Experience High Design at These Ultra-Stylish Hotels
These posh and Instagram-worthy properties are reason enough to visit some destinations.
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The Dewberry Charleston
The posh Dewberry, which opened in 2016 in Charleston, S.C., is filling some designers' Instagram feeds because of its mid-century modern sophistication. "Mid-century modern pulls on my heart strings, so an entire hotel dedicated to that era is a magical experience," says Laurie Betz of Betz Design Studio. Betz says the design of the guest room is successful because there is a level of sophistication with a hint of drama as seen in the oversized mirror above the beds.
Hotel Ha(a)ïtza in Plya-Sur-Mer, France
Hotel Saint Marc, Paris
Rooms in the Hotel Saint Marc are a bold mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings and artwork. The Art Deco dressing table, mid-century modern chair and bust by the window give rooms in the renovated Paris hotel a curated, but not themed, look, says Willem J. Stear of Tonic Design Studio. "It really seems like someone collected a lot of furniture over a number of years or decades even and put it together and I think that makes a much more interesting interior," he says.
Kimpton De Witt Hotel, Amsterdam
The Kimpton De Witt Hotel, a boutique property that opened in 2017 as the brand's first property in Europe, is decorated with a nod toward Dutch artists and with details such as bursts of vivid blue. Designer Willem Stear points out the headboard that spans from wall to wall and the gray paint that continues the illusion around the room in a border-like fashion.
11 Howard, New York City
Danish minimalism abounds in the 11 Howard, a boutique hotel that opened in 2016 in New York City. Light oak floors, natural materials, ceramic wall sculptures and subdued hues bring the Scandinavian style into the guest rooms. The result are clean lines, but not a starkness, says designer Nina Nash.
QT Melbourne, Australia
Create a sensual bathing space with a simple sheer around the tub, like in the guest room of the QT Melbourne with its industrial chic vibe. The look would be fun to mimic in a bathroom for a "wall of privacy" that you can still see through, says Michelle Workman of Michelle Workman Interiors. The hotel opened in 2016.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
The historic Ritz-Carlton Chicago was refashioned in 2017 by interior design firm BAMO with modern interiors. "I love the way that bar is sort of built into the wall so it’s flush with the wall and its a part of the architecture," says designer Willem Stear. To get the look at in your home, add a free-standing drinks cabinet, bring it up to the wall and add a tall mirror on each side to reflect the room.
Palé Hall, Wales
In the United Kingdom, Palé Hall's luxurious property transports guests back to a royal 19th century countryside estate. The feeling of quaintness and old-worldliness, but having modern-day touches, is designer Laurie Betz's favorite element of the British estate-turned-hotel that reopened in 2016. "Creating symmetry and incorporating contemporary colors is very important when working with antiques and older architecture," she says.
21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City
The 21c Museum Hotel was originally built in 1916 as a Ford Motor Company plant, but was later purchased and redesigned by 21c and architect Deborah Berke Partners to create a contemporary interpretation of the building’s industrial heritage. Recycled and repurposed materials, such as reclaimed pine tables, recycled plastic chairs and neutral colors span throughout the hotel, which opened in 2016. "The room is predominantly neutrals," Stear says. "And then you just have these beautiful pops of color."