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What Will You Remember? 004 – 009 The Influencers 2017 010 – 015


Dimorestudio 066 Sean MacPherson 096 Anouska Hempel 122 Albert Weinzierl 186 Tristan Auer 234 Christophe Pillet 268 Lázaro Rosa-Violán 292 Vincenzo de Cotiis 340 Annabell Kutucu & Michael Schickinger 390 Edward Tuttle 448


Hotels 506 – 509 Destinations 510 – 512 Architects & Designers 513 – 518

016 – 107 AMERICAS

Latin America & Caribbean 018 – 043 / Mexico 044 – 074 United States & Canada 075 – 107

108 – 423 EUROPE

United Kingdom 110 – 133 / Scandinavia 134 – 155 Benelux 156 – 161 / Germany, Austria & Switzerland 161 – 231 France 232 – 277 / Spain & Portugal 278 – 337 / Italy 338 – 377 Eastern Mediterranean 378 – 411 / Eastern Europe 412 – 423

424 – 433 AFRICA & NEAR EAST

Morocco 426  / Kenya 428 / Mauritius 429 Tanzania 430 / South Africa 431 /  Israel 431 – 433

434 – 505 A S I A - PA C I F I C

India 436 – 440 / Southeast Asia 440 – 463 / Hong Kong 464 – 469 China 470 – 473 / Taiwan 474 – 479 / South Korea 480 – 483 Japan 484 – 491 / Australia 492 – 505

THE ROBEY Chicago, United States p. 080

WH AT W ILL YOU R EMEMBER? A truly great hotel creates enduring moments that stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

A silent communal dinner in Umbria at a spiritual retreat. A stop at a small art gallery in Guadalajara that transforms into an unforgettable party. A perfect beach day on a Greek island enjoying an endless lunch with friends, new and old. The consumer today values experiences above all else. Memorable moments like these stay with us far longer than any goods we may buy. This is especially true in the world of travel and hospitality. Hotels that stand out today are the ones that offer a stage for the unexpected. They serve as community hubs, offering cultural, spiritual, and intellectual programming to like-minded locals and visitors alike. With our 283 independent hotels, we embrace places where the architecture and design are always unique, where the hospitality is genuine, and where the cultural experiences are authentic, local, and charged with the kind of creative people and adventurous spirits that make for memorable and lasting moments. This year, 35 new hotels have joined us. Many were created

by longtime friends who have been with Design Hotels™ since our early days. Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, for example, opened their first Design Hotels™ property, Habita Hotel, in 2000. Today, their hotel group has grown to include one-of-a-kind properties throughout Mexico and the U.S., including their newest, The Robey, which bridges the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods of Chicago and allows guests to feel the improvisational life force of an area rich in jazz and blues bars. Another of our heroes, Kit Kemp, is constantly seeking to create something that one could never anticipate and that, like all works of art, is interpreted differently by each new guest. The Whitby, a vibrant new piece in Manhattan’s pulsing Midtown scene is just such a place. And then there’s Rodrigo Machaz whom we love for his endless quest to provide guests with insider access to the neighborhoods of Portugal that he knows and loves best. His third hotel, Memmo Príncipe Real, feels like an intimate extension to the liveliest area of Lisbon, one that is awash in cool shops, hip bars, and a burgeoning café culture.

L A G R A N J A I B I Z A – A D E S I G N H O T E L S ™ P R OJ E C T Ibiza, Spain p. 302

But it’s not just about longtime hoteliers. Design Hotels™ newcomer John Voigtmann couldn’t find a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of an ancient Tuscan village. So he built one: La Bandita Townhouse. We are passionate about partnering with people like Voigtmann who look at hospitality from the perspective of an experienced traveler and not just as a hotelier. Welcoming his guests as friends, Voigtmann stays up late into the night spinning old vinyl records and talking about the Grammy-winning musicians that he worked with during his time as a vice president for Sony Music. This quest for the memorable is more than just a hotel here, another there, and yet another someplace else. Rather, it’s a global event that connects like-minded explorers. Our vision has always been to create a community of world travelers. This is why we’ve been crafting platforms for shared experiences through new kinds of temporary hospitality destinations around the

globe. Our latest, set on one of Ibiza’s oldest farms, is a place we call “La Granja,” the simplest Spanish word for a farm. Here, we offer an enlightened program of rituals, from communal farming and slow-food workshops to yoga, daily music sets, and lectures that foster a spirit of organic togetherness. For the unexpected to happen, one needs a unique stage. This is why a hotel’s creative team is so important to us. As in the past two Design Hotels™ books, this year we celebrate standout designers and architects with our Influencers 2017 list, honoring 10 visionaries who are beacons of individuality and expression today. You will discover the groundbreaking work of iconic designer Anouska Hempel, the force behind London’s Blakes Hotel, which opened in 1978 and made her a part of a very small group of people who kicked off a hospitality movement defined by experience. Also among this year’s Influencers, Edward Tuttle was the

N O B I S H O T E L CO P E N H A G E N Copenhagen, Denmark p. 154

first designer to bring the concepts of individual expression and personal experience to a beach resort. But established legends aside, we also present new stars in the design and architecture arena. Take Dimorestudio. This Milan-based duo carved out a comfortable niche in the residential and office environment for many years before exploding onto the hospitality scene with a rooftop restaurant in Milan. Or Lázaro Rosa-Violán, whose luxuriously dramatic yet historically cogent style has made him one of the most in-demand designers in hospitality today. This has been a particularly exciting year for Design Hotels™. Our hotels are now in 59 countries with new destinations around the world, such as Rio de Janeiro, where you might jam all night with musicians in a private villa that doubles as a huge recording studio. Or maybe you will be sitting quietly with a coffee in La Paz,

Bolivia and a new face or a new idea will suddenly astonish you. Or in Serifos, Greece you could feel the energy of an undiscovered island from the sands of a remote beach. You will find these new properties along with all our distinctive hotels in this book. I wish you happy reading, exciting travels, and rich experiences.

CLAUS SENDLINGER Founder & CEO Design Hotels ™

T   he Influencers 2  017 Design Hotels ™ celebrates some of the most influential designers and architects curating spaces around the world today. Meet this year’s selected ten.


Sean MacPherson

DIMORESTUDIO The always-inspiring, never-predictable work of the fearless design duo Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci may call to mind Le Corbusier, iconic Italian designers of the late 20th century, and Brazilian modernists, but united together as Dimorestudio, the pair possess a voice all their own. Bridging the end of minimalism and the age of the greatest Italian decorators of their youth, they’re reshaping the concept of home as a private and cozy dimension. Each Dimorestudio project adds and reinterprets a layer of art history, with rich influences rooted in Art Deco, the work of architect Luis Barragán, and beyond. p. 066

SEAN MACPHERSON Through bold designs that instantly draw in the creative set, this renegade spirit has helped transform the bar, restaurant, and hotel scenes on the world’s biggest stages. His fearless style embraces risk, bucks tradition, and is wholly his own. Driven to create something unique, MacPherson cut his teeth in the 1980s Los Angeles nightlife world before leaping into New York’s fast-paced hospitality arena in 2001. But regardless of locale, he crafts interiors that are always sumptuously rich, yet eschew any singular design school of thought. p. 096

Anouska Hempel

Albert Weinzierl

Tristan Auer

Christophe Pillet

ANOUSKA HEMPEL An icon in the design world, this creative genius invented a signature style so unique it cannot be copied (though many try). The Hempel look—endless versatility, ranging from pure minimalism to over-the-top indulgence—is romantic, historic, worldly, and wonderful. Though her styles can vary greatly from project to project, even from room to room in the same hotel, there’s an intensity of desire and an honesty of spirit in her work derived from her extensive world travels that forms a refined thread throughout all her designs. p. 122

ALBERT WEINZIERL By courageously bringing elements from numerous cultures and countries together into one design, and by boldly fusing the classical with the contemporary, this ingenious Münchner has transformed the creative landscape of his home city. Whether it’s a minimalist façade that sets a modern tone and the feng shui approach to the interiors of the Cortiina Hotel, or his own take on the cozy and convivial atmosphere of the French bistro, Weinzierl is an architect who’s not afraid to marry the project’s anticipated vernacular with a voice all his own. p. 186

TRISTAN AUER Whether he’s designing a major hotel, a beach villa for one of the world’s A-list creatives, or a high-profile showroom for such luxury brands as Nina Ricci and Cartier, this French visionary effortlessly references the past to create looks that are awash in French modernity, historical flourishes, and a bold individual sense of style. Auer attributes much of his success to the vibrant intellectual exchanges he has with clients, to the people he encounters in life, and to the undying curiosity, precision, and refinement that is at the heart of his award-winning work. p. 234

CHRISTOPHE PILLET Through his endless quest for simplicity and coherent expression, this inimitable French designer has become a leading light in the luxury and fashion worlds, as well as a guiding beacon for a new generation of designers who embrace his lucid style. Pillet’s high-voltage restaurant interiors, subtle furniture designs for top manufacturers, and chic interiors for hotels, boutiques, and private residences all express an eloquence that champions timeless elegance over evanescent style. The results are never predictable and always foster, among observers, an emotional attachment to an object or place. p. 268

Lรกzaro Rosa-Violรกn

Vincenzo de Cotiis

Annabell Kutucu & Michael Schickinger

Edward Tuttle

LÁZARO ROSA-VIOLÁN Known for the luxurious drama of his designs and the historical references in his architecture, this transplanted Spaniard brings a formidable voice to all that he touches. Architect Rosa-Violán’s critically acclaimed international portfolio of hotels, restaurants, and residential projects are approached with the nimble improvisational skills of the fine-art painter that he also is. While all of his projects unfold in a luxurious drama, each is colored by subtle nods to its own unique local culture, environment, and architecture — no matter how challenging that may be. p. 292

ANNABELL KUTUCU & MICHAEL SCHICKINGER Friends since childhood, this Berlin-based design team share a common design aesthetic yet contrasting abilities that, when united, lead to standout looks that are crisply understated, luxuriously relaxed, and perfectly in keeping with their settings. Kutucu and Schickinger flawlessly combine the handmade, the artisanal, and the organic — elements such as old linen, rough textiles, and weathered wood — with vintage and contemporary pieces to create a look that appeals perfectly to a new global tribe of wellappointed nomads. p. 390

INFLUENCERS 2016 DUANGRIT BUNNAG Hotel Bocage (p. 440), The Naka Phuket (p. 446)

COLIN SEAH New Majestic Hotel (p. 459)

KIT KEMP VINCENZO DE COTIIS Emotionally raw, intentionally imperfect, and historically wise but always current, this Italian’s work is detailed, lush, and expressed using a singular voice that references art, cultural aesthetics, and beyond. Research and experimentation are de Cotiis’s creative guides — and the reason why he is viewed as such a leading light in the design world today. His desire to understand and investigate the context of a project (its setting, its history, and more), combined with a fearless sense of risk-taking has ultimately led him to his unique aesthetic, one that is simultaneously raw and challenging, yet incredibly sumptuous and captivatingly intense. p. 340

Charlotte Street Hotel (p. 111), Covent Garden Hotel (p. 110), Crosby Street Hotel (p. 093), Dorset Square Hotel (p. 110), Ham Yard Hotel (p. 112), Haymarket Hotel (p. 118), Knightsbridge Hotel (p. 117), Number Sixteen (p. 116), The Soho Hotel (p. 117), The Whitby Hotel (p. 094)

MONIKA GOGL Wiesergut (p. 208)


MATTEO THUN Side (p. 164), Vigilius Mountain Resort (p. 351)

SPACE COPENHAGEN 11 Howard (p. 104)

INDIA MAHDAVI Condesadf (p. 058)

JEAN-MICHEL WILMOTTE Hotel de Nell (p. 242)

GERT WINGÅRDH Miss Clara by Nobis (p. 142)

INFLUENCERS 2015 JOSEPH DIR AND Distrito Capital (p. 056), Habita Monterrey (p. 074)

PIET BOON Piet Boon Bonaire (p. 036)

PIERO LISSONI Parc Hotel Billia (p. 339)


EDWARD TUTTLE He was born by the Pacific Ocean but has a magical ability to channel the spirit of the Andaman and Aegean Seas. From imposing stone columns to the smallest accessory, American architect and designer Edward Tuttle has created a new language of luxury. Combining the elegant and the elemental while working on a grand scale with heavy stone, local wood, airy spaces, and glittering water, Tuttle’s properties feel as if they have been handed down through the ages, no matter how recently they were constructed. p. 448

SIR TERENCE CONR AN Boundary (p. 120), The Guesthouse Vienna (p. 202)

ESTUDIO CAMPANA New Hotel (p. 384)

AUTOBAN The House Hotel Bosphorus (p. 409), The House Hotel Nişantaşı (p. 407), Witt Istanbul Hotel (p. 406),

NERI & HU The Waterhouse at South Bund (p. 470)

WOHA Alila Villas Uluwatu

SUYONG JOH Glad Hotel Yeouido (p. 480), Nest Hotel (p. 482)










Americas 49 Hotels


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Atix Hotel As the first Design Hotels™ member in Bolivia, Atix is a luxury hospitality pioneer for art-inclined, design-savvy travelers, set in the breathtaking city of La Paz. Here, bold cosmopolitan travelers come together to experience exquisite local cuisine, world-class design, and a thrilling landscape of deep red canyons and glowing sunsets that all celebrate the hotel’s passion for Bolivian culture. Designed to be a live-in art gallery, the 53-room Atix, which means “one who thrives” in Quechua, displays fine-art photography and artwork in the guest corridors, rooms, and common areas by native artist Gastón Ugalde — known as the Andy Warhol of the Andes. A New Yorker with a keen understanding and appreciation for city views, Atix architect Stuart Narofksy created a parallelogram-­ shaped structure with multiple perspectives, assuring that all guestrooms look out dramatically upon La Paz. Views are further enhanced by full bay windows of varying sizes that project off the

diagonal outer wall, allowing the occupant to be fully immersed in the landscape. The building itself is clad in local stone and wood, with intentionally simple details to avoid competing with the ­local, heavy-handed European-influenced structures in the region. The emphasis instead is on the craft of local artisans, creating subtle but impressive grandeur. Interiors at Atix capture the texture and essence of La Paz, featuring such indigenous materials as native Bolivian wood and comanche stone — the same stone that paved the streets of La Paz in the 1920s. The hotel also invites guests to a rooftop bar set next to an enticing infinity pool and Jacuzzi where they can experience world-class cocktails and gourmet cuisine inspired by the soaring Andes and its people. —



La Paz Bolivia



USD 197 – 650


Carlos Rodríguez, Fernando Rodríguez, Ximena Rodríguez

Stuart Narofsky Jennifer Rusche




Chez Georges

High on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city’s center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Chez Georges is a showcase of transcontinental modernism housed in an impressive work of Brazilian Brutalism by the nationally renowned architect Wladimir Alves de Souza. Boasting a private, seven-suite villa and a separate two-bedroom studio, the property is set on the edge of a protected forest within a lofty and secluded location. Such sights as Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the city rooftops provide impressive backdrops from various vantage points —  including the living room with expansive windows, the patio with its vaulted concrete pergola, and the 360-degree panoramic viewing point on the roof. Entering through beautiful concrete arches and a stunning six-meter-high wooden door that overlooks Santa Teresa and the bay beyond, one is immersed in a venue of meticulously crafted textiles, bamboo sheets, and cushions carefully chosen in Thailand and Europe. A music-lovers dream, the entire house is hooked up to a state-of-the-art music production room — situated below the welcoming 14-meter-long pool — transforming the villa into a huge recording studio. The exceptional design is characterized by rich woods, azulejo mosaics, spectacular artwork, and a glorious mix of midcentury European and Brazilian furnishings from names such as Nils Jonsson, Jo Hammerborg, and Ricardo Fasanello, as well as handpicked pieces from the antique markets of Paris, Brussels, Ghent, and ­Antwerp. Perfect for musicians, bands, families, design lovers, and groups, Chez Georges — a creation of Pierre Bident Moldeva and Olivier Verwilghen, the couple behind Design Hotels™ member La Ferme de Georges in northeast Brazil — is for private hire, providing guests with a wholly unique place to experience Rio. —



Rio de Janeiro Brazil



USD 35,000 – 65,000


Wladimir Alves de Souza


Pierre Bident Moldeva, Olivier Verwilghen


Insólito Boutique Hotel WHERE


Búzios Brazil



BRL 990 – 3,124


Luiz Fernando Grabowsky (Studio Grabowsky) DESIGN

Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont Tonnerre


Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont Tonnerre

Just a two-hour drive from the bright lights of Rio de Janeiro, there is an oasis of calm awaiting guests at the Insólito Boutique Hotel — a resort that combines personalized service with a beachfront experience and ambience that revitalizes the soul. Nestled on a rocky hillside, with stunning views of Ferradura Beach, the solar-heated Insólito blends perfectly into its natural surroundings. The hotel’s 24 rooms are full of arts and crafts from Brazilian legends, local artisans, and socially responsible companies, reflecting the style of its owner, the French-born Emmanuelle Meeus de ­Clermont Tonnerre. She has lovingly chosen and curated each room’s unique

theme; whether the theme celebrates Cultura Negra, South American photography, or Brazilian modern art, prepare to have your senses wowed. Most rooms have a verandah with a whirlpool and panoramic ocean views, while the suites also come with a lounge and an American bar where guests can mix their own cachaça drinks. The hotel owns two speedboats with which guests can discover over 20 neighboring beaches on the peninsula whenever they choose. When guests want to mingle, they can enjoy drinks in the pool bar, or they can dine at the 3,000-square-meter beach lounge, which has become “the place to be” for locals and guests alike. —


Kenoa – Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort Kenoa – Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort is located on Brazil’s stunning northeast coast, caressed by an emerald-colored, seemingly infinite ocean and miles of pristine white beach. Its position just nine degrees south of the equator ensures year-round summer temperatures. When founder Pedro Marques first dreamed up the lush haven, he envisioned a place that would provide mental, physical, and environmental equilibrium. Keen on environmentally conscious solutions, such as recycled glass water bottles, tree trunks of reclaimed wood, energy-saving lights, locally produced foods, and even non-ironed staff uniforms, the eco-chic retreat’s intimate setup offers repose for those ready to wind down. Each of the 23 exclusive villas and suites abounds with unique features, from unparalleled views over the neighboring sanctuary to private pools and outstanding interior design interspersed with indigenous works of art. A Shiseido-equipped spa, fitness center with ocean views, wine bar, lounge, and world-class cuisine tantalize the senses and satisfy the soul. Situated on the sandy white beach of Barra de São Miguel, 30 kilometers south of Maceio, the capital of the state of Alagoas, the hotel confidently stands out as much as it blends in with the overwhelming natural beauty of its unique ­location, defining a whole new realm for nature-friendly well-being. On Brazil’s stunning northeast coast in Barra de São Miguel, former Deloitte engineer Pedro Marques found inspiration in his family’s summerhouse and developed the eco-chic beach spa and resort, Kenoa. With no prior hospitality experience, it was Marques’s combination of entrepreneurial skills and solid network of friends and family that have made Kenoa one of the most stunning resorts in Brazil. Marques, who grew up in Portugal, set out to build a hotel from the point of view of the guest. While Kenoa is locally grounded, the interior design reflects a global vision, with artifacts from Africa to South America, making the resort a labyrinth of Zen-like luxury. —



Barra de São Miguel Brazil





Osvaldo Tenório


BRL 1,470  – 2,650


Pedro Marques


BRL 2,480  – 4,680



La Ferme de Georges Neighboring the coastal dunes of northeastern Brazil, La Ferme de Georges beckons those who crave slowed down culinary indulgence, locally inspired design intertwined with modern luxury, and stunning natural landscapes.



Barreirinhas Brazil



BRL 850 – 1,500


Yorick Piette


Mark Dixon

Pierre Bident Moldeva, Olivier Verwilghen

La Ferme de Georges boasts a location that excites intrepid explorers and urban escapists alike. The property is perched on the edge of a sprawling 1,500-square-kilometer area of dunes that recently earned the status of national park. The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park harbors hundreds of turquoise lagoons, providing a visual spectacle that has been featured in such publica­ tions as National Geographic. The freshwater lagoons and dunes also act as an expansive playground for swimmers, sunbathers, and explorers, as well as being an ideal location for kitesurfers thanks to optimal wind conditions and flat waters. Naturally, La Ferme de Georges organizes kitesurfing lessons, as well as a range of excursions on horseback, on foot, or with off-road vehicles, and activities such as nature tours and plantation visits. The Preguiças River also meets the Atlantic Ocean just a few minutes from the property, promising all the luxuries that come with a beach getaway. The goodness of nature is at the heart of La Ferme de Georges’s concept. The restaurant serves fresh, internationally inspired cuisine using locally sourced ingredients from its organic gardens for a mouthwateringly simple garden-to-plate dining experience. The gardens provide most of the menu’s ingredients — think water­ melons, zucchini, peppers, rice, passion fruit, and mangoes — while meat, fish, and poultry are bought from local suppliers, not only ensuring exquisite quality and a low-carbon footprint, but also directly supporting farmers in and around the small fishing village of Atins. Guests can expect a dining experience characterized by an unrushed appreciation of nature’s creative powers. The beauty of nature also serves as an inspiration for the architecture and design of La Ferme de Georges. Mark Dixon — head chef, carpenter, and cabinetmaker (many of his wonderful works of carpentry are exhibited throughout the hotel) — along with young architect Yorick Piette created a cluster of structures fashioned from local wood, brick, and palha, or straw, which are typical of the Brazilian coast. The seven white-walled chalets were designed to harness cool breezes for natural ventilation, and are separated by swathes of greenery, dissolving the boundaries between inside and out. The interior aesthetic could be described as tropical minimalism, with natural materials abounding, inviting hammocks swaying gently on private terraces, and curvaceous design pieces inspired by the sand dunes outside. While five of the seven chalets are situated on top of small green hills, each offers a luxurious respite with king-size beds and many offer private indoor or ­outdoor lounges, garden spaces, and sofa beds for extra guests. Each chalet hosts up to four guests, apart from the Park Chalet, which has space for five, while the 150-square-meter Tree Chalet rises above the surrounding cashew trees and comprises two bedrooms and a “Moon Tower” complete with sun loungers for true rest and relaxation.

below: Olivier Verwilghen and Pierre Bident Moldeva



La Ferme de Georges is the brainchild of Pierre Bident Moldeva, Olivier Verwilghen, and Mark Dixon who hail from Paris, Antwerp, and Newcastle (UK) respectively. All three share a passion for hospitality that is neatly summed up by Moldeva, who always welcomes guests to La Ferme as friends: “I like to accompany them to the beach. The ‘Atins adventure’ must remain an unforgettable journey from beginning to end with infinite small details.” The fact that the trio also love kitesurfing — with Verwilghen and Dixon being trained instructors — pulled them towards Atins, a haven for enthusiasts of the sport. An entrepreneur and a director of several companies in Paris for 25 years, with a specialty in new technologies, Moldeva now embraces life in Brazil where he helps to lead teams that meet the new challenges of the hospitality world. Due to his amiable and curious nature, those challenges have come easy to him. His early and sustained passion for travel has instilled in him a great desire to meet new people, make new friendships, and share his experiences with others. Like many things in his life, Brazil happened by accident. But once embraced, the land has become a place to express his longing to create hospitality experi-

Always smiling and welcoming people to his life, Verwilghen, mean­while, breathes life and rhythm into a stay La Ferme de Georges with tales about Atins and its region in English, French, Portuguese, or Dutch, while also preparing passion fruit caipirinhas whose recipe he keeps a closely guarded secret! Rhythm and sound are an integral part of Verwilghen’s life — he spent his youth playing sports and honing his music skills in New York City — and thus, he can’t help adding to his guests’ experience as well. Together, Moldeva and Verwilghen are passionate about people and curious about new adventures. They made their way into the hospitality business by renting out their apartments in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and New York City. Now “retired” in their adopted country of Brazil, they have put together two exceptional properties —  La Ferme de Georges in Atins and Chez Georges in Rio — unique embodiments of their mutual love for nature, sport, and sharing new experiences that create enduring memories. —

ences with an eye toward a larger whole. “A house by itself has no interest to me, hence the organic farm and the drive to produce 400 kilos of rice in a desert as remote as Atins,” he explains of La Ferme de Georges. “A villa is, of course, lovely. But a villa that doubles as a giant music studio and creative home for musicians,” he adds about his and Verwilghen’s stunning new Chez Georges in Rio, “that to me is interesting and exciting. Like traveling, it takes the everyday and transforms it into something surprising and wonderful.”

Rio de Janeiro, Chez Georges — p. 024

More from George Hotels: BRAZIL


Carlota Hotel Home to Latin America’s most well-preserved historical district and honored multiple times by the World Travel Awards as the region’s top destination, Quito, Ecuador is a fast-rising superstar. The introduction of Carlota Hotel to this capital city only solidifies it as a must-visit destination for world travelers who crave rare beauty and a rich cultural heritage. A French-style home from the 19th century set just blocks from Quito’s main landmarks and sites, Carlota was created as an urban lifestyle design experience to fully immerse guests in the treasures of a UNESCO-listed city. An intimate 12-room, family-owned hotel, Carlota offers both personalized attention and an insider’s introduction to the neighborhood scene thanks in part to a staff of neighborhood residents who provide guests with insights into the best places to visit and up-to-the-moment events. Here, locals and guests alike can often be found enjoying the property’s public spaces, which include a rooftop lounge that serves up fab drinks and 360-degree views of the historical district; a wine cellar; an intimate library and reading room; and the Bistro at Carlota, which enables diners to experience the traditional foods and tastes of Ecuador.

Built in 1905 by a French architect for a family with close commercial ties to France, Carlota is rooted in an Old World continental style. This original grandeur has been updated and is now punctuated by bright colors, rich patterns, exposed brick walls, and recovered wooden panels. Each bathroom presents its own tile design, which matches the patterns of the room and evokes a more elegant era. The color palettes in the guestrooms were ­selected to reflect the variety of the tones found among birds in Quito, thus connecting the property to the magnificent flora and fauna that surrounds it. Like the city in which it’s set, Carlota Hotel is a glorious mix of historical charm and contemporary flair. Here, dignified spaces play host to a warm, social scene in the heart of old Quito. —



Quito Ecuador



USD 220 – 528


Verónica Reed, Renato Solines

Verónica Reed (Viva Arquitectura) Verónica Reed (Viva Arquitectura), Isidro Calisto




Piet Boon Bonaire Few Caribbean islands are as inviting as Bonaire, a sand-fringed escape in the former Dutch Antilles. Just 50 kilometers from the island of Curaçao and 80 kilometers from Venezuela, it’s a tranquil place where flamingos as pink as cotton candy strut through the peaceful salt ponds, and loggerhead turtles swim through the turquoise seas. Set along the waterfront in Kralendijk, the island’s tiny capital, Piet Boon Bonaire is a collection of 10 individually styled villas. Five of these are right on the oceanfront, with ultra-­spacious and expertly crafted living spaces leading out onto private terraces, which have cool pools and easy access to the sea. Five additional villas sit further back from the shore but just like the oceanfront properties, they are unmistakably the work of Dutch design icon Piet Boon, who has a reputation for designing bespoke, luxurious beach villas worldwide. Piet Boon’s connection with Bonaire runs deep. “For me,” he says, “Bonaire is the picture you see when you close your eyes and dream of the Caribbean.” Politically and economically, the Caribbean island remains a part of his native Netherlands, and is one of the most environmentally conscious atolls in the region — something which tallies well with Boon’s love of authenticity and natural materials. Since becoming a designer, he has gained an international reputation for pure, timeless forms, and Piet Boon Bonaire is the ultimate expression of that work. —



Kralendijk Bonaire



USD 500  – 1,415


Piet Boon


Karin Meyn

Piet Boon

right: Piet Boon


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Casa Malca One of the world’s best-preserved coastal Mayan sites, Tulum is a beacon for those who enjoy their culture and history set in paradise along a spectacular Caribbean coastline. But Tulum is also a place of myth and mystery. Here, the energetic pull of the Maya and their many temples, which tower atop majestic cliffs, evokes passion and inner power among visitors. Here, too, on the most exclusive and quiet southern end of Tulum, one finds Casa Malca. Set on perhaps the widest of the endless white sand beaches found in this corner of the Yucatán Peninsula, the 35-room resort marries three spiritually inspiring elements — art, nature, and laid-back luxury. The driving force behind the property, Lio Malca, is a lion in the art world, having specialized in works by contemporary and modern masters, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, while launching retrospectives at New York’s Whitney Museum and other top venues. For Casa Malca, which is by far the largest house on the Tulum beach, he brings artwork worthy of a museum. But Casa Malca is also set in a natural wonderland surrounded by a lush jungle. And to best showcase it, Malca has built a staircase to the roof, which affords guests access to a bar and the best spot

in Tulum to take in the sunset. The luxury at Casa Malca, meanwhile, is felt by all the senses thanks to a large welcoming pool, cuisine that is nurtured with local ingredients and respect for local products, and an eco-friendly living environment that immerses one in a beautiful, earthy, and unforgettable charm. Since his emergence in the New York art world in the early 1990s, Lio Malca has specialized in works by contemporary masters while collaborating and assisting on major worldwide retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum, The Foundation Beyeler in Basel, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and other top venues. Today, Malca is celebrated for recognizing the talent of many top contemporary artists at a very early stage of their careers, Vik ­Muniz among them. At Casa Malca, he proudly showcases a carefully selected roster of Modern and Contemporary Masters, displaying a socially progressive and visually commanding inter­national collection. —



Tulum Mexico



USD 490  – 1,200

Lio Malca


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Papaya Playa Project Lost in a world of Mayan majesty and Caribbean charm, Papaya Playa, a Design Hotels™ Project, offers the perfect balance ­between nature, comfort, and luxury. Cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast, this raw-luxe site with an urban spirit presents a communal playground for a creative community seeking reconnection with nature and itself. Design Hotels™ crafted Papaya Playa together with owner Emilio Heredia, to create a sustainable community that learns from and gives back to the local Mayan culture here. The results are stunning but they are not surprising on a singular property that promotes a holistic and spiritual life and functions as a temporary retreat for like-minded, creative individuals to unwind and connect with self and nature. Spread out over a 900-meter stretch of the Caribbean coastline, Papaya Playa’s accommodations deliver on the promise of primitive sophistication in a natural setting of rustic luxury. The rooms are built with local materials and construction techniques, evoking the traditional Mayan way of building. The Private Casitas, cabanas, and all the rooms possess a rustic charm, celebrate the luxury of simplicity, and feature large private terraces that offer dramatic views of the turquoise waters. The three beach houses — Casa Palapa, Casa Madera, and Casa Viento — emerge from dense natural greenery to stand on high rocks overlooking the Caribbean. The ultimate luxury in most of the Casitas and cabanas is the private porch and plunge pools, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm. Travelers used to the highest levels of luxury all tell the same tale after a visit here: They love Papaya Playa for its holistic spa; its organic, superfood offerings and cold-press juices made on-site; its communal areas that encourage creative collaboration among guests who come together to perform, present, and communicate in their chosen fashion with music, readings, inspiring lectures, and more; and its simple, embracing barefoot luxury approach. Emilio Heredia has spent the last 30 years dedicated to his own spiritual development through the study of yoga, in its different forms, religion, philosophy, metaphysics, karate, the Tao, and Corporal Psychotherapy. Emilio’s business prowess is equally profound. With degrees in Electronic Engineering and Finance, he has served as chairman of various financial institutions in Mexico and New York. Intrigued by the magic and mysticism of the Mayan culture, Emilio moved to Tulum 12 years ago. He came with the vision of merging his passion for personal development with his financial know-how to create a sustainable community that learns from and gives back to the local Maya. —



Tulum Mexico





Design Hotels™ Design Team


USD 150 – 900


Emilio Heredia


USD 1,750  – 6,800

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Hotel Escondido A natural jewel nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range that snakes through the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A top-10 surfing and popular fishing destination, the tiny coastal town of Puerto Escondido invites with its laid-back atmosphere and beachside vibe. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, the duo behind Grupo Habita, have transformed a pristine stretch of coastline into a private paradise for beach bums and thrill seekers alike. Hotel Escondido offers a modern take on the traditional Oaxacan beach hut, cultivating a sophisticated atmosphere with a cheerful, centrally located bar, and dance club “underground,” that quite literally lives up to its name. Each of the 16 bungalows emphasizes a commitment to local tradition and design with traditional palapa rooftops on each hut and tropical wooden floorboards. Minimal, yet comfortable design elements are amplified by the myriad opportunities that the resort offers guests for both group activities and private relaxation in their natural hideaway. Surfing, boating, and kayaking lessons occur steps from the door of the bungalows, while those wishing to explore the surrounding area can explore the nearby lagoon. Those wishing to recharge after an action-packed day of sun, surf, and nature can recline by their own private pool, unwind with an in-room massage and enjoy locally-sourced dishes inspired by the internationally renowned Oaxacan cuisine. For Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that ­reflect their surroundings is more than just a job, it’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs to leave their respective former careers in citrus farming and investment banking. In 2000, Couturier and Micha launched Grupo Habita, a diverse collection of exquisite hotels that has grown to include 15 properties, with new properties opening in Baja California Sur, Texas, and L. A. over the next two years. Today, Couturier and Micha sit on the boards of Mexico City’s most prestigious fine arts institutions, while often hosting art openings at their esteemed boutique hotels. Ambitious but fun-loving, well-traveled but tied to their Mexican roots, the dynamic duo was awarded Team of the Year 2011 by Fizzz Magazine. — More from Grupo Habita: M E X I CO

Acapulco, Boca Chica  p. 052 Guardalajara, Casa Fayette  p. 070 Mexico City, Condesadf  p. 058 Mexico City, Distrito Capital  p. 056 Mexico City, Downtown Mexico  p. 054 Mexico City, Habita  p. 058 Monterrey, Habita Monerrey  p. 074 Puebla, La Purificadora  p. 059 Veracruz, Azúcar  p. 061 Veracruz, Maison Couturier  p. 060 U N I T E D S TAT E S

Chicago, The Robey  p. 080 New York City, Hôtel Americano  p. 092



Puerto Escondido Mexico



USD 425 – 460

Federico Rivera Río



Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha


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Mexico City Mexico



USD 210  – 355


Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha

David Cherem (Cherem Arquitectos) ­Rodrigo Berrondo, Pablo Igartúa (Paul Roco)



Downtown Mexico Blending authentic colonial 17th-century grandeur with a raw industrial edge, Downtown Mexico integrates local indigenous culture into its concept while celebrating its location in the Centro Histórico of Mexico City. Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle,” the hotel sits comfortably next to other colonial landmarks on the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. For each of their properties, owners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha use a local team and integrate the local culture into the concepts. Such was the case when lovingly renovating Downtown Mexico, one of the oldest residences in the area that still maintains this particular Mexican viceregal style. Character­ istics such as ornate detailing around the windows of the façade and a stone-forge staircase with intricate handrails take their place alongside gray volcanic rock walls and handmade cement tiles. The 17 rooms and suites possess a stripped-back, bohemian-chic elegance. They range from the simple and unadorned, decorated with little more than gray walls and tiled floors, to the stylish, with light timber detailing, exposed concrete walls, and vaulted high brick ceilings. Street-side rooms have balconies, while the others look over the lush and perfectly manicured patio. This palace grandeur is contrasted by the edgy character of the immense ­terrace which covers the entire rooftop. For Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that ­reflect their surroundings is more than just a job, it’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs to leave their respective former careers in citrus farming and investment banking. In 2000, Couturier and Micha launched Grupo Habita, a diverse collection of exquisite hotels that has grown to include 15 properties, with new properties opening in Baja California Sur, Texas, and L. A. over the next two years. Today, Couturier and Micha sit on the boards of Mexico City’s most prestigious fine arts institutions, while often hosting art openings at their esteemed boutique hotels. Ambitious but fun-loving, well-traveled but tied to their Mexican roots, the dynamic duo was awarded Team of the Year 2011 by Fizzz Magazine. — More from Grupo Habita: M E X I CO

Acapulco, Boca Chica — p. 052 Guardalajara, Casa Fayette — p. 070 Mexico City, Condesadf — p. 058 Mexico City, Distrito Capital — p. 056 Mexico City, Habita — p. 058 Monterrey, Habita Monerrey — p. 074 Puebla, La Purificadora — p. 059 Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido — p. 050 Veracruz, Azúcar — p. 061 Veracruz, Maison Couturier — p. 060 U N I T E D S TAT E S

Chicago, The Robey — p. 080 New York City, Hôtel Americano — p. 092

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Distrito Capital Surprising interiors, dazzling panoramic views, and double-height ceilings are a few of the eye-catching highlights of Distrito Capital. Located in the highest area of Mexico City — the skyscraper district of Santa Fé — this hotel is a testament to how cool Mexico’s capital has become in recent years. Designed around the idea of creative minimalism, the 30 well-appointed guestrooms and suites look more like chic art spaces than hotel rooms. Any visitor will be simultaneously awed by impeccable design touches and delighted by personal service flourishes. Fashionable without being ­zeitgeist-y, the inviting decor allows visitors to truly kick back and relax. The hotel is punctuated by vintage furnishings courtesy of famous midcentury designers. And Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand has successfully created thought-provoking social spaces within the property, such as a lounge-friendly pool area and several spectacular terraces. In fact, the Patricia Silvera-curated restaurant on the fifth floor is one of Mexico City’s newest and smartest meeting places. Guests will feel like they’ve stepped into their dream apartment. For Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that ­reflect their surroundings is more than just a job, it’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs to leave their respective

former careers in citrus farming and investment banking. In 2000, Couturier and Micha launched Grupo Habita, a diverse collection of exquisite hotels that has grown to include 15 properties, with new properties opening in Baja California Sur, Texas, and L. A. over the next two years. Today, Couturier and Micha sit on the boards of Mexico City’s most prestigious fine arts institutions, while often hosting art openings at their esteemed boutique hotels. Ambitious but fun-loving, well-traveled but tied to their Mexican roots, the dynamic duo was awarded Team of the Year 2011 by Fizzz Magazine. — More from Grupo Habita: M E X I CO

Acapulco, Boca Chica — p. 052 Guardalajara, Casa Fayette — p. 070 Mexico City, Condesadf — p. 058 Mexico City, Downtown Mexico — p. 054 Mexico City, Habita — p. 058 Monterrey, Habita Monerrey — p. 074 Puebla, La Purificadora — p. 059 Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido — p. 050 Veracruz, Azúcar — p. 061 Veracruz, Maison Couturier — p. 060 U N I T E D S TAT E S

Chicago, The Robey — p. 080 New York City, Hôtel Americano — p. 092


Mexico City Mexico




ARCHITECTURE USD 225 – 900 Diámetro Arquitectos, David Cherem ORIGINALS Carlos Couturier, DESIGN Moisés Micha Joseph Dirand (Joseph Dirand Architecture)

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Maison Couturier



Veracruz Mexico



MXN 1,900 – 2,700


Carlos Couturier


Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha

Built by French immigrants in the 19th century, Maison Couturier is an agricultural estate in the tropics of  Veracruz, Mexico. Based on family traditions handed down through generations, the resort preserves the heritage of its French founders in this secluded tropical enclave. ­Maison Couturier is a place where guests and visitors alike can come to breathe in the fresh scent of nature and drink of the refreshing waters of history preserved. Guests can choose between bungalows and the landowner’s suite, “la chambre du maître,” in which they can enjoy massages, private terraces with hammocks, and all of the amenities of contemporary living, such as wireless Internet, air-conditioning, and

plasma-screen televisions. The restaurant in the main house draws on the best of the French bucolic culinary tradition, offering its guests fait maison. Guests are also invited to enjoy a cocktail full of fresh local fruit at the bar, sit by the pool in the shade of a palm, or partake in an excursion to the region’s secret archaeological sites. When the best of the Mexican and French traditions are combined, along with a splash of contemporary luxury, the result is pure, natural bliss … and that is what Maison Couturier provides. —


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From the founders of ultrahip Mexican hotels Condesadf and Habita hotel comes Azúcar, named for the sugar cane grown in the state of Veracruz, where this hideaway is located. The “sweet” resort is effortlessly elegant, featuring 20 low-lying white-­ washed palapas (bungalows), each topped with a thatched roof. “I wanted to recuperate a lifestyle gone by,” explains hotelier Carlos Couturier. “To give guests the pleasures of simple things.” Thus, chairs are reproductions of those his grandparents had on their 1930s ranch, and each bungalow is named after a Veracruz sugar mill. A back-to-basics white-on-white aesthetic offers an authentic style that both hearkens to the past and fulfills the modern traveler’s aesthetic demands. A locally made hammock stretches across the private patio featured in every palapa, inviting guests to swing as the Gulf breezes blow; the airy ease makes the resort a haven for those weary of mass tourism. Highlights include a relaxing biblioteca (library) where guests can lounge in wicker chairs under an open thatched ceiling, as well as an outdoor spa that features a yoga space and an array of holistic spa services. True to its name, Azúcar is like a sweet treat that keeps guests coming back for more. —



Veracruz Mexico



MXN 1,770 – 7,900


Elías Adam (Taller de Arquitectura) DESIGN

Carlos Couturier


Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha

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Dos Casas Hotel & Spa The result of a decade of careful architectural renovations, Dos Casas offers an elegant mix of cool vanguard design and warm traditionalism. Set within two adjoining 18th-century colonial houses, 12 fully outfitted guestrooms — from the chic Design Room to the three-story Townhouse with private entrance — feature luxury amenities, like 400-thread-count cotton linens and marble baths with rain showers. In adapting the historical structures that house Dos Casas, architect and entrepreneur Alberto Laposse, together with architect Germán Velasco, invoked a dialogue of materials, spaces, and methodologies, allowing past and present to entwine in graceful contrast.Throughout the eccentric interiors, flashes of stone, marble, wood, iron, leather, and brass, evocative of Mexico’s rich colonial heritage, contrast with midcentury modern furnishings, such as the Barcelona chair, and bright, bold pieces of art — mostly from Latin America. A third building, added in 2009, houses a phenomenal spa inspired by the healing caves of ancient Greece. Dos Casas’ on-site restaurant, Áperi, helmed by executive chef Matteo Salas, has become a local destination in its own right, winning two Travel + Leisure Gourmet Awards in 2015 with its bold use of fresh local ingredients and flavors. And a communal rooftop terrace offers guests breathtaking panoramic views of San Miguel de Allende’s UNESCO-marked 16th-century skyline. It’s little surprise that Alberto Laposse became a baker. The soft-­ spoken man stems from generations of Italian bakers and studied the fine art of making pastries in Paris. What is surprising — and a true measure of the man’s drive and passion for expanding his life experiences — is that he also became a successful designer, ­architect, developer, financier, and hotelier. Laposse is a true Renaissance man whose creations reflect his quest for the best. —

left: Alberto Laposse



San Miguel de Allende Mexico

12 R AT E S

USD 372 – 744


Alberto Laposse DESIGN

Germán Velasco


Alberto Laposse

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Dimorestudio T H E A LW AY S - I N S P I R I N G , N E V E R - P R E D I C TA B L E W O R K O F T H I S F E A R L E S S D E S I G N D U O M AY C A L L T O M I N D L E C O R B U S I E R , I C O N I C I TA L I A N D E S I G N E R S O F T H E L AT E 2 0 T H C E N T U R Y , A N D B R A Z I L I A N M O D E R N I S T S , BUT THEIRS IS A VOICE ALL THEIR OWN.


“We love doing hotels. You’re able to create a world for the people who are visiting with total creativity andD Uimagination.” ANGRIT BUNNAG BRITT MORAN

Opposites attract. This is certainly true in the case of designers Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, the American and Italian creators of Milan-based Dimorestudio. Moran is the loquacious, easy, open face of the interior design outfit that is making waves in Italy and beyond thanks to a deeply emotive style of reinterpreting design history in private homes, retail stores, and boutique hotels. Salci is the

Though that’s just a small sampling of their creative output, one thing holds true across all their efforts — each Dimorestudio project adds and reinterprets a layer of art history, whether it’s the new Frette store in London, with its sharp Art Deco-inspired marble and glass geometry, or the Barragán-influenced Design Hotels™ property Casa Fayette in Guadalajara, Mexico, part of the Grupo

more introspective, eccentric counterbalance, whom Moran describes as “the most contemporary person I’ve ever met. Despite the distinctive way that he dresses and all his artistic idiosyncrasies, he has a way of translating history into something that is completely of today.”

Habita portfolio.

Together, the duo, who met in Milan in the early 2000s after working in graphic design and interiors respectively, have become one of the most influential interior design teams of our time. Nina Yashar, owner of cultish Milan design gallery Nilufar, describes their work, which references the rich past of Europe, Le Corbusier, and the Brazilian Modernists, as “a linking bridge between the end of minimalism and the age of the greatest Italian decorators of the 1980s and 1990s. They’re reshaping the concept of home as a private and cozy dimension.” Each Dimorestudio project is more assured than the last. Their intimate Parisian and Milanese residences, for example, surprise with unexpected shades of hand-mixed oxblood, deepblue coloring, and 20th-century antiques. Their new hotels, including the Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris, are designed as moody, cinematic vignettes. And their latest Aesop Corso Magenta Milan store features teal tiles and shelving that were influenced by 1930s butlers’ pantries.

Habita head Carlos Couturier chose Dimorestudio for the Casa Fayette project because the duo creates private, intimate spaces “with a human element.” The Casa Fayette project was initially a residential home dating from the 1930s and has retained that feel, says Moran — not least because guests first pass through the lounge and dining room areas before they get to the reception at the back of the building. Contrary to usual practice in Mexico, where patina or age isn’t necessarily valued, Dimorestudio kept original fittings in the rooms wherever possible “to help create a sense of history.” Residential expertise is at the core of the increasingly in-demand studio. Even in projects like the Frette store in Mayfair, which has a more obvious contemporary design than much of Dimorestudio’s work thanks to its sleek opal glass walls and glossy Marquina marble and brass accents, Moran and Salci introduced pieces of vintage furniture near the entrance to “give it a domestic feel — to make people feel as comfortable as possible.” They had the same agenda when planning the way customers would navigate the space —  creating a capacious staircase and guiding customers through what was a difficult subterranean plot. Moran says they enjoy the meticulous thought and planning

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S I G N AT U R E P R OJ E C T S Guadalajara, Mexico: Casa Fayette Paris: Aesop Saint-Sulpice store; Hotel Saint-Marc Rome: Palazzo Privé Fendi Milan: Ceresio 7 restaurant; Aesop Magenta store; Pomellato store; Boglioli Menswear store London: Frette store New York: Boglioli store Chicago: Pump Room

Significant Awards: 2017

Architectural Digest (AD) 100

Maison & Objet, Scènes D’Intérieurs Designers of the Year 2014

Dimorestudio’s collection of floor and wall lamps for Cappellini were inspired by an orchestra theme.


behind a project as much as the aesthetics. “We love doing hotels,” he notes. “You’re able to create a world for the people who are visiting with total creativity and imagi­ nation. It’s an opportunity to create from A-Z the spaces, the graphics, what the waitstaff should wear, what the towels should look like. We try to do a total package where everything’s perfect and there’s thought behind each element, because the end result is obvious for everyone. People are so much more well-traveled, exposed to cool things, they really expect it. The lay person now has a real eye for things that are a little bit off.” The same attention to detail and respect for the craftsmanship of Italian artisans (or the Mexican craftspeople who created the tile flooring and woven outdoor fur­ niture for Casa Fayette) goes for their collaborations with brands too. For example, the new lighting they created for Italian design megabrand Cappellini, inspired by traditional brass musical instruments, was a manufacturing revelation to Moran due to its artisanal quality, while their new vase collection with Bitossi, who created ceramics for the Memphis movement, uses some of the most experienced ceramicists in Italy. Their extensive collection of offthe-peg furniture, ranging from screens to dining tables, lighting, and couture-grade textiles, are made by specialist Italian artisans and are of exceptional quality according to David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect gallery. The New York gallerist —  himself a tastemaker — stocks a significant edit of Dimorestudio’s designs, and says, “the fabrics in particular blow my mind. The jacquard woven silks are so incredible.”


The VIP Apartment in Rome unfolds on the second floor of Palazzo Fendi, located on Largo Carlo Goldoni close to the Spanish Steps. 1

The Solferino Apartment, in an 18th-century Milanese Palazzo, was conceived by the desingers as “a container for contemporary life.” 2

“We take our own artisans with us to pro­ jects,” confirms Moran. “And it’s rare that we hear a ‘no’ when we ask if our craftsmen can make something — no matter how unusual. It’s crucial we maintain a certain quality that sets us apart. That is Dimorestudio. God really is in the details.” Text: Jenny Dalton



At Case Fayette, Guadalajara, Mexico, classic design objects and repurposed custom furnishings create a serenely immersive, contemporary experience. 3

Dimorestudio uses its gallery in Milan as a showplace for its work. 4

For the Frette store in London, the designers used the brand’s sophisticated aesthetic as a launching point from which to add their signature eclectic touches. 5

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Guadalajara Mexico



USD 195 – 595


Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha


Britt Moran, Emiliano Salci (Dimorestudio)




Casa Fayette When Carlos Couturier spoke before an important hotel tradeshow in Miami, he discussed the value of building hotels that build communities. There are few people on the planet more qualified to address this theme — except perhaps Couturier’s business partner, Moisés Micha. Together, the duo make up Grupo Habita, which has used its small but impeccably designed and conceived hotels to shape communities and neighborhoods in cities, resort towns, beaches, and beyond in their native Mexico, to say nothing of the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and Chicago’s Wicker Park district. Casa Fayette, in Guadalajara’s booming Lafayette district, masterfully showcases all of Grupo Habita’s strengths. The hotel itself is a 37-room Art Deco stunner that blends early 20th-century ­architecture with the polished grandeur of a heavenly tower. Local architectural firm Estudio5 transformed a 1940s mansion into Guadalajara’s first design-led hotel, nestled only two blocks from the city’s lively Vallarta Avenue, which turns into a pedestrian-­only thoroughfare every Sunday, filling up with skateboarders and bikers. Casa Fayette’s architecture blends contemporary design with ­early-20th century tradition, but the exterior is only part of the bold story told here. Inside the hotel, Milanese design team Dimore­studio incorporated elements from Mexico, Italy, and a host of European designers, to give the interior a global ­eclecticism that mimics the inspirations behind the neighborhood in which it sits. And it’s this attention to its neighborhood and the surrounding city that makes Casa Fayette so special. Second in size only to Mexico City, Guadalajara is considered one of Mexico’s most ­exciting destinations. In close proximity to downtown, the neighbor­ hood of Colonia Lafayette — also known simply as Lafayette — is Guadalajara’s up-and-coming hotspot, with new restaurants, cafés, and bars attracting locals and internationals alike. Thanks to its university and a handful of contemporary art galleries, including Casa Rombo and Galería Vertice, the quarter has become a magnet for creatives. Which brings us back to perhaps Grupo Habita’s biggest strength: Casa Fayette has not just entered this vibrant scene, it has become a critical and invigorating part of it. Its spa, located on the top floor of the hotel’s tower building, offers spectacular views of the city, and after a massage or steam bath, guests can visit the hotel’s outdoor pool, its rooftop screening room, its solarium, or enjoy a meal in Casa Fayette’s ground-floor restaurant, with its expansive terrace. Add to this attractive meeting facilities, and it’s little surprise that the hotel has become a driving force in the neighborhood—the meet-up spot for artists and intellectuals—and the perfect launch pad from which to explore one of Guadalajara’s most culturally dynamic quarters. For Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that ­reflect their surroundings is more than just a job, it’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs to leave their respective former careers in citrus farming and investment banking. In 2000, Couturier and Micha launched Grupo Habita, a diverse collection

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of exquisite hotels that has grown to include 15 properties, with new properties opening in Baja California Sur, Texas, and L. A. over the next two years. Today, Couturier and Micha sit on the boards of Mexico City’s most prestigious fine arts institutions, while often hosting art openings at their esteemed boutique hotels. Ambitious but fun-loving, well-traveled but tied to their Mexican roots, the dynamic duo was awarded Team of the Year 2011 by Fizzz Magazine. And thanks to the addition of Casa Fayette, one more accolade can be added to Couturier and Micha’s growing list of praise. This one comes from Skift, the most visited travel industry news site in the U. S., which recently stated: “Grupo Habita shows how a small hotel group with impeccable insight into today’s travel trends can make a big impact on the international hotel scene.” Small but important—Grupo Habita would have it no other way. —

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Acapulco, Boca Chica — p. 052 Mexico City, Condesadf — p. 058 Mexico City, Distrito Capital — p. 056 Mexico City, Downtown Mexico — p. 054 Mexico City, Habita — p. 058 Monterrey, Habita Monerrey — p. 074 Puebla, La Purificadora — p. 059 Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido — p. 050 Veracruz, Azúcar — p. 061 Veracruz, Maison Couturier — p. 060 U N I T E D S TAT E S

Chicago, The Robey  p. 080 New York City, Hôtel Americano  p. 092

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Habita Monterrey Why would a discerning world traveler want to check into the Habita Monterrey? Because it’s the seventh property by ­Mexican hoteliers Grupo Habita — a group known for its style, energy, innovation, and even intuition. Because the 39-room building is a curvilinear vision in clean, clear black and white, and an homage to classic midcentury design. The creative spirit who created the hotel’s bold look is none other than Joseph Dirand, who has often been associated with the stark, monochromatic approach found here. Indeed, the hotel is such a stunning welcome to the area that it has become a hopping nightlife and social hub in the northern Mexican city of ­Monterrey, at the crossroads between the United States, Mexico, and the world. Revelers and landscape lovers alike can often be found on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, replete with pools, a bar, and jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the mountainous surroundings — and all ­beneath a cool concrete canopy. Guests at Habita Monterrey find not just wireless Internet, but also a computer, which is to be expected at a hotel where the five-star service is always cordial, never cold. Chef Moisés Carrillo’s restaurant makes eating and lounging here unforgettable. No wonder Dirand is so proud of the results. Or as he puts it, “When you realize it is a success it’s nice to think everyone is having his or her own experience of this space and time, which is amazing.” —



Monterrey Mexico



USD 210 – 990


Agustín Landa


Joseph Dirand (Joseph Dirand Architecture)

Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha


Hotel Healdsburg Located in the heart of California’s north Sonoma wine country, Hotel Healdsburg stands on a historic town square, minutes away from some of the world’s best vineyards. The three-story stucco building’s warm ambience invites guests to embrace the healthy local lifestyle. Light floods through French doors leading onto private balconies, and artfully landscaped garden paths snake through the well-kept grounds. A refurbished pool area, by award-winning Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, now includes a bar and dining space, large chairs for lounging in the olive grove, custom-made dining tables, pool furniture from Janus et Cie, and Mamagreen Lounge Chairs. Culinary pleasures can be found at Cal-Italian restaurant Pizzando, which serves up pizza from a wood-fired oven and provides all-day room service and pool service. But the highlight is star chef ­Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant, a celebration of fresh seasonal ingredients straight from the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market, served either indoors or out on a garden patio overlooking the historic plaza — usually with a bottle of exclusive local wine. Twice a week, the hotel hosts complimentary tastings featuring local wineries, while live jazz plays in the Grand Fireplace Lounge, completing the picture of tranquil sophistication. The guestrooms, all of which recently underwent a complete update by Myra Hoefer Design in collaboration with David Baker Architects, feature custom-made beds and drawers made from three locally salvaged ancient bay laurel trees, as well as marble dining tables, linen and woven chairs, original artwork from Wade Hoefer, and handmade pottery from local designer Jered Nelson. —



Healdsburg United States



USD 399 – 820


David Baker + Partners Architects DESIGN

Frost Tsuji Architects, Myra Hoefer Design


Paolo Petrone, Circe Sher, Merritt Sher

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San Francisco United States



Brad Korzen, Kelly Wearstler


Kelly Wearstler

At the intersection of San Francisco’s Market, McAllister, and Jones streets, a beloved flatiron building reemerges as a beacon for the new energy coursing through the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood. The San Francisco Proper hotel is at an unusual crossroads where elite tech companies inhabit abandoned landmarks and Michelin chefs are opening high-quality fast food restaurants. The structure itself was built in 1904 by the city’s pioneer of lavish BeauxArts architecture, Albert Pissis, and two fires later — one in 1907 and another in 2014 — the vintage building underwent a long restoration. Interior designer Kelly Wearstler takes a warm, romantic approach

to the design by reimagining the past alongside the present, showcasing a variety of influences and aesthetics: French and European pre-­modernism and Cubism; vintage furniture; classic design pieces from the likes of Gio Ponti; local artworks by emerging talents; and furniture and lighting from Bay Area dealers. The lobby restaurant, with its chic streetside d ­ ining, attracts both locals and hotel guests alike. The Destination restaurant serves seasonal cuisine, while the Point Café is the perfect spot to watch the bustling city flow by thanks to its double-­height glass sides. A 4,800-square-foot rooftop is the icing on this sweet local cake.

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Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills sets the tone for hip repose with a boomerang-shaped pool surrounded by private cabanas — some with sweeping views of the city. The hotel was built in 1949 and frequented by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball. Thanks to contemporary style icon Kelly Wearstler, the rooms and suites still blend Old Hollywood roots with a distinct 1950s vibe. The hotel’s Viviane Restaurant, by award-­winning chef Michael Hung, serves modern Californian interpretations of classic ­European and American cuisines, attracting an in-the-know local crowd.



Beverly Hills United States



Brad Korzen, Kelly Wearstler


Kelly Wearstler

Avalon Hotel Palm Springs At the foot of the rolling San Jacinto Mountains, Avalon Hotel Palm Springs invites guests on a quintessentially Californian journey of West Coast cuisine, top-notch pampering, and Palm Springsstyle conviviality. Four acres of manicured gardens and accomodations are housed in works of Spanish architecture, with Hollywood Regency-inspired interiors by designer Kelly Wearstler. Add a therapeutic spa, and villas with full kitchens and fireplaces, and Avalon becomes the picture of a silver-screen Californian getaway.



Palm Springs United States



Brad Korzen, Kelly Wearstler


Kelly Wearstler

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The Robey High above the jazz and blues bars, cafés, and boutiques of Chicago’s swinging Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, The Robey draws a hip and creative crowd both day and night. Situated at a six-way intersection in the Northwest Tower, the 69-room hotel by Grupo Habita boasts French-American cuisine, plays host to the Up & Up rooftop cocktail lounge, and offers collaborative spaces for both business and pleasure. Add an exclusive Panorama Suite with a private bar, and the reason for the hotel’s hotspot status becomes clear. The gray limestone structure that houses The Robey is the tallest in the neighborhood and its unique triangular prism shape ensures that it stands out as one of the district’s most recognizable landmarks. Although formally called the Northwest Tower, the 1929 structure is nicknamed the “Coyote Building” due to what some say is its howling appearance. The 12-story building dons an Art Deco façade and features a rooftop cupola and lantern, as originally designed by the Chicago-based firm Perkins, Chatten & Hammond. The property was carefully preserved by Antunovich Associates, from Chicago and Washington, DC. Inside, the textures vary — glass, wood, chrome, and cotton — but the minimalistic approach remains consistent throughout the guestrooms, while public spaces see terrazzo, natural woods, and hues of red, pink, white, and gray. Herringbone hardwood floors contrast with Egyptian cottons in many of the rooms and suites, while bathrooms and bedrooms are separated by walls of pristine glass that are complemented by Filament 33’s intelligent lighting concept. Furniture ranges from sleek and streamlined to inviting and contemporary, with restrained high style reigning throughout. The Robey’s 69 rooms and suites span 215 to 675 square feet, and all offer views of the tree-lined, Victorian neighborhood below, 400-thread-count sheets, and signature soft denim robes, while the top-floor signature suite also affords guests 180-degree views of Chicago’s skyline. Café Robey, meanwhile, welcomes both guests and locals alike. Helmed by chef Bradley Stellings, the sleek eatery serves up French-American fare against the backdrop of that bustling



Chicago United States



USD 182 – 616


Antunovich Associates DESIGN

Marc Merckx Interiors, Nicolas Schuybroek Architects


Carlos Couturier, Moisés Micha

six-corner intersection. And sitting high atop The Robey’s sister property, The Hollander, the Cabana Club allows guests to ­enjoy an inspired menu of Greek favorites. The Robey’s rooftop pool, meanwhile, completes the urban vacation feel, presenting truly stirring views — to the east you’ll spot 1,127-feet-high John ­Hancock buildin — in a barefoot luxury setting. Taken all together, the result is a signature Grupo Habita hotel that perfectly unites heritage design with a contemporary feel that captures the spirit of the neighborhoods that embrace it. Or as Carlos Couturier, who along with Moisés Micha launched Grupo Habita, puts it, “We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project.” Today, those projects have amounted to a diverse collection of exquisite hotels that include 15 properties, with more coming. Each not only reflects Couturier and Micha’s passion for local integration but also for art as the duo sit on the boards of Mexico City’s most prestigious fine arts institutions. Indeed, they often host art openings at their hotels. Of course, as is usually the case with Grupo Habita, the hotel itself is a work of art. Take The Robey. Stretching 203-feet tall and the only skyscraper for miles, the hotel truly captures the spirit of Chicago, a big-shouldered town at the center of America. — More from Grupo Habita: M E X I CO

Acapulco, Boca Chica — p. 052 Guardalajara, Casa Fayette — p. 070 Mexico City, Condesadf — p. 058 Mexico City, Distrito Capital — p. 056 Mexico City, Downtown Mexico — p. 054 Mexico City, Habita — p. 058 Monterrey, Habita Monerrey — p. 074 Puebla, La Purificadora — p. 059 Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido — p. 050 Veracruz, Azúcar — p. 061 Veracruz, Maison Couturier — p. 060 U N I T E D S TAT E S

New York City, Hôtel Americano — p. 092

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The Dwell Hotel Three unexpected little facts about The Dwell — Chattanooga, Tennessee’s first upscale luxury boutique hotel — alert you that you’re entering someplace wholly original: Colorful macaroons prepared by an in-house pastry chef magically find their way to your room each day; the hotel’s 16 rooms are all uniquely designed; and as a young girl The Dwell’s owner filled her journal with hotel descriptions, including details of the pancakes she would one day serve for break­fast. Here, Old Hollywood and South Beach glam playfully contrast the historical charms of a newly renovated, three-story brick-and-limestone building set in downtown ­Chattanooga and perfectly placed midway between Nashville and Atlanta. Architects Trey Wheeler and Aaron Cole, of Cogent Studios, took on a structure that was born to be a hotel. By expanding the restaurant, completely reimagining the hotel bar, and creating entirely new lounge areas, the Cogent team has created multiple spaces that not only invite guests to experience hospitality ­Chattanooga-style, but serve as a gathering place for locals who come to enjoy the buzzing scene now created by The Dwell.

Inside, a glamorous take on midcentury modern creates a luxury-­ meets-retro feel, with each room evoking a journey into another era. Bold colors keep the rooms lively and energetic, while rustic hardwoods and exposed brick give a gentle nod to Chattanooga’s industrial heritage. Nightlife, meanwhile, now thrives at The Dwell thanks to its boldly renovated Terra Máe restaurant and the prop­ erty’s new Matilda Midnight bar. Finnish by decent but a southern-born American at heart, Seija Ojanpera used to collect hotel brochures as a child. Though she fantasized about being a hotelier, she followed a medical route instead, before moving into the nonprofit world where she worked building sustainable livelihoods in Haiti, and bringing non-GMO seeds to India. Ultimately, she reconnected with her inner-hotelier and began looking around Chattanooga for possible inns. “I started writing business plans and asking for money. Then, after a few years of drawing, planning, and believing, I found the property that would become The Dwell,” she says. “I immediately knew I wanted it to be midcentury. Every lamp, every chair, every piece of wallpaper was chosen carefully. My three-story hotel drawings as a child have become this sweet retro dream!”—



Chattanooga United States



USD 264 – 381


Seija Ojanpera

Cogent Studio

Laurel Creager, Seija Ojanpera



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Scribner’s Catskill Lodge A refuge for New York City creatives who crave a stylish, inspirational getaway, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge pays homage to the rich past of the Catskills region while reinventing the notion of the modern-day luxury retreat. Perched high on a hill surrounded by fields of grass, and beautifully reimagined by design upstarts Studio Tack, the 38-room eclectic mountain lodge is a year-round refuge for cosmopolitan explorers and adventurers looking to enjoy local art, culture, and the inspiring nature of upstate NewYork. Originally built in the 1960s, today’s fully renovated Scribner’s brings key characteristics of the Hudson Valley cultural renaissance to one property. The region’s sense of place shines through nostalgic design, bespoke programming, and local culinary offerings. Here, one can lose oneself in the dramatic western views of Hunter Mountain and the Schoharie Valley before escaping to the property’s intimate Whiskey Lounge, its locally sourced restaurant, its Library lounge with a circular fireplace, weekend yoga classes, and an area alive with hiking trails and rivers. Add a spa, gym, and pool in 2017, and Scribner’s Catskill Lodge expands upon the perfection that is a fully realized, ultimate luxury escape. Hugging the mountain and boasting sweeping views, the reconceived and expanded Scribner’s feels like a natural extension of the tree- and meadow-filled land that surrounds it. Originally designed in 1965, Scribner’s took a late-modernist motor lodge and transformed it into a contemporary yet still historically relevant retreat. The lodge gleams in new splendor after thorough renovations. Clean, contemporary, and slightly offbeat looks in each of its 38 unique guestrooms are highlighted by dark maple floors, vintage rugs, custom-built furniture, and white wainscoted walls. New Yorkers Marc Chodock and Glennon Travis were drawn to the Catskills thanks to the region’s exciting renaissance. Once here, they set out to create a refuge for the city creatives. With a background in finance and consulting, Chodock partnered with hospitality veteran Travis, whose experience includes working at New York City lifestyle hotels like Soho House and The Jane, along with the Capri Hotel in Southampton. “Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is reflective of the Catskills’ emerging role as an escape for travelers and adventurers,” says Chodock. “The Lodge is a modern retrospective of the region’s history and offers a place for visitors to experience the inspiration of the destination.” Travis agrees. “We’ve built a team of partners who have foresight, creativity, and a passion for the reawakening of the Catskills,” he says. “Scribner’s has a distinct, fresh personality that simultaneously summons up the region’s illustrious past.” —


Hunter United States ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN

Studio Tack





Marc Chodock, Glennon Travis

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Gramercy Park Hotel With one-of-a-kind furnishings, paintings, and sculptures created by Julian Schnabel, the Gramercy Park Hotel is more than a unique luxury property — it’s a work of art. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan, the legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors, night after night, to international artists, literati, fashion designers, and intellectuals. With a lushly landscaped rooftop garden for special events and engagingly designed interior spaces, the hotel offers many evocative places. Danny Meyer’s Maialino serves Roman-style trattoria dishes; while Gramercy Terrace, a private roof club and landscaped garden, offers a one-of-a-kind setting for private events. Located on the lobby level, Rose Bar and Jade Bar — two eclectically decorated and candlelit spaces — both have a long list of classic and exotic cocktails, as well as an exquisite bar dining menu. For those in need of retreat, in-room massages and spa services can easily be arranged. In guestrooms, hotel staff leaves thoughtfully chosen books in a bedside stack and luxurious bath salts for a fragrant dip. The property’s nine specialty suites are each unique, with

s­ pacious living rooms, some with dining rooms, and bathrooms with custom sculpted soaking tubs. Outside the hotel is yet another work of art — Gramercy Park, New York City’s only private park, to which guests of the hotel have exclusive access. The work of iconic American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel has been exhibited at renowned institutions worldwide. His mythic, often controversial career is rooted in his ability to morph and change using a vast alchemy of sources and materials. Teamed up with real estate mogul Aby Rosen and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager, Schnabel transformed the century-old Gramercy Park Hotel — once the headquarters for high bohemia — into an exquisite gallery hotel. The artist’s idiosyncratic, rustic style shoots through the property with vaguely Spanish references, while visitors searching for the tactile effects and opulence of Schnabel’s best-known paintings will not be disappointed. Schnabel’s interior choices infuse the Gramercy with intense feeling and compositional energy. —



New York City United States



USD 425 – 5,000

Robert T. Lyons, John Pawson DESIGN

Julian Schnabel



Julian Schnabel

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The Whitby Hotel Arriving in style onto the vibrant Manhattan midtown scene from the ever-inspired
mind of design doyenne Kit Kemp, The Whitby is Firmdale Hotels’ second property in New York, and a fitting creative bookend to its hugely popular Crosby Street Hotel in the
heart of SoHo. Situated on West 56th Street at 5th Avenue, The Whitby is surrounded by
international designer shops, worldclass department stores, restaurants, galleries, and
museums, with Central Park and Broadway just a short walk away. Yet your most
memorable New York moments may very well be experienced inside the hotel where 86
individually styled bedrooms and suites set over 16 floors, with many offering private
terraces, feature Kit Kemp’s award-winning luxurious, contemporary style and world renowned innovative mix of color, pattern, texture, and art. ­Bathrooms are beautifully finished in marble or granite, with the bedrooms and suites showcasing the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. The entire top floor is dedicated to The Whitby Suite, a
spectacular two-bedroom headline setting with spacious, ­furnished terraces facing uptown
and downtown. While the private worlds of The Whitby beguile, the public ones prove
once again that a Firmdale property is as much a social gathering place among movers and
shakers as a hotel. Not to be missed is The Whitby Bar, a drawing room, an orangery and
courtyard, as well as several stylish private-event rooms and a 130-seat state-of-the-art
cinema. Along with her partner Tim Kemp, Kit Kemp has launched and designed some 10 hotels, including the Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby Hotel in Manhattan, and the Dorset Square Hotel and seven others in London. Kit was named the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year in 2008, and Firmdale Hotels received the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2000, 2006, and in 2009. Kit’s design aesthetic reflects a fresh, modern English style. Mixing eras with state-of-the-art technology, the self-taught designer follows no rules but her own, creating a signature style that strikes the perfect balance between classicism and modernity. — More from Firmdale Hotels: UNITED KINGDOM

London, Charlotte Street Hotel — p. 111 London, Covent Garden Hotel — p. 110 London, Dorset Square Hotel — p. 110 London, Ham Yard Hotel — p. 112 London, Haymarket Hotel — p. 118 London, Knightsbridge Hotel — p. 117 London, Number Sixteen — p. 116 London, The Soho Hotel — p. 117 U N I T E D S TAT E S

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New York City United States



USD 915 – 1,723

Kit Kemp



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Boundary Lovers of art, admirers of design: Boundary welcomes you. Located amid the plentiful galleries of London’s famed Shoreditch quarter, Boundary is a celebration of fine art and design for the sophisti­ cated 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 Italian to ­Modern Chinoiserie, featuring private balconies. Boundary gastronomy is just as expertly curated as Boundary design. The main restaurant pays homage to the timeless recipes and traditions of England and France: Roast leg of lamb and rib of beef are presented for Sunday lunch, and various English game birds are offered seasonally. The Boundary Bar’s wine list includes over 500 artisanal growers and aristocratic estates from around the world. Upstairs, a separate kitchen and bar serve the Boundary Rooftop, a 48-seat grill restaurant with an open fireplace set in the midst of a stunning garden by Nicola Lesbirel with 360-degree views over London. The hotel is also home to Albion, a groundfloor bakery, café, and specialty British food shop, with pavement seating directly on Boundary Street. The knighted arbiter of British design, Sir Terence Conran has made a huge imprint on England and the world. His many projects, such as the furniture company Habitat, took Britain out of the gloom of postwar austerity into a vision of what the domestic world could be like. Born in Kingston upon Thames and educated at the Central School of Art and Design, Conran launched Boundary in 2009 after decades of work as a designer, restaurateur, retailer, and writer. A radiant spread encompassing a hotel, three restaurants, a bakery, and food store, Boundary has become a staple within the artistic community of Shoreditch, East London’s hippest neighborhood. Among Conran’s many prestigious awards are the Chartered Society of Designers’ Minerva Medal and the Prince Philip Designers Prize. — bottom: Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott



London United Kingdom



GBP 190 – 730


Conran and Partners

ORIGINALS DESIGN Sir Terence Conran, Sir Terence Conran Peter Prescott (Conran and Partners)





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