The Art of Travel

Two of Cosimo Commisso’s greatest loves, travel and art, come together in an array of “design hotels” — and here, he shares his favourites

One thing I adore about how the hospitality industry is changing is that hotels are becoming more and more inventive with their identities. Hotels aren’t just a place to lay your head anymore — with the dawn of avant-garde hotel styles, they’ve become just as exciting for travelers as the destinations themselves.

I personally love the “design hotel” trend. Hotels all around the world have been crafted to be design-oriented, from a kitschy-type style to the sleeker, more contemporary side of the spectrum. Be sure to add these design hotels to your travel bucket list!

QT Sydney — Sydney, Australia


QT Sydney is like a modern cabinet of curiosities. Located inside the historic Gowings department store and the capitals heritage-listed State Theatre, the boutique hotel displays a collection of quirky treasures curated from across the globe. These artifacts come together in a beautiful collage that bans boredom and adds an unforgettable eclectic feel to the hotel. / www.qthotelsandresorts.com/sydney-cbd

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi — Tbilisi, Georgia


This hotel is nestled in the intellectually charged neighbourhood of Vera, and it was ingeniously designed to reflect the culture that surrounds it. The building used to be a publishing house, so Rooms Hotel Tbilisi has incorporated a literary theme into its décor. It also regularly hosts art and music events, furthering its status as a cultural hub. / www.roomshotels.com/tbilisi

The Qvest — Cologne, Germany


This renowned hotel basically doubles as an art gallery, with curated artworks present in every room. Each piece was discovered by Michael Kaune, the hotel’s owner and founder of Qvest Magazine, and pays perfect homage to the building’s neo-Gothic architecture. / www.qvest-hotel.com

Insólito Boutique Hotel — Buzios, Brazil


Brazil is loved around the world for its culture of colour — and that essence is flawlessly portrayed at the Insólito Boutique Hotel in Buzios. Each themed suite offers a visual journey through the country’s fascinating stories using carefully selected art pieces and collectibles. / www.insolitohotel.com

Hotel Miró — Bilbao, Spain


Located steps away from the Guggenheim Museum, Hotel Miró lives up to its cultural surroundings. Having been designed by Antonio Miró (A.K.A. Spain’s Calvin Klein), the space creates an idyllic place to rest your head with its clean and minimalistic style. / www.mirohotelbilbao.com

Hotel zum Löewen — Dunderstadt, Germany

This boutique hotel emanates utter cosiness, but the comfort level doesn’t overshadow its chicness. The local owner has added his own personal touches to the hotel, from original Andy Warhol pieces to souvenirs from world travels.

Happy travels!

With love,
Cosimo Commisso

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