The deep-rooted, vibrant history and culture of Oran, Algeria’s northwestern Mediterranean coast, inspired Rockwell Group Europe’s design for this ground-up Le Méridien. The property features a vast three-level glass box lobby that rises up from pools of water at the base of the hotel tower. Inside, abstract motifs cover the glass shell, while two 40-foot-tall lantern-like tents serve as lounge space for travellers and dramatically announce the entrance to the hotel. The “library box” includes works by the “Le Méridien 100,” a distinctive collection of artists, thinkers, and designers that have all inspired the redefined Le Méridien brand. Among the hotel’s three restaurants is Latest Recipe, an interactive, open kitchen featuring cuisines from around the world and offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The hotel also boasts an outdoor seating area surrounded by reflecting pools; an 8,600-square-foot spa; and two presidential suites among the 300 guest rooms.