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    Default Do you like the Do & Co Hotel, Vienna?



    Do & Co Hotel is located in Vienna’s District 1, on the pedestrian-only Stephansplatz, right in the middle of the most historic part of this mindbogglingly historic city. The hotel of 41 luxurious rooms and two suites opened in May on the sixth floor of the famous, glass-walled Haas Haus building, but it is the view that really takes your breath away. What you see from the Haus is a straight-on, full-size, real-life panorama of St. Stephen's Cathedral – Stephansdom -- that has defined Vienna since 1147 AD. It is the sound of this Cathedral’s massive Pummerin (big bell) that announces the official arrival of the New Year in Austria.



    The original Haas Haus building was a furniture and interior decor store, Philipp Haas & Sons. Several reconstructions later, the grand-daddy of modern Austrian architecture, Pritzker prize winner Hans Hollein, designed the current glass-steel-concrete structure. It opened in 1990 with notable disapproval by traditionalists. Hollein was also behind the latest upgrade that included the Do & Co hotel.

    Do & Co, the hotel’s holding company, is known worldwide for its first-class airline and event catering business and its Do & Co Restaurants and Cafes. In the Haas Haus, it operates also Vienna’s hot spot, the ONYX Bar (pictured above) on the 6th floor, and Do & Co Restaurant (7th floor), plus luxurious event space on the 8th and 9th floors with amazing views over Vienna.



    The heritage of the company’s Istanbul–born founder and majority shareholder, Attila Dogudan, is reflected in the colorful touches interspersed in the Do & Co hotel interior by Amsterdam-based FG Stijl. The firm’s partners, British Colin Finnegan and Dutch Gerard Glintmeijer, have managed to unite Dogudan’s Turkish heritage and Vienna’s prissy past with understated modern luxury. Your room will come equipped with Kilim bedspreads, chocolates from Viennese confectionary institution Demel (also owned by Do & Co), and a Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV. By Tuija Seipell

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    Default Do you like the Indigo Patagonia Hotel, Chile?



    To categorize the new Indigo Patagonia hotel and spa in Puerto Natales, Chile, as a cool place is to make use of the word cool in both its old and new meaning.

    The old cool — as in somewhat coldish, refreshingly chilly — is a fitting description of the six-storey, 28-room block of a building. It is also a perfectly appropriate way for the hotel to be here in the middle of Patagonia’s fresh magnificence.

    In the new main hotel building, Chile’s favorite modern architect Sebastian Irarrázaval has managed to encase a balance between understated Northern European luxury and a straight-forward humility toward the surrounding environment.



    Indigo is not a product of indulgent architecture that attempts to take over the scenery. It is an honest, almost college-dormish building that fits in its place as if it had always been there while also standing out as something one wants to explore. That has also been the appeal of Patagonia to adventurers, mountaineers, kayakers, trekkers and nature-lovers for decades. With its ancient ice fields older than time itself, fjords deeper than anyone can fathom, air and sky clearer than seems natural, and vistas more humbling than you can be prepared for, Patagonia makes you feel a bit like an intruder and yet you are unable to resist its lure.

    At Indigo, the new cool is evident both outside and in. The red corrugated-metal facade sports huge white lettering that indicates the various floors and spells out “indigo.” This creates an almost surreal effect, as if the facade were a fake prop onto which the lettering is being magically projected. All the while, the building looks way more industrial than residential.



    Inside, touches of luxury and attention to detail are everywhere. From the natural materials — wood, basketry, cotton and linen — to the neutral color palette and ever-present vast windows, everything helps you ease into the main attraction of Patagonia: the natural world.

    The new Indigo Patagonia hotel is a fusion of the three owner’s ideas. Climber and publicist Hernán Jofré’s brought along his love of nature, chemical engineer Ana Ibañez contributed impeccable taste (we can thank him for the elegance of the interior), and Olivier Potart added vision and fantasy. The Chilean, Spaniard and Frenchman dreamt up the concept of the new hotel and converted the eight-year-old original Concepto Indigo hotel into the new hotel’s restaurant. The two buildings now cozy up to each other spectacularly unmatching yet happily at home as part of the town’s low and semi-vacant skyline.

    Perhaps it was the owners’ international backgrounds that affected Indigo Patagonia’s particular mix of mountain chalet and safari hut and then balanced it harmoniously and meticulously by the over-arching touch of northern calm. The rooms exude comfort and simplicity and the large windows everywhere let you see where you are.



    Nowhere is it more evident that you are in the lap of luxury and rather close to heaven, than in the top-floor spa. The sauna and two massage rooms are great, but soaking in one of the three outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking Fiordo Última Esperanza (Fjord of Last Hope) when you really know you’ve found bliss.

    The town of Puerto Natales (pop. 18,000) in the province of Última Esperanza is on the mainland but connected to the sea by channels. You can get there, for example, by taking one of the daily flights from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas and then driving 250 km to Puerto Natales. The area is best known for the Perito Moreno glacier, Fiordo Última Esperanza, and for Torres del Paine National Park that is on the UNESCO world heritage site tentative list. By Tuija Seipell


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    Default Would you stay at the Royce Hotel, Melbourne?



    Melbourne’s Royce Hotel, housed in a former Rolls-Royce showroom, has being overhauled by design firm SJB Architects and Interior Design. The multi-million upgrade includes a refurbishment of most original rooms and two brand-new floors with 29 new rooms and suites. It is a case of out with the terracotta, moss green carpets and faux armoires - in with Isernia limestone, moody Vistosi lighting and flatscreens.



    SJB has created a collection of seven types of conservative, contemporary suites, all with a sense of drama, privacy and calm. The Royal Suites come with four-poster beds and curved modular lounges. Most suites have extended king-sized beds with faux leather headboards. Bedding includes duvets, crisp white linens, down pillows and soft cushions. Room layouts are intelligent with a sensible use of space and the touch lighting has myriad settings for just the right mood. There is plenty of seating; chaises, ottomans, desk chairs and even little round tables, an ample work area and broadband access from the bed as well as the desk – hallelujah. The marble bathrooms feature a deep spa bath with its own flatscreen television, separate shower and WC. Although not expansive, these bathrooms would have to be contender for best boutique bathroom in the city. Several junior executive suites come with views over Barry Humphries’ (aka Dame Edna’s) grammar school, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.



    Although the main public areas, restaurant Dish and Amberoom bar of the hotel have been revamped, the refurbishment has a way to go. The glam lobby aesthetic of animal skins, chandeliers and quirky chair collection is almost ruined by a glass cabinet displaying polo shirts and travel brochures, standard rooms are still awaiting their makeovers. However, in the right suite, the Royce Hotel experience at $215-315 per night offers serious value, right on the edge of the CBD in South Yarra close to some of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and gardens. The trick is, make sure you don’t book a standard room, insist on a room on the fifth or sixth floor, or a suite on the lower levels. By Emily Ross

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    i dont like that long thin look of a room (like the last pic)
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    *sigh* i really need a vacation. this hotel would definitely do. it's gorgeous and looks like it would be very relaxing
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    not crazy about the decor.
    and the haas haus is a crime against humanity. it was built in the 80s (and it shows), smack dab in the middle of vienna, right in front of st.stephen's, and all the other surrounding historical buildings. my parents lived in the 1st district for 7 years and i saw it countless times and never got used to how ugly and jarring it was, and out of place. they should dynamite it and start over.
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    How fun is that?
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    *sigh* I'd kill to be there right now.
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    I love it
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    Default Like it?: Le Rouge Restaurant, Stockholm



    With its rich, red interior, Le Rouge restaurant in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a delicious fusion of a maharaja’s tent, red-light-district boudoir and aristocratic grandeur. It is not called Moulin Rouge, but it could be. The entire concept is dramatic with lush drapery, ornamental tableware and lighting fixtures oozing with bling and tassels.

    Le Rouge is the latest addition to the F12 restaurant empire owned by two chefs, Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet. The chefs interpret classic French and Italian cuisine in Le Rouge using fresh Swedish ingredients. The 125–seat Le Rouge occupies two adjacent buildings, spreads over three-stories and 1,200 square-metres, and includes a dining room, bar, lounge and private rooms. The concept comes from the talented masters of Gothenburg’s Stylt Trampoli AB who were using storytelling as a tool to create and stage-direct restaurants, hotels and resorts long before storytelling became a design cliché. By Tuija Seipell

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    Default Like it? Electric Birdcage - London



    Opened in late fall 2007, Electric Birdcage at Haymarket in the heart of London’s West End, has been receiving mixed reviews. One thing is certain, though, it IS getting a reaction from everyone who visits.

    Electric Birdcage is a magnificently weird combination of Alice in Wonderland and Russian Aristocrat, dim sum parlor and late-night cocktail bar, sophisticated party venue and silly funhouse.

    The owners, brothers Richard and Anthony Traviss, knew where to go for eccentric and totally extravagant interiors: to London’s beloved venue designer Shaun Clarkson. His handiwork can be seen, for example, at La Pigalle, Covent Garden's Denim, Play Room, Profile, Power's Acoustic Room, The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Atlantic Bar & Grill and Jerusalem.



    Electric Birdcage’s surrealistic interior includes a Fibonacci-style patterned floor, tables made of tree roots, gigantic pink hands for chairs, lavish Vegas-style mirrors, imposing black stallions, two snarling black polymer panthers, a carousel bar and iron birdcage chandeliers dangling from a pink ceiling. Even the DJ operates from a birdcage.

    Capacity crowd of 300, served by cute staff in retro airline get-up, can order Pan-Asian fare by head chef Somporn Khamsaenphan all day, and stay until 4 am enjoying cocktails by mixologist Chad Shields. You and seven friends can share the signature Electric Birdcage bowl filled with a mix of champagne, Absolut Raspberri peach schnapps, Cointreau, Absolut Citron, strawberry puree, gomme syrup, orange juice, fresh raspberries and blueberries. That should elicit a reaction, if nothing else will. By Tuija Seipell

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    for some reason that picture made me think of dr. zhivago.

    it's all right. not really my style though. kind of opulent and old school though the paintings on the ceilings are a neat twist.
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    No, it looks like a bordello.

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    Makes me think of a circus tent.

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    im so tired of the moroccan/bedouin look.

    Hey, 2003 called and wants its interior design trend back!
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