Daily Archives: July 25, 2009

Eco Chic ~ Aire de Bardenas, Spain

By Dian Hasan | July 25, 2009

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It must be something in the Spanish water! As there’s a mushrooming of design hotels across Spain, with such progressive design language, it defies explanation or categorization. Something of a mystery really, and we don’t have the space to investigate the reasons (and don’t even get us started on the food), so we’ll have to be content merely to report on another worthy development: the Aire de Bardenas, set at the edge of a desert in the northern province of Navarre.

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Sleek & Chic ~ First Hotel Grims Grenka, Oslo, Norway

By Dian Hasan | July 25, 2009

It’s a puzzling irony: the sort of modern, minimalist design that’s so often described as Scandinavian is actually quite rare in real live Scandinavian hotels. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part they’re a conservative lot. That’s about to change, though, if the opening of the First Hotel Grims Grenka, in Oslo, is any indication.

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