Four European Design Hotels with an industrial edge

The industry of ages past is the foundation of our future. Luckily, those foundations were built in a different time, a time when things were made to last, where men and women got grease on their elbows and stoked the fires of the industrial revolution.

The following properties have taken functional foundations and transformed them into extraordinary accommodations. Join Design Hotels™ tour of four European hotels paying tribute to their industrial past.

ION Adventure Hotel

ION Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland

The ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, located less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, used to be housing for workers at the nearby Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. Today, it’s one of Iceland’s chicest holiday boltholes. It’s utilitarian past is expressed by the sleek, minimal concrete exterior and equilateral dimensions of the 45 rooms and suites. Perched on the side of an active volcano and decorated with reclaimed driftwood and soothing shades of grey, this bold hotel is an unforgettable experience situated in the beautifully stark landscape of Iceland.

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Gastwerk Hotel

Gastwerk Hotel, Hamburg, Germany

Beginning as a coal storage facility for the nearby gas plant and later serving as an animal feed factory, the Gastwerk Hotel in Hamburg embraces its 120 year history in every aspect of its design. From the huge vaulted entrance hall (formerly home to 5,000 tons of coal) to the exposed brick visible throughout the property, the hotel’s hard-working history permeates every space. The 141 rooms, lofts, and suites are finished with glass and steel, and each of the six room categories have a modern ambience to them while still retaining their own unique industrial style.

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Factory Hotel

Factory Hotel, Munster, Germany

The Germania Brewery was once home to some of the tastiest beers in Munster, and has found a second life as the Factory Hotel. Manager David Deilmann saw the boundless potential in the revered brewery complex and hired a team of experts to help him fully realize it, resulting in a hotel that is a masterful blend of old and new. Wood, concrete, and felt convene in the 128 rooms and 16 luxury suites to provide guests with comfortable surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Fabriken Furillen Hotel

Fabriken Furillen, Gotland Island, Sweden

On the Swedish island of Gotland lies Fabriken Furillen, a striking 15 room boutique hotel by the Nobis Group. Built on what used to be military land, the former limestone factory is impressive in its isolation and the bareness of its surroundings. An ethereal beauty encompasses the property, with mountains of gravel and its central concrete tower dominating the scenery. The myriad shades of grey and white mirror the surroundings, and the use of modern Scandinavian design in the interiors provide guests with a warm and welcoming interior.

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  1. Moritz · October 10, 2014

    The Design Hotels follow a very interesting path. I love this style of decor, especially considering the history of the places. Very nice overview btw!

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