Photo Gallery: Chic Hotels
Style from around the globe.
If a trip to Sweden isn’t in the cards, consider spending a few days stateside at c/o The Maidstone. The recently renovated inn, in the heart of tony East Hampton, N.Y., is serious about becoming a carbon-neutral operation (its water is filtered on-site and electricity is sourced from eco-smart power providers), but its 19 rooms — named after famous Scandinavians, like architects Josef Frank and Eero Saarinen — are pure whimsy. Bold Svenskt Tenn fabrics, checkered Hästens mattresses and Swedish antiques meet the current craving for mood-lifting colour.
Situated in the the posh Saint Germain de Prés neighbourhood in the 6th arrondissement, Hotel Recamier is a newly renovated, 24-room townhouse. An elevator upholstered in needlepoint carries travellers to rooms filled with art and antiques. Designed by Jean-Louis Deniot — designer of the Coco Chanel Suite at the Paris Ritz — the rooms ooze glamour.
The Keefer‘s well appointed, 2,400-sq.-ft. suites are discreetly located within an unmarked converted warehouse on the periphery of Vancouver’s Chinatown, steps from Gastown’s chic boutiques. The historic building is a collaboration of West Coast design talent: local firm Gair Williamson Architects converted the rundown structure instead of tearing it down, while designer Wendy Williams Watt executed the interior design, filling rooms with her trademark mix of contemporary furniture and quirky accessories. Gourmet kitchens and to-die-for views are equally impressive.
Spring is the perfect time to savour Barcelona at a leisurely pace, before summer puts the city in full swing. Serious style seekers will want to stay in the centre of it all, on Barcelona’s own Golden Mile — Passeig de Gràcia — where the Mandarin Oriental has opened. Blanc, the hotel’s Mediterranean-style brasserie, features a dramatic white ceiling inspired by oriental screens.
With its 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites over 11 floors, the Crosby Street Hotel in New York is must-see for the style-savvy. Featuring floor-to-ceiling warehouse style windows, this black and white stunner offers a trendy getaway in the heart of the city.
40 Winks is a new, luxe-for-less boutique hotel in the city’s trendy East End. More home than hotel, it’s the actual residence of British interior designer David Carter. Before the designer opened up two of his guest bedrooms for overnight stays, his four-storey townhouse dating to 1717 was used as a glamorous backdrop for style and celebrity photo shoots. The decadent rooms (the lounge has been described as “opium den chic”) are dripping with personality — think Vivienne Westwood meets Oscar Wilde — and are beloved by the fashion crowd.
The new 22-room Alpaga hotel and lodge near the famous ski-resort town of Megève, France, will warm the hearts of those seeking style beyond the slopes. Open since last winter, its grey pine walls, black-framed picture windows and blond-wood furniture feel as urbane as any world-class boutique hotel. Sleeping quarters are decked out with a cosy mix of nubbly linen, faux fur and leather.
The Bazaar isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience. A mix of playful lounging areas with a chic European aesthetic keep the mood lively. Its pink decor and ornate accents are as sweet as the desserts it serves.
“Hotelier André Balazs started something that other people are building upon all the time: a cheery, patinaed, eccentric modernism,” enthuses Los Angeles interior designer and baby-furniture guru, David Netto. “I think this place is a work of genius, my wife goes there all the time, and whoever designed the website is as good as whoever put that globe on the center table. The Surf Lodge rules.”
California designer Barbara Barry added luxe style to the The Westin St. Francis lobby in San Francisco. “Restoring a classic means honouring the past,” says Barry, who custom designed all the furnishings in this lobby. A custom onyx clock replaced an old grandfather clock and inspired the name for the Clock Bar below. The custom rug and low leather banquettes recall the Art Deco era that was so key to the hotel’s history. Upholstery in leather and velvet elevate the space — an easy trick to bring home.
Marcel Wanders designed many spaces in the Mondrian South Beach hotel. The luxury venue boasts a vast lounge area, which he outfitted with an exotic red and white palette. Billowy curtains, opulent furniture, large rugs and piles of pillows bring indoor comforts outside.
Sandra Rojas-Chinni, owner of Toronto’s La Merceria drew inspiration for her café and tableware from this acclaimed Miami hotel restaurant. “I was influenced by their approach to entertaining — it really is the ultimate lifestyle experience,” she says. “Banquettes with ticking stripes, white painted woodwork, simple table arrangements, luxurious white linens and menus that resemble family albums. The dining area captivates all the senses in simple ways — that’s what inspired me,” says Sandra.
Smart design grants this Prizeotel hotel room in Bremen, Germany, an uncluttered and spacious look. One of designer Karim Rashid's tricks is to skip furnishings that aren't absolutely necessary: "Have less, but more functional, furniture,&#
The Semiramis Hotel is designer Karim Rashid’s pride and joy. The NYC icon designed everything from the building, furniture and pool to the soap and forks. “It is my proudest, most total project to date,” he says. Rashid divided this open-concept lounge with transparent orange screens. With eye-catching orange and pink carpet underfoot, Rashid kept the furniture mostly white to ground the space.
“This room needed to feel like you’re in Miami, but still feel urban,” explains Kelly Wearstler, celebrity designer and author of the book, Hue. “The amazing painting is done by de Gournay, out of London, who do hand-painted murals. It adds such a dynamic touch to the room. The light in the space feels beach-y, but still city.”