From all around the world, one can find luxury hotels with impressive interior designs, but hotels whose design has challenged the conception of design, that’s a bit harder to discover! Design Limited Edition selected 7 luxury hotels that have raised the level when it comes to interior design, representing bold thinking and ground-breaking style!
Delano South Beach by Philippe Starck
Alice in Wonderland gave the inspiration Philippe Starck when designing this luxury hotel. The Delano in South Beach opened doors in 1995, and ever since its style is all about the playful ambiance that borders on the surreal. It features unique pieces, such as the oversized Starck couch and crystal piano in the lobby, the gold Leda chair sculpted with high-heeled feet by Salvador Dalí, and the wooden Calvet armchair by Antoni Gaudí! On the other side, the rooms show a monochromatic white-on-white scheme.
The Royal Copenhagen Hotel by Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen is the name behind this luxury hotel, where not a single detail wasn’t carefully thought out! Opened in 1960, The Royal Copenhagen Hotel is located in the heart of Copenhagen and is Jacobsen’s total work of art, for which he designed everything right down to the silverware in the restaurant!
Morgans Hotel by Andrée Putman
Nowadays you can find boutique hotels a bit of everywhere, but Morgans Hotel in New York City started this trend when it opened in 1984, giving the first step for small, design-forward hotels in popular urban neighborhoods to open their own doors! Imagined by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who chose French designer Andrée Putman for the interiors, Morgans epitomized elegance with a touch of the unconventional! The hotel was actually closed in 2017 and was turned into small apartments.
The Greenbrier by Dorothy Draper
Dorothy Draper had a major influence in hotels around the U.S, but the interior designer’s work at the Greenbrier in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is just mesmerizing! The resort opened in 1778, but became an icon of great design when Draper renovated it in 1947 in her signature modern baroque style characterized by wide stripes, floral chintz, splashy colors, and black-and-white checkerboard floors.
The Terrace Plaza Hotel by SOM
The Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati was America’s first new hotel to be built after World War II, in 1948, and the emerging firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was in charge of the design. Natalie DeBlois led this project and used the hotel as a way to introduce modernism to the U.S., creating a landmark in the International Style and decorating the interiors with modern art by Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Saul Steinberg, and Jim Davis. Despite setting the standard for modern conveniences, the hotel fell into disrepair and was almost abandoned. It’s on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the 11 Most Endangered Places for 2020.
The Beverly Hills Hotel by Paul R. Williams
The Beverly Hills Hotel, known as The Pink Lady, opened his doors in 1912, but was in the 1940s that it gained the iconic California look that made him famous until today. The architect Paul R. Williams had a serious influence on the architectural aesthetic of Los Angeles, and was hired in 1941 to refresh the lobby, which he covered in CW Stockwell’s Martinique banana leaf wallpaper by Don Loper. Williams completed many updates and updates at the hotel over the years, including its beloved script sign.
Parco dei Principi Hotel by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti is the designer behind every detail of the Parco dei Principi Hotel, which opened in 1962 in Sorrento, the gateway to Italy’s charming Amalfi Coast. Inspired by the infinite blue of the Mediterranean, Ponti stars a blue-and-white color scheme, designing geometric tiles, fittings, and furnishings, and the pool’s linear diving platform.