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This 4K timelapse video took over 300,000 photos to create

 Paul Richardson creates this amazing 4k video

Professional photographer Paul Richardson has spent the last two years traveling across Europe, and to showcase his journey he created this amazing 4k timelapse video.  The video titled “Patience” is a culmination of over 300,000 photographs, and took more then 1000 hours to create.  We will be sure to keep an eye out for Richardson’s other projects in the future.

5 Dope Hotels to visit before you die: Part V – Sweden’s TreeHotel

This continues my series of 5 Dope Ass Hotels That I’ll Probably Not Be Able to Visit Until I’m 50 Given That The Next 28 Years of My Life Go Perfectly As Planned And I Stack Hella Bread So That I Can Actually Afford to Stay A Couple Nights In One of These Dope Ass Dwellings. Check out the previous dope hotels: The GoldenEye, the Villa d’Este, the Chateau Marmont, and Poseidon’s Undersea Resort.

Now that I am transitioning into being a real adult, I find myself constantly thinking back to my childhood and how nice and easy it was to have no responsibilities. And also how awesome tree houses were. That’s why the last hotel, and therefore the dopest, is Sweden’s TreeHotel.

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As you can see (or maybe not (haha good joke Alex you’re really killing it today)), these aren’t your everyday fancy hotels (like the other ones in this series). Located in the treetops of a forest in Sweden, the goal of this hotel is simple: to “melt away daily stress” by providing the most serene, private, and unique hotel experience.

This is basically the fanciest way to take in the beauty of Sweden’s natural forest, live in some truly unique and eco-conscious architecture, and spend a shit-ton of money… all in one!

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The TreeHotel complex comprises seven different rooms: The Cabin, the Mirrorcube, the Bird’s Nest, the Blue Cone, the Tree Sauna, the UFO, and Dragonfly. Every one of those rooms was designed by a famous Swedish architect, and the kitchen area of the complex was designed by a famous Swedish Chef.

They are all elevated (in case of bear attack) and connected to each other by a series of bridges (and one Tarzan vine-swing for that little bit of exotic flair).

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Prices per night for a room range from 4,000 to 4,700 Swedish Krona… Which is actually only about $470-550 good ol’ American greenbacks. Apparently, they haven’t realized just how dope their hotel actually is and they haven’t learned the sacred capitalist rule of “if you have something dope, charge out the ass for it.”

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Yesterday’s dope hotel: Poseidon’s Undersea Resort.

Next week’s dope shit: Breweries you need to give all your money to (by buying all of their beer). Check out this preview for… a preview…

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5 Dope Hotels to visit before you die: Part IV – Poseidon Undersea Resort

This continues my series of 5 Dope Ass Hotels That I’ll Probably Not Be Able to Visit Until I’m 50 Given That The Next 28 Years of My Life Go Perfectly As Planned And I Stack Hella Bread So That I Can Actually Afford to Stay A Couple Nights In One of These Dope Ass Dwellings. Check out previous posts here: GoldenEye Hotel, the Villa d’Este, and Chateau Marmont.

Today, I’m taking to the bathysphere all the way down to Rapture. (That’s a Bioshock reference ya dummies. It’s summer, that’s a great game, go play it).

No, just kidding. This isn’t a video game, but it certainly seems like something out of science fiction… This is actually Poseidon’s Underwater Resort.

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Located in Fiji, Poseidon’s Underwater Resort provides a unique–and expensive–hotel experience. It is surrounded by an artificial reef and real fishies (except for the one “shit suite” where they put dickheads. That suite is surrounded by real sand and fake goldfish.)

Just in case watching fish poop all day wasn’t exciting enough, the hotel also has two restaurants, a dive shop, a nine-hole golf course, and a rentable, personal-sized submarine.

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There are no prices on the hotel’s website, but under the “How much will it cost” question in the FAQ section, the answer just says “It’s worth it.” Translation: “You’re living underwater. It’s gonna be expensive as balls.”

If I had the money, though, it totally would be worth it. About 70% of the exterior wall of the suites are made of acrylic, meaning they provide a better panoramic view of the ocean than that one tank at the New England Aquarium.

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So yeah, these are all concept art pictures. I couldn’t find any real pictures, either because its so expensive nobody has every gone there yet, or they are just big fat liars and it doesn’t exist. Either way, its pretty damn awesome.

Tomorrow’s Dope Hotel: Sweden’s TreeHotel. Check out a preview here:

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5 Dope Hotels to visit before you die: Part III – Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont has earned its reputation as the place where famous people can do stupid shit and not get in trouble for it.

This continues my series of 5 Dope Ass Hotels That I’ll Probably Not Be Able to Visit Until I’m 50 Given That The Next 28 Years of My Life Go Perfectly As Planned And I Stack Hella Bread So That I Can Actually Afford to Stay A Couple Nights In One of These Dope Ass Dwellings. Check out previous posts here: GoldenEye Hotel, the Villa d’Este.

Today’s hotel takes us to the wonderful world of Game of Thrones as we explore the house of the bear and Captain Friendzone‘s childhood home… Wait… That was Mormont? Ah shit… Well okay, I guess this famous Cali hotel is pretty cool too. This here’s Chateau Marmont.

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Chateau Marmont, built in the 1920’s, was intended to be LA’s first ever earthquake-proof apartment building. However, once celebrities realized how awesome it was, it was turned into a hotel and became one of LA’s only “scandal-proof” buildings.

Boasting thick walls, protective staff, and a discreet entryway, Chateau Marmont has earned its reputation as the place where famous people can do stupid shit and not get in trouble for it.

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James Dean hopped through a window to audition for Rebel Without a Cause, Blues Brother John Belushi overdosed in bungalow number three, Led Zeppelin drove their Harley Davidsons into the hotel lobby…

The Doors’ Jim Morrison dangled precariously from his window, Lindsay Lohan checked in following her arrest for drunk driving in 2007, Heath Ledger partied here the week before he died…

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Benicio Del Toro and Scarlett Johansson may have hooked up in the elevator the night before the 2004 Oscars, and Britney Spears was temporarily banned from the Chateau for smearing her face with food.

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Sources for aforementioned celebrity mayhem: The Guardian and Curbed.

Yesterday’s dope hotel: the Villa d’Este.

Tomorrow’s dope hotel: Poseidon Undersea Resort. Check out a preview here:

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5 Dope Hotels to visit before you die: Part II – Villa d’Este

This continues my series of 5 Dope Ass Hotels That I’ll Probably Not Be Able to Visit Until I’m 50 Given That The Next 28 Years of My Life Go Perfectly As Planned And I Stack Hella Bread So That I Can Actually Afford to Stay A Couple Nights In One of These Dope Ass Dwellings. Check out Part I of this series here: GoldenEye Hotel.

Welcome to Italy’s fanciest hotel: The Villa d’Este.

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Sitting on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, it’s no wonder that the Villa has been inhabited since the 16th century. Before the 16th century, the location housed a nunnery, but in 1568, Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio decided that he was more important, and with a little bit of renovation, the nunnery would make a perfect summer home. So that’s what he did: he completely demolished the nunnery, gave the nuns the choice to be homeless witches or his personal concubines, and built one of the most influential villas in Italy.

It has since been owned by a ballerina, a Napoleonic General, a Queen without a crown who renamed it Villa d’Este, a Russian Empress, and minor aristocracy. In 1873 it was transformed into a hotel that maintains the old-world quality of 16th century Italy while affording every modern comfort.

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One of the things Cardinal Gallio simply couldn’t live without was one of the most extensive gardens ever created. Designed by some Italian guy, these gardens have defined good garden design throughout Europe since they were created. It includes mulitple levels of fancy shit, a 16th century mosaic, and a 500 year old tree.

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These next two pictures are from the Cardinal Suite–named after, you guessed it, the Cardinal that built the place all the way back in 1568.

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I’m literally puking opulence right now, but I do it for you people.

Yesterdays dope hotel: GoldenEye.

Tomorrow’s dope hotel: Chateau Marmont. Check out a preview here:

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5 Dope Hotels to visit before you die: Part I – GoldenEye

Now that I feel safe finally calling it summer (farewell college… you dirty yet beautiful skank), I thought I would look up some places I’m not gonna have enough money to visit until I’m 50.

The first dope hotel you should visit before you die sounds like something out of a James Bond novel/movie: The GoldenEye Hotel.

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You know why it sounds like something from James Bond? Because it is. Well, technically James Bond is from this place.

Ian Fleming, author of the 13 original Bond novels, was first sent to Jamaica in 1942 as part of a WWII mission. While he was there, he came across Oracabessa Bay and made up his mind to spend his life post-war in Jamaica. He finally bought the villa in 1946 and, as I like to believe, lived out the rest of his days drinking his own Vesper martinis and writing those brilliant books.

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But how does one dude’s home turn into one of the most amazing hotels in the world? It’s all thanks to Chris Blackwell. Blackwell bought GoldenEye in 1976 and began transforming it into a resort. Over the last seven years, Blackwell has completely renovated GoldenEye, and has added cottages and huts to the already 45 acres of land. It re-opened from renovation in 2011 and won a bunch of awards, including “Most Dopest Place To Stay, as recommended by Alex Cohen.”

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This is the infamous Fleming Villa, where Bond’s progenitor himself lived and created the master spy we all know and love today. They have updated the 1950’s house to include all modern comforts while still maintaining its historical value. Apparently, if you rent the villa, you can see the desk that the Bond novels were written at. Unfortunately, the price per night starts at $2,500…

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I’m surprised Fleming ever got anything done with distractions like these sitting in front of him.

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Tomorrow’s dope hotel: the Villa d’Este. Check out a preview here:

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