The 9 Best New Design Hotels

These vacation spots showcase the world-class work of influential architects and furniture designers. Best of all, they're taking reservations.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Mandarin Oriental | Barcelona
This project by Patricia Urquiola, a protégée of Achille Castiglioni and Piero Lissoni, has a lot of drama to offer for a 98-room getaway. But once you start exploring the property—two restaurants, a bar, pools inside and out—Urquiola's talents become even more apparent. She has masterfully incorporated modern shapes (furniture by Moroso, Flos, and Molteni), elements of Mediterranean style (Bassano ceramics, antique Spanish tile floors), and old-fashioned luxe (velvet upholsteries, a Chesterfield sofa) into the Asian aesthetic that defines the Mandarin Oriental brand (Tai Ping silk-wool rugs, large cotton screens, lacquered armoires).,

Photographs courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental

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