Travelers have some amazing destinations to choose from when it comes to hotels designs that will amaze. Well-thought hotel design can have a dramatic impact on the guest experience, from the moment a guest pulls up to the curb right through until their departure. Efficiency, comfort and awe can be designed right into the experience.

From the recently-opened guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood featuring 2.3 million LED lights to The Mist Hot Spring Hotel in China, where visitors are surrounded by hot spring pools and mechanized fog, here are some of our favorites from around the globe.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

With much fanfare, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood recently opened. The 450-foot-tall, $1.5 billion expansion project is modeled after the look of a Gibson guitar. The neon-lit, 34-story hotel features 469 “rock star suites”, 20 nightlife destinations, a 42,000-square-foot spa, 26,000 square feet of retail, multiple pools, cabanas, and event space. The façade features 2.3 million LED lights that provide visual effects.


Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, British West Indies

After being heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, Belmond Cap Juluca underwent a $121 million dollar restoration by HKS and Rottet Studio. Per Hospitality Design, when it opened in 1988, Cap Juluca was a game-changing Caribbean hideaway that championed privacy and stood out with its Greco-Moorish architecture. HKS nodded to the past by reconfiguring the flow of the property. “The new layout provides the opportunity for the guests to explore [each space] with ease,” says Melissa Voelker, the firm’s senior lead designer.

Tierra Chiloe, Chile

Designed by firm Mobil Arquitectos, Tierra Chilioe is perched on a hilltop in the main island of the Chiloe archipelago in Chile, per Dezeen. The hilly, pastoral area offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, as well as surrounding wetlands. Each of the hotel’s three levels are designed to interact with the scenery.

The Mist Hot Spring Hotel, Henan, China

As architecture firm Department of Architecture Co. write for ArchDaily, “The building masses, the passageways and the waterscape are strategically integrated with natural steam from hot-spring pools and some additional mechanized fog that would surround the overall atmosphere and experience. White mist floating just above water surface not only creates dreamy ambience but also provides certain level of privacy for guests relaxing in private hot spring pools from other guests’ view.”

Le Belaroia, Montpellier, France

A small site adjacent to a train station in Montpellier led architects Manuelle Gautrand Architecture to “stack up the functions,” per Architonic. “The complex triangular form of the site led us to design a continuous volume with a succession of folds that unfurl along the north and the east facades, topped by a wide bridge along the south façade.” The site includes two hotels, luxury apartments, restaurant and wellness center.