Covered with bubble-shaped windows that recall massive gemstones, this building's avant-garde façade sticks out in the city like a sore thumb—and that's exactly the point. Opened in April 2012, the eco-friendly hotel (think sustainable materials, low-use energy, and locally sourced organic goods and wines served in the on-site salon) is not for those seeking a status quo travel experience. Crafted by interior designer Michael Manzenreiter, guestrooms feature irreverent finds such as table lamps with webbed-feet bases and upholstered day beds tucked inside porthole-like windowsills—perfect for spying on passers-by below.
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