The year is 2024. It is the year of the Dragon, and a sense of strength and adventure is in the air. Fully in a post-pandemic travel craze, it is unlikely you haven't pondered over this year's potential hideaways. If you are a person compelled by wanderlust – and also the nuances of good design – we are here to guide your year. From award-winning hospitality spaces to a surrounding landscape worthy of Dune, our team of designers has put together a city and hotel list fit for the travel-thirsty A&D professional and enthusiast.
Why are hotels important for interior designers?
While residential interior design has its own allure, there is something undeniably intriguing about hotel design. Hotels serve as a playground for interior designers, allowing them to explore new ideas, push boundaries, and experiment with design concepts. The hotel industry provides a wealth of knowledge, resources, and inspiration that can be transferred to residential design projects.
From hotel rooms that epitomize comfort and luxury to public spaces that captivate and inspire, hotels showcase the very best of design excellence. So, whether you're an interior designer or a design enthusiast, exploring the world of hotel design is sure to broaden your horizons and spark new creative possibilities.
But let's get more specific. Why should residential interior designers take stock in hotels?
Hotel interior design takes themes to their most emotional conclusion
Step into a hotel and get ready to embark on an emotional journey. Hotel interior design masterfully creates immersive experiences through the power of themes, bringing design narratives to life and evoking powerful emotions. Every aspect of hotel design, from branding to decor, is carefully curated to transport guests to a different world, evoking a range of emotions along the way.
Hotels are the best examples of form and function
In the world of design, achieving a perfect balance of form and function can be a challenge, but hotels effortlessly demonstrate how it's done. Hotel design not only embraces aesthetics, but also prioritizes practicality and efficiency, ensuring that every space serves its intended purpose while also delighting the senses. From high-end spas that blend luxury and wellness seamlessly, to efficient room layouts that maximize comfort and cleaning ease, hotels showcase the art of form and function.
Hotels allow us to enjoy and get inspired at the same time
The hotel industry's wealth of knowledge and its commitment to pushing boundaries will leave you inspired, motivated, and eager to bring new ideas to life; without feeling like you're in "work mode". Of all the spaces to get inspired, hotels are truly immersive and most of all... fun.
Their designs are quirky, different... Forcing us to take stock of our own tastes
Prepare to have your design sensibilities challenged as you encounter captivating and unconventional designs. The whimsical, quirky, and unexpected design choices that hotel designers often embrace can inspire us to step outside of our comfort zones, explore new design horizons, and discover our own personal design style (even if it means not liking something).
Planning your 2024 creativity-fuelled escapades
From the outset, holidays tend to be work-free, centred around relaxation and "letting go". However, as discussed above, this doesn't mean that the newfound space and scenery cannot be used to propel your creative journey...
It's all about the hotel... and the city
When selecting a new destination, we suggest approaching it in a twofold manner. Neither should you go a place and leave the hotel as an afterthought, or worse even, go to a hotel without thinking of its surroundings. We suggest taking both into account, and letting the interactions between the two set you in a place of creative exploration.
In the following section, we'll give you 10 recommendations of hotels you should visit, and set the scene with information on its location.
01. Hotel Sanders
Pernille Lind (check out our interview with the designer) co-created the aesthetic and interior feel of Hotel Sanders, located in Copenhagen. In the hotel's 54 guest rooms and common spaces, including Sanders Kitchen, The Living Room, Tata Bar, The Courtyard, and the Conservatory on the top floor, Lind + Almond have crafted a design ambiance that is genuinely individualized and thoughtfully curated. Drawing inspiration from mid-modern Scandinavian designs infused with a colonial influence and opulent English eccentricity, Sanders has garnered numerous accolades and international recognition since its inception, establishing itself as a popular destination for both visitors and locals alike.
Copenhagen: a city of Scandinavian design and Hygge
Copenhagen, often hailed as the epitome of Scandinavian design, is a city that effortlessly combines refinement, simplicity, and elegance. It is the birthplace of the renowned design movement, characterized by clean lines, natural textures, and a focus on functionality. The Danish concept of "Hygge," which embraces coziness, comfort, and a sense of well-being, permeates every corner of this design-centric city. Copenhagen's public spaces, in particular, exude refinement, inviting visitors to gather, relax, and soak in the city's creative energy. As you explore this design capital, you'll be inspired by the careful attention to detail, the harmonious integration of natural elements, and the undeniable charm of Copenhagen.
02. Le Grand Mazarin
Le Grand Mazarin, with 50 rooms and 11 suites, offers a distinctive blend of Parisian luxury and charm. Designed by renowned Swedish interior designer Martin Brudnizki, the hotel seamlessly combines classic French tradition with contemporary flair. The decor, inspired by the concept of an old-fashioned salon, creates a welcoming atmosphere for guests to feel at home and express themselves freely. The architectural concept is complemented by the craftsmanship of Living Heritage Companies, and the pastel-inspired color palette adds a refined touch to the Rococo interiors. Le Grand Mazarin is a 5-star haven in the heart of the city, providing a serene retreat after exploring Parisian delights.
Paris: The capital of chic and art
Paris needs no introduction... But we'll try it out anyway. Paris serves as an unparalleled source of inspiration for interior designers due to its rich blend of historical architecture, diverse art movements, and a vibrant lifestyle. The city's iconic landmarks and elegant Haussmannian buildings provide a visually captivating backdrop, while renowned museums like the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay offer a diverse array of artistic influences. Parisian chic, a focus on quality craftsmanship, and access to unique furnishings in boutiques and markets contribute to a sophisticated design aesthetic many designers yearn for.
03. The Rooster
Nestled on the picturesque island of Antiparos, The Rooster offers a design narrative that celebrates tradition, tranquility, and natural beauty. This hotel captures the essence of its surroundings, incorporating natural textures and materials into its design to create spaces that harmonize with the rugged landscape. One of the hotel's standout features is its outdoor spaces, which invite guests to immerse themselves in the natural splendor of Antiparos. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure in the great outdoors, The Rooster offers an experience that seamlessly blends design, comfort, and the beauty of nature.
Antiparos: Tradition, quiet and rugged, natural dreamscapes
Antiparos, known for its unspoiled natural beauty, offers a serene escape from the bustling city life. This idyllic island boasts a landscape of tranquil beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling hills, providing a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable design experience. Traditional architecture, local art, and natural textures come together to create spaces that reflect the island's charm and authenticity.
04. Mollie Aspen
MOLLIE, a boutique hotel, draws inspiration from the rich layers of Aspen's spirited history and the diverse individuals who shaped it. Rooted in a profound appreciation for the outdoors and a passion for adventure, MOLLIE offers guests a luxurious yet unpretentious experience. Embracing the beauty and freedom of simplicity and subtlety, the hotel serves as a haven for connection, inspiration, and respite. The rooms reflect a blend of Japanese and Scandinavian design, prioritizing residential comfort. The essence of MOLLIE lies in the intentional removal of excess, creating serene spaces that invite calm and quiet, allowing guests to retreat and leave the day's burdens behind.
Aspen: The destination for après-ski connoisseurs
Aspen is the ultimate design playground, where the breathtaking mountain vistas set the stage for a symphony of inspiration. With its mix of historic charm and contemporary flair in architecture, this chic Colorado town offers a diverse canvas for designers to explore. The Aspen lifestyle, synonymous with outdoor adventure and high-altitude aesthetics, creates a vibe that seamlessly blends functionality with style. Beyond the slopes, Aspen's cultural scene, from avant-garde art galleries to buzzing festivals, adds an extra layer of sophistication. In this alpine haven, where the Rockies meet design innovation, Aspen becomes the ideal muse for those seeking inspiration at the intersection of nature, culture, and cutting-edge creativity.
05. Vermelho Melides
As we cross the threshold of Vermelho's time-worn wooden doors, we enter into an intimate rendezvous with a boutique hotel in Melides that exudes an audacious spirit. This is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven for the culturally inquisitive and endlessly curious. The walls are adorned with frescoes, the art collection is carefully curated, and the antique furniture whispers tales waiting to be shared with curious guests. Vermelho asks guests to be daring, to embrace uniqueness, and, above all, to live life en rouge – in the vibrant and passionate hues that define this distinctive retreat.
Melides: The centre of inspiration for Louboutin
Melides stands as a designer's sanctuary for its unique blend of untouched natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Nestled amidst unspoiled landscapes, this coastal town offers a visual symphony of rolling hills, pristine beaches, and serene countryside vistas that ignite artistic vision. Its untouched charm and authenticity serve as a canvas for creative exploration, inspiring designs that harmonize with nature's raw elegance. The town's traditional architecture and local craftsmanship provide a wealth of authentic influences, while its tranquil atmosphere fosters an environment conducive to introspection and creativity.
06. La Playa Hotel
Originally constructed in 1905 as a salon and artist’s residence, La Playa Hotel remains a beloved institution that honors the deep bohemian heritage of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Following an extensive $15 million renovation in summer 2023, the property has been tastefully enhanced, all while preserving the quiet eclecticism for which the hotel is known. Ready to welcome a new generation of guests, the transformation is classic, richly layered, and intimate — incorporating new designs and signature components. With high quality materials and great design being the leif motif of the creative team at Post Company, we are not surprised this institution is ready for another century of beauty and charm.
Carmel: A town of idosyncratic charm and celebrities
Carmel, a town nestled on California's scenic coastline, exudes an idiosyncratic charm that has attracted celebrities and design enthusiasts for decades. From its captivating charm to its breathtaking natural scenery, Carmel offers a design experience that is truly unique. The town's boutique hotels, blending timeless elegance with local art, make for an enchanting escape from the ordinary. As you venture through Carmel, you'll encounter charming exterior artwork, picturesque gardens, and stunning vistas that evoke a sense of wonder and tranquility.
07. Royal Mansour
In the bustling city of Marrakech, lies a hotel that embodies the essence of opulence, refinement, and exuberant colors - Royal Mansour. This architectural masterpiece, reminiscent of a Moroccan palace, captivates guests with its intricate design details, sumptuous furnishings, and lavish decor. From the moment you step inside, you'll be enveloped in a world of luxury, where every corner tells a story of sophistication and grandeur. Royal Mansour showcases the vibrancy and cultural richness of Marrakech, paying homage to Yves Saint Laurent and the city's artistic legacy. Prepare to be transported to a realm of opulence, where design excellence and exuberant colours reign supreme.
Marrakech: YSL, exuberance and colour
Marrakech is a designer's paradise, a city that pulses with a vibrant and eclectic energy that serves as a wellspring of inspiration. The medina's labyrinthine streets are a mosaic of colors, textures, and patterns, offering an immersive experience in traditional Moroccan design. The vibrant street life, the call to prayer echoing through the air, and the intoxicating scents of spices and blossoms stimulate the senses, leaving designers with no option but to be inspired.
Gundari emerges as a pinnacle of luxury, cradled within 80 acres of breathtaking, untouched nature on the tranquil island of Folegandros. Perched atop rugged cliffs that command panoramic views of the Aegean Sea's azure expanse, this exceptional resort is a sanctuary crafted to ignite inspiration and rejuvenation. Encompassing a philosophy centered around wellness, gastronomy, and sustainability, Gundari promises an extraordinary escape where guests can immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of the surroundings while indulging in a harmonious blend of luxury and natural splendor.
Folegandros: Sea, white houses and everlasting beauty
Nestled in Folegandros, visitors are greeted with breathtaking scenic beauty and a timeless charm. The island's natural textures offer a serene environment, and the hospitality industry is renowned for its high-quality services. Guests can immerse in local art and culture, making it a memorable first impression and an endless source of inspiration.
09. The Newt in Somerset
Tucked away in the stunning countryside of Somerset, The Newt seamlessly blends craftsmanship, history, and design excellence, setting the stage for an unforgettable hospitality experience. This boutique hotel, curated by visionary hoteliers, celebrates the art of blending the old and the new, creating spaces that reflect the architectural beauty of its surroundings. From meticulously crafted furnishings to architectural design, The Newt showcases a harmonious fusion of past and present, inviting guests into a world of refined elegance, comfort, and creativity. You can learn more about the mind behind The Newt's architecture in our exclusive interview with Richard Parr.
Somerset: Craftsmanship and blending the old and the new
Somerset, known for its rich agricultural landscapes and architectural heritage, is the perfect retreat for restless minds and creative souls. Somerset is special for its picturesque landscapes, rich history with landmarks like Glastonbury Abbey, and its vibrant local culture in places like Bristol, Bath or Frome. The county's blend of countryside charm, historical sites, and coastal beauty makes it a unique and inviting destination.
10. Maroma Hotel
Nestled on the pristine shores of La Riviera Maya, Maroma Hotel embodies the essence of luxury, natural beauty, and design excellence. This captivating boutique hotel, recently redesigned, showcases an artful fusion of contemporary sophistication and tropical charm. The design combines Mexico's predilection for simple lines, with its love for exuberant patterns and tiles. Surrounded by lush jungle, Maroma Hotel invites guests to immerse themselves in the raw beauty of nature, creating a hotel design narrative that celebrates its stunning natural surroundings.
La Riviera Maya: Jungle and luxury; crossed by history
As you explore La Riviera Maya, you'll encounter the lush, tropical jungle that envelopes the coastline, creating a sensory experience like no other. The rich history of the region, dating back to ancient civilizations like the Mayans and Aztecs, permeates every corner, leaving visitors in awe of the historical influence that shapes the design landscape. Prepare to be captivated by the eternal allure of the jungle, the unmistakable luxury, and the design narratives that tell the story of La Riviera Maya.