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The Modernist Hotel Athens offers a unique hospitality experience at the heart of the historical centre of Athens. The Modernist Athens is sister to the award-winning Modernist Thessaloniki, being the second landmark in the expanding hospitality brand created by Kostis Karatzas.
The Modernist Athens maintains the same playful nearness of art deco elements with mid-century detailing and Scandinavian design found in Modernist Thessaloniki. Located in the former Canadian Embassy in Kolonaki, a high-end neighbourhood, Modernist Athens welcomes guests in a relaxed, elegant environment.
The Modernist Athens‘ building has the minimalism of post-war architecture from the 1950s harmonised with the subtle sleek contemporary spaces. Staying true to the brand’s design philosophy, the Modernist Athens is a sight to behold amidst the cityscape.
Upon the hotel entrance, guests are met with a contemporary mix of hues and materials, which include marble, plaster, bronze and black glass. The breakfast buffet, located on the ground floor, doubles as an all-day cafe bar. The hotel’s common areas are complete with the rooftop garden, which has an open cinema, and beautiful views of Athens and the Acropolis.
The Modernist Athens has thirty-eight rooms divided into four categories: small, medium, large and extra-large, making it easier for guest to pick the one that best fits their individual needs, and the latter rooms (the extra-large) have a private jacuzzi. Most of the furniture, lighting and uniforms of both Modernist hotels are custom-made by local artisans.
‘The Modernist is about contemporary hospitality that inspires curiosity and authentic experiences,’ says Kostis Karatzas about the project. ‘Ethics and aesthetics course through everything we do, as an invisible thread that connects us with the world. Following the opening of our first property in Thessaloniki two years ago, Athens was a natural next step for us. and this is only the beginning for our brand.’
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It was in 1907 that the Hotel Le Meurice inaugurated a roof garden, originally conceived as a summer restaurant. Nowadays, the 7th and top floor of the hotel is solely devoted to the Belle Etoile Suite, which is housed in a structure added in the 50s, designed by Lally & Berger. BRABBU makes a statement in this interior design elevating the project to more refined decor.
With 250m2 of interior space and 350m2 private terrace, it offers guests breath-taking and exceptional views of the monuments of Paris like the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Eiffel Tower. The unveiling of the Belle Etoile Suite, this summer, was the high point of this project, with its terrace transformed with the help of the French landscape architect, Pierre-Alexandre Risser.
“We wanted to accentuate what makes this suite so incredible and unique: its exceptional situation. You have the impression that you’re all alone in Paris with the city at your feet and it’s as if all its monuments were there just for you. You never get tired of looking at them” says Luc Berger.
The entry foyer was inspired by the halls of town mansions. The space features a handrail sculpted with bronze branches and a stately chandelier in the form of leaves: a nod to the neighbouring Tuileries Gardens and the image of the hanging garden evoked by the Suite’s terrace. The gilded bronze of the handrail gives it a precious appearance.
An area devoted to reading and contemplation also makes part of this amazing project. The study is completed with art books chosen at the nearby Galignani bookstore converse with shelves composed of strips of brushed brass, arranged in an irregular pattern.
On either side of it are two vintage mirrors. They hang on aged-oak panels, decorated with gold-leaf details, which underline the 18th-century-style of the architecture. Each of the different areas in the living area is separated by columns, into which the designers have integrated soft plaster wall lights.
Here, BRABBU makes a statement with customized MAYA armchairs. Maya civilization had maize as one of the primary elements of their culture. Personified as a woman, Maya’s Maize God was the inspiration behind this product. MAYA armchairs are also present in an amazing resting area, with a stunning view above the city of Paris.
“For me, one of the most successful things about the project is the way you’ve created an architectural rhythm in the living room”, says the designer Luc Berger.
While entering the bedroom, the views are completely open to Paris. Two custom “totems” or partitions separate the bedroom into several areas: the dressing room towards the bathroom offers a stunning panorama over Montmartre; the bedroom in the centre has views on either side; the desk near the entrance welcomes guests. A shell in staff descends from the ceiling, creating a contemporary floating element by day and an outsized light fixture by night.
The marble-clad bathroom was little altered, largely retaining its luxurious, elegant décor from before. The bathtub was simply enlarged and equipped with the functions of a Jacuzzi. New vanities were made from hammered brass, which helps to warm up the atmosphere, as do the bronze taps. An oak dressing table placed opposite the view of the Montmartre breaks with the radical, symmetrical lines of the room and adds a more intimate touch. In a similar fashion, the surrounding garden has been conceived to offer a greater sense of privacy.
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Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing is the new addition to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Since their first hotel opening in 1963 in Hong Kong, the Group has been expanding its luxury brand beyond its Eastern roots. Located at WF Central, the entrance to the Wangfujing Hotel is just off Wangfujing Avenue, with The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square within walking distance.
The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing has a modern luxurious flair with a sprinkling of Asian glamour. This boutique hotel adds a little extra touch to the design by including a one-of-a-kind red, pink and peach fish light designed by the renowned Frank Gehry that you can find suspended at the hotel lobby.
The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing has seventy-three residential guestrooms and suites, many of them offering views of the Forbidden City. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows, a large designer table for both working and dining, a marble-tiled bathroom with an oversized shower and double basins.
The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing has two restaurants: Café Zi specialises in Cantonese and pan-Asian cuisine and the Mandarin Grill+Bar that focus on the classic preparation of imported stakes and seafood and the MO Bar, an extra rooftop bar with direct access to an expansive garden terrace.
The hotel’s spa offers four different themed treatments, thus having a range of curated wellness and beauty treatments, a tea lounge, a steam room and a sauna, with an indoor pool with natural light and a gym. The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing has also a dedicated space for meetings and events for groups of up to sixty people and a private dining room for twelve people.
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In the heart of beautiful Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, Hilton Hotel is striking in its splendour. A state-of-the-art hotel, founded in 2017 is located near the best architectural monuments like Bayterek Tower, The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, also presenting itself close to the business district.
Having one of the most recognizable names in the industry, Hilton maintains its known high level of service and remains the stylish, forward-thinking global leader of hospitality across the globe. The hotel is ready to provide friendly, individualised service to its guests.
The inspiration behind the hotel design was the unique nature, cultural heritage and history of central Kazakhstan. One of the most dominant symbols of the city is a golden stalk of wheat – representative of land cultivation and prosperity – and this can be found in the hotel lobby bar. Throughout the hotel, you will be able to find many furniture items designed by BRABBU.
Traditional national patterns are used in the lobby carpets, thus creating contemporary interiors to provide a balance between modernity and timeless tradition. Right at the entrance of the hotel, we have a golden saxaul – a relic tree filled with myths, legends and miraculous properties.
Tall golden screens and golden details along with blue and yellow contrast are the main colours of the country, this is why the elegant IBIS Dining Chair and NAJ Dining Chair came together to celebrate the main idea.
The noble harmony of blue and yellow in the lobby – the countries’ main colours – create an inviting ambience and the full-height atrium decorated with the classic elegance of stone and gold include crafted art elements and floating eagles – the nomad symbol of freedom and independence, so important in Kazakhstan culture. MALAY Armchair in pine green gives an elegant touch to the dining room space, while the chic Nº20 Bar Chair gives a glamorous touch to the cocktail bar.
Spacious and elegant guest rooms with modern decoration have large, panoramic windows. Hotel restaurants offer healthy and delicious options to satisfy any craving, while the rooftop lounge – Cloud 9 – presents Asian and Mediterranean cuisines served under the stars. The events and meetings lounge follow the same colour hues as the rest of the hotel.
SAARI Sofa and KOI Centre Table are an alluring addition to this room design and can be a true protagonist: delicate light blue velvet invites to a comfortable stay, while the base in polished brass brings elegance to the room set.
The experience provided by Hilton, Astana is absolutely incredible: personalised conditions and luxury accommodation will surprise every visitor. Extravagant details combine with high-end furniture, creating beautiful contemporary spaces for casual and formal talks. In the small dining area of the events lounge, you will be able to find the same IBIS Dining and Armchairs but with different colours.
The DAKOTA Sofa and OKA Dining Chair also seamlessly blend with this amazing hotel’s decoration. One can also find traditional Kazakh dishes mixed with European cuisine at The Park Kitchen – an all-day dining venue – or visit the Axis lobby lounge for coffee, drinks and snacks. The hotel has 253 rooms, a presidential suite, event spaces, spa centre and executive lounges for private meetings, with city skyline views and comfortable dining places.
The challenge to create the perfect ultramodern stay in Astana was given to BI Group – a large construction holding in Kazakhstan, which has been implementing projects in its own cities through the years. With the help of Nurlan Kamitov, founder and head of INK Architects, the project of 50,000 sq. m. was developed and executed within a record time period.
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This inspirational ebook is the latest compilation of a fierce design. Here, you can find inspiration and creativity in these residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Also, you will be able to see how our products fill an environment, elevating the design and bringing a harmonised intensity to any place they are set in.
Hotel Victor Hugo is a four-star Parisian “private property” located in the heart of Paris. Between the Champs- Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, a strategic location chosen by the hotel stands a beautiful Art Deco Building. Inside, an inspiring ambience blends with contemporary style, giving its hosts the right vibes for a comfortable stay. The charming entrance of the hotel invites everyone to get to know the modern design of BRABBU.
When this luxurious hotel was fully renovated, BRABBU’s Nº20 armchair was one of the top choices. A custom chair was placed in each of the luxury suites, matching its colour palette. Bright and creamy nuances contrast the gold, powder blue and light purple tones of those rooms.
Set in the old but beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Russia, the glamorous Cococo Restaurant offers a new concept of what is Russian cuisine is like with a surprisingly rich menu, able to engage all the food lovers, made from organic seasonal products bought from the local farmers.
In the heart of Kazakhstan’s beautiful capital, Astana, Hilton Hotel is remarkable in its splendour. A state-of-the-art hotel, founded in 2017 is located near the best architectural monuments, such as the Bayterek Tower, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and the business district.
In the world of design, rare are the studios capable of such a wide range of work as PTang Studio. The following project is living proof that eclectic elements from different styles can create a cohesive project, using the space’s architecture and natural light, with extra help from BRABBU.
The architecture and design studio N&G Ananiev Interiors was founded in Russia in 2002 by a family and creative duet – Nadezhda and George Ananyev. This was their first project in the USA and they were enthusiastic to share this experience and the results.
Fully designed by the Vratika & Nakul couple, this fantastic house proves that with the right design and the help of the most exquisite brands, it is possible to create unique interiors tailored to your needs and taste. Rug’Society makes a statement in the living room and on the walk-in- closet.
Situated in the Italy countryside, there is a private home designed by Diff Studio, where luxury meets the contemporary and the classic style. Maison Valentina makes this house even more luxurious, by making a statement in the bathroom area.
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Forbes has just recently released its list of star-award winners for 2021 and we live for it! Covering luxurious hotels all over the world, we bring to you today that same list so you can start preparing your next escapade! The list covers hotels from Japan to the USA, Bali, Scotland and Mexico!
Bali added two more five-star luxury hotels to the Forbes list – The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Mulia.
The St. Regis Bali Resort has amazing suites and villas that stand out as a captivating oasis with private pools, gazebos and traditional Balinese decorative touches.
The Mulia is the embodiment of elegance and sophistication; the hotel has the longest and most stunning oceanfront infinity pool, with statues of women holding rice sheaves – a symbol of prosperity.
The four new luxury hotels in Tokyo to make it to the Forbes list are all located in Tokyo.
The Capitol Hotel is known for its privacy, exclusive location of being surrounded by the calm and rich greenery of Hie Shrine, being thus the choice for Japanese dignitaries and international VIP’s.
The Prince Gallery opened in July 2016 in the Kioi Tower, using seven of the thirty-six floors of the tower, located in the heart of the Kioicho district. The Prince has a contemporary design that uses Japanese artwork, signature furniture items and luxury materials to create warm, inviting spaces with privileged views of the city.
The Ritz-Carlton is located at the heart of Tokyo’s Midtown and has 53 floors – this location and height allow the luxurious hotel to have amazing views.
Takanawa Hanakhro is located inside the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa and offers sixteen traditional inns. Also known as ryokan (floral-scented path), the Takanawa rooms are beautiful Japanese-style suites, each named for the flora found in the extensive garden of the property. This hotel-within-a-hotel has a fully immersive Japanese experience to offer.
Mexico added two more five-star options to the Los Cabos Hotels – The Chileno Bay Resort and Residences and the Esperanza.
The Chileno Bay Resort and Residences has a modern minimal design and is located in one of Los Cabo’s swimmable beaches.
Esperanza is the only private beach resort at Los Cabos; it is the number one choice for celebrities on vacation.
The first Scottish five-star hotel is located in Edinburgh. The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, is located next to Edinburgh Waverley train station.
The Balmoral has a classic contemporary design, creating an environment where soaring ceilings, staircases and shimmering chandeliers meet furnishings with floral prints, soft pastel shades and amazing landscape photographs.
Four cities in the USA and one city in Canada have managed to enter the five-star luxury hotels for the first time.
The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is located at the Comcast Centre towers, placed on the top twelve floors of Philadelphia’s tallest building. Designed by architect Norman Foster and artistic director Jeff Leatham, the hotel’s design is modern and sleek, with a warm and comfortable feeling.
The Montage Palmetto Bluff is surrounded by rivers, marshes and maritime forests.
The Post Oak Hotel is located in Uptown Houston and is redefining the meaning of luxury in the city. Tilman J. Fertitta is the mastermind behind this hotel, and also the person who is raising the hospitality level for all things extravagant in the USA’s fourth-largest city.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Washington
The Four Seasons Seattle is sophisticated and offers an urbane retreat housed in a modern glass tower next to the Seattle Art Museum.
The Four Seasons Montreal is the destination for foodies, design lovers and world travellers. The opulent building offers a luxury lifestyle with a rose-hued palette in the reception area, suites and corridors.
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Gallery Hotel Barcelona is located right at the heart of the city, next to the Passeig de Gràcia, the four-star hotel was renovated by Martínez Otero Contract. The boutique hotel also has eight meeting rooms and two outdoor terraces for business meetings and private events.
The main point of Gallery Hotel was to assemble a renovation able to create a classic and timeless space. For that, the designers made use of noble materials like marble for floors, walls and the balcony; brass for floors and doors, black lacquered metal, black oak and white lacquered corrugated panels.
After an expansion phase, the hotel has a new visual with an entrance through a spectacular iron and glass wall screen. It also features the reception, the lobby, the main staircase of the noble areas, the meeting rooms and the restaurant. The 25-year-old building in Barcelona offers spacious and bright rooms to their guests.
As a way to create an inviting environment in the lobby, there are MALAY armchairs by BRABBU. As the designer says “BRABBU is a design brand that offers a diverse range of elegantly styled furniture and accessories that are both comfortable and functional”.
The hotel also provides a wide gastronomic offer in the centre of Barcelona. Here you can enjoy an elaborate menu at the SINTONIA restaurant, which houses a pleasant garden terrace, a selection of tapas at The Gallery Space bar, and an original cocktail menu on the exclusive TOP.
SINTONIA, the hotel’s new restaurant is a dining space accompanied by a fully renovated original Scottish bar, characterised by its decorative finishes in natural materials, black steel, glass, metal, wood and stone tiles. The materials used by Martínez Otero Contract provided the perfect contrast to this turnkey project, where aesthetics and atmosphere are complemented by their dining experience.
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AT Design was founded in 2014 and from the start has adhered to the symbiosis of heterogeneous culture, the harmony of people and technology, the merge between the interior and the outside, and the essence between man and nature. As the core idea of the company’s design and development, the goal is to be China’s top design and creative research and development enterprise, along the line of continuous innovation and development. AT Design has the ‘essential business strategy, the best solution, the service that makes the clients satisfied’ as the core of the company’s development, and through the entire creation, planning and operation services.
The Bole Art Hotel’s original building has an arc-shaped direction, and transparent floor-to-ceiling windows are constructed with glass, and every space can enjoy the view of the Yangtze River. The hotel occupies an area of 2000 square meters and has planned 12 guest rooms, restaurants, party areas, open-air infinity pools, public rest areas and other areas.
At the junction of the two buildings, as a public rest area, there is a restaurant, a bar front desk and a sunken deck. Through the floor-to-ceiling glass, space suddenly opens up. At this point, the Bole Art Hotel seems to disappear, and there are subtle connections between the space and the environment.
The top of the entire public area is a piece of wood. The curved block surface of the bottom of the cruise ship is extracted and the mast is used as the support column, full of surprises and highlights. AT Design hopes that guests can feel the experience of being in a cruise ship while sitting by the window and enjoying the distant river view.
An arc-shaped walkway runs through the guest rooms on both sides. In order to make the building independent, a metal plate with a circular hole is used to separate it from the surrounding environment. Light penetrates through the circular hole and spots are reflected on the wall like sparkling water. Shuttle in the light and shadow, like a dream and illusion. The twelve guest rooms of Bole Art Hotel are all facing the river. Surrounded by the natural landscape, space is more unique and touching.
To find out more about the AT Design, check their website here.
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The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is the epitome of what a Grand Hotel in the European tradition is, and offers an experience rich in spectacular historic charm and great luxury. Prominently located on the western side of the Inner Alster Lake shore in Germany, The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten lies in the heart of the prime retail and commercial district of Germany and it is one of the Germany Top Hotels.
Ever since 1897, the elegant hotel by the Inner Alster has provided guests from all over the world with charming luxury and timeless elegance in the heart of the Hanseatic city, close to several cultural and architectural sights, a number of shopping opportunities and the Hamburg Messe and Congress Centre.
The 5-star hotel situated at the Inner Alster Lake in Hamburg offers the perfect oasis for a luxury holiday in the city with its beautiful hotel spa. The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg offers 9 restaurants and bars. Discover the 2 Michelin star restaurant Haerlin, the Jahreszeiten Grill and Hamburg`s Hot–Spot No. 1, the NIKKEI NINE, on a culinary journey.
Recently, the classic luxurious hotel Fairmont Germany had a full decor renovation. All five floors including a total of 156 elegant rooms and luxurious suites, suffered a re-look, gaining an exciting new style which combines precious fabrics and international design ideas. BRABBU was one of the brands whose pieces were specified to this project. The design chosen was Nº20 Armchair.
Six fresh and unconventional yet classy and timeless colour schemes were defined to the project. Bright, creamy nuances are pleasantly contrasted by accentuating highlight colours in gold, kiwi green, powder blue, carmine and light purple. Every room is different from the other, the same happens with each floor. Every little detail is considered whether regarding decoration or lighting. Details make the difference. BRABBU’s Nº20 Armchair was picked to the classic hotel luxurious suites. The standard version is fully upholstered in twill with golden polished nails in the back. The ones used in the hotel project have different fabrics and colours and the legs are in the wood, not upholstered. All of them have nails in the back, recalling the mid-century modern style. It’s a very elegant and cosy armchair that perfectly fits the décor, in harmony with the ambience’s other elements.
No two rooms are alike; each one is a unique masterpiece. The jewel in the crown is the Bel Etage: after all, the rooms and suites on the fifth floor boast balconies with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alster lake and are the perfect place to relax and unwind. The new and contemporary design in keeping with the aura of a grand hotel creates an exceptionally refreshing appearance, with different colour schemes brought to life in an effective yet subtle manner in the rooms.
Here you will reside on the top floor and enjoy a balcony, a spacious living area and generous bathrooms.
A suite that combines more than 120 years of history with modern-day comfort.
How superstars live – designed exclusively for the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten.
Spanning almost 1,000 square metres, the Spa & Fitness Club lets you achieve maximum relaxation. Focused solely on the needs of our guests, the Vier Jahreszeiten Spa & Fitness Club offers unique therapies and treatments that bring together the best of eastern and western wellness philosophies. With more than 100 different treatments – including massages, cosmetic treatments, beauty care, personal training and physiotherapy – the spa offers a vast array of services to enhance your well-being.
In its exquisite restaurants and bars, the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten offers top-notch international cuisine to satisfy all tastes. Take Restaurant Haerlin, for example, with its two Michelin stars, the Jahreszeiten Grill with its original art deco design and the hip and fashionable NIKKEI NINE restaurant. The culinary experience is rounded off with the classic Jahreszeiten Bar, the NIKKEI NINE Bar, Café Condi and the Jahreszeiten Terrace. The Condi Lounge or the ‘Wohnhalle’, with its very British afternoon tea, are also well worth a visit.
Very much Hamburg’s living room, this is a popular meeting point for guests and locals alike.
The legendary Café Condi is famed for serving the best breakfast in Hamburg. Whether an à la carte, continental or buffet breakfast, there is no better way to start the day.
The Asian restaurant delights diners with an incredible selection of culinary delicacies. Sample a fusion of Japanese and South American cuisine – right here on the banks of the Alster.
Having been awarded two Michelin stars, 19 Gault&Millau points and 4½ Fs from Feinschmecker, the Haerlin gourmet restaurant is renowned in both Hamburg and beyond.
With its original art deco style, this restaurant has been a popular haunt of locals and hotel guests alike since 1926. Headwaiter Darius Wieczorek and his team serve up regional Hanseatic specialities prepared by Robert Stolz – such as steak tartare, the delectable signature dish of the Jahreszeiten Grill.
Whether for an aperitif or a digestif – many guests start or end their perfect evening here. Beverage Manager Enrico Wilhelm not only mixes classic and international cocktails but also offers a sophisticated selection of 70 whisky varieties and 25 gin varieties, not to mention the odd rarity.
This redesigned rooftop terrace is a sanctuary above the city. Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, it is the perfect place to relax in peace or soak up the sun following sporting activities or a sauna session. From up here, you have a stunning view of Hamburg City Hall, the Elbphilharmonie and St Michael’s Church.
In Hamburg, you will find a well-kept secret – the 300 square metres rooftop terrace of the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten which is reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Whether you are taking a breather following a spa session or sipping a sundowner to kick off an unforgettable evening, the fresh breeze, the breathtaking views above the city’s rooftops and the lounge furniture nestled amongst lemon trees, all make this the perfect place to unwind. Lean back and relax on the comfortable sofas or in a beach basket and imagine you are in Miami or Sylt. Light snacks and fine champagne from the bar make your time on the terrace a dream come true in the heart of the city.
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Parker Palm Springs is one of Palm Springs‘ most luxurious and exclusive hotel destinations. Recognised for its beautiful sunny weather, towering avenues, and signature mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs is a design destination that attracts visitors from around the globe, looking to experience its unique glamour and charm. The Parker Hotel is nestled behind a tall wall of palms, foliage and blooms.
Constructed in 1959, the 144-room hotel has had a fascinating history. The site was originally home to California’s very first Holiday Inn before being purchased in 1961 by Gene Autry to house his baseball team, the California Angels, during their spring training. It was in 1998 when the hotel was purchased by Merv Griffin and renamed Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa. Five years later, Hotelier Jack Parker purchased the resort and hired designer Jonathan Adler to complete a remodel, transforming the resort into an internationally recognised design destination. Jonathan Adler returned to the hotel in 2017 with the task of updating the interiors, introducing cheeky hedonistic luxury and a lot of Californian glamour.
Every space of the hotel, from the rooms and suites to the restaurants and communal areas, is defined by a characterful personality and style. Eccentrically beautiful curations of antiques, art, and mid-century gems inspire the colour schemes, patterns and materials used, giving every item a sense of belonging. From the moment guests walk through the breeze block brise soleil and iconic orange front doors, one cannot help but smile as the Parker transports you into a world that is anything but ordinary.
The lobby stretches the length of the main building, grouped into several seating areas that allow guests to sit back, relax, and socialise in a more intimate setting. At the entrance, the reception desk is located to one side, allowing attention to remain on the decor. Plush rugs in a range of colours, shapes and, styles, frame varying collections of sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables. At the heart of the lobby, adjacent to the ‘Mini Bar‘, is a double-height seating space, arranged beneath a large mid-century gold chandelier. The hugely photographed ‘Drugs‘ artwork hangs above an alcove that features 30 decorative lanterns in a range of colourful hues. A guest favourite in the winter months is at the back of the lobby; a cosy lounge area with an essence of a log cabin, complete with swing chairs and comfortable leather seating that surround a mesmerising crackling open fire pit.
The Parker contains five main food and drink destinations, allowing visitors to cool down and fill up around the clock. ‘Normas‘ is the brightly coloured open-air terrace restaurant that serves breakfast in style boasting beautiful views out across the hotel’s private grounds. Vibrant pops of burnt orange upholstery used on the booth seating are accessorised with multi-colour button cushions, adding a striking contrast to the greens of the garden and blues of the sky the restaurant’s terrace frames.
‘Mister Parker’s‘ puts the fun informal with its dark, discrete and decadent decor. Mirrored ceilings reflect the restaurant’s geometric carpeting and vibrant upholstery in a dizzying array of glamour. The interior’s dark wood-panelled walls showcase an eclectic collection of artworks to entertain and fascinate guests during their visit. The lower ceilings and dark colour palette create an intimate setting, a perfect and romantic getaway for the evening.
Black glossy running bond tiles and an impressive decorative black tin tile ceiling provide a dramatic backdrop to ‘Counter-Reformation‘, a bar described at the ‘shrine to great wine’. The interior draws attention to the bar with decorative red cement tiles with matching weaving on the wooden bar stools. This secretive space also has no tables and chairs, prompting socialising and movement throughout the room, from the guests seated at the bar to the ones ‘ledge-leaning’ on the side.
The ‘Mini Bar‘ is a jewellery box of delight, accessed directly from the lobby. Gold studded blue velvet doors slide back to reveal dark emerald stone-clad, ceilings, walls and floors with inset mirrored accents. The centrepiece is the beautiful line of golden Art Deco bar stools. This small space glistens in golden hues and depicts the ultimate in Hollywood glamour. Heading out into the sunshine, guests can cool down at the ‘Lemonade Stand‘. Located next to the Pétanque court, the Lemonade Stand lures our inner child with its classic yellow and white striped awning and multi-coloured Bertoia barstools. Serving up, you’ve guessed it, lemonade, as well as a range of cocktails, this is an exclusive experience for registered estate guests only.
The nautical-themed spa, ‘Palm Springs Yacht Club‘ continues the eclectic, mid-century style from the hotel but pared-back, opting for a limited colour palette of white, blue and red hues. As one would expect from a spa, there is an immediate essence of calm as visitors walk into the entrance and lobby. Double-height ceilings and metallic wallpaper create an impressive sense of space and grandeur with decorative wall mouldings and trims add to the ‘yacht club’ vibe. The centrepiece is the indoor saltwater pool decorated in uniform nautical stripes. The thick outlines used on the textiles, awnings and drapery is a fascinating and effective touch, creating an almost comic-book-like style that distinguishes itself as a world away from life, an escape and a moment to enjoy one’s self.
For a private escape and time to yourself, Parker’s villas, suites and rooms do not disappoint. As if gallery spaces in themselves, the curation of mid-century antiques and art fill these spaces, providing a home away from home and a style iconic to the Parker brand. The hotel offers eight variations of accommodation with guests having the opportunity of staying at the grand, private gated ‘Gene Autry Residence’ that boasts two bedrooms, two baths, a private treatment room, sauna and a large terrace. The equally beautiful ‘Hammock Rooms‘ are another alternative, offering a private space to relax in the sun, surrounded by gorgeous blooms and manicured gardens. Whatever option one chooses, every meticulous detail ensures that the style and experience of a stay in the world of Parker are unforgettable.
For more details on the hotel, rooms, restaurants and facilities, click to view the official Parker Hotel website via the link. For information on the interior designer and project, click to view the Jonathan Adler website.
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Elizabeth Hotel, a 164-room boutique hotel in Colorado, opened in December 2017, on the edge of Old Town Fort Collins. The beautiful project celebrates the local music community with Bohemian Companies – the for-profit sister company of the Bohemian Foundation, which heavily invested in the music and art scene throughout Fort Collins. Having this in mind, the hotel will feature local art from students, professors and musicians, including music that will carry through the building.
The Elizabeth Hotel also pays tribute to “Auntie” Elizabeth Stone, owner of the first hotel in Fort Collins and considered as the city’s “Founding Mother”. She had amazing qualities which made her earn the affectionate nickname of “Auntie” like her delicious cooking, her great sense of humour and generous hospitality. Elizabeth Stone was known for her boundless energy. On her 81st birthday, townspeople and four generations of the Stone family held a dance in her honour at the Masonic Hall. As the music plays a big part in Fort Collins’ nowadays, the Elizabeth Hotel will keep her alive in every melody, from top to bottom every day of the week.
The project was an excitement for the interior design studio DLR Group and the architectural language spoke with soul and history. To help to elevate the personality of the charismatic project, MAYA Armchair from BRABBU was the perfect solution of the juxtaposition of elegance and female energy combined with contemporary style. DLR Group explains their challenge:
Love of music is inherent in the Fort Collins community, and so played an integral role in inspiring our design for The Elizabeth Hotel. One of the cornerstone amenities of the hotel is its lending library where guests can check out musical instruments, equipment, and records. We created spaces that would complement those musical foundations, infusing acoustic design into every part of the hotel to enhance the audible experience.
The entire design feels rooted in the community’s identity. From the artwork that welcomes you as you arrive, to the individual signature suites that each embody a different aspect of Fort Collins’ heritage, I love how we were able to work with the client and our partner firms to create a travel destination that connects locals and visitors to the fabric of the city.
Our design for The Elizabeth Hotel offers a balance of feminine and masculine aesthetics, which was enhanced by our use of the BRABBU piece. The overall feel is one that is both familiar and elegant, and feels handcrafted in every way.
We really wanted to make sure that what we were creating felt authentic – that it would give guests a unique experience equal to the uniqueness of the city. We knew how important The Elizabeth Hotel would be to the local community, and we felt a lot of pressure to make sure every design choice would accurately convey the city’s personality. That challenge ultimately produced a design that is as distinctive and inviting as Fort Collins itself.
Architecture by Denver-based 4240 Architecture and interior design by DLR Group balance feminine filigree details, intricate metalwork, and cast-plaster ceiling ornamentation with masculine accents of raw and aged wood. It is filled with local art. The 130 original pieces on display throughout the hotel—curated by Denver-based art advisory firm NINE dot ARTS—celebrate music, nature, and local artists, especially those with a connection to Colorado State University. Nearly four dozen of the artworks displayed in the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces were produced by a CSU alumnus or professor.
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