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Homes The Suite Life: 7 Stunningly Designed Hotels Around The World

The Suite Life: 7 Stunningly Designed Hotels Around The World

The Suite Life: 7 Stunningly Designed Hotels Around The World
The art-inspired members’ club floor is decorated with portraiture and paintings by local artists
By Hong Xinying
By Hong Xinying
March 03, 2020
Seek decor inspiration from these stunning hotels, which feature show-stopping architecture, glamorous bars and beautiful rooms that are a feast for the eyes

1/7 SOHO HOUSE AMSTERDAM

The bathroom area of the Monumental XL room at Soho House Amsterdam
The bathroom area of the Monumental XL room at Soho House Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Founder Nick Jones first established Soho House in 1995 as an exclusive members’ club in London with the goal of creating a convivial hub for the creative tribe. Today, the hospitality group has over two dozen locations across Europe and North America, with hotel rooms available in select houses including Amsterdam. Housed in the 1930s-era Bungehuis Building, Soho House Amsterdam draws cues from architectural features that range from Art Deco to the Amsterdam School-style, while integrating elements of Dutch design through its selection of furnishings and artworks. Take, for instance, the glazed floor tiles or the stained glass windows that run the length of the main stairway; their vivid colours are echoed on the fabrics and rugs seen throughout the property.

The rooftop pool overlooks panoramic views of the city
The rooftop pool overlooks panoramic views of the city

Hotel guests enjoy access to club facilities during their stay, which include the lounge areas where its members are known to linger, as well as co-working spaces, a rooftop pool and screening rooms. More than just a stylish venue, the property offers the opportunity to be in the company of creative types in the city, while providing cosy spaces that make room for work and leisure with equal relish. www.sohohouseamsterdam.com

2/7 THE JAFFA

The modern lobby of The Jaffa
The modern lobby of The Jaffa

Israel

Once a convent and hospital, The Jaffa in Tel Aviv comes with a storied history and stunning Neo-Roman architecture from the 19th century. Under the charge of British architect John Pawson and Israeli architect Ramy Gill, it has been reinvented as a luxury hotel and residence, with much of its original stained glass features, arched collonades, and painted vaulted ceilings preserved to be enjoyed by a new generation. Pawson’s minimalist aesthetic pairs modern elements with the raw textures of the property’s historic details and Middle Eastern elements, while Gill worked closely with restoration specialists to reveal the patina on the architectural features of its storied spaces.

Stained glass windows at The Chapel
Stained glass windows at The Chapel
Raw textures of the original paintwork add to the hotel’s sense of place
Raw textures of the original paintwork add to the hotel’s sense of place

Chief among its most striking areas is The Chapel, stylishly furnished with contemporary pieces such as the Cini Boeri-designed Botolo chairs from Arflex, and in a colour palette inspired by the paintwork of the walls and ceiling.

The Chapel is the hotel’s photogenic bar lounge
The Chapel is the hotel’s photogenic bar lounge

In the modern lobby, remnants of a bastion wall from the 13th century add an intriguing counterpoint to the streamlined forms of the Mid-Century furniture designed by Shiro Kuramata and Pierre Paulin. www.thejaffatelaviv.com

3/7 HOTEL CALIFORNIAN

The lobby of Hotel Californian is a lively mix of colour, texture, and pattern
The lobby of Hotel Californian is a lively mix of colour, texture, and pattern

Often hailed as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara has long drawn itinerant creative types and oenophiles alike, and this dazzling property gives design-savvy travellers more reason to visit the city. The work of Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the Hotel Californian is a 123-room resort with a flair for the unexpected.

The courtyard of Hotel Californian
The living area of the Presidential suite
A ballroom features details inspired by the city’s Moorish history
 

Fuelled by diverse and dynamic sources of cultural and design inspiration, Bullard pairs Art Deco details and Moorish elements with Mediterranean influences. He furnished the interiors with Mid-Century pieces in a homage to the work of architect Gio Ponti. Dramatic ceilings and a sumptuous mix of colour, texture and pattern add to the hotel’s glamorous appeal while its decorative tilework and monochromatic elements pay tribute to Santa Barbara’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. www.thehotelcalifornian.com

4/7 MORPHEUS

Macau

In a city known for its larger-than-life spectacles and glitzy belt of casinos, the futuristic architecture of Morpheus hotel seems right at home. The brainchild of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), its free-form aluminium exoskeleton not only adds an otherworldly air to its architecture; it also appears like an intricate web that continues inside the building, resulting in show-stopping spaces with soaring cathedral-like ceilings. Originally inspired by the artisan tradition of jade carving, its architecture was designed to maximise the site area while creating a new landmark in Macau.

“Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form,” shares Viviana Muscettola, project director of ZHA. “The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.” California-based, Macau-born designer Peter Remedios dressed its interior spaces with aplomb—bespoke furnishings recall the ambience aboard superyachts. www.cityofdreamsmacau.com

5/7 WALDORF ASTORIA BANGKOK

An emerald-hued passageway leads to The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok’s Champagne Bar, a glamorous speakeasy that’s realised by AvroKO
An emerald-hued passageway leads to The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok’s Champagne Bar, a glamorous speakeasy that’s realised by AvroKO

Thailand

Laidback luxury—that’s the phrase that instantly comes to mind when one enters the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Calm, elegant and dressed in cool tones, its enchanting interior was designed by André Fu, architect and founder of Hong Kong-based studio AFSO. Renowned for the work he has done for The Upper House in Hong Kong and Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo, Fu took inspiration from the original Waldorf Astoria in New York, and the Art Deco influence is palpable in the arched promenades and grand staircase that sits prominently on the ground floor.

André Fu designed the elegant interiors of the Peacock Alley restaurant-bar and the hotel suites
André Fu designed the elegant interiors of the Peacock Alley restaurant-bar and the hotel suites

If Fu’s work was to be personified as an elegant lady, what New York-based design firm AvroKO has done for the hotel’s highest three floors reveals a cheekier side of her. Spanning a restaurant and two bars, the design by AvroKO, is bold and uninhibited. Case in point? The only way to access The Champagne Bar on the 57th floor is through a secret door. Artworks frame the speakeasy, while painting tools lay strewn across counters; the furniture is an eclectic mix of modern and vintage pieces, inviting guests who enter to a night of playful revelry. www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

6/7 THE MURRAY

The Murray’s Popinjays rooftop restaurant-bar is housed in a glass pavilion
The Murray’s Popinjays rooftop restaurant-bar is housed in a glass pavilion
The living area of the Signature suite
The living area of the Signature suite

Hong Kong

The work of British architect Ron Phillips, The Murray has been a well-loved Modernist landmark in Hong Kong since its completion in 1969. Under the charge of international architecture and design practice Foster + Partners, the refurbished 27-storey building now houses a 336-room luxury hotel run by the Niccolo Hotels group, which marries its original architecture with elegantly minimalist interiors.

Its 11-metre-tall arches instantly create a sense of arrival and lead to a voluminous sun-lit lobby, which features an installation by Korean artist Bahk Seon Ghi. The spacious rooms and suites feature large windows that look out to the city and nearby greenery, with each space clad in a variety of natural stones, leather, hardwood flooring and plush fabrics. The hotel’s dining areas are as remarkable; highlights include Popinjays, a rooftop restaurant-bar that’s housed in a glass pavilion. The restaurant features a generous outdoor terrace and is decked in a glamorous mix of gold, grey and shades of blue, along with artworks of New York-based artist Kaws; cosy seats and lounge areas indoors and out encourage guests to dine, wine and enjoy the views. www.niccolohotels.com

7/7 KIMPTON FITZROY LONDON

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The first UK outpost of San Francisco-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, Kimpton Fitzroy London embraces its Victorian-era heritage while injecting its interior with an eclectic mix of art and decor. Housed in a heritage building designed by British architect Charles Fitzroy Doll, the property features 334 rooms and suites, with common areas and bedrooms thoughtfully re-designed and furnished by Tara Bernerd & Partners.

The dining venues—including Neptune, Fitz’s, and Burr & Co which have been designed by Russell Sage Studio—offer stylish spaces to dine and people-watch; the Fitz’s cocktail bar in particular, stands out as a decadent visual tribute to the Jazz Age. Perks such as a pet-friendly policy (furry friends can stay for free) and a complimentary Champagne hour celebrate the hotel group’s relaxed approach to luxury and its flair for creating convivial spaces for its most sociable guests. www.kimptonfitzroylondon.co.uk

This article was originally published in Philippine Tatler Homes Vol 23. To bring you all the latest interior trends and practical advice for styling your home, subscribe to Philippine Tatler Homes through here.

  • Words (Additional) Elizabeth Lee
  • Images Courtesy of Respective Brands and Studios

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