In the moment that the famous writer and his family needed to find “a new rhythm to our lives” as Fitzgerald wrote, they left their home on Long Island for the South of France, hoping to find a cheaper place to live and some quietude do write. They traveled through the then-cheap French Riviera Hotels. Many of the sunbaked restaurants, villas, and hotels they frequented still exist on the mythic stretch of coastline he dubbed “a playground for the world.”
Here’s where to walk in the French Riviera Hotels in the same way that Fitzgerald did.
The stately Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France, has held court on the rocky Côte d’Azur since the 1870s—playing host to everybody from Hemingway and Picasso to Liz in Dick to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The world’s most glamorous have flocked to Hotel du Cap since Scott’s day: his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy, the models for Dick and Nicole Diver, once rented the hotel for an entire summer, drawing compatriots like the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso into their magnetic orbit. Of course, nowadays the hotel is packed during the summer and is the virtual center of the universe during the Cannes Film Festival.
La Colombe d’Or, Saint Paul de Vence
Opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, an open-air terrace cafe, and bar. Scott and Zelda have known fans of the hotel’s restaurant, a traditional French spot featuring the main dining hall, private room, and garden terrace, reportedly spending many a raucous evening at La Colombe D’Or. It was here that a jealous Zelda once threw herself down a flight of stairs after Scott drunkenly flirted with the dancer Isadora Duncan.
Hotel Continental, Saint-Raphaël
While Gerald and Sara Murphy were living at the Hotel du Cap, waiting for renovations to be completed on their retreat Villa America, the Fitzgeralds stayed at the Continental Hotel in Saint-Raphaël in 1924. It’s here that Scott wrote the majority of The Great Gatsby.
Monte-Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo
“Once in the middle twenties, I was driving along the High Corniche Road through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling on the sea below. As far ahead as I could see was Monte Carlo … when life was literally a dream.” – On Authorship, Scott Fitzgerald. Monte Carlo Casino was a favorite destination for the couple, mentioned frequently in their letters and writings.
Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo
Here, the hard-reveling couple would drink themselves into a stupor, with Scott reportedly a fan of the hotel bar’s gin fizz and mint juleps.
Ruhl Plage, Nice
Zelda wrote of dining on the terrace where “stars fell in our plates … and we were alone with the deep blue grandeur and the filet de sole Ruhl, and the second bottle of champagne.”
Hôtel Beau Rivage, Nice
The Hotel Beau Rivage was another spot where the couple stayed and played—although, in Zelda’s words, more “economically” than at other spots. Today, the hotel has been renovated, offering air conditioning, a private beach, and a terrace front restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.
Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins
In 1926, Scott, Zelda, and Scottie returned to the Riviera and rented a seaside house in Juan-les-Pins. Take note of the letter from Fitzgerald to Hemingway in 1926, framed and on display in the lobby: “With our being back in a nice villa on my beloved Riviera (between Nice and Cannes) I’m happier than I’ve been for years. It’s one of those strange, precious and all too transitory moments when everything in one’s life seems to be going well.”
The annual London Festival of Architecture fills the month of June with a packed month long program of exhibitions, installations, and talks that focus on this year’s theme, Work in Progress. Museums, architects, designers, and more will join forces to explore how work spaces—and the nature of work itself—are shifting in today’s cityscapes. Have you already chosen where you will stay? Hotel interior design presents the best design hotels in London.
Open since June 2014 and set in the heart of bustling Soho, Ham Yard Hotel is Firmdale’s most ambitious project to date. The hotel revolves around a unique tree-filled pedestrian thoroughfare with a Tony Cragg sculpture, 13 individual specialist stores, and an airy restaurant and bar with outdoor dining and drinking. As well as a sumptuous drawing room, library and orangery, the hotel has a spa, a 190-seat theater, and an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas. To top it off there is a leafy rooftop garden with sweeping views across the London skyline. Ham Yard is not just a hotel but a destination.
If you ever needed reassurance that the spirit of adventure is alive and well, even in the center of London, Blakes is it. Designed by former Bond girl Anouska Hempel, now known globally for her striking interior designs, this refurbished multimillion-pound South Kensington couture hotel is a world of grandeur and exoticism. Behind the black Victorian façade, you’ll find a tantalizing fusion of eastern and western styles. Polished mirrors bounce rich walnut tones around the lobby, creating a sense of decadence and theater, while the critically acclaimed subterranean restaurant attracts some of the world’s most famous movie stars, actors and designers.
The scent of fresh baked goods lures those seeking Shoreditch’s legendary art and dining into the Boundary Hotel’s Albion bakery. Lovers of art, admirers of design: Sir Boundary welcomes you. The hotel is a celebration of fine art and fine taste for the sophisticated traveler. Its 12 elegant, contemporary guestrooms are each inspired by a legendary designer or design movement, from Young British to Bauhaus, Eileen Gray to Le Corbusier. Above, five suites, including four duplexes, range from Modern Dickensian to Modern Chinoiserie, featuring private outdoor balconies and impressive urban views. Boundary’s restaurant, a mainstay in Shoreditch’s burgeoning gallery scene, pays homage to the timeless recipes and traditions of England and France.
Charlotte Street Hotel’s fresh, welcoming interiors cultivate the charm of its surrounding neighborhood. Located just north of lively, hedonistic Soho, the quiet streets around the hotel exude unpretentious sophistication. A sensual Botero sculpture welcomes visitors, luring guests into Kit Kemp’s world of modern English style that combines original artwork, bespoke furnishings, and bold-patterned fabrics. The Oscar Restaurant and Bar spills outdoors onto the street during summer months, attracting local media professionals to relax and unwind over British cuisine and cocktails. Business travelers’ professional needs are satisfied in a state-of-the-art private screening room, fully equipped with the latest modern conveniences. Such compelling contrasts between postmodern practicality and old-fashioned allure are embodied by the Alexander Hollweg tableau commissioned for the bar and restaurant, which updates Roger Fry’s 1916 fresco ‘Scenes of Contemporary London Life’ with a treasure trove of scenes from today.
Covent Garden Hotel holds its own among the stars of London’s acclaimed theater district. Guests pass through grand curtains festooned with English roses before entering a world of aged wood, dignified architecture, and head-turning interiors by designer Kit Kemp. Her signature mix of luscious upholstery patterns, demi-canopies, decorative headboards, flowing drapes, and matching wallpaper envelops visitors in British charm. Guests in search of an intimate retreat can withdraw offstage into Tiffany’s Library, with its radiant fireplace and honor bar. The gym, beauty spa, two private dining rooms, and private screening room provide state-of-the-art amenities, while the pewter-paned mirror, cozy banquettes, and tucked-away corners of Brasserie Max gain widespread applause as a pre- or post-theater retreat.
Husband and wife team Kit and Tim Kemp recently reacquired their very first property, the Dorset Square Hotel which they originally bought in the eighties. Located in London‘s Marylebone, an exciting residential area within easy reach of the city’s theater and financial districts, the hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants and world-class galleries. The couple has always had an affinity for this property, which led to the birth of Firmdale Hotels. After an extensive refurbishment, the English country style has been replaced by Kit Kemp’s signature stamp: bold colors, contrasting fabrics, and one-off art pieces and furnishings. The interiors are intriguing and engaging, from the plush guest drawing room with an open fireplace, to the lively bar, and brasserie that features specially commissioned wallpapers and hand-woven carpets.
Historical on the outside, yet timeless on the inside, Eccleston Square Hotel is an elegant fusion of old and new. Located on an award-winning, pristine garden square bordering Belgravia and Victoria in London, this ‘urban cocoon’ offers cutting-edge technology in every room. Guests may request any of the hotel services they require, from in-room dining to booking a table at some of London’s hottest clubs, via the iPad2. Good sleep and well-being are central to the design concept devised by Olivia Byrne, whose ethos is for guests leave the hotel feeling better than they did when they arrived.
A vibrant world of bold color lies beyond the understated Georgian entrance of the Haymarket Hotel. Located directly next door to the Haymarket Theatre, Kit Kemp’s redesign of John Nash’s Regent-era structure asserts a theatrical vision rooted in her signature ‘modern English’ design. Art lovers will appreciate the verve with which the airy sepia-gray lobby, filled with marigold and oak furniture, showcases a large stainless steel Tony Cragg sculpture and paintings by British treasure John Virtue. Take the elevator from here to reach a sublime swimming pool in the hotel’s basement, all sixty feet of which are hypnotically illuminated by a light installation by the artist Martin Richmann.
Within walking distance of Harrods and Harvey Nichols, the Knightsbridge Hotel is a chic addition to the luxury hotels owned and designed by Kit Kemp. In the suites and rooms, enveloped by bold fabrics, guests can gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows onto one of London’s most charming areas, while the upper floors reveal tantalizing glimpses of Harrods’ rooftops. Significant British artists adorn the drawing room, library and lobby with original works. Setting this location apart from her other hotels are the African sculptures and fabrics, mixed with tasseled curtains and the neon blue ladder in the library, which add adventuresome touches to the stately interior.
Conveniently situated where the City gives way to the East End, South Place Hotel provides a base for visitors to explore, connect, or rejuvenate in the heart of modern London. Reflecting both the business needs and imaginative wit of its adjacent neighborhoods, South Place has been designed by Allies and Morrison architects with interiors by Conran + Partners. Owned and managed by D&D London, which operates high-class restaurants around the globe, South Place brings a restaurateur’s perspective to the world of hotels. The public spaces are a vibrant mix of vintage and contemporary design and art, while the bedrooms emit an understated luxury. In each of the 80 bedrooms, guests will find individually chosen art pieces by contemporary London artists that form part of the hotel’s extensive art collection. The focus on food and entertainment is evident throughout the hotel, creating an environment that is ‘more meet than sleep’.
South Kensington, known as the French Quarter of London, is home to the elegant Pelham Hotel. Here an English country-house style meets smart city living. Entering the lobby will feel as though you have just walked into your own private London residence, wrapped in style, elegance, and design. In the drawing room, complete with a luxuriously stocked honesty bar, and in the library, guests can unwind in front of period fireplaces that crackle well into the night. With three event rooms, including a private dining room, it’s a great place to party, meet, or dine for up to 35 guests. Bar and Bistro Fifteen, with direct street access, is where well-heeled locals mix with in-house guests: from the elite Chelsea crowds to the French consulate and Italian designers. It’s the ultimate relaxed bistro, where the French European food speaks for itself.
Guests can mingle in the hotel’s handsomely vibrant drawing rooms, while some guestrooms have private courtyards overlooking the hotel’s stunning English garden. One drawing room is romantically adorned with rose prints and oil paintings, while the lobby greets guests with a more austere ambience. The attentive service, however, might have guests wondering whether this isn’t a gracious private home after all. Number Sixteen’s sense of subdued, relaxed modernity is brought to its apex in the conservatory and exquisite private garden, whose reflecting pond, fountain and lush foliage offer precious seclusion amidst the city bustle. Number Sixteen is situated in the heart of South Kensington, just steps away from the Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums and a short walk to Harrods, Knightsbridge and Brompton Cross shopping. Kensington Gardens is close by and the area is filled with some of London’s most interesting bars, cafes and restaurants.
In this shrine to eclecticism, guests luxuriate in unusually large rooms with floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows. Lovingly designed and furnished by Kit Kemp, the 91 rooms boast exciting creative tension between their design components. Kemp’s contemporary British style is firmly founded on top-notch furnishings and materials deployed in an artful combination and a plethora of styles, colors, and patterns. It’s hard to miss the impressive 10-foot-tall Botero sculpture in the lobby, or the mural, which adorns the hotel’s Refuel Bar & Restaurant. A feast for the eyes, indeed.
Located in the edgy neighborhood of Bethnal Green, Town Hall Hotel mixes architectural styles like the multicultural residents walking outside. Imagine stately sweeping staircases, marble flooring, high ceilings, generously proportioned apartment-style rooms and a decadent brass, marble-clad swimming pool and you start to get the picture. Town Hall Hotel is one of the most unusual properties you might ever have the pleasure of staying at. Right from its handsome Edwardian façade, bling chandeliers to contemporary art waiting at corners to surprise and engage you. The cherry on top is definitely the size of the rooms – large, styled in a sparse, contemporary style, which is in this case works rather well to give off a home-away-from-home respite. There’s no shortage of culture in this part of town with a litter of galleries, hip weekend markets and fine restaurants, two of which, the Typing Room and Corner Room reside in the hotel.
Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, CDW has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area. Having just finished it’s 5th year, running 20-22 May 2014, the award-winning* CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. Do you already know where you will stay? Hotel Interior Design will presents you two amazing boutique hotels.
The Rookery is located in the fashionable area of Clerkenwell, between the West End and London’s central business district, known as The City. It is like Soho in the east, with bustling street life and a plethora of fascinating places to eat and drink.
Quietly located a short distance from the Barbican, St Paul’s, Holborn and The Tate Modern, the only remaining early houses in St Peter’s Lane have been repaired and extended to create their delightful small hotel. Inside, the Rookery is all period charm. Polished wood panelling, stone flagged floors, open fires and genuine antique furniture give the place a warm, homely atmosphere – more private club than hotel.
The rooms are traditionally furnished, with panelled walls and mellow old furniture, pictures and rugs. A comfortable room in elegant surroundings: no wonder the Rookery is such a favourite with stage, film and media people from all over the world. The croissants are baked fresh every morning and a delicious breakfast is served to you in your room or in the Conservatory.
Opened in March 2004, The Zetter is the brainchild of fellow restaurateurs Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury. Having worked together previously on another Clerkenwell stalwart – the highly acclaimed Moro restaurant – 2001 saw them join forces again to buy an old Victorian warehouse building in the heart of the neighbourhood, and embark upon a massive hotel renovation project.
Named The Zetter, as it was once home to the football pools company of the same name, the newly transformed 59-room boutique hotel and restaurant opened three years’ on to instant acclaim. Praised by The Times, Time Out and Wallpaper* among others, The Zetter was also voted one of the world’s ’50 coolest hotels’ by industry bible Conde Nast Traveller.
May Design Series is the most commercially focused interiors trade event in the UK calendar and includes a handpicked selection of British and international brands from 20+ countries. Running between 17-19 May 2015 at ExCeL London, the 2015 event will be the third edition of the May Design Series. If you’re looking for accommodation for your time visiting May Design Series, Hotel Interior Design will help you.
A magnificent five-star yacht hotel moored in an idyllic marina on Western Europe’s southernmost tip, Sunborn Gibraltar introduces a new concept of luxury to this famously exclusive setting. The 142-metre yacht hotel comprises 189 lavishly appointed rooms together with banqueting suites, bars, cocktail lounge and restaurants, plus tranquil pool, spa and sundeck, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate indulgent hotel experience. Inside, the yacht provides all the quality and comfort of a top hotel. Suites are light, spacious and luxurious – with views of the Rock, sea and marina – and guest amenities are immaculate. It’s the ideal base from which to explore Gibraltar – the sunny climate, relaxed international atmosphere and picturesque historical location making it a favoured destination for visitors all year round. Guests will discover panoramic vistas from the summit of the Rock, safe beaches, watersports and ancient limestone caves – all within 15 minutes of the hotel.
Situated on a dramatic waterfront location in the rejuvenated Docklands area of London, the Ramada Hotel and Suites London Docklands provides excellent guest care and facilities in a contemporary development.
This 4 star Docklands hotel which is near London City Airport (LCY) and adjacent to the ExCeL Centre and the ICC London, has a stunning waterfront position and offers comfortable accommodation.
The hotel also prides itself on its cusine and the popular Stresa restaurante is always worth a visit, which offers a wide choice of menu. Pre or post dinner why not take a relaxing drink or snack in the Oval bar and with complimentary WIFI you can keep in touch with your family and friends. For those who like to keep fit we also have a Fitness Room with cardio machines.
Ramada Hotel & Suites London Docklands looks forward to welcoming you, where you will be assured of professional, attentive and above all friendly service.
The Metropolitan Police commissioned the build of this venue and the architectural design of the 1940’s gained a RIBA Bronze award in 1946.
The redevelopment was undertaken by the new ownership of Lady Delves Broughton overseen by project managers Rees Mellish, architects Asseal and interior designers LSM Design. Many original features of the building have been maintained and the team incorporated a modern contemporary design achieving Greenwich’s first Boutique Hotel, The Greenwich Hotel London.
From the design colour pallet to the finishing touches, the hotel maintains it’s appeal as you walk in the door and work your way through the Bar, Restaurant, standard bedrooms and reach the 8th & 9th floor “Privilege” bedrooms were you can find stunning views of London and Greenwich through the 2 storey glass roof extension.
The quality of the design and build is further enhanced by the commitment to excellence of their professional management and staff. The team are aware of their surroundings & match the feel and ambience with their talent for customer service and hospitality management.
Aloft London Excel is a select-service hotel that provides a sassy, refreshing, ultra effortless alternative for both the independent business and leisure traveler. Fresh, fun, and fulfilling, Aloft is an experience to be discovered and rediscovered.
Breeze into a hotel that offers more than a comfy bed and enjoy a different travel experience with us in East London. Energy flows and personalities mingle in a setting that combines urban-influenced design, fast & free Wi-Fi and a social scene that’s always abuzz.
This haven from the hustle and bustle of London life offers peace and tranquillity in modern surroundings with cutting edge business facilities and personalised service. Whether you want to hide in one of the cosy alcoves to experience the bar’s extensive wine list or take advantage of the heaters on the al fresco terrace this is the location to encounter your perfect urban hideaway.
Crowne Plaza London Docklands offers 4 star accommodation in one of London’s fastest growing districts and the heart of the 2012 iconic sporting victories. The hotel is just minutes from key event locations such as the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, The O2 Arena and Stratford City.
Corporate travellers will find all they need for business success from 8 modern conference rooms with floor to ceiling windows that boast stunning views of the Royal Docks, The O2 and Canary Wharf through to the 210 bedrooms complete with flat screen televisions, high speed internet and air conditioning.
There’s a Heart that comes alive unique and sophisticated experiences on one five-star luxury Corinthia Hotel London.
This heart beating is materialised throught an unique ”Full Moon”chandelier created by parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and produced by Baccarat: composed by of 1,001 crystal baubles in three varying sizes has a single red crystal lying at the heart of the piece.
This single red heart makes this impressive Victorian building has a unique life: this body Corinthia Hotel London is a combination of a classical architectural structure with a luxury modern way of living. The beautifull interiors with unique columns, high ceilings, great areas bring to you a life full of history, confort together with contemporary Art and events. G A Design and David Collins Studio are responsables for the beautfifull contemporary interior design.
Once you are inside, you are welcome delicately that you feel at home… the personalised service makes you feel that they always wanted you were there!!
This composition of 294 rooms including 36 suites and 7 penthouses, is completed with unique restaurants: The Northall Restaurant who is at the elm, is the winner of Michelin stars chef Garry Hollihead, serving the best british artisanal produce :
Also the modern italian cuisine at Massimo Restaurant & Bar:
At Massimo Restaurant you have also a private dinner room: in this one you can experience the chef cooking just only for you!!
The Bassoon,the musically decoration inspiration bar by the awarded-winning David Collins Studio:
Victorian Ballroom as a space for events such as weddings, so beautifull this room!!
At Corinthia Hotel London, here you find the best service to your body and mind : ESPA Life at Corinthia’ has exceptional therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths and physiotherapits wich offer a exclusive and high level service.
The relaxing treatment that you can experience when you arrive here is wonderfull:
A ‘Sumptuous Sleep Retreat” is one of the special programs you can find in this luxury Spa combined with the other services at the hotel….
The suites that Corinthia Hotel London offers are unique for a well sleeping and energizing recharge:
Is a special experience to be at Corinthia Hotel London: the craftmanship of care, devotion to detail are a truly plus.
The Lobby Lounge where our single red Heart beats is a place where everything around it happens:
Corinthia Hotel London is a place of luxury, contemporary and tradition aesthetics , unique cultural events along with the pursuit of a delicately attention to detail and intuitive service.
Mayfair, within the City of Westminster in London, was first developed between the mid 17th century and the mid 18th century as a fashionable residential district.
Within Mayfair, there is still a substantial amount of residential property, as well as some exclusive shopping, London’s largest concentration of luxury hotels and many fine restaurants. Buildings in Mayfair include the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the infamous Claridge’s hotel.
We have listed some of the best hotels in Mayfair for your convenience.
Claridge’s embodies the essence of true English style. All 203 bedrooms and suites boast the latest in communications and entertainment technology. Rooms and suites have integrated DVD/CD sound systems and plasma TV screens. There is a wide range of suites, dining and meeting rooms, much in demand for cocktail receptions and press junkets.
The art deco Foyer and Reading Room, with its suede walls and leather banquettes, serve breakfast, light lunch, an award-winning afternoon tea and dinner. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s Restaurant serves the finest modern French cuisine. Claridge’s Bar offers a convivial and relaxed meeting place, whilst the Fumoir serves fine wines and champagnes served in Lalique crystal. State-of-the-art Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness features a range of luxurious beauty treatments and an impressive gymnasium.
With two terraced penthouses with magnificent views over London, a sumptuous selection of suites by royal designer Linley, and Diane von Furstenburg, Claridge’s is the luxurious art deco jewel of London. In the heart of Mayfair, between Hyde Park and Bond Street, it offers a unique and tranquil base, away from the glare of publicity.
Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. Fresh, bright and inspired by Hyde Park greenery, Four Seasons presents a completely new experience in the heart of Mayfair. Chic interiors soar with light and liveliness. High-style dining brings the gardens indoors. Above it all, a glass-walled rooftop spa blends sophisticated pampering with 360-degree views. Smoothly skilful Four Seasons staff provides the most devoted personal care – curating the very best of London.
In a fully transformed 11-storey building, the new five-star Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane features 192 luxury guest rooms, including 45 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites – some with fireplaces and private terraces. Bright, airy views range from charming streetscapes to Hyde Park treetops. Pierre-Yves Rochon – interior designer of Four Seasons hotels in Paris, Florence and Washington, DC, among others – has created a “classical contemporary” ambience, balancing eclectic British sophistication and sleek modern style. Richly wood-panelled guest rooms – featuring lustrous walnut veneer or sycamore panels and tartan draperies – embrace you with residential warmth. Dressing-room closets make it easy to stay organized. Finely detailed bathrooms include delicate marble and brushed steel, enhanced by walnut and marble cabinetry and vanity mirrors with integrated televisions. In-room technology includes 42-inch (107-centimetre) LCD televisions, wired and wireless Internet access and a guest-controlled in-room management system for lighting and air conditioning.
Located on Mount Street in the heart of fashionable Mayfair Village, this legendary address was recently the subject of a multi-million pound restoration. The detailed work includes a magnificent redesign of the guest rooms, suites and interiors, with the addition of a new wing providing additional rooms and suites and the unique-in-the-world Aman Spa. Many of the original features, including the magnificent mahogany staircase, have been skilfully restored and blend harmoniously with bold design and contemporary accents. Espelette provides an informal yet elegant dining venue with sweeping views over Carlos Place; the Coburg Bar evokes the spirit of the old Connaught, but with a contemporary twist, whilst the Connaught Bar has been given a fresh new look by renowned designer David Collins. The Connaught’s love affair with gastronomy entered an exciting new phase with the arrival of Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze, one of France’s most distinguished chefs. Inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, with roots in her native Landes region of South West France, Hélène oversees all cuisine at the Connaught.
The Dorchester occupies the most prestigious acre and a half of real estate in the world, in the heart of Mayfair overlooking the glorious green expanse of Hyde Park. The preferred hotel of British society, The Dorchester embodies the highest service values whilst its design and character exude 1930s glamour with a contemporary edge.
Prized for its spacious and beautifully designed rooms and suites, The Dorchester’s restaurants and bars – Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Grill and The Promenade – also attract Londoners and the glitterati alike. The Dorchester Spa was recently transformed to create the most desirable and indulgent pampering destination in London with a uniquely named Spatisserie for tea and cake.
The Langham, London has been delighting guests with enchanting encounters since she opened in 1865 as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. Now she has completed an exciting 80 million pound transformation, exuding a graceful and timeless elegance, blending a sense of the past with the style of today. Perfectly located in the heart of the West End, theatreland and London’s luxury shopping including Bond Street are on her door step.
Choose from newly designed Grand rooms in a modern classic style with lavish furnishings and fabrics, or a traditionally styled Classic room. Both offer extensive facilities that include a minibar, air conditioning, broadband Internet and tea and coffee-making facilities.
The Langham Club rooms offer an exclusive and peaceful oasis of just 47 rooms and suites. Club guests have access to The Langham Club lounges which serves complimentary all day light meals and refreshments, including continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, guests can also enjoy an extended check-out time until 3:00 p.m.
The dazzling new Palm Court is where the tradition of afternoon tea was born 140 years ago and it continues on today as the place to see and be seen. Celebrity designer David Collins and his team have converted bar and restaurant to an oasis of style. The Landau offers a Contemporary European menu using the best British ingredients with a few surprising twists. Special features include an atmospheric vaulted wine corridor, where the restaurant’s extensive world-class wine collection is displayed.
Artesian, the chic and deeply glamorous cocktail bar combines exotic Orientalism with the romance of new nostalgia and contemporary touches. With over 70 varieties, Artesian specializes in rum as well as offering a fantastic list of cocktails, spirits and champagnes.
Chuan Spa offers a luxury haven in the heart of the London, with a philosophy steeped in the values of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where guests transcend into ultimate relaxation through an individually planned holistic journey with therapies designed to re-balance and revitalize the body and soul.
Few other places can summon such an immediate atmosphere of unparalleled style, sophistication and elegance like the Ritz Hotel London. Opened in 1906, the Ritz today still retains the personal feel of a French country house whilst offering all the glamour, excitement and graceful living that are synonymous with this legendary, World famous hotel. Returned to private ownership in 1995, The Ritz has been totally and lovingly refurbished to restore even the fabrics to their original Louis XVI style. Attention to detail and personal service are elevated to a fine art so that guests may always be assured of a magical and memorable experience. Every room and suite at The Ritz is exquisite and designed to provide exceptional standards of comfort. All the rooms have been individually decorated in the distinctive Ritz colour schemes of blue, peach, pink and yellow luxuriously furnished with rich fabrics, 24 carat gold leaf and beautifully restored antique furniture in keeping with the original Louis XVI style. A ratio of two staff to every guest room guarantees the highest levels of personal service. These traditional features are skilfully combined with the provision of the most modern facilities. Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself and is served in the spectacular Palm Court. A choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate pastries, combine to make for an unforgettable afternoon.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are one of the year’s big highlights. After our suggestion of top 5 luxury hotels in USA for Christmas, we give you now our top 10 travel destinations for you to have the best step into 2015. Happy New Year!
10. Bratislava, Slovakia
The Slovak capital’s Old Town hosts more than 10,000 people for concerts, open-air parties, and the fireworks show over the Danube It’s divided into a “concert zone” for those more interested in live local music and “party zones” for socializing.
The best hotel to stay in Bratislava is Sheraton Bratislava Hotel. Gather at the table in Brasserie Anjou for a 4-course New Year’s Gala Dinner, and later enjoy DJ night in Amber’s Bar or join the crowds celebrating the last day of the year in Bratislava’s historical city center. Start the New Year off right with our long sleep breakfast buffet offered until 2 p.m.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
More than 300,000 people party and drink in the streets. If you prefer private parties take your pick: the free-for-all, nightclub-strewn Strip or the 21-and-over Fremont Street Experience with three stages and nine hours of live bands; both are closed to traffic. Listen to the crowds roar at midnight when fireworks erupt from casino roofs around the city.
On New Year’s Eve, the talented and award-winning team of Trump Hotel will give a perfect stay.
8. Berlin, Germany
The 1.2 mile stretch between the Victory Column and Brandenburg Gate is the place to celebrate Silvester – the German word for New Year’s Eve. Live bands and fireworks highlight this notorious outdoor party.
This year downtown’s new Grand Park features live music, art installations, food trucks and a digital video show on the walls of City Hall. Post midnight, head to Pasadena to watch floats being assembled for the legendary New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
Formerly known as the Renaissance Hollywood, the Loews Hollywood Hotel is located at the famed intersection of Hollywood & Highland. Bring the entire family for a memorable New Year’s Eve.
6. Valparaíso, Chile
The biggest New Year’s Eve event in Latin America happens in the Valparaíso harbor with a 20-minute fireworks show (launched from 17 different points along the coast between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar) and a dance party that lasts until morning.
After sunset at around 4 pm, visitors in Reykjavik bide their time while locals enjoy mass, neighborhood bonfires and an annual comedy show on T.V. Come midnight, though, Iceland’s capital explodes with 500 tons of fireworks. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will blaze above the city, too.
The perfect place to stay in Reykjavik is a member of Design Hotels, 101 Hotel.
4. St. Petersburg, Russia
The grand boulevards and bridges of St. Petersburg will be at their most beautiful covered with a layer of snow and illuminated by holiday lights. The lavish Hermitage Museum is particularly striking on December 31, when it’s surrounded by crowds waiting for the fireworks show over the partially frozen Neva River.
London lights up as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. Best spots for watching: Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Better yet if you hire a barge for exclusive views, then head for the pubs to sing Auld Lang Syne. But don’t stay out too late; the New Year’s Day parade is one of London’s major events.
More than a million people gathered to be among the first to usher in 2015. For an unforgettable front row seat, grab tickets for one of the city’s best events with a view — we suggest the Royal Botanic Gardens or the La Bohème gala at the Opera House.
Rio is one of the most stimulating cities in the world. So grab yourself a Caipirinha and sink into the massive crowd of over two million in Ipanema beach. Set dramatically between jungle-covered mountains, famous beaches and Guanabara Bay, Rio seemingly has it all: gorgeous views from Sugarloaf Mountain, some of the world’s sexiest people and to-die-for restaurants for reveling.
The New Year’s Eve celebration at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is one of the best in Rio de Janeiro, with magnificent views of Copacabana fireworks.
European Hotel Design Awards – On the 25th of November the world of design and architecture celebrated the most incredible awards in Europe – the European Hotel Design Awards. The most exceptional interior and exterior concepts and ideas in design were awarded and we want that you know our favorite categories, designs and concepts of this amazing ceremony.
In June 2013, Denniston completed the bathroom and the hotel bedroom design on the Aman Canal Grande in Venice. Incorporating a contemporary hotel chandeliers and contemporary hotel furniture of the 16th and 18th centuries one of Denniston’s biggest problems was to create the ‘mechanicals and electricals’ in the most discrete way possible. This mix with modern classic hotel design, gave Denniston a nomination for this award.
“I always try to make it comfortable to watch the television from the bed or a comfortable chair, there is always a good reading light by a comfortable chair, a really good desk that you can work at and plug in what you need to, and an end of bed footstool to put on your shoes. I want people to feel good when they stay with us.” says Kit when she remembers her work on the Ham Yard Hotel in London. With a magical way of making a collection of colors mix and bringing a room to life, Kim has outdone herself and we can say this is her mark as an interior designer.
On March 2013, Tony Chi & Associates finished their project on the Rosewood London. Describing and implementing the history, culture and sensibilities that this location requests. Although it has a modern touch, this has a very british hotel personality. The wonderful design gave this team the well-deserved nomination for this award.
Perfect for romantic get aways with your other half and located in the heart of Switzerland, The Chedi Andermatt is one of our favorite interior design bedroom and bathroom. The mix of light oak and walnut timber, oyster grey leather, honed blue stone, and blackened steel are the perfect combination for guests to relax and enjoy the amazing design furniture in this cold paradise. This brilliant design gave Denniston his second nomination this year.
In the heart of Vienna, the Guest House will blow your mind with the hottest clean and modern design. This new boutique hotel is inspired by the classic Viennese approach to architectural modernism. Additionally we have Conran’s own ‘easy living’ style that gives us comfortable and relaxing spaces.
Choosing the right hotel accommodations is an important part of business travel. Of course you’ll want the rooms to be clean and comfortable, but, beyond that, what should you look for to create the best business travel experience for you and your team? A large conference room, a deluxe business center, a free wi-fi in your room, and others. I will present you the top 5 business hotels in the world which offer you a perfect business trip.
A master of luxe hospitality, Peninsula Hotels chairman Michael Kadoorie spent his childhood in Shanghai. So the March 2010 premiere of his ninth property, the Peninsula Shanghai, was a homecoming of sorts. On a stretch of the historic Bund, the10-story granite-clad building is a Modernist reflection of its Art Deco–era neighbors, the Shanghai Club and Sassoon House. Architect David Beer and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon delivered gleaming brass- and-mahogany elevators and 235 guest rooms that combine embossed glass lamps and black-lacquer screens with 21st-century amenities. All come with VoIP phones, portable master control panels, and spa tubs with music and light settings. But your most valuable asset here is savvy chief concierge Simon Huang, who may very well be the best in town.
Only a world-class hotel like the Four Seasons could make Mexico City, a hectic metropolis of 21 million, feel relaxing. Its colonial-hacienda architecture, Mexican gardens (with tropical-fruit trees, orchids, and chirping caged canaries), courtyard dining, and proximity to verdant Chapultepec Park represent an oasis of calm amid the bustle of the capital. The 240 spacious guestrooms also promote tranquility with a neutral palette of taupes and creams, deep soaking tubs, and views of elegant Paseo de la Reforma or the quiet courtyard. In keeping with Four Seasons culture, the large staff is warm, genuinely helpful, and utterly unflappable. The in-house Galería Lourdes Sosa has a rotating collection of Mexican art, including paintings by Jose Luis Cuevas.
Brand new in 2005, this 399-room waterfront property has a gargantuan, decadent spa (try a Chinese Wellness Ritual, which begins with a tea ceremony and includes a scrub and a massage), and spacious rooms and suites (the smallest of which are about 500 square feet). Room design tends toward clean-lined, modern minimalism, with Asian-infused touches like lacquered-wood tables and silk cushions and throws. All have 42-inch plasma-screen TV’s, and luxurious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Of the on-site dining options, two are excellent: Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant serving innovative Cantonese cuisine, and French eatery Caprice, which has two Michelin stars. Though the property’s real showstopper is the rooftop deck, where twin swimming pools overlook the harbor.
With a prime location on a corner facing the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, and within walking distance of Ginza and the newly named “Golden Triangle” (Hibiya, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho), The Peninsula Tokyo wowed travelers when it opened September 2007, book-ending the city’s hotel boom. Its tower houses 314 spacious rooms, including 47 luxurious hotel suites, each with stone accents, warm woodwork, and Japanese lacquer touches—as well as high-tech touch lighting and Lavazza espresso machines. In a city that is notoriously difficult to navigate, the concierge staff here is especially skilled, able to score tables at Michelin-ranked restaurants or find bilingual guides to navigate you through the boisterous Tsukiji Fish Market. Dining in? The atmospheric Hei Fung Terrace restaurant serves exceptional authentic Cantonese food.
With three very distinct buildings, this refined property offers something for everyone: the main house, fresh from a renovation, features tastefully appointed rooms with a traditional decor; rooms in the Carriage House have a country flair; and Stafford Mews houses modern suites that sprawl over seemingly endless square feet. There’s also plenty of choice at the newly launched Lyttelton restaurant, which focuses on rustic, British cuisine, such as summer truffle pappardelle and wild sea bass with heirloom tomatoes. At the American bar, more than 3,000 memorabilia items (knick-knacks, photographs, airplane models, ties) hang from the walls, and the in-house wine cellar specializes in Burgundy and Bordeaux.
We present Amazing Boutique Hotels and Suites to inspire commercial architects and interior designers. Fashion designers have come a long way from just making your wardrobe in vogue; many have branched off to create a name in home furnishings, accessories and, more ambitiously, high-fashion boutique hotels. All over the world, trendy jetsetters have been checking into hotels primarily due to the star designer behind the décor — from Versace Luxury Hotel in Australia, Moschino’s Milan Maison to Boca do Lobo for Infante De Sagres in Portugal. Flaunting decadent amenities and fine attention to design detail, these hotels are destined to visually woo and personally pamper. You can bet they’re all pretty stylish so commercial architects and interior designer will wind fome frest ides for sure.
The Palazzo Versace, meaning Versace Palace, is a luxury hotel located on the Southport Spit at Main Beach on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Soheil Abedian of the Sunland Group visited the House of Versace in 1997 to propose the idea of a Versace branded hotel. He claims Palazzo Versace Gold Coast to be the first fashion-branded hotel. On his reasons for approaching Versace, Abedian says “Gianni Versace was a lover of architecture in the first place, a person who used in his fashion all the elements of the Baroque style. Also, Versace was the only fashion house at the time that had a home collection and everything that a hotel needed from the porcelain to cutlery, pillows to fabric.” The main building was designed by chief architect Rocco Magnoli in Postmodern architecture style in a broad interpretation of Neoclassical architecture. In September 2000, Palazzo Versace opened its doors and created a new luxury address on a historic site in Southern Queensland on the edge of the Gold Coast Broad water.
Palazzo Versace is inspired by the opulent palaces of Europe and the classic architecture of Roman times. Versace gave the hotel design his magic touch: its driveway is the second largest pebble mosaic in the world; the foyer’s chandelier was imported from the State Library of Milan; and there’s more than $11.5 million worth of Italian-imported marble. The hotel on Queensland’s Gold Coast features 200 rooms and suites, all decked out in Versace homeware and accessories, such as a private bar featuring Versace crystal and coffee-making facility comprising Versace china. Additionally, there’s private butler service for all rooms, three restaurants, five pools, a manmade beach, a spa (Aurora, one of Australia’s largest) and, as you would imagine, a Versace boutique. Don’t ever want to leave? Visitors can buy one of the 72 luxury condominiums.
At the heart of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s luxury hotel is perfectly situated for the West End, stylish shopping districts, leafy Royal parks and thriving business centres. The timeless glamour of Claridge’s is the result of more than a century of collaboration with some of the world’s most respected and influential designers.
The hotel’s original plan was developed by CW Stephens, the architect responsible for Harrods. Claridge’s art deco transformation took place in the 1920s and 30s. Created in one of the most exciting eras of design – the art deco period, in Claridge’s Harrods architect mixed the natural forms of Art Nouveau with modern influences of Cubism and Futurism. The bold lines and sweeping curves of the style give Claridge’s its unmistakable air of timeless elegance. Claridge’s invited art deco pioneer Basil Lonides to re-design the restaurant and several suites. His magnificent engraved glass screens still adorn the restaurant today. By 1929 the hotel was a world-renowned showcase for top British designers. Oswald Milne designed a new main entrance, removing the original awkward carriage drive. A façade of Roman stone and jazz moderne mirrored foyer completed Claridge’s new look. The grand success of the art deco redesign inspired a much larger project. In the early 1930s Milne added an extension to the east side of Claridge’s. With its simple cubic outline, the tall brick block stands in both contrast and harmony with the main hotel building. Inside, Milne created a fine suite of reception rooms and guestrooms furnished with smart, eclectic style. The additions were widely praised in the press. In 1996, Claridge’s embarked on a major design restoration. Inspired by archive photographs from the 1930s, New York-based designer Thierry Despont made over the Foyer area in modern art deco style. The centrepiece of the space is a stunning, up-to-the minute Dale Chihuly chandelier. David Collins was invited to create the new Claridge’s Bar, while Thierry Despont went on to create Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. Claridge’s entered the 21st century in a dramatically modern art deco style.
Claridge’s continued to innovate over the past decated resulting in the rooftop apartments that were redeveloped in the early 1990s by Veere Grenney. A series of collaborations with David Collins and Thierry Despont added flourishes to the Claridge’s Bar, the restaurant and several suites in the 1990s. Twenty rooms and suites launched in 2010 were the first interiors projects in the distinguished career of Diane von Furstenberg. The Ballroom, French Salon and Drawing Rooms were restored by noted architect Guy Oliver – our consultant for over 20 years. He has preserved the original features, while applying the very latest technologies. In 2012, we completed 25 suites that bear the name of David Linley, one of Britain’s most respected designers and craftsmen. The results combine glorious Victorian and glamorous art deco design with modern flourishes.
Concept Hotel Maison Moschino
Maison Moschino is a unique boutique hotel in Milan! Designer-inspired hotel have been established in 2010. Maison Moschino Milan is a 65-room hotel inside a 1840s Neo-classical railway station. Just like the brand’s whimsical, haute-couture designs, the hotel is all about fairy tales and fanciful fantasy. Once you enter, you’re greeted by puffy-cloud light fixtures, white lamb chair and lit gowns. Not one room is alike, and the design comes straight from surreal, avant-garde dreams: tree branches serve as bedposts, vines climb across a striped wall and a red gown constitutes a headboard. The Little Red Riding Hood Room has a patterned and stuffed wolf awaiting, while Alice’s Room beckons with a giant coffee cup in a twisted reality. Creativity here is an understatement.
All Concept Hotel Maison Moschino interiors were done by the Moschino Creative team. The hotel interior reflects Moschino’s distinctive style where the ordinary world is painted with a brush of surrealism with each room projecting a fairy tale theme.
In 2009, Italian brand Missoni took a huge gamble by opening a hotel in not-typically-fashionable Edinburgh and definitely made a right decision. Hotel became one of the most popular and fully booked in the city. The design hotel pays tribute to the brand’s fashion and interiors sensibility (e.g. geometric prints) that blends with function, form and service. Hotel Missoni Edinburgh’s success led the brand’s creative director and Rezidor Hotel Group’s CEO and president to partner in another atypical location: Kuwait.
Travelers in both hotels can expect stylish suites, complimentary minibars stocked with Italian favorites (like Peroni and Pelligrino), Nespresso machines in their suites, staff in custom-made uniforms (zig-zag kilts in Edinburgh; striped-dash dash in Kuwait) and a restaurant (Cucina) featuring personal recipes from Rosita Missoni herself. In the nearest future Hotel Missoni plans to open 30 more properties, including Brazil (2013), Oman (2013) and Mauritius (2014).
Situated in Porto’s UNESCO Heritage city centre this five-star hotel features a spa centre with massage facilities and a fine dining restaurant. The soundproofed rooms of the Hotel Infante De Sagres combine neo-baroque and custom-made furniture. The Well-appointed rooms and suites at Infante de Sagres offer the perfect urban retreat in Porto, combining original antiques, a superb collection of modern works of art and custom-designed furniture. Throughout the hotel, a classic Europeans sensibility mixes with the best contemporary design – a harmonious blend that results in a comfortable, luxurious and unforgettable stay.
Fine dining and a broad list of Douro and Port wines can be enjoyed at the Boca do Lobo Restaurant. The award-winning chef prepares a fusion of contemporary dishes focusing on fresh and local ingredientes.
No surprise why Boca do Lobo took their chance to leave one more “signature” in this luxury design hotel – design “Boca do Lobo suite” – a unique concept suite where hotel visitors will be able for feel and touch the spirit of Boca do Lobodesign pieces. Despite that this projects is still under the development we give you opportunity to take a glance to this amazing project visualizations and present you some furniture pieces and handmade vintage lamps of Boca do Lobo partner Delightfull that the final visitors will be able to find there.