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Top 100 Hip Hotel Trends of 2012

From Luxurious Winter Pods to Converted Correctional Hotels

— January 17, 2013 — World
For the uninitiated, a truly hip hotel is one that follows a unique concept beyond luxury and comfort, as exemplified by these hip hotel trends. With hotels this hip, the place where you rest your head when on vacation doesn't have to be just that; your hotel becomes a part of the entire vacation experience itself, if not its main component.

For some, the idea of anti-luxury is what's most interesting -- deliberately downgraded hotels of 2012 include the hostel-inspired ACE Hotel and the Menuires Ski Resort Cubby apartment. Scare tactics prove popular as well, with accommodations such as the Jailhouse, a literal converted correctional facility, or the W Hotel in New Orleans -- it's literally on fire.

Whether you're looking for something ridiculously opulent or ironically under-equipped, these hip hotels will help you make your next vacation a memorable one. Check out our Hip Hotels Trend Report for more in-depth information.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Record-Breaking Construction Clips
Record-Breaking Construction Clips
The 30-Story Hotel in 15 Days Video is Captivating
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99
Art-Accepting Accommodations
Art-Accepting Accommodations
Clarion Hotel Stockholm Accepts Artwork As Payment
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98
Artistically Inclined Inn Guides
Artistically Inclined Inn Guides
Paris’ Le Royal Monceau Hotel Offers an Art Concierge to It
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97
Marital Terminating Accommodations
Marital Terminating Accommodations
The Divorce Hotel Helps Couples Dissolve Marriages
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96
Business Tycoon Tour Apps
Business Tycoon Tour Apps
Virgin Atlantic London City Guide Includes Richard Branson's Top Places
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95
Couturier-Designed Inns
Couturier-Designed Inns
The Zadig & Voltaire Hotel Will Open Its Doors in 2014
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94
Hotel Fitness Outfit Programs
Hotel Fitness Outfit Programs
The Westin New Balance Gear Lending Ensures Travellers Stay Active
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93
Scenic Mountaineer Vacations
Scenic Mountaineer Vacations
The Cambrian Provides a Surprise Round Every Corner & Tremendous View
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92
Farm Animal Resorts
Farm Animal Resorts
The Hotel Sheep Guest House Presents Hospitality for Beasts
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91
Extended Checkout Services
Extended Checkout Services
The Art Series Hotels' Overstay Checkout Lets Guests Stay for Free
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90
Humanistic Internet Inn-Hunters
Humanistic Internet Inn-Hunters
The 'simplehoney' Hotel Booker Uses a Travel Quiz
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89
Cyborg Animal Installations
Cyborg Animal Installations
The Ian Sklarsky NYC Future Zoo Piece Imagines the Year 2049
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88
Flexible Hotel Check-Ins
Flexible Hotel Check-Ins
Starwood Hotels 'Your24' Service Allows Guests to Choose Their Times
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87
16th-Century Ruin Lodges
16th-Century Ruin Lodges
The Alemanys 5 House Modernizes History for 21st-Century Guests
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86
Romantic Roman Guesthouses
Romantic Roman Guesthouses
Casa Montani offers an Intimate Getaway in a Bustling City
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85
Airy Eco Accommodations
Airy Eco Accommodations
The Visage Hotel Provides Superior Natural Ventilation
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84
Multifarious Mediterranean Accomodations
Multifarious Mediterranean Accomodations
The Elisa Manola Ammos Hotel Renovations are Bright
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83
Supersized Presidential Suites
Supersized Presidential Suites
The St Regis Tianjin Hotel is Luxurious
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82
Stargazing Accommodations
Stargazing Accommodations
The Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel Focuses on the Skies
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81
Travel Opinion Graphics
Travel Opinion Graphics
The 'Naked Truth: Hotel Reviews' Infographic Explains the Industry
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80
Screened-Off Accommodations
Screened-Off Accommodations
Hotel Americano by Enrique Norten Provides a Buffer From NYC Streets
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79
Curvaceous Canopied Retreats
Curvaceous Canopied Retreats
The Palais Thermal Spa is Breezy and Breathtaking
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78
Magical Moroccan Accomodations
Magical Moroccan Accomodations
The Riad El Fenn Hotel is a Luxurious Escape From Everyday Design
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77
Salt Block Hotels
Salt Block Hotels
The Palacio De Sal Offers the Most Seasoned Accommodations
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76
Plush Parisian Pads
Plush Parisian Pads
The Hermes-Decorated Apartment in Singapore is as Lavish as the Designer
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75
Homey Hotel Havens
Homey Hotel Havens
B+B Belgravia Offers a Townhouse Treat for London Locals and Visitors
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74
Fabric-Covered Accomodations
Fabric-Covered Accomodations
Hotel the Exchange's 61 Rooms are Designed by Former Fashion Students
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73
Crystallized Iceberg Superstructures
Crystallized Iceberg Superstructures
The Harbin Ice Hotel by LAVA is Beautiful and Enormous
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72
Street Artist-Decorated Lodges
Street Artist-Decorated Lodges
The Classical Baby Grand Hotel Brings a Touch of NYC to Athens
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71
Regal Nautical Accommodations
Regal Nautical Accommodations
Hotel Reginella is Fit for a Noblewoman and Sea Captain
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70
Outrageous Overnighter Packages
Outrageous Overnighter Packages
The Setai South Beach 'Star Style Experience' is an Expensive Stay
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69
Squatting Accommodations
Squatting Accommodations
The Ahmedabad Hotel by Studio Symbiosis is Inspired by Waves in Nature
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68
Glamorous Barbie-Themed Hotels
Glamorous Barbie-Themed Hotels
The Seoul Sheraton Hotel Suites Offer a Fun and Enchanting Vacation
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67
Intergalactic Tourism Concepts
Intergalactic Tourism Concepts
Shamaxi Space Hotel Offers a Luxurious Stay for Space Tourists
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66
Responsible Party Hotels
Responsible Party Hotels
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Campaign is Light-Hearted and Posh
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65
Refurbished Royal Accommodations
Refurbished Royal Accommodations
St. Ermin's Hotel Voted the Top Secret Luxury Location in London
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64
Car-Including Hotel Rooms
Car-Including Hotel Rooms
The St. Regis Hotel Bentley Suite Comes Complete with Auto Access
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63
Swanky Celebratory Suites
Swanky Celebratory Suites
The Trump Hotel New York 15th Anniversary Package is Pure Decadence
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62
Tailor-Made Spa Experiences
Tailor-Made Spa Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton Premieres the ‘Spa My Blend’ by Clarins
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61
Suspended Spectacle Lodgings
Suspended Spectacle Lodgings
The AirHotel by Time Circus Offers Popup Accommodations
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60
Iconic Infographic Flooring
Iconic Infographic Flooring
The Goli & Bosi Hostel is Decorated with Directions for Using Spaces
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59
Luxurious Venetian Lodgings
Luxurious Venetian Lodgings
The Palazzina Grassi Hotel was Designed by Philippe Starck
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58
Exclusive Cascading Cafeterias
Exclusive Cascading Cafeterias
The Villa Escudero Waterfalls Restaurant is a Refreshing Retreat
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57
New York-Style Parisian Hotels
New York-Style Parisian Hotels
Designer of Residence Nell Was Inspired by Big Apple Apartments
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56
Vertical Runway Shows
Vertical Runway Shows
Revere Hotel Boston Common Opens with Adventurous Fashion Catwalk
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55
Mod Monolithic Architecture
Mod Monolithic Architecture
L'And Vinyards Hotel Embodies Luxury and Modernity in its Crispness
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54
Protruding Window Accommodations
Protruding Window Accommodations
The Hotel Topazz Has an Intriguing Facade That Will Attract Many
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53
Artistic Designer Hotels
Artistic Designer Hotels
Gallery Hotel Art is Hosting a Must-See Marilyn Monroe Photo Exhibit
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52
Extravagent Soccer Club Getaways
Extravagent Soccer Club Getaways
Real Madrid Resort Island Kicks Up the United Arab Emirates
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51
Cabana-Clad Island Inns
Cabana-Clad Island Inns
The Almyra Hotel in Cyprus is a True Paradise Getaway
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50
Lavish Ablaze Hotels
Lavish Ablaze Hotels
The W Hotel New Orleans French Quarter is Obsessed with Fiery Tones
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49
Historical Museum-Inspired Inns
Historical Museum-Inspired Inns
The Francesc Rife Studio Caro Hotel Fuses New and Old Together
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48
Half-Country Hotels
Half-Country Hotels
The Arbez Franco-Suisse Hotel Lies Directly Between Switzerland and France
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47
Prison Replication Inns
Prison Replication Inns
The Intimidating Hotel Alcatraz Pops Up in London
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46
Pixelated Lodging Exteriors
Pixelated Lodging Exteriors
The Sheung Wan Hotel Looks Like It is Dismantling from the Top Down
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45
Mod Mediterranean Villas
Mod Mediterranean Villas
Relais Blu Belvedere Offers Contemporary Amalfi Accommodations
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44
Converted Shop Hotels
Converted Shop Hotels
Urbanauts Project Turns Abandoned Stores into 4-Star Accommodations
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43
Wooden Beachside Hotels
Wooden Beachside Hotels
The Vivanta by Taj Combines a Lavish Holiday with Contemporary Living
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42
Bold Bowling Hat Interiors
Bold Bowling Hat Interiors
The Portago Urban Hotel by ILMIODESIGN Features a British Inspiration
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41
Deep Sea Vacation Dwellings
Deep Sea Vacation Dwellings
The Water Discus Hotel Lets Patrons Literally Sleep with the Fishes
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40
Rocky Ravine Hotels
Rocky Ravine Hotels
Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental by Atkins is Riveting
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39
Kaleidescopic Mirrored Accomodations
Kaleidescopic Mirrored Accomodations
The Hotel Vander Urbani Resort is Spacious and Welcoming
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38
Fly-In Campgrounds
Fly-In Campgrounds
Go 'Glamping' at New Zealand's Luxurious Minaret Station
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37
Water Floatation Dwellings
Water Floatation Dwellings
Solar Floating Resort is Always on the Move With Ultimate Views
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36
Protruding Luxury Spas
Protruding Luxury Spas
The Holiday Inn Shanghai Glass Bottom Swimming Pool is Adrenaline-Packed
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35
Jungle Pampering Getaways
Jungle Pampering Getaways
The Como Shambhala Estate is a Tranquil Health Spa in Indonesia
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34
Carved Concrete Ceilings
Carved Concrete Ceilings
The Casa Do Conto Hotel is Inspired by Two Different Centuries
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33
Modernized Strand-Board Abodes
Modernized Strand-Board Abodes
The Carl Turner British Barn is a Perfect Combo of Country and Chic
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32
Boho Hostel-Inspired Hotels
Boho Hostel-Inspired Hotels
ACE Hotel Portland Exemplifies a Casual Mentality and Hipster Quarters
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31
Converted Correctional Hotels
Converted Correctional Hotels
Jailhouse Accommodation Houses Itinerants Rather Than Internees
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30
Luxury Urban Retreats
Luxury Urban Retreats
The Bingham Hotel Provides a City Getaway from Central London
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29
Hole-Punched Lodges
Hole-Punched Lodges
The Dream Downtown Hotel Resembles Connect Four
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28
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
The Banyan Tree Bangkok Resort Allows You To Escape to the Extraordinary
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27
Green Boutique Lodgings
Green Boutique Lodgings
The 'Sport Hotel' by m2r Architecture is a Nod to Nature
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26
Luxurious Winter Pods
Luxurious Winter Pods
The Igloo Village at the Hotel Kakslauttanen Offers Up a Unique Experience
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25
Modernized Ski Lodges
Modernized Ski Lodges
The Chalet Beranger is Completely Contemporary But Still Cozy
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24
Steampunk Typing Critters
Steampunk Typing Critters
The Doktor A. Montague Sculpture is a Writing Wind-Up Beetle
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23
Submerged Hotels
Submerged Hotels
The Water Discus Underwater Hotel Allows You to Vacation in the Sea
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22
Temporary Mobile Hotels
Temporary Mobile Hotels
The DROP Moveable Suite Lets Travelers Stay Wherever They Wish
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21
Mobile Freight Lodges
Mobile Freight Lodges
The 'Snoozebox Portable Hotel' Takes Three Days to Build
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20
Logogram-Inspired Lodgings
Logogram-Inspired Lodgings
The Ampersand Hotel is Inspired by the Cultural District It Resides in
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19
Unaligned Unconventional Lodgings
Unaligned Unconventional Lodgings
Cocoon Suites Twist to Typical Hotel Rooms
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18
Residential-Style Accommodations
Residential-Style Accommodations
The James Chicago Hotel Boasts a Warm and Modern Design
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17
Boho Chic Eco Resorts
Boho Chic Eco Resorts
The H2 Hotel Healdsburg Opts for a Green Design Scheme
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16
Vintage River Boats
Vintage River Boats
Aqua Expeditions Introduces the First Luxury Cruise of the Amazon
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15
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Acacia Cliffs Lodge Offers a Warm Stay with a Cool Design and Setting
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14
Submerged Luxury Nightclubs
Submerged Luxury Nightclubs
Check out The World's First Underwater Music Club in the Maldives
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13
Affordable Lavish Inns
Affordable Lavish Inns
Hostal La Buena Vida Lets You Travel in Style Without Breaking the Bank
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12
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
The Waldseilgarten Resort in Germany Offers Fun and Challenging Adventures
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11
Bold Affordable Accommodation
Bold Affordable Accommodation
Zollhaus Hostel Provides Atmosphere and Aesthetics Beyond the Budget
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10
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a Luxurious Paradise
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9
Underground Theme Parks
Underground Theme Parks
The Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland is Futuristic
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8
Geodesic Domed Lodges
Geodesic Domed Lodges
The Loveland Farms Offers Pod Accommodations for Creative People
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7
Underground Seaside Restaurants
Underground Seaside Restaurants
The Summer Cave is the Most Romantic Place to Dine in the World
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6
Transparent Pod Lodgings
Transparent Pod Lodgings
The Attrap Reves Hotel Allows Guests to Stargaze in France
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5
Mountain Forest Lodgings
Mountain Forest Lodgings
The Treehouse-Style Ecotagnes in the Alps is a Snowy Paradise
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4
Luxury Floating Hotels
Luxury Floating Hotels
The M/V Aria Cruise Ship Travels Along the Amazon River
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3
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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2
Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Intimate Architecture by David Garcia Studio Overlooks Vineyards
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1
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
This Menuires Ski Resort Apartment Compartmentalizes its Occupants
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