Tank tops, tan lines, and traffic jams – Spring Break is finally here! Nothing beats a little R&R and, with May being a few short months away, it’s time to pop open that calendar and plan for the “Dog Days of Summer” that lie ahead. While how you eat and what you do on vacay are both important, we’ve found that where you’re staying ultimately sets the tone for your entire excursion. So, whether you’re in the middle of planning your next trip or daydreaming about a fabulous future getaway, read on for our list of hotels that boast interiors we’d all love to call our home away from home.
San Antonio, Texas
We’re Texas gals so we’ve gotta’ start with our own home state. Hotel Emma, once a thriving brewery was re-imagined into one of Texas’ most eclectic and well designed hotels, and every inch has us smitten.
Designer Roman Williams was inspired by “the intersection of historical trade routes that mingled Latin influences with European culture, and incorporated original materials that still rested on the site, obscured beneath layers of dust. What resulted is an eclectic and curated juxtaposition of a whole spectrum of styles – old, new, industrial and refined – evoking a domestic yet romantic mystique throughout the hotel.”
Los Angeles, California
Tucked away in the canyons of Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air has served as a luxury retreat for world travelers for more than 50 years, attracting Hollywood celebrities like Grace Kelly, Jackie Gleason, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe.
Following its takeover by Dorchester Collection , the hotel underwent a massive two-year renovation spearheaded by revered design firms Alexandra Champalimaud and Rockwell Group who focused on the elegant glamour reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
The hotel’s lobby, spa, and guest rooms were brought to life by designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who wanted to maintain the site’s Old World charm while also introducing sleek, modern furnishings and a lighter, brighter ambiance. She outfitted the lobby with graceful upholstered sofas, handcrafted leather chairs, and playful lighting from Jean de Merry, tied together with a palette of soft tones in olive-green, violet, and silver.
Architect David Rockwell designed the restaurant and lounge with a modernized sense of Hollywood glamour in mind. The main dining room features a striking marble-clad fireplace as its focal point and the bar’s open layout with dark rich wood panels creates a cozy and hushed environment.
Auberge du Soleil
Nestled away in the hills of Rutherford, California, Auberge du Soleil is a true 5 Star retreat. The hotel was designed by San Francisco interior designer, Suzanne Tucker who took on a six-month renovation project to continue the contemporary transformation of the Auberge.
The updated spaces blend California style with that of southern France resulting in sun-drenched guest rooms and a sandy beige, creamy limestone, and pale terracotta color story.
The new suites, some offering as much as 1,300 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, feature fireplaces in bedrooms and living spaces and spa-like bathrooms.
“We’ve re-envisioned the lifestyle at Auberge du Soleil and infused it with a lightness of spirit that is very fresh, young and very sexy,” said George Goeggel, Managing Partner of Auberge du Soleil, “With private terraces, custom-designed beds and more than a little glamour, our new rooms are a seductive retreat within a retreat.”
Seattle’s oldest continuously running hotel celebrates a new look, with a renovation that embraces the spirit of a luxury home with a modern aesthetic.
The rich fabrics mixed with antique and modern pieces creates a cohesive, livable space that feels collected over time.
The bar and lounge, perhaps our favorite space, is lined in dark oak walls, with layers of antique rugs and luxurious furniture. It’s the ideal spot to sip on a cocktail by the fireside!
The Langham Hotel
The Langam Hotel found it’s home in the first 13 floors of the IBM building and boasts 316 rooms handsomely decorated by London firm Richmond International.
A hand-blown glass lighting fixture from the Czech Republic adorns an expansive guest lobby lending a playful mid-century modern balance and texture to this bright and airy space.
A serene bathroom lined in marble offers breathtaking views of The Windy City.
The perfect place to rest your head after a busy day navigating the streets of Chicago!
Crosby Street Hotel
New York City, NY
Crosby Street Hotel, can be found in the heart of New York’s SoHo neighborhood, with 86 bedrooms and suites that reflect a fresh, contemporary style.
Kit Kemp, the designer of the Crosby Hotel is known for her “original approach to design and her talent for arranging spaces with a carefree and colourful spirit” and we can see why. The lobby is artfully planned and utterly unique with bright pops of color and furnishings that serve as art pieces themselves.
Using similar but different color palettes, Kit uses pattern play to create vibrant, refined spaces.
District of Columbia
The renovated Jefferson Hotel boasts superior interior architecture and design, with intricate plasterwork, decorative painting and gilding, and locally sourced art.
Stephen Perkins of ForrestPerkins, the architecture firm that managed the interior renovation says, “We designed everything — we designed the rugs, we designed the lighting, we designed the furniture.” With custom fabrics around every corner and over one thousand pieces of framed art throughout the guest rooms and public spaces, this is a history-rich getaway you won’t soon forget.”
Zero George Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Zero George Street, a boutique hotel in Charleston, is made up of 5 historic homes that create a Bed and Breakfast feel with all of the amenities of a hotel. Comprised of cozy suites and open-air furnished terraces, the charming décor was a collaboration between Lynn Easton Andrews, the owner of Zero George and Alana Woerpel.
“The luxury design for our accommodation features top quality residential furnishings, a contemporary-style bathroom design with wood floors, marble and tile showers, marble countertops, custom designed armoires and mini bars. The detailed restoration includes the original buildings’ classic architectural elements, including heart pine floors, high ceilings, period millwork details and private outdoor furnished verandas,” shares Alana Woerpel.
Miami Beach, Florida
The Faena, brain child of a team of designers and creatives [including filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his Academy Award-winning wife, Catherine Martin], boasts spaces that explode with drama, and we love how the color red is woven throughout the hotel’s most prominent spaces to symbolize love and passion.
“I see life as an artistic expression, It should be beauty, but it should have intellectuality in the same proportion to beauty. I am a storyteller. I love to tell stories. I love to transmit stories.” – Faena
We hope you’ve enjoyed our first stateside hotel roundup – now all that’s left to do is pick one! Safe travels!