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Top 50 Hip Hotels in 2009

— January 1, 2010 — World
If you know me well, or you read my book, it will become clear that I have a penchant for hip hotels. Accordingly, it is with great excitement that I reveal this year's countdown of the top 50 hip hotels. These hotels represent the most innovative, unique and viral hotels that popped up during the year.

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Seaside Coworking Campuses
Seaside Coworking Campuses
The 'Healthy HouZe of Work and Rest Ithaca' For Freelancers
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Holidays with Monks
Holidays with Monks
The Augustine Hotel Prague Envelops A Historic Monastery
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48
Beachside Casino Hotels
Beachside Casino Hotels
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten
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47
Seychelles Sanctuaries
Seychelles Sanctuaries
Maia Hotel Luxury Villas Offer Pristine Views & Personal Butlers
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46
Artistic Hotel Promos
Artistic Hotel Promos
Eden Rock in St. Barts Offers Free Painting Lesson for Kids
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45
Hip Hotel Recession Marketing
Hip Hotel Recession Marketing
Luxury Hotspots Offer Travelers a One Night Stand
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44
Romantic African Hideaways
Romantic African Hideaways
Bilila Lodge Kempinski in Serengeti National Park
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43
Scattered Accommodation
Scattered Accommodation
The Pixel Hotel of Linz Has Random Rooms Around the City
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42
Eco-Friendly Hotels for Oenophiles
Eco-Friendly Hotels for Oenophiles
Fall Asleep Inside a Wine Cask at De Vrouwe van Stavoren
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41
Competitive Ice Hoteling
Competitive Ice Hoteling
Designers Sculpt Their Way to Sweden's Heart
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40
In-Room Coffee Bars
In-Room Coffee Bars
Viceroy Miami Brings Hollywood Sensibilities to the East Coast
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39
Tacky Travel Destinations
Tacky Travel Destinations
Madonna Inn Shares Name, Age + Gaudy Style With the Material Girl
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38
Fairy Tale Themed Hotels
Fairy Tale Themed Hotels
Grand Daddy's Goldilocks Trailer in South Africa
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37
Urban Beekeeping
Urban Beekeeping
Rooftop of Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel Is A Hive Heaven
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36
British-American Boutique Hotels
British-American Boutique Hotels
Firmdale Opens the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC
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35
Drug Themed Nightclubs
Drug Themed Nightclubs
Miami's "Opium" is Designed to be a Modern Day Opium Den
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34
Recession Worthy Hotels
Recession Worthy Hotels
The Ace Hotel in NYC Offers Bunkbed Rooms Starting at $99
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33
Teeny Boutique Hotels
Teeny Boutique Hotels
David Carter Designs the Interior of London's Smallest Hotel
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32
Zero Star Hotels
Zero Star Hotels
The Null Stern Hotel in Switzerland Is In An Old Bomb Shelter
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31
Indian Princess Baths
Indian Princess Baths
The Alva Park Resort & Spa Features 6-Star Luxury in Costa Brava
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30
Salt Hotels
Salt Hotels
Please Do Not Lick The Walls in This Bolivian Inn Made Entirely of Salt
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29
California Eco-Resorts
California Eco-Resorts
Monterey Bay Shores Will Be World's Greenest Getaway
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28
Docked Cruise Ship Hotels
Docked Cruise Ship Hotels
Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opt For Floating Tourism Solution
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27
Stone House Hotels
Stone House Hotels
Amanresorts Villa Milocer Montenegro is a Modern Escape in Historic Setting
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26
Candy-Colored Spas
Candy-Colored Spas
Rogner's Bad Blumau in Austria is Swank and Sweet
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25
Hoax Hotelicopters
Hoax Hotelicopters
Faux Flying Hotel Sends Bloggers Who Don't Fact Check Into a Frenzy
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Hotels That Inspire Creativity
Hotels That Inspire Creativity
Groovy Retro-Themed '25Hours Hotel' in Hamburg
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23
Vibrant Rainbow Hotels
Vibrant Rainbow Hotels
The G Hotel in Ireland is a Contemporary Design Lover's Pot of Gold
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22
Ice-Age Superstructures
Ice-Age Superstructures
Herzog & De Meuron's Elbe Philharmonic Hall
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21
Pennies as Floor Tiles
Pennies as Floor Tiles
The Standard Hotel New York Uses Currency as Interior Decor
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20
Desert Skyscraper Hotels
Desert Skyscraper Hotels
The Stone Towers in Cairo, Egypt by Zaha Hadid Are a Cool Oasis
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19
Oil Rig Resorts
Oil Rig Resorts
Sustainable Developments to Beautify Floating Gulf Coast Eyesores
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18
Singing Disco Showers
Singing Disco Showers
Retro-Chic Butlins Ocean Hotel Features a Fun Party Vibe
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17
Black & White Boutique Hotels
Black & White Boutique Hotels
Habita Monterrey Delivers Affordable Luxury
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16
Self Serve Nightclubs
Self Serve Nightclubs
Amsterdam's Bartenderless MiniBar is World's First
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15
Stellar Fantasy Suites
Stellar Fantasy Suites
Sin City's The Palms Hotel Houses Sizzling Themed Rooms
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14
Recycled Aircraft Suites
Recycled Aircraft Suites
Costa Verde Hotel's Boeing 727 Airframe Room
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13
Self-Service Hotels
Self-Service Hotels
Base2stay in London is Budget-Friendly, Looks like a Dorm
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12
Greek Luxury Resorts
Greek Luxury Resorts
La Marquise Rhodes Has Views, a Lagoon Pool. Fitness Suites
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11
Billion Dollar Hotels
Billion Dollar Hotels
The Mardan Palace Luxury Surpasses Larger Than Life Status
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10
Floating Swedish Hotels
Floating Swedish Hotels
The Salt & Sill is Sweden's First
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9
Lavish Lavatories
Lavish Lavatories
The Upper House Luxurious Bathrooms Impress on Many Levels
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8
Tree House Resorts
Tree House Resorts
Club Med in Senegal Looks Like Peanuts, Costs Many Sheckels
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7
Hotels on Stilts
Hotels on Stilts
Angsana's InOcean Villas are Island-Free Vacations in the Maldives
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6
Droplet Architecture
Droplet Architecture
Hi-Tech Resort Design Especially for Humid Coastlines
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5
Rockin' Hotel Rooms
Rockin' Hotel Rooms
The Vegas Hard Rock Hotel Paradise Tower is a Rock 'n' Roll Haven
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4
Luxury Bunk Bed Hotels
Luxury Bunk Bed Hotels
The Pod Hotel Offers Cute Manhattan Rooms Under $100
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3
Bizarre Themed Hotel Rooms
Bizarre Themed Hotel Rooms
Sleep in Coffins and Lion Cages At Berlin's Propeller Island
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2
Mobile Hotel Pods
Mobile Hotel Pods
The SLEEPBOX Could Make Hotel Reservations Obsolete
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1
Shipping Container Hotels
Shipping Container Hotels
$20 Rooms at 41 Berangan Hotel for Credit Crunch Travel
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