unique hotels in the world. Here we pick out five stunning hotels deemed as “architectural marvels”.
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Surprisingly the first Park Hyatt to open in Thailand and a crowning achievement of contemporary architecture. The hotels bottom floors are occupied by the stunning Central Embassy shopping centre, the upper floors a five-star luxury hotel. The innovative curved shape is clad in unique aluminium tiles to create a beautiful shimmering pattern that borrows its style from traditional Thai Architecture. Because of the curved shape almost all of the 222 rooms have differing layouts offering panoramic views looking out across Bangkoks skyline.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal
It’s no surprise that the Marqués de Riscal has made it onto this list and is one hotel that you will find on countless lists praising stunning architecture. Built by the legendary Frank Gehry in the Rioja wine country, this hotel is an architectural feat. The façade is made up of rolling titanium ribbons in silver, gold and pink, a reflection of the spirit and significance of the Roija wine region, the foil covering a wine bottle’s cork and the mesh ornamenting all the Marques de Riscal bottles.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, Monaco
A beautiful hotel that radiates elegance, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo was originally opened in 1889 and designed by prominent Danish architect Hans-Georg Tersling. Since then it’s undergone two major refurbishments once from 1980 to 1988 and then again from 2003 to 2004. The hotel has one of Monaco’s defining Belle Epoque facades and despite the renovations retains its charms. A fun fact is the that the pool area is designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
What originally began as an innovative artist residency program, in a remote part of the planet, has flourished into one of the most spectacular boutique hotels in the world. Designed by Canadian architect Todd Saunders the Fogo Island Inn is uniquely set about the North Atlantic Ocean and is designed in tribute to the regions fishing cultural with its stilts, custom furnishing made by local craftspeople and interior design touches like vintage quilts.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This iconic urban resort is one of the standout structures in Singapore’s impressive and glittering skyline. Architect Moshe Safdie objected to the original plans of one single tower as he felt it would have been unbearable and instead came up with an idea for three linked at the top, this idea turned out to be pure genius. The three towers are linked together by a yacht shaped structure that houses the world’s highest swimming pool. The hotel boasts over 2000 rooms, a casino, shopping centre, two cinema, over 50 restaurants, rooftop night clubs and science museum.