Introducing Eight New Design Hotels™ Members

Austria’s Lech am Arlberg village plays perfect host to the Rote Wand Gourmet Hotel, an Alpine retreat that celebrates local cuisine and design in equal parts. Located in Lech Zürs — the biggest ski resort in Austria — the hotel is a gateway to biking, fishing, hiking, canyoning, rafting, and golf outside of the ski season, and downhill and cross-country skiing during the winter months. Fueled by the hotel’s a la carte restaurant, The Rote Wand Stuben, and its separately lauded Chef’s Table, offering a gourmet experience by chef Max Natmessnig, amongst other in-house eateries, guests have ample sustenance to explore the multifaceted landscape. At Bursa Hotel, the allure of the indoors matches the charms beyond the hotel’s walls. Framed by both custom-made and vintage furniture, and lighting crafted by local artisans, 33 rooms are spread out across two 19th-century buildings by architect Andriy Melenskyi and two new structures, which have been joined together with the help of Balbek Bureau. On the first floor neo-bistro and neighborhood gathering place Absoultely Supra draws in the crowds with a natural wine list, views over Podil and wholesome cuisine.

Rounding out the new additions, we head east. In Georgia, Rooms Hotel Kokhta presents a year-round resort that is a springboard for adventure and exploration. With interiors conceived by Rooms Design — the same studio behind both Stamba Hotel and Rooms Hotel Tbilisi — and dramatic architecture by Levan Mushkudiani, the structure cuts a bold figure against the mountains of Bakuriani. In addition to the guestrooms, lobby library, co-working space and swimming pool, there is a climatic dining room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a front row seat to view the striking scenery. Further east and K5 in Tokyo shares a similar personality with its fusion of guestrooms, restaurants, bars and social spaces within a four-storey 1920s structure. Guided by “aimai’ as a design concept, Claesson Koivisto Rune have designed a series of spaces where unclear boundaries lend themselves to versatile areas that have the capacity to change character throughout the day. This is best exemplified in public areas such as the reception, which also duals as a coffee shop that gently seeps into the wine bar and then the restaurant, thanks to a purposeful blueprint conceived with the intention for all spaces and functions to intermingle.

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