The 5 new hotels around the world with the most incredible design, according to experts

Chao ZhangThe entrance to the Dream suite at the Other Place hotel in Guilin Litopia, China.
  • Dezeen is an architecture and design website that is celebrating current design innovations around the world through its second annual Dezeen Awards.
  • This year, 53 projects were announced to be on the Dezeen Awards interiors shortlist, which was culled from the original 259 projects included on the longlist. The winner will be announced in October.
  • Business Insider compiled the list of featured hotels that made the interiors shortlist.
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From jungle bungalows in Tulum to converted bridge houses in Amsterdam, the second annual Dezeen Awards are recognising innovative interior design worldwide.

With over 4,500 project entries from 87 different countries, 75 leading figures in architecture and design are judging the projects to determine the best of the year. Judges are assessing each project based on 3 criteria: beauty, innovation, and benefit.

Read more: The 19 best hotels in the world in 2019

In July, a longlist featuring 259 projects was released. In the first week of September, a shortlist reduced to 53 projects was released. The winner will be announced in October.

Presented below, in order of price point, are the five hotels featured on this year’s shortlist. Almost all fall under $US200 per night.

1. ℃ (Do-C) Gotanda is a modern capsule hotel in Tokyo featuring minimal interiors and a rough, industrial look.

Dezeen.comSleeping capsules at ℃ (Do-C) Gotanda.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Prices: Start at $US45 per night

This capsule hotel, located in a Tokyo red-light district, was redesigned and completed by Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects in 2018. Previously, it was also a capsule hotel; the renovation solely provided fresh interiors.

Source: Dezeen, Do-C Gotanda

A public bath in the basement was transformed into showers and a sauna. Existing interior finishes were stripped and reconstructed to provide for a more unfinished look.

Dezeen.comPublic showers in the basement of the hotel.


The capsule sleeping pods, the hotel’s sole accommodation, are big enough to comfortably fit a twin sized mattress.

Dezeen.comThe main set of sleeping pods.

Source: Dezeen, Do-C Gotanda

Guests can book accommodation for as little as an hour.

Dezeen.comThe basement showers in use.

Source: Dezeen, Do-C Gotanda

According to Dezeen, this hotel made it onto the shortlist because of its simple but effective interiors overhaul.

Dezeen.comThe hotel entrance.

Source: Dezeen, Do-C Gotanda

2. Jungle Keva Hotel is a hotel that describes itself as fusing the elements of its design with the nature that surrounds it.

César BéjarThe view from the bedroom.

Location: Tulum, Mexico

Prices: Start at $US105 per night

Jungle Keva is a boutique hotel situated in the Mayan jungle.

Source: Dezeen, Jungle Keva

It consists of five lodges, each of which boasts a mezzanine, terrace, and an indoor-outdoor bathroom.

César BéjarThe indoor-outdoor bathroom at Jungle Keva.

Source: Dezeen, Jungle Keva

The hotel was designed by Jaque Studio with the local greenery in mind, keeping 70% of the original vegetation by constructing lodges amongst pre-existing clusters of trees.

César BéjarThe terrace view from one of the lodges.

Source: Dezeen, Jungle Keva

Palm leaf-lined ceilings and natural wooden finishes allow the lodges to blend in with their surroundings.

César BéjarAn open floor plan emphasises the jungle beyond the bungalow.

Source: Dezeen, Jungle Keva

The hotel has been recognised for its environmentally minded approach to design.

César BéjarAn inward facing view of the bedroom.

Source: Dezeen, Jungle Keva

3. SWEETS hotel is a collection of 28 tiny bridge houses along Amsterdam canals that were reimagined as individual hotel suites.

Mirjam BleekerAn example of a SWEETS hotel bedroom.

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Prices: Start at $US132 per night

The suites can accommodate two guests each.

Source: Dezeen, SWEETS hotel

The bridge houses once boarded Amsterdam’s many bridge keepers, but with a centralised bridge control system, the structures lost purpose.

Mirjam BleekerOne of the former bridge houses, now a hotel suite.

Source: Dezeen, SWEETS hotel

In 2012, Space&Matter, a local architecture and design studio, proposed redesigning them as guest suites in the spirit of experiential travel.

Mirjam BleekerA peak inside one of the suites.

Source: Dezeen, SWEETS hotel

They have been working on the project ever since, with 15 of the 28 bridge houses currently accepting reservations.

Mirjam Bleeker2 people can stay in one of these bridge houses.

Source: Dezeen, SWEETS hotel

The Dezeen Awards shortlist recognises SWEETS hotel for “combining modern initiatives with industrial heritage.”

Mirjam BleekerAnother bedroom in a SWEETS hotel suite.

Source: Dezeen, SWEETS hotel

4. Dream and Maze are two renovated accommodations within The Other Place, a boutique hotel in Guilin Litopia, China.

Chao ZhangThe bedroom in the Dream guest suite.

Location: Guilin Litopia, China

Prices: Start at $US139 per night

The hotel has 10 different, dreamlike, themed guest rooms.

Source: Dezeen, The Other Place

The renovation was spearheaded by Shenzhen-based Studio10. The design was inspired by the works of M.C. Escher, a graphic artist known for his mind-bending artwork of impossible constructions.

Chao ZhangThe design elements are meant to confuse.

Source: Dezeen, The Other Place, M.C. Escher

The final design is meant to create a mysterious atmosphere and employ elements of optical illusion.

Chao ZhangThis is the Maze guest suite.

Source: Dezeen, The Other Place

The 650 square foot rooms were completed in 2018. Each room relies on a pale pink and forest green monochromatic colour scheme, on top of the unexpected architecture, to transport guests to an alternate reality.

Chao ZhangFalse doorways and staircases in the Maze suite.

Source: Dezeen, The Other Place

Dezeen included Dream and Maze on its shortlist because of its “serene and fresh environment … with the aim to distance spaces from busy, everyday life.”

Chao ZhangThe entrance to the Dream suite.

Source: Dezeen, The Other Place

5. Radar Station is a cosy vacation rental home inside two prefabricated timber sheds erected in 1961 on the coast of Kent, England.

Billy BoltonThe living room at Radar Station, a one bedroom vacation rental in Dungeness, UK

Location: Dungeness, United Kingdom

Prices: Start at $US1,098 per night

Source: Dezeen, Mulberry Cottages

The timber sheds were redesigned by UK-based designer Johnson Naylor into a one-bedroom beach vacation rental home in 2018.

Billy BoltonLooking into the home.

Source: Dezeen, Mulberry Cottages

It maintains the exterior shed form, but the interiors were redesigned to be “gentle, natural and calm,” according to Dezeen.

Billy BoltonThe 1961 timber shed structure remains untouched.

Source: Dezeen, Mulberry Cottages

The interiors reflect the landscape with a light colour palette.

Billy BoltonThe bedroom in the rental home.

Source: Dezeen, Mulberry Cottages

The living area features yellow as a pop of colour, mirroring the colour of indigenous flowers in the area.

Billy BoltonThe living and dining area of the rental home.

Source: Dezeen, Mulberry Cottages

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