Top 9 U.S. Hotel Destinations for the Design Lover

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.


Hotel Emma
San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio - Hotel Emma - Library

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.

San Antonio - Hotel Emma - Bathroom

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.”

San Antonio - Hotel Emma - Dining

San Antonio - Hotel Emma - Bedroom


Hotel Bel-Air
Los Angeles, California

LA - Hotel Bel-Air - Suite - Exterior

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.

LA - Hotel Bel-Air - Suite

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.

LA - Hotel Bel-Air - Lobby

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.

LA - Hotel Bel-Air - Suite - Bar

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.

LA - Hotel Bel-Air - Dining


Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford, California

Napa Valley - Auberge du Soleil - Exterior

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.

Napa Valley - Auberge du Soleil - Lobby

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.

Napa Valley - Auberge du Soleil - Private Garden outdoor soaking tub and rain shower

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.

Napa Valley - Auberge du Soleil - Room and Outdoor Tub

“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.”

Napa Valley - Auberge du Soleil - Pool


Sorrento Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Seattle - Sorrento - Bedroom 2Seattle’s oldest continuously running hotel celebrates a new look, with a renovation that embraces the spirit of a luxury home with a modern aesthetic.Seattle - Sorrento - Sitting Room - Bedroom 3

The rich fabrics mixed with antique and modern pieces creates a cohesive, livable space that feels collected over time.

Seattle - Sorrento - Sitting Room - FIreside Room

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!

Seattle - Sorrento - Sitting Room


The Langham Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

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.

Chicago - Langham - Lobby

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.

Chicago - Langham - Bathroom

A serene bathroom lined in marble offers breathtaking views of The Windy City.

Chicago - Langham - Bedroom

The perfect place to rest your head after a busy day navigating the streets of Chicago!

New York

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.

New York - Crosby Street Lobby

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.

New York - Crosby Street Bathroom

New York - Crosby Street Bedroom

Using similar but different color palettes, Kit uses pattern play to create vibrant, refined spaces.

New York - Crosby Street

District of Columbia

The Jefferson
Washington DC

DC - The Jefferson - Lobby

The renovated Jefferson Hotel boasts superior interior architecture and design, with intricate plasterwork, decorative painting and gilding, and locally sourced art.

DC - The Jefferson - Dining

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.”

DC - The Jefferson - Bathroom

DC - The Jefferson - Bedroom

South Carolina

Zero George Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston - Zero George

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.

Charleston - Zero George 2

“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.

Charleston - Zero George Bedroom

Charleston - Zero George Outside


Charleston - Zero George Sitting 2

Charleston - Zero George Sitting Room


Miami Beach, Florida

Miami - Faena Hotel - Dining

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.

Miami - Faena Hotel - Lobby

“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

Miami - Faena Hotel - Lounge

Miami - Faena Hotel - Pool

Miami - Faena Hotel - Spa


We hope you’ve enjoyed our first stateside hotel roundup – now all that’s left to do is pick one! Safe travels!


Join the Conversation

  1. Stephanie Wingate says:

    Thanks for sharing your design insights and images. I find them to be extremely thoughtful and inspiring!

    Stephanie Wingate
    Wingate Design Group

  2. Thanks for sharing, This was great!

  3. Dahl House says:

    Wow great pics. Good job whoever did the designs. 🙂