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Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, A Member Of Design Hotels™

What It Takes to Become
a Design Hotels Property

Each member hotel is carefully selected for

travelers seeking the unusual, the individual,

and the unexpected.

The Evolution of
Design Hotels

More than two decades ago, long before “design” and “boutique” were commonplace attributes in the hospitality scene, Design Hotels was out there finding the unusual and the unique. Today, the mission continues and has been expanded to include properties that are gateways to authentic local experiences. We seek hotels that serve as cultural hubs, creating moments no other property can provide.

Treehouse aerial view
Papaya Playa Project, Tulum, a Member of Design Hotels™

The Measure of Originality

Each year, more than 400 hotels apply for membership with Design Hotels. In the end, only five percent are approved. These select few demonstrate a passion for cultural authenticity and genuine hospitality that is enhanced by thought-provoking design and architecture.

A social space and a bar

The Experience,

When considering a new member, Design Hotels™ looks for that distinguishing factor—the irrefutable “thing” that makes it wholly original. Is there integration into the local scene? Is there a strong identity? Does the property provide cultural programming? We also look at environmental responsibility, the personalities behind the property, and of course the architecture and design.

Lobby area with two chairs
The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga, A member of Design Hotels™

The Defining Moment

While all of our selection criteria are important, they are by no means enough; it is impossible to quantify creativity or anticipate the impact of something that has yet to be realized. After all, the true measure of a hotel can only be summed up by one definitive action: walking through its front door.

Entrance to restaurant with view of beach
The Naka Phuket, a Member of Design Hotels™

Note: Only select Design Hotels™ member properties are Marriott Partner Hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy™ Program. Design Hotels™ may not offer the same Marriott Bonvoy™ benefits or brand service standards as other Marriott hotels.

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