Design Hotels


Since 1993, we’ve been crafting a portfolio which today includes 300 privately owned and operated hotels that reflect the vision of independent hoteliers—or “Originals”—with a passion for culturally-rooted hospitality and cutting-edge design and architecture. From the pioneering boutique hotels of New York, Paris, and London to the rising stars of Mexico City, and Nairobi, to remote mountaintops, hidden beaches, and off-the-beaten-path escapes, each independent hotel in our hand-picked collection is a wholly unique creative expression, steeped in the history, culture, and the nature of its environment.

Across the world, our hotels anchor a community of travelers united in the pursuit of inspired environments, genuine local culture, and transformative, boundary-pushing adventures. Against a backdrop of new parameters and shifting norms, we embark on an ever-evolving movement forged on purpose, connectedness, and curiosity.


We love to share the stories of the people behind our hotels—the ones with the imaginative spirit that shapes exactly what we stand for. Whether owners or operators, designers or developers, our Originals are always outstanding personalities and pioneering thinkers. They are the engines behind revolutionary hospitality. They shape the way we travel, they challenge the very definition of a hotel, and they inform on what’s to come in the industry.


We believe that travel can be a force for good. We see our hotels as a global network of inspiring, forward-thinking spaces that make a positive impact on their surroundings, connect travelers to local communities, and enact gentler ways to move in the world. We aspire to help our Community—our readers, travelers, hotels, and the people who make them—find more meaning from their travels and pave the way towards a more conscious future.

We created 10 Conscious Hotel Principles to measure our progress as we move towards more environmentally and socially conscious practices. This is called a “journey” because we know our work is far from done. These principles are here to guide our hotels as they push forward and help you discover inspiring places.

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Design Hotels GmbH
Stralauer Allee 2C, 10245 Berlin, Germany