Haute Hotels Inspiring Design

Look inside these ultra-stylish boutique and luxury properties for alluring and attainable design ideas for your own home.

By: Lori Johnston and Marena Galluccio

These new and renovated luxury hotels offer a suitcase's worth of style inspiration and ideas for your rooms.

The Dewberry Charleston

Posh Dewberry Charleston Guest Room

Posh Dewberry Charleston Guest Room

The Dewberry Charleston is a luxury mid-century property that blends old world style with modern elements.

Photo by: The Dewberry Charleston

The Dewberry Charleston

The posh Dewberry, which opened in 2016 in Charleston, S.C., is filling some designers' Instagram feeds because of its mid-century modern sophistication.

“Mid-century modern pulls on my heart strings, so an entire hotel dedicated to that era is a magical experience,” says Laurie Betz of Betz Design Studio.

Betz says the design of the guest room is successful because there is a level of sophistication with a hint of drama as seen in the oversized mirror above the beds. To replicate The Dewberry’s elegance, Betz suggests using an oversized mirror, an unexpected large-scale artwork or sculptural wall piece over your bed.

Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza, France

Artistic Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza in Plya-Sur-Mer, France

Artistic Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza in Plya-Sur-Mer, France

The Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza, a French hotel updated by Philippe Starck in 2016, is an airy property filled with bright whites, neutral wood and coastal inspirations.

Photo by: Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza

Hȏtel Ha(a)ïtza

This French property opened in 1930 and was updated by Philippe Starck in 2016. It’s like a modern-day chalet, says Michelle Workman of Michelle Workman Interiors.

The airy guest rooms have natural wood and citrus hues in the stained glass, which Betz says “adds an obscure, artsy element that leaves the guests with a dreamy imagination.”

“The otherwise sterile space is transformed throughout the day with the changing colors from day to night,” Betz says.

Hotel Saint Marc, Paris

Vintage and Contemporary Mix in Restored Hotel Saint Marc in Paris

Vintage and Contemporary Mix in Restored Hotel Saint Marc in Paris

The Art Deco dressing table, mid-century modern chair and bust by the window help give a guest room in the Hotel Saint Marc in Paris a curated look, says Willem J. Stear of Tonic Design Studio.

Photo by: Hotel Saint Marc

Hotel Saint Marc

Rooms in the Hotel Saint Marc are a bold mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings and artwork. The Art Deco dressing table, mid-century modern chair and bust by the window give rooms in the renovated Paris hotel a curated, but not themed, look, says Willem J. Stear of Tonic Design Studio.

“It really seems like someone collected a lot of furniture over a number of years or decades even and put it together and I think that makes a much more interesting interior,” he says.

To find rhythm in a room, collect and mix items from different eras, then look at each individual piece and how they would work together, Stear says. Also, repeat colors, like the blue in this Paris hotel room.

Kimpton De Witt Hotel, Amsterdam

Dutch Art and Design in Kimpton de Witt Hotel Amsterdam

Dutch Art and Design in Kimpton de Witt Hotel Amsterdam

The Kimpton de Witt Hotel, a boutique property in Amsterdam, is decorated with a nod toward Dutch artists and with details such as bursts of blue.

Photo by: Laure Joliet

Laure Joliet

The Kimpton De Witt Hotel, a boutique property that opened in 2017 as the brand's first property in Europe, is decorated with a nod toward Dutch artists and with details such as bursts of vivid blue.

If you're choosing or making a headboard, consider one that spans wall to wall. Also, Stear says the gray paint continues the illusion around the room in a border-like fashion. 

For the wall gallery, he suggests having an underlying purpose, such as a specific color or similar frame for art pieces. Also, remember to keep the artwork proportionate to the wall size—bigger frames for big walls, and smaller frames for smaller walls—to keep it from being busy.

11 Howard, New York City

Danish Minimalism in NYC's 11 Howard

Danish Minimalism in NYC's 11 Howard

Danish minimalism abounds in the 11 Howard, a boutique hotel in New York City. Light oak floors, natural materials, ceramic wall sculptures and subdued hues bring the style into the guest rooms.

Photo by: 11 Howard

11 Howard

Danish minimalism abounds in the 11 Howard, a boutique hotel that opened in 2016 in New York City. Light oak floors, natural materials, ceramic wall sculptures and subdued hues bring the Scandinavian style into the guest rooms. The result are clean lines, but not a starkness, says designer Nina Nash.

QT Melbourne

Industrial Chic Hotel Bedroom Suite

Industrial Chic Hotel Bedroom Suite

Create a sensual bathing space with a simple sheer around the tub, like in the guest room of the QT Melbourne with its industrial chic vibe. The look would be fun to mimic in a bathroom for a “wall of privacy” that you can still see through, says Michelle Workman of Michelle Workman Interiors.

Photo by: QT Melbourne

QT Melbourne

Create a sensual bathing space with a simple sheer around the tub, like in the guest room of the QT Melbourne which also opened in 2016. The look would be fun to mimic in a bathroom for a “wall of privacy” that you can still see through, Workman says.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Modern Design in Renovated Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Modern Design in Renovated Ritz-Carlton Chicago

The historic Ritz-Carlton Chicago was refashioned by interior design firm BAMO with modern interiors.

Photo by: Dave Burk

Dave Burk

The historic Ritz-Carlton Chicago was refashioned in 2017 by interior design firm BAMO with modern interiors.

“I love the way that bar is sort of built into the wall so it’s flush with the wall and its apart of the architecture,” Stear says.

Add a free-standing drinks cabinet, bring it up to the wall and add a tall mirror on each side to reflect the room and make it bigger.

“You can maybe add two standing lamps in front of the mirrors so it reflects light and that way you can sort of create a little jeweled area that would look very similar to that,” Stear says.

Palé Hall, Wales

Grand Renovated Country Estate in Wales

Grand Renovated Country Estate in Wales

In the United Kingdom, Pale Hall’s luxurious property transports you back to a royal 19th century countryside estate. Laurie Betz of Betz Design Studio said the feeling of quaintness and Old World style, but having modern-day touches, is her favorite element of the British estate turned hotel.

Photo by: Pale Hall

Pale Hall

In the United Kingdom, Palé Hall’s luxurious property transports guests back to a royal 19th century countryside estate. The feeling of quaintness and old-worldliness, but having modern-day touches, is Betz's favorite element of the British estate-turned-hotel that reopened in 2016. 

“Creating symmetry and incorporating contemporary colors is very important when working with antiques and older architecture,” she says.

21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City

Contemporary 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

Contemporary 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

The 21c Museum Hotel of Oklahoma City was built in 1916 as a Ford Motor Company plant, but was later purchased and redesigned by 21c and architect Deborah Berke Partners to create a contemporary interpretation of the building’s industrial heritage. Repurposed materials such as tables made from reclaimed pine, chairs of recycled plastic and neutral hues, with pops of primary colors, span throughout the hotel into the bedrooms.

Photo by: 21c Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels

The 21c Museum Hotel was originally built in 1916 as a Ford Motor Company plant, but was later purchased and redesigned by 21c and architect Deborah Berke Partners to create a contemporary interpretation of the building’s industrial heritage.

Recycled and repurposed materials such as tables made from reclaimed pine, chairs of recycled plastic and neutral colors span throughout the hotel, which opened in 2016, into the bedrooms.

“The room is predominantly neutrals,” Stear says. “And then you just have these beautiful pops of color.”

Stear says it’s smarter to invest in minor color pieces such as accessories, throw pillows, or small pieces of furniture while leaving about 80 percent of the room to neutrals.

“I think it’s important when you work with color not to go overboard because else it will start to look like Skittles displayed in there,” Stear says.

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