Hotel Marques de Riscal
Hotel Marques de Riscal


Modern hotels by famous architects

Created by some of the world’s most renowned architects, these hotels are monuments to great modern design and offer superbly unique accommodation.

Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego

Hailed for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry is easily recognized by his floating forms and bent ­metallic materials. This twisted signature style was also used for his 2006 luxury wine hotel in the Rioja district in Spain, creating an inhabitable sculpture amidst the ­vineyards and ancient villages of the region.

Calle Torrea Kalea, 1, Elciego, Spain

Hotel Parco dei Principi

Hotel Parco dei Principi , Sorrento

Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti is the man behind this 1961 design classic, which is found on the Amalfi coast and characterized by stunning graphic patterns on blue ceramic tiles, inspired by the ocean. The hotel has preserved the original Ponti design, and every detail still looks incredibly modern. The views over the Gulf of Naples will take your breath away. 

Via Bernardino Rota, 44, Sorrento, Italy

Hotel Le Corbusier, Marseille

The Swiss architect known as Le Corbusier was one of the leading lights of modernism. This Marseille hotel, built in roughcast concrete between 1947 and 1952, is one of his most famous works, not least for its futuristic roof level with a children’s paddling pool, along with fantastic seaviews. It’s also known for its later influence on socalled brutalist architecture.

Cité Radieuse, 280 Boulevard Michelet, Marseille, France

The Hotel Luzern

The Hotel Luzern, Lucerne

Famed in Denmark for the DR Concert Hall, Jean Nouvel transformed this original 1907 building into a completely modern, deluxe design hotel in 2000. Nouvel designed every detail of the interior, which features stills from his favorite movies projected onto the ceilings, lighting the rooms in different colors and ­giving admirers of the building a vibrant glow from the outside.

Sempacherstrasse 14, Lucerne, Switzerland

NH Torino Lingotto Tech, Turin

Renzo Piano has turned this former Fiat car factory into a multipurpose complex, which includes a very modern hotel. Half of the rooms feature stunning views of the Alps – and you’ll delight in extras like a former car testing track on the rooftop (now turned jogging track) and free entrance to Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli’s art collection.

Via Nizza 230, Turin, Italy

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