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Spectrum

spectrum (ˈspɛktrəm) the distribution of colours produced when white light is dispersed by a prism or diffraction grating.

Hotels and their architecture, atmosphere, interiors and locations all have their own story, from functional or formal to fun, free and fabulous. ‘Spectrum’ was created to show the full colour range of our hotels. This book is a riot of colour, style and grace, where the world’s most enticing interior designers and architects have created an oasis of calm, with a flourish, just for you. We have showcased ten colours, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Grey, Red, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Brown and Pink. Here you can find the most beautiful HIP Hotels, that will entrance, excite and inspire you, whether you’re after barefoot luxury, high end retro glamour, urban cool or sleek modernism. For a large part of the history of Photography, before the introduction of colour, the only choice was monochrome and therefore photography was thought of as being in black and white. ‘The Other Book’ then was conceived to show the true beauty of our hotels even when the colour spectrum is missing. It says more than a hundred reviews ever could - within these pages you’ll find timeless windows into other worlds, all over the globe. It is the very essence of what HIP Hotels does, distilled for your perusing pleasure. Split over five categories, Boutique, Classic, Contemporary, Desire, and Rustic, we let these stars of stays speak for themselves, to offer you an ‘other’ reality. These are the most inspiring spaces around the world where you can escape, dream, fall in love or simply just be.

  • Price £45.00
  • Publisher HIP Hotels
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2016
  • Isbn 978-0-9935577-1-2

The Grand Tour

An unforgettable journey around Italy of unique hotels drawing inspiration from the famous "Grand Tour", dedicated to ‘experiencing’ these destinations in all their essence, philosophy, history and beauty.

Beginning in the late 16th century, it became fashionable for the aristocracy to visit Italy; from Venice to Florence and above all Rome as the culmination of their classical education. Thus the idea of ‘The Grand Tour’ was born; a practice which taught art, architecture and culture to the noblemen of the time, formed by exposure to great Italian masterpieces. In England, where grand architecture was increasingly seen as an aristocratic pursuit, gentlemen often applied what they had learnt from the villas of Palladio in Veneto, the evocative ruins of Rome and the grand churches in Florence to their own country houses and gardens, purchasing antiquities and paintings whilst in Italy. The Italy of today still remains a romantic destination. In this book, each reader will be able to travel on a modern-day Grand Tour, staying in the most inspiring and unique properties of the country, absorbing their infinite culture, majestic beauty, unique designs and charming stories. A journey through Italy in its full splendour.

  • Price £45.00
  • Publisher HIP Hotels
  • Pages 528
  • Year 2016
  • Isbn 978-0-9935577-0-5

HIP Hotels Atlas XL

Dream encyclopaedia… He has done the footwork for armchair travellers everywhere

The desire to travel is universal. We all feel the need to get away from it all now and then. But as the world gets smaller and our travel options get broader, our lives get busier and our holidays ever more precious. We want to be certain of making a decision which we will not regret. More than that - we want experiences that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Enter HIP Hotels, perennial traveller companion and arbiter of hotel cool. With HIP HOTELS ATLAS, we present a global range of truly unforgettable experiences. Covering six continents, this book opens up a world of opportunities. You may be tempted by a classic Italian palazzo with its own black-sand beach. a magnificent mud kasbah in a lush oasis, an authentic Japanese inn with a traditional Zen ambience, a contemporary Tasmanian pavilion overlooking idyllic turquoise waters, a rugged log cabin in the heart of the American Wild West, or a laid-back but überstylish Brazilian beach shack. The eighty varied and Highly Individual Places in this seductive collection will have you packing your hags and planning your escape. Whether in a tar-ott paradise or a corner of heaven closer to home. every one of the hotels featured is a dream come true. All combine fabulous design, incredible architecture and heart stopping locations. From Alpine farmhouse to fantasy ice palace, Moorish mansion to modernist concrete bunker. these unique destinations offer emotions in a spectacular setting. With this inspirational globetrotting guide - a special edition in the bestselling HIP HOTELS series - the world is absolutely your well designed oyster.

  • Price £
  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 527
  • Year 2007
  • Isbn 0-500-51248-5

HIP Hotels Atlas

Dream encyclopaedia… He has done the footwork for armchair travellers everywhere

The desire to travel is universal. We all feel the need to get away from it all now and then. But as the world gets smaller and our travel options get broader, our lives get busier and our holidays ever more precious. We want to be certain of making a decision which we will not regret. More than that - we want experiences that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Enter HIP Hotels, perennial traveller companion and arbiter of hotel cool. With HIP HOTELS ATLAS, we present a global range of truly unforgettable experiences. Covering six continents, this book opens up a world of opportunities. You may be tempted by a classic Italian palazzo with its own black-sand beach. a magnificent mud kasbah in a lush oasis, an authentic Japanese inn with a traditional Zen ambience, a contemporary Tasmanian pavilion overlooking idvllic turquoise waters, a rugged log cabin in the heart of the American Wild West, or a laid-back but überstylish Brazilian beach shack. The eighty varied and Highly Individual Places in this seductive collection will have you packing your hags and planning your escape. Whether in a tar-ott paradise or a corner of heaven closer to home. every one of the hotels featured is a dream come true. All combine fabulous design, incredible architecture and heart stopping locations. From Alpine farmhouse to fantasy ice palace, Moorish mansion to modernist concrete hunker. these unique destinations offer an emotion in a spectacular setting. With this inspirational globetrotting guide - a special edition in the bestselling HIP HOTELS series - the world is absolutely your well designed oyster.

  • Price £
  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 527
  • Year 2007
  • Isbn 978-0-500-28569-5

HIP Hotels UK

Having travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain in search of the elegance and vision characteristic of the ultimate retreat, arbiter of cool Herbert Ypma has identified a collection of perfect British hideaways. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the famously lush and beautiful British countryside anywhere from Dartmoor to the North Yorkshire Moors: take advantage of the fusion menus and homely cosiness of the emerging ‘gastro pubs” tucked into picturesque locations; or hide away in one of the magnificent historic estates built by the British aristocracy — a ‘groovy grand‘ country house — this book invites you to make the most of the new British style. All of these UK hotels represent that unique combination of authenticity and panache that defines a true HIP HOTEL in their celebration of contemporary luxury as well as the comforts of traditional British hospitality. quirkiness and local excellence. Taking a fresh look beyond the big cities. from deepest Devon to the rugged wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, HIP HOTELS: UK is the ultimate guide to finding boltholes that celebrate rural style and sophistication in Great Britain in the 21st century. You will be surprised: the UK countryside is more modern, more up—to—date. more — dare we say it — Hip than that of almost any other country. Yet in true British style, this Hipness is distinctly understated — both effortlessly timeless and imbued with a deep sense of the past. With 335 illustrations. 300 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2007
  • Isbn 0-500-28678-7

HIP Hotels New York

An eye for the funky and fun as well as the luxe

In recent years highly individual hotels have sprung up in almost every neighbourhood of the world's most vibrant cities. In this exceptional new volume from the bestselling HIP HOTELS stable, perennial traveller and arbiter of hotel cool Herbert Ypma presents the hippest hotels in New York. The book features: Herbert Ypma's own take on New York and his highly personal approach to it District-by-district coverage of New York's most stunning hotels Superb, specially taken photographs accompanied by informative texts Essential information for each hotel, including street and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and room rates Details of an ‘absolutely have to see' site of special local interest and a ‘must have lunch' or ‘must have dinner' spot to make the most of your surroundings Whether you are after a timeless yet funky urban retreat on the Lower East Side, a taste of 'loft living' in SoHo, privacy and exclusivity in the Meatpacking district or a glam gothic bolthole under the bright lights of Times Square. HIP HOTELS: NEW YORK offers up a fabulous selection of Highly Individual Places to stay. Whatever your taste, whatever your budget, and whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, this stylish book will not fail to inspire and seduce.

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 192
  • Year 2006
  • Isbn 0-500-28618-3

HIP Hotels Paris

No self-respecting bookshelf can now be without HIP Hotels

ln recent years highly individual hotels have sprung up in almost every neighbourhood of the world's most vibrant cities. In this exceptional new volume from the bestselling HIP HOTELS stable. Perennial traveller and arbiter of hotel cool Herbert Ypma presents the hippest hotels in Paris. The book features: Herbert Ypma's own take on Paris and his highly personal approach to it Districti by district coverage of Paris's most stunning hotels. Superb, specially taken photographs. accompanied by informative texts Essential information for each hotel. including street and email addresses. telephone and fax numbers. and room rates. Details of an "absolutely have to see' site of special local interest and a “must have lunch‘ or 'must have dinner' spot to make the most of your surroundings Whether you are after a funky boutique hotel in an up—and-coming area. a romantic hideaway in a historic quarter. A quietly luxurious stay in a well-heeled arrondissement or a chic bolthole on the Left Bank. HIP HOTELS: PARIS offers up a fabulous selection of Highly Individual Places to stay. Whatever your taste. whatever your budget. and whether you are travelling for business or pleasure. this stylish book will not fail to inspire and seduce. With 304 illustrations. 224 in colour

  • Price £
  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 192
  • Year 2006
  • Isbn 82-7146-172-9

HIP Hotels London

From louche luxury to minimalist chic, this is absolutely the last word

In recent years highly individual hotels have sprung up in almost every neighbourhood of the world's most vibrant cities. In this exceptional new volume from the bestselling HIP HOTELS stable. perennial traveller and arbiter of hotel cooI Herbert Ypma presents the hippest hotels in London. The book features: Herbert Ypma's own take on London and his highly personal approach to it District—by—district coverage of London's most stunning hotels Superb, specially taken photographs accompanied by informative texts Essential information for each hotel, including street and e—mail addresses telephone and fax numbers and room rates Details of an ‘absolutely have to see' site of special local interest and a ‘must have lunch' or ‘must have dinner' spot to make the most of your surroundings Whether you are after an eclectic bolthole in fashionable Notting Hill, a classically British institution in the heart of Mayfair, a characterful retreat in bohemian Soho or a funky urban hotel in an up—and—coming area, HIP HOTELS: LONDON offers up a fabulous selection of Highly Individual Places to stay. Whatever your taste, whatever your budget and whether you are travelling for business or pleasure this stylish book will not fail to inspire and seduce. T" 277 illustrations. 233 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 191
  • Year 2006
  • Isbn 82-7146-173-7

HIP Hotels Orient

… Stunning pictures of modernist retreats, ancient palaces and exotic locations all packaged in one perfect book. These places are what dreams are made of

When the world was a far less travelled place, the Orient was a synonym for the exotic, the hidden promise of the unknown. Today, in an age of fast, easy access to the furthest corners of the globe, few destinations remain fresh and undiscovered. That is, unless you know where to go... In the newest addition to the HIP HOTELS series, Herbert Ypma follows in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo to find some of the most extraordinary and inspiring Highly Individual Places yet. Live like a maharaja — with a maharaja — in the splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan, a unique architectural fantasy with a majestic exterior and daring Art Deco interior. Admire the flair and extravagance of one of the Orient’s most flamboyant houses in the multicultural Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang, a tribute to the ancient philosophy of feng shui and the harmonious fusion of East and West., Relax in a guest villa of the former King Sihanouk, now the setting for Cambodia’s sophisticated new Aman hotel, whose Sixties-inspired modernist aesthetic is the perfect antidote to days spent exploring the nearby temples of Angkor. Or venture to the Commune by the Great Wall, a vibrant, highly innovative development by an all-star cast of Asian design talent set beside China’s most famous ancient structure. Sublime monuments, ancient traditions, tantalizing locations and startling modernity make HIP HOTELS: ORIENT Herbert Ypma's most exciting book to date. With 475 illustrations, 367 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2005
  • Isbn 0-500-28513-6

HIP Hotels Beach

Drool-worthy… fabulous

Glittering turquoise waters lapping the shore, palm trees swaying in the breeze...going barefoot in the sand is almost a primal urge. But after hours of planes, trains and automobiles, an amazing beach isn’t enough. We also want an amazing hotel — somewhere that captures the essence of its location in design, ambience and cuisine. On the shores of six continents, each of these Hip Hotels expresses the uniqueness of its setting. The Lugger, tucked into a hidden cove on the south coast of Cornwall, has been transformed from one-time smuggler’s hideout into modern luxury retreat. On the volcanic island of Santorini, rising spectacularly from the Greek Aegean, the sparkling white cube cottages of Hotel Tsitouras cluster around an eighteenth- century mansion, their interiors adorned with ancient amphorae, Byzantine icons and antique porcelain from the owner's outstanding art collection. On Mexico's Pacific Coast, the idyllic ecological reserve of Hotelito Desconocido invites you to witness the annual scramble of newly hatched sea turtles as they make their first intrepid journey to the ocean. Or for an urban antidote to Robinson Crusoe-style minimalism, the recently completed Hotel Hi in Nice, France, is a fantastically innovative creation by up-and-coming star designer Matali Crasset. Spectacular settings, authentic style, here are forty more Highly Individual Places to make your beach experience unique. With 511 illustrations, 396 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2004
  • Isbn 0-500-28486-5

HIP Hotels USA

That globetrotting purveyor of hotel cool, Herbert Ypma has just released the latest in his hugely successful HIP Hotels collection... packed with the stunning photography we’ve grown to love

For Hip Hotels: USA Herbert Ypma has taken to the road, the only way to.experience this vast and beautiful land. With a choice as immense as the country itself, and an arbiter as discerning as Ypma, Hip Hotels: USA offers a uniquely stylish selection of Highly Individual Places to stay. Some of these hotels invite you to immerse yourself in the States' extraordinary wilderness; others introduce you to an urban scene with an edge. Restore your perspective in a spectacular private treehouse fifty feet up a giant cedar in the heart of Mount Rainier National Park; or come back to earth in your own lakeside cabin in \Msconsin, designed by a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. Experience Old World gentility in an ltalianate palazzo amid the clapboard farmhouses of New England, or live out your Rat Pack fantasies as you lounge poolside with a martini surrounded by mid-century modern classics — furniture by Bertoia, Eames, Saarinen — in an authentic 19505 motel in Palm Springs. Coast to coast, sea to shining sea, the new Hip Hotels is the ultimate guide to finding your very own American dream. With 474 illustrations, 357 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2003
  • Isbn 0-500-28404-0

HIP Hotels Ski

He’s had us staying in some of the world’s hippest city hotels – now Herbert Ypma shows us how to ski in style

These Hip Hotels are all about winter action and sharp style. With ever more people catching on to the thrill and spectacle of the mountains, the choice of ski hotels has becoming mind-boggling — and overwhelmingly mediocre. Now Herbert Ypma proves at last that there are alternatives to the tired formulae of the typical resort hotel, whatever your taste or destination. An authentic ranch on the Colorado high prairie or a Renaissance castle in the southern Tirol; a 400-year-old Austrian farmhouse or hard-edge snowboarder style — the possibilities are inspiring. The recently renovated Hotel les Dromonts in the French Alps is a wonder of 19605 organic style in a building shaped like a fir cone. Or behold the mighty jagged peaks of Italy’s Dolomite mountains from your balcony at Hotel Ancora in Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of the world's original ski resorts. PlumpJack in Squaw Valley, California, is a funky fantasy of burnished metal and heraldic style: an unlikely eclectic success. Or maybe you prefer the romantic haven of Sundance, Robert Redford’s unspoilt retreat, where you can cosy up in your own mountain cottage after a day of Utah’s legendary powder. Hip Hotels: Ski adds a whole new dimension to the annual adventure in the snow. With 511 illustrations, 379 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2002
  • Isbn 0-500-28375-3

HIP Hotels Italy

Herbert Ypma’s beautifully simple guidebooks are the ultimate for anyone who likes to make a stylish getaway

"You can have the universe, if I can have Italy," said Giuseppe Verdi. This sounds generous, but Verdi knew that Italy is a universe — diverse, beautiful and filled with the relics of two millennia of civilization. For this volume of Hip Hotels, Herbert Ypma has ventured far beyond the rolling hills of Tuscany, the postcard-perfect Amalfi Coast and the Grand Tour destinations of Venice, Florence and Rome to introduce discoveries in underexplored regions like Puglia, Basilicata and Le Marche. You might be inspired to visit the utterly refined Hotel Raya on the Aeolian island of Panarea, from whose all- white terraces you can watch the volcano of Stromboli spurt fiery lava into the night skies. At the opposite end of the country, in the ultra-stylish ski town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, is Hotel de la Poste, run today by the same family as when Hemingway used to drive up from Venice in the early 19305. Or if you prefer the beach and night life of the Adriatic coast, then fashion designer Alberta Ferretti's Carducci 76 makes an appealing base. Many hotels are a complete surprise: ancient cave- dwellings in the eroded rocky landscape of Basilicata, or the trulli of Puglia, centuries-old igloo-like constructions with conical slate roofs. And whether cave, abbey, olive mill, fishing hut or beachside palazzo, every one of these unique hotels is true to its locale in architecture, design and gastronomy. With 516 illustrations, 355 in color

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2002
  • Isbn 0-500-28347-8

HIP Hotels Budget

High on creativity, low on chintz and as easy on the eye as they are on the wallet

HIP HOTELS: BUDGET? Doesn’t that sound too good to be true? But true it is. All the ingredients that make a HIP HOTEL - fantasy, originality, style, location — are available at less than astronomical rates, if only you know where to look. No less surprising is that they are truly global in range. Urban or remote, historic or post-industrial, Sunset Boule- vard or Australian outback: take your pick. These are hotels created by enthusiasts, and it shows. They include an origi- nal canal house on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, a collection of thatched huts overlooking a black-sand beach in Bali, a palace in the heart of the Marrakesh medina, and a vast converted power plant in Hamburg, its massive machinery looming like sculpture over the interiors. You might choose to spend a week in an adobe mud village in Chile’s Atacama Desert — or a weekend in Brighton at the new ultrahip, retro-popl‘Hotel Pelirocco. The variety is sensational. Budget or not, style doesn't get more authentic than this. So plunge in and discover for yourself this fabulous — and fabulously affordable - collection of HIP HOTELS. With 515 illustrations, 414 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2001
  • Isbn 0-500-28302-8

HIP Hotels France

A book - the word 'guide' does not do it justice - that collects some of the country's most stylish hotels and illustrates them in such a lavish detail that all you want to do on flicking through its pages is cross the Channel at the earliest opportunity

France has it all — a rich history, an incredibly varied geography, a gastronomic culture that is unsurpassed, and a tradition of good living that remains blissfully untainted by the stresses of modern life. It also offers an unparalleled choice of world-class places to stay — from medieval Chateaux and grand city hotels to rural farm- houses and Alpine chalets — and, of course, the very latest in interior design. HIP HOTELS: FRANCE brings together the most authen- tically individual of these hotels in the country's choicest destinations. Choose the futuristic vision of Jean Nouvel or the hearty hospitality of an Alpine farmhouse, a remote fortress on the Breton coast or the hip modernity of Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles, a Mecca for devotees of modernist architecture. Some are established, some virtually unknown, but every one of these hotels is a unique response to the geography, cuisine and design heritage of its location. So whether you are an adventurer, a gourmet or a design aficionado — or all of the above — HIP HOTELS: FRANCE will enable you to plan your itinerary through city, town, coast and countryside. This third volume in the phenomenally successful HIP HOTELS series is once more guaranteed to set you dreaming. It has all the slick of CITY and all the variety of ESCAPE — all in one amazing country. With 538 illustrations, 387 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2001
  • Isbn 0-500-28268-4

HIP Hotels Escape

Hotels so stunning, so individual, so undeniably designer… destinations in their own right

What is a HIP HOTEL? An escape from the norm. Getting away from it all is as much part of modern life as late nights at the office and rush-hour traffic, and when we do escape we want it all: perfect weather, world—class food and breathtaking sur- roundings. Paradise is the aim, and preferably in every respect. HIP HOTELS: ESCAPE is an extraordinary collection of Highly Individual Places in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. Here is the full range of escape experiences: a remote jungle island in the Java Sea, the lush oasis of the Marrakesh palm grove, J. Paul Getty’s Renaissance villa on the Mediterranean shores of Italy, even an ice palace in Sweden’s Arctic north. Escape hotels combine the impact of extraordinary geography with architectural ingenuity. Simple yet sophisticated, rugged yet refined, they cater to both our yearning for escape and our city-bred taste for comfort and luxury. Like the hotels featured in HIP HOTELS: CITY, Escape hotels offer luxury exactly the way we want it — perfect. With 527 illustrations, 426 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 2000
  • Isbn 0-500-28131-9

HIP Hotels City

A stylish traveller's bible

What is a Hip Hotel? Checking in at a hotel used to be a trip to the land of conformity. But no more: the high-design revolution of the 19905 has at last provided an exciting, stylish alterna- tive to the dreary sameness of chain hotels and the stuffy pomposity of traditional 'grand’ hotels. This innovative new series, beginning with cities, features hotels that are widely diverse in their gastronomy, architecture, owner- ship, location, atmosphere and design; but they all offer one key element: an experience. It may be high design or high art, cool kitsch or Zen minimalism, chic loft living or lavish historical revivalism; but always the hotel takes centre stage, making anyjourney unforgettable. The biggest names in contemporary architecture, interior design and fashion have had a hand in creating the distinctive style of Hip Hotels: Terence Conran in Vienna; Diesel in Miami; Anouska Hempel in London; Karl Lagerfeld in Berlin; Christian Liaigre in New York; Andrée Putman in Cologne; Philippe Starck in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. So whether whim or work takes you to the Piazza del Popolo or Ocean Drive, the rue St-Honoré or Bondi Beach, you can now choose a hotel that’s the equal of the world’s hippest urban destinations. With 623 illustrations, 510 in colour

  • Publisher Thames & Hudson
  • Pages 256
  • Year 1999
  • Isbn 0-500-2811-4