Hotels across the globe are constantly competing to provide their guests with the most modern and up-to-date features possible, so when we came across these select few that have been ahead of the times for years, it was pretty exciting.
Here is a selection of our favourite futuristic hotels that have been paving the way in terms of design, architecture, concept and facilities for decades.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
This cutting edge modern hotel in Bali is designed by award-winning Singapore architectural firm WOHA, whose global reputation for innovative design projects in tropical environments has earned them numerous accolades. It boasts futuristic features that not only improve the stay of its lucky guests, but also helps the environment.
Alila Villas Uluwatu has embraced the environmentally sustainable design (ESD) principles and is the first resort in Indonesia to receive the highest level of certification from EarthCheck as a Best Practice Building Planning and Design (BPDS) development. This is because they utilise many ESD measures including local materials, water conservation with soaks, rain gardens and a waste water management system, using local plants from the special Bali savannah ecosystem.
The Lanesborough, London
The Lanesborough Hotel is ideally located in prestigious Knightsbridge overlooking Hyde Park Corner and featuring 93 guest rooms including 43 suites. Whilst this hotel may not look the most modern in terms of its interior design, but the work of designer Alberto Pinto, has a surprising number of contemporary features.
These include the windows of the suites, as they are triple glazed, which is a new and interesting concept that is growing more popular. They also have a tea sommelier to delight you with their fine choices of tea over scones and fruit preserves.
Anglian are also raising the stakes in terms of window technology. You can read more about their triple glazing here.
Ice Hotel, Sweden
Sweden’s Ice Hotel certainly provides its guests with a night to remember. The 5500 square foot space is made from approximately 30,000 cubic meters of ‘snice’ (a mix of snow and ice) and 1000 tons of ice. As well as the 65 guest rooms, the hotel also caters for weddings, and usually hold over 100 of them a year.
No matter how cold it is outside, it never gets colder than minus seven degrees indoors. You are provided with warm, thick clothing to keep the cold at bay as you sleep, and rest on a thick mattress and reindeer skins. In the morning, you can enjoy a break in the sauna and your pick from the extensive breakfast buffet.
Sleeping Around, Belgium
Sleeping Around transformed 20 feet containers into luxurious hotel rooms. They are a compact yet luxurious hotel room solution, equipped with all the mod cons: a box-spring bed, rain shower, iPod docking station and air conditioning – all contained in a 20ft recycled sea container.
They think green and employ only ecologically responsible materials. The containers themselves are produced in China, after which they are used for worldwide transport. As it is not always profitable to return the containers empty, they are often left behind in ports, including Antwerp’s. This unique concept offers the ideal mix of adventure and comfort at some of the most impressive locations in the city.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
This hotel is known as the world’s only 7* hotel, and it is the third tallest hotel in the world. Unfortunately, 39% of the height is inhabitable space. It stands on an artificial island 280 m from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape is designed to mimic a ship’s sail.
Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve. The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 m offshore. To secure a foundation, the builders drove 230 forty-meter-long concrete piles into the sand.
The avant-garde, strikingly designed hotel, located in historic buildings, belonging to the complex of the Old Brewery, presents works by world famous artists. Every detail of the hotel has been designed to provide its guests a unique experience. Blow Up Hall Top Hotel Award 2009 in the category Design for the best hotel facilities in Poland.
The hotel does not have a reception, and the rooms do not have numbers. Instead, guests receive a key iPhone that allows you to find peace and to open it. Additionally equipped with information about the Blow Up Hall, the Old Brewery and cultural events Poznan iPhones, act as a virtual concierge facility, and with their guests freely penetrate into the urban fabric.