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You Won't BELIEVE How Cool These Hotels Look!

The two towers of the Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi are connected by a 700-foot curvilinear skin of steel and 5,800 diomand-shaped glass panels illuminated by an LED system at night.
The rooftop pool at the Yas Viceroy Hotel is found under the undulating veil of steel and glass.
The 499-room Yas Viceroy Hotel was the first to be built straddling a Formula 1 racetrack.
The exterior of the Axis Viana Hotel in Viana do Castelo, Portugal is made up of reflective aluminum, black glass, and green stone.
The Axis Viana Hotel has 88 rooms that incorporate materials like wood, stone, and leather.
The cantilever design of the Axis Viana Hotel changes the shape of the building depending upon your vantage point.
The Axis Viana Hotel has a shimmering outdoor pool and views of the Lima River and Mount St. Luzia.
Architect Max Pritchard designed Southern Ocean Lodge to blend into the dramatic surroundings of Australia's Kangaroo Island.
The 21 stark-white suites at Southern Ocean Lodge have floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the Southern Ocean.
Southern Ocean Lodge was constructed from lightweight materials like timber framing and iron cladding that could handle the challenge of building on precarious soil conditions.
The trio of 55-story towers that make up Singapore's Marina Bay Sands include hotel rooms, a museum, a casino, a convention center, and a waterfront promenade.
There are an incredible 2,561 hotel rooms at the Marina Bay Sands.
Moshe Safdie, the architect of the Marina Bay Sands, has said one of the challenges was to "address the issue of megascale and invent an urban landscape that would work on the human scale." His solution was to design the complex around two central axes to give a sense of orientation.
The three towers of Marina Bay Sands are connected by the two-and-a-half-acre SkyPark, which has gardens, an observatory, and a 492-foot swimming pool.
The two towers of the Bella Sky Comwell in Copenhagen each incline at a slightly different angle, which the architects sweetly say looks as if the towers are drawn to each other, "yet seem a little shy."
There are 200 different room shapes at the 812-room Bella Sky Comwell, including some where there are no 90-degree angles.
The geometric angles of the Bella Sky Comwell's exterior gives it a filigreed look.
The distinctive Miura Hotel in Celadná, Czech Republic, is made of concrete, sheet metal, Corian, stone, and violet glass.
The impressive art collection at the Miura Hotel includes a 30-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture of a man pushing against the building, created by Czech artist David Černý.
The Miura Hotel's alignment gives all 44 rooms views of the surrounding Beskydy Mountains.
The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel in Abu Dhabi is part of a $1 billion residential and retail complex.
The curved design of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel posed a challenge to the architects, since each floor slab is a different shape.
The 382 rooms at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel are as striking as the building itself.
The most striking features of the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel is the conference center, with an exterior made up of 13 miles of semi-transparent stainless-steel rods.
The reflective rods at the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel reflect the sky and water, and architect Hans Forsmark describes them as "a reminiscence of the Nordic Light."
Some of the 414 rooms at the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel have views of the city's harbor.
New York's Hôtel Americano looks like a massive metal sculpture, perfect for its location in the gallery-filled Chelsea neighborhood.
The floors of the Hôtel Americano are connected by catwalks and wrapped in stainless-steel mesh.
The bar at Hôtel Americano has picture-perfect views of New York landmarks like the Empire State Building.
The Hotel Consolación, in the rural mountain town of Teruel, Spain, is made up of 10 freestanding, wood-clad modernist cubes.
The sleek cubes at the Hotel Consolación create a beautiful juxtaposition with the groves of olive and almond trees that surround them.
Besides the modern cubes, the Hotel Consolación includes a 14th-century hermitage that serves as a communal area for guests.
The undulating concrete balconies at Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua were designed to resemble the swirls and ripples of nearby Lake Michigan.
One of the challenges of constructing the building that houses the Radison Blu Aqua was that each floor plate is a different shape, meaning a different concrete pour was required for each of the 82 stories.
Much of the building is designated for private residences, but the 334-room Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel allows you to spend the night in this new icon.

Hotel architects around the world are experimenting with elaborate shapes and awe-inspiring construction. Here are 11 jaw-dropping hotels with some seriously beautiful and travel-inspiring architecture.

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