I have appreciated some features introduced in design hotels (e.g. the motion sensing floor-level nightlights in the Andaz Maui) but generally find the rooms in design hotels 1) less visually appealing than traditional properties and 2) often less functional than traditional properties. An example of the latter: our room at the Andaz Maui (an ordinary, non-suite room) had only an overhead "rain" shower. It had clearly been plumbed for a hand shower, but the hose had been disconnected and the fitting capped off. I'm guessing that's because the novel shower stall design, which doesn't include full-coverage glass/tile, is not sufficiently water-tight to cope with a random-direction spray, but that wasn't discovered until well after the hotel was built. With that background: what's your take on design hotels? Do you prefer them over (equivalently well-maintained and plushy) hotels with more traditional architecture and furnishings?