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.”
Some of the world’s most luxurious hotels transformed their lobbies into magnificent spaces and we are ready to show to you our top 15 luxury hotel lobbies.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We all know that from first dates but it also holds true with luxury hotels. Although the lobbies aren’t our focus point when it comes to choosing our accommodation, the lobby is our first impression of any establishment and should reflect the hotel design and the kind of experience we are about to have away from home.
So, forget boring reception desks, the world’s 15 most luxury hotel lobbies go beyond the normal, aiming to impress from first sight.
Due to open in 2016, the Zaha Hadid-designed Me Dubai hotel is set to be one of the UAE’s most distinctive properties. Newly released renderings show its centerpiece will be a vast, sinuous lobby. In advance of the hotel’s completion, we look at other hotels around the world with incredible, imposing luxury lobbies.
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman, welcomes guests with a reception area that is palatial and ornate. It’s one of the best hotel projects and for sure will make you feel special when walking into this magnificent lobby.
Why should lobbies be inside? Your lobby must be a reflection of the experience that your guest is about to have and there is no better example than the Veranda, hidden in the hills that surround Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
The experience begins when visitors check in at the property’s open-air reception, before passing a tranquil pool to access their rooms.
It’s the view that sets the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo apart. Did you imagine yourself reading a book or just having a drink with this view? Breathtaking.
The lobby of the Four Season George V in Paris lacks the scale of many other luxury hotels lobbies.
No, of course, they are not fake flowers. Come to see the continually refreshed floral displays that decorate the space and makes the hotel spends approximately £1 million per year on flowers. It’s priceless.
ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai would look less impressive without a procession of elegant, sari-clad staff member lined in greeting but it wouldn’t be the same. The hotel as a whole features one million square feet of hand-carved marble that one of our favorite hotel design project inspiration.
The Norman Foster-designed Me London offers to their guests one of the most immersive, interesting check-in experiences ever. Different nights, mean different graphics that are projected into the walls, from expanding grids to floating jellyfish and starscapes.
Luxury hotels are characterized by treating their guest by the most unimaginable way. Rather than checking in as normal, they’re taken to the property by water taxi and check in at the hotel’s jetty where they are treated to hand massages and a fruit cocktail. Did you package already?
There’s a lot going on in the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 reception area. Its proximity to the airport means a constant stream of tearful partings and joyful reunions are marked here and you can have the opportunity to have a Musetti coffee out of Italy.
In Kowloon in Hong Kong, Hotel Icon houses Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden within its lobby. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the feature, which measures 18 meters in height and covers 230 square metres.
Just when you though it couldn’t get any better. The lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the world’s largest and, in our opinion, one of the best luxury lobbies.
The lobby’s at Barceló La Bobadilla design may seem unusual to tourists, it is actually inspired by the Palatial architecture of Granada and near by Cordoba, when they were under the Nazrid Dynasty in the 14th century.
It’s seems like you’re in a Disney movie but you’re only at the lobby of the 125-year-old Raffles Hotel Singapore which is appropriately classic and agreeably imposing.
The Burj Al Arab is the distinctive sail-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai.
It’s one of the most romantic reception and is situated on an island that is surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles. You’ll find this lobby at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand.
Hotel Interior Design Blog presents the top 20 of the Best Boutique Hotels to inspire design lovers like you. With luxurious amenities and finest design details, these boutique hotels are destined to impress. Discover a collection of the world’s true boutique hotels, magical places where you con find the best art, luxury objects, designer furniture and lighting and much more.
Located next to the iconic new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, The Thief overlooks the canals of Tjuvholmen and the Oslofjord, with most of its 119 bespoke rooms offering brilliant waterfront views. Timeless elegance with clear references to contemporary art and design is the common denominator for THIEF FURNISHING. International and Norwegian designers such as Antonio Citterio, Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and StokkeAustad
Hotel zum Löwen | Duderstadt | Austria
Businessman-turned-art-collector Hans Georg Näder reflects his deep connection to his hometown in every element of Hotel zum Löwen, from the artworks from his private collection that grace the hotel’s walls to the handpicked wine list. Polaroids of big stars Andy Warhol used as the basis for his strident portraits decorate the walls in the restaurant and fireplace room.
The Qvest | Cologne | Germany
The Qvest is former historic city archive located on a quiet square in the shadow of the Basilica of St. Gereon. The hotel links history and modernity by combining neoGothic architecture with a curated collection of furniture, contemporary art, and photography. Guests can even take home a “souvenir” from an exclusive shop selling the hotel’s carefully curated furniture and design objects.
Originally built in the 1930’s, Das Stue’s diplomatic legacy is evident in the heritage building’s stately architecture and modernist façade, designed by German architect Johann Emil Schaudt (1871-1957) and inspired by Danish classicism. Das Stue was renovated to invoke a calming ambiance, with open spaces and contemporary minimalist design. Patricia Urquiola artistically directed and designed all public spaces and fluidly integrated shared spaces such as the lobby, cocktail bar, and restaurants.
Cosmo Hotel | Berlin | Germany
Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte offers both a sanctuary and starting point for cosmopolitan lifestyle-addicts who visit the German capital to soak up its rich cultural life but also want a comfortable and invigorating place to take a load off at the end of the day. Warm colors of spice are highlighted by silver accents and elegant, high-end materials set the note. Floor-to-ceiling windows unveil the panorama of Berlin’s urban setting.
Le 5 Codet | Paris | France
Housed within the former France Telecom building from the 1930s and masterfully restored by acclaimed designer Jean-Phillipe Nuel. With an outstanding collection of artwork, luxurious amenities, contemporary elegance, signature floor to ceiling bay windows and up to date in-room technology, Le Cinq Codet is the ideal setting for an unforgettable getaway experience.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi | Stepantsminda | Georgia
With peaks reaching a formidable 5,000 metres, the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range delivers a spectacular backdrop for this retreat – the first of its kind – in northern Georgia. Comprising 156 guestrooms – each with breathtaking views – the warm structure of wood, glass and steel has been designed by young Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia.
25Hours Hotel Bikini | Berlin | Germany
In the heart of Berlin’s City West district, wildlife and city life cohabitate resplendently within the shadows of the 25hours Hotel. Part of the Bikini Berlin redevelopment project, this historic building—an important example of post-war modernism—serves as an urban oasis for visitors and locals alike. Designer Werner Aisslinger and his team created a hotel world playing with the contrasts of nature and culture.
Ion Adventure Hotel | Selfoss | Iceland
Fire and ice. Hot and cold. An abandoned in turned luxury hotel. The building was acquired in 2011 and renovated with the assistance of Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc. ION Adventure Hotel is where modern design meets Iceland’s incomparable natural landscape. Guests can expect a mellow mix of concrete chic and earthy ambiance, combined with the warm accents of locally salvaged driftwood and lava. The hotel has won several important awards for sustainable design.
Bergland Hotel | Sölden | Germany
Wood, stone, felt, wool and linen are elegantly fashioned into a modern living space, creating natural surroundings, even indoors. The architecture of the first design hotel of the region unites both traditional and modern, and the natural world is reflected in the hotel’s interior. One of the key scenes for the latest James bond Epic “SPECTRE” was shot in Sölden!
Vander Urbani | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Vander urbani resort is four old town houses in a terrace nestling under Castle Hill on the banks of the River Ljubljanica. From the outside, they look like the other townhouses in the old city, but they have been intricately re-designed with a contemporary passion. Beneath the old bourgeois house facades lie sixteen rooms whose design epitomizes perfect living comfort. The interior design follows a continuous line which runs almost imperceptibly from house to house.
Memmo Baleeira Hotel | Sagres | Portugal
Located in Sagres, Algarve, Memmo Baleeira Hotel is a resort overlooking the ocean. Characterized by its relaxing, contemporary atmosphere of design, this 4 star Design hotel has everything you need for a weekend break from your daily routine.
Almyra | Paphos | Greece
Situated amidst eight acres of gardens in the coastal city of Paphos, Almyra’s enviable location is only the beginning. A pure, crisp white structure sits within earshot of the Mediterranean’s crashing waves. Almyra’s sleek accommodation showcases contemporary luxury paired with sea or garden views. Parisian designer Joelle Pleot used natural materials, glass, and Carrara marble to create a calming effect in the rooms.
Vila Monte | Algarve | Portugal
The epitome of the classic farmhouse: a timeless simplicity, a local, genuine atmosphere, and a boho-chic spirit. Vila Monte is a reinterpretation of the Algarve lifestyle, with the perfect integration of its emblematic elements. Located in different buildings, each room at Vila Monte Farm House has unique characteristics and settings.
Praia Verde Boutique Hotel | Castro Marim , Algarve | Portugal
Hotel is located on the tip of southernmost Portugal where an expansive pine forest meets the deep blue of the Atlantic! The resort sits in harmony with its preserved natural environment in the untouched eastern part of the Algarve. Natural materials and clean lines abound to create interiors both contemporary and multifarious, based on the concept of a “market lobby” designed by a Portuguese – Pureza Magalhães.
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park | Bornes de Aguiar | Portugal
In the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature park shows you how innovative sustainable architecture can wrap itself around a centuries old park. The work of the architect Luís Rebelo Andrade is modern in both its composition and its interior decoration. Eco Houses and Tree Houses were built using the most cutting-edge sustainable technology.
Design & Wine Hotel | Caminha | Portugal
Perched on the banks of the Minho Estuary in Camhina, a historic Portuguese port town on the Spanish border, Hotel Design & Wine exudes subtle sensuality. This ecologically sustainable, high-tech hideaway blends art, technology, and local heritage with its contemporary art gallery, ultramodern amenities, and distinctive regional wines.
Furnas Boutique Hotel | Azores | Portugal
Furnas Boutique Hotel is located in Furnas, São Miguel Island, Azores. The natural heritage of São Miguel is reflected in the materials chosen for the project, such as basalt stones on the exterior walls and interior flooring. Gigantic nature photographs and wallpapers animate the hotel’s public spaces as well as guestrooms. Using a color palette of green, brown, and white designer Nini Andrade Silva has created soothing interiors that contrast with the hotel’s contemporary and vintage furniture pieces.
Farol Design Hotel | Cascais | Portugal
Nestled between the powdered sands of Guincho Beach and the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, this luxurious seaside retreat on the Portuguese Riviera was once the royal hideaway of the Kings and Queens of Europe in the 1950s. The 33 guestrooms are “dressed” by acclaimed Portuguese fashion designers, and sumptuous accents punctuate the ever-so-cool black and white interiors, hinting at the building’s regal history.
Hotel Teatro | Porto | Portugal
In the center of the beautiful and historic Portuguese city of Porto, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hotel Teatro is an elegant innovation set in shades of bronze and gold. It was built on the site where the revered 1859 Teatro Baquet once stood. The Reception represents a box office where each guest receives a ticket to access their room.
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