There's no denying, these days, guests expect more from hotel interior design than just four walls and a bed.

While design has always played a crucial role in hospitality, hoteilers are now embracing personalisation in design and architecture to enhance guest experience.

“Even in terms of hotel design, there has been a shift from sterile, clinic bedroom factories to thoughtful design-led hotels and intuitive service, all entirely focused on enhancing the guest experience,"  says hotel revenue specialist and Monday Agency general manager, Laura-Jade Hallion.

Here are some of the Concrete Nation team's favourite design-led hotels from around the globe:

Benesse House, Japan



This 69-room high-end hotel is located in the famed art gallery Benesse House, on the Japanese island of Naoshima, which is dedicated entirely to contemporary art.

The brainchild of philanthropist art collector Soichiro Fukutake, Benesse House was designed by Pritzker prizewinner, Tadao Ando. 

Hotel Mar Adentro, Mexico


Hailed as a 'futuristic dreamscape' by Architectural Digest, this 205-room hotel is located just outside of Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. 

Designed by Miguel Angel Aragones, this sleek, minimalist, white-on-white property has an on-site gallery with rotating works by local and international artists and a sushi restaurant, which was crafted from recycled twigs from a local fisherman, protruding from the canal-style pools.

Hotel Hotel, Australia

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Sitting in the pineapple shaped Nishi building at the centre of the emerging urban cultural precinct, NewActon, is the jewel in the Canberra design hotel scene, Hotel Hotel.

Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, Hotel Hotel is the brainchild of the Molonglo Group, who consulted with more than 60 designers, architects and artists to create this game-changing property.

Artists Residence, London


The brainchild of young hoteliers, Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newey, Artists Residence is a charming addition to London’s small-hotel scene.

Located in a stately terrace building in Pimlico, this boutique hotel is a personal, inviting space with just 10 rooms decorated in their own individual style incorporating vintage design with contemporary art.

Brody House, Budapest


This achingly hip, luxury boutique hotel is located opposite the Hungrian National Museum and is spread over two storeys of a 19th century mansion.

Treehotel Sweden


Set amongst the towering trees in the pine forest of Northern Sweden, the Treehotel offers seven themed treehouses - including The Birds Nest and The 7th Room [pictured] - designed by architects including Tham + Videgård Arkitekter and Rintala Eggertsson Architects.