The Real Life Heartbreak Hotel
Today's incredible story comes courtesy of two bloggers, Anglo-American Michael John Grist and Canadian Mike's Blender, both of whom have lived in Japan and on a trip together, made an amazing discovery deep in the Japanese countryside.
Playtime for Architects
We’re taking a short break from our mission to find the most stylish vacation rentals in the world because now it’s time to play. With legos!
Modern Villa For Rent in Mexico
The newest addition to the Boutique Homes collection is Casa de las Estrellas, a gorgeous vacation rental in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Pictures of the house are absolutely dazzling on their own, so you can imagine how amazing the property is in real life.
Beach House Rentals at Boutique Homes
The beach house occupies a special place in our hearts. It represents warmth, fun, relaxation, and total freedom from the daily stress of urban living, even if it’s just for the weekend. From the sunny sands of California and the rocky eastern seaboard to the balmy beaches of tropical islands and the azure Mediterranean coastline, anywhere you find a gorgeous stretch of beach and someone who appreciates it, you’ll find a beach house.
Deep In the Heart of Texas
You probably already know how difficult it can be to find a vacation rental or small hotel that is stylish, unique, and intimate. We’ve been bombarded with images of massive resorts and bland mega-chains for so long that it’s hard to imagine there are any other options out there. But those of us who value small spaces go on vacation just like everybody else, so why shouldn’t we have a place to stay when we’re away?
If you count yourself among these lovers of the small, Cinco Camp might be the place for you.
A Most Unusual Small Hotel: Museumotel
The Museumotel is an unusual hotel to say the least. The group of white, round structures that make up the guest houses look like space pods crossed with hobbit holes, plopped down in the wooded landscape of northeastern France. The interiors are even more spacey: huge circular windows, dripping support columns, curving staircases, and arched doorways are common features. But while the design of these bubble houses is fascinating and unique, the story behind the Museumotel is even more so.
Boutique Homes Adds Very Small Hotels
Boutique Homes has expanded our collection of modern vacation rentals to include very small hotels, hand-picked for their unique architectural and design sensibilities.
When we say small, we mean it: all of these hotels have limited rooms and unique features you won’t find anywhere else. But staying in a small hotel doesn’t mean a having a small experience. Just ask yourself few questions: has any mega-hotel ever offered you the chance to wake up among the treetops in your very own bird’s nest?
Living with a Legend
Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered to be the 20th century’s greatest architect. During a career that spanned more than 70 years, he created buildings that revolutionized the field, and he left an imprint on architecture that is indelible. When he died in 1959, at the age of 91, he had designed 1141 works – including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries and museums. A total of 532 were completed, and 409 of them still stand. Until recently, however, very few were open to the public. Nowadays, at least 50 buildings can be visited (including the legendary Fallingwater), and a handful can be slept in.
Homes that Steal the Show
It’s hard to compete with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery when it comes to celluloid appeal. But here are some architectural masterpieces that may even outshine their glamorous co-stars. Houses that appear in movies, but weren’t torn down when the film crew called it a day. Design gems, from Capri to Canada, that are still standing today.
When you think of subterranean housing, the first dwellings that spring to mind are stark, concrete fallout shelters and the lairs of evil movie scientists. But in reality, underground housing is far from dark or depressing.
Where’s My House?
If you’ve ever had trouble finding your house keys as you’re about to unlock your front door, try this conundrum out for size. A house in the middle of a maze. It’s an intriguing idea, but one best not tackled late at night, after a big night out.
Down and Out in Moscow
The Russian Federation spreads across eleven time zones and two continents. It’s home to nearly 143 million people. It covers approximately 6.6 million square miles. When you’re traveling, sometimes time and money only allow for a taste, a nibble. So, on arriving in Russia, we make like nearly a quarter of the federation’s population, and head for the city. In this case, Moscow.
The American Tourist
The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who ‘travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than 24 hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited.’
When you hear the word Cholula, you probably think of hot sauce. Fair enough. It’s one of Mexico’s best-known exports. The famous hot sauce was named after the ancient city of Cholula. And while hot sauce and a spectacular pyramid (the great temple of Quetzalcoatl) are reason enough to visit Cholula, its new container city has become another, more contemporary draw.
In 2010, the world acquired a new country. It goes by the name of Hau Pakumotu or Moorea (meaning Yellow Lizard). It’s a popular destination that was located in French Polynesia’s Society Islands, northwest of Tahiti, until a group of islanders, overwhelmed by the high cost of living, proclaimed a new republic.
The Final Frontier
Ever since the days of the popular television show Star Trek, outer space has been the final frontier. Man has conquered all other forms of travel, from high speed air travel to luxury ocean liners that travel around the world. But what’s going on in outer space? A lot.
During the Cold War, approximately 750,000 military installations, referred to by Albanians as Concrete Mushrooms, were constructed throughout the tiny Balkan nation (one for every four citizens). Soldiers stood guard in them, protecting Albania from invasion.
The Temple of a Million Bottles
It’s one thing to incorporate used materials into your living space, it’s another to completely make it out of them. The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand is an amazing example of just how you really can turn waste into wonder.
Love’s Labors Found
You’ve probably heard of Japanese love hotels. If you haven’t, they’re chintzy, pay-by-the-hour hotels where lovers meet for illicit trysts, or just a bit of harmless fun. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard of: the Pearl Love Hotel, a ‘vintage’ love hotel, abandoned and left to decay under a forest of twisting vines, deep in the Japanese countryside.
I wasn’t sure when I saw this tower for the first time whether or not it was a hoax. It’s like something between the Eiffel Tower and Gaudi’s Park Guell… something made out of papier-mâché and photoshopped into the landscape. It looks so out of place and pretty unreal. And yet, it is real.
The Art of the Subway
Public art installations can be found in quiet rural villages and large cities that never sleep. But sometimes, some of the most interesting works of art and design in public spaces are hidden. And, in some cases, they’re underground.Visit Prague Station, above, and you’ll see what we mean. And it’s not the only subway system to boast free public art.