Top 10 Design Hotels in London

An insider’s guide to the Top Design Hotels in London, featuring the best for eclectic interiors, striking artwork, luxurious rooms, and spectacular lobbies, in locations including Soho, Kensington, and Shoreditch perfect to stay and visit London Design Festival.

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Relax and recharge at luxury boutique hotel Thyme | Daily Mail Online

What a cute property!

Set on a 150-acre country manor estate in the picturesque village of Southrop (the location for Kate Moss’ 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince), Thyme has a magical feel from the very first moment you pull up its driveway.This 17th century luxury boutique hotel is comprised of a beautiful farmhouse – featuring elegantly designed bespoke bedrooms – a series of picture perfect cottages, a renowned cookery school, a delightful cocktail bar and an award-winning, traditional country pub mere metres down the road.

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World’s smallest hotels revealed | Daily Mail Online

There’s an intimate hotel – and then there’s a hotel with only one room.

Welcome to the world’s least roomiest lodgings, where guests have a choice of a handful of rooms, or just one.

From a hotel in Germany built in a very narrow alleyway to little lodgings on a rocky outcrop in the Canary Islands, these are the hotels where size is a definite consideration.

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Lonely Planet’s Trips app is Instagram for travel junkies

If you’ve ever planned a vacation abroad, you’ve probably spent some time with Lonely Planet. The company is the largest travel book publisher in the world and offers plenty of free resources on its website and in the Lonely Planet Guides app. The latter provided the inspiration for the latest Lonely Planet project, a new iPhone app called Trips (also coming to Android this fall). At its core, it’s a crowdsourced version of the Guides app. But instead of featuring contributions from Lonely Planet experts an

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Avoiding Norovirus on Vacation | Travel Insurance Review

Norovirus is in the news again with another outbreak.  Find some useful tips regarding this contagious virus here:

It’s important to remember however, big headlines aside, this is a virus you can pick up anywhere at all – at home or when you travel – and anywhere in the world.Norovirus is actually a related group of viruses and infection affects the stomach and intestines causing gastroenteritis. Anyone infected with norovirus can become very ill, very quickly, and that person will often experience stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for several days, risking dehydration from mild to severe.

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Jules’ Undersea Lodge: The Only US Hotel Underwater | Unusual Places

There are very few places in the world that bring beauty, nature and history together in an unforgettable way. And when it comes to hotels, the Jules’ Undersea Lodge provides a unique experience.

Initially, the hotel located in Key Largo, Florida, was constructed as a marine life research lab. After it was closed down, the area was redesigned to provide guests, with the experience of a lifetime.

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Photographer Carol Highsmith’s work for Library of Congress is her calling | Life | greensboro.com

“I love all of it,” she said. “Big-city neighborhoods, teeny-tiny towns, our national parks, quirky roadside attractions, Route 66, Old U.S. Route 11 from Canada to New Orleans, Lincoln Highway, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean beaches, the Great Lakes, state parks. … I consider myself the luckiest person on Earth to travel our country eight months of the year.”

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Helicopter converted into one-of-a-kind hotel in Scotland : TreeHugger

Sometimes, the greenest thing to do is to adapt something to reuse, rather than building or buying something new. We’ve seen this great examples of this practice in derelict churches that have been transformed into skateparks, Walmarts converted into public libraries, or a train transformed into a home.

In Stirling, Scotland we have yet another fabulous instance of how quirky adaptive reuse can get, as seen in this old Sea King helicopter that’s been remade into a hotel of sorts. Designboom points us to He

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Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue

When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that really getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the ultimate cure, right? For the deskbound wanderlusters among us, the answer is thankfully, yes. New research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a happier, more inspired version of you.

Source: Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue