|by Kate Appleton||Austria, Hotels||5|
The honor of European Capital of Culture 2009 goes to Linz, which has obliged with a slew of cultural projects, including the Pixelhotel, whose rooms are scattered in six locations. (Linz is Austria's third largest city, right on the Danube and not far from the Czech border.) These Pixels make use of unconventional spaces while still providing conventional amenities like a minibar, a TV, daily cleaning service, and Internet access.
A one-time cabinetmaker's workshop, Pixel im Hof transformed a freight elevator into a walk-in closet and installed a '60s vintage camping trailer—with the suggestion guests think of it as an adjunct living room.
There's more of a true living room vibe at Pixel in der Textilpassage, which has throw pillows and multiple plush levels for lounging. Its elevated island connects with Nimmerland or "Neverland," a literally kid-size play room. (Adults, bow your heads!)
Pixel in der Textilpassage shares a building with an art gallery, but it's one-upped by Pixel in der Galerie, an actual gallery whose owner, Simone Feichter, has outfitted it with specially designed angular furniture.
Rates from €87 ($110) for all Pixels except Pixel am Wasser—a moored houseboat with three renovated cabins that go for €107 ($136) or more. Book by calling 011-43/0-650-743-79-53 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.