Fit for Small SpacesDesigned for budget-minded hipsters, the 100-square-foot rooms in the new Pod Hotel in Manhattan are cheerful and chic, and full of ideas — from smart built-ins to wall-high murals — that the stylish spendthrift could use in a small space at home.
All Out LuxeOn the higher end of the spectrum, it's no surprise that famous designers like Armani, Bulgari and Versace are lending their names and signature styles to hotel rooms. The Bulgari hotel in Milan is a monochromatic Italian dream of plush fabrics and sleek teak furnishings — understated and undeniably rich. Contrast that with Donatella Versace's hotel, Palazzo Versace, on the Gold Coast of Australia, which is bright with the colors of sun, sand and sky — overstated and undeniably rich. Both cater to travelers determined to rest in luxury wherever they land, for business or pleasure. Transform your humble bedroom to be luxe, like the stars with 7 Ways to Bring the Boutique Look to Your Home.
Eco-FriendlyThe earth-friendly Hotel Triton in San Francisco is on the cutting edge when it comes to the environment, with an eco-friendly guest room designed by model/environmental activist Angela Lindvall and Alexandra Spadea of SpadeaSpace. Don't let the playful pink and green color scheme fool you — everything from the organic cotton linens to the side chair made of recycled seatbelts is an ode to serious sustainable living. Plus, there's another feel-good perk: Ten percent of the room cost is donated to Lindvall's charity: the Collage Foundation.
Celebrity SuitesFor the star-struck, celebrity suites are all the rage. You can crash in Kathy Griffin's dreamy suite in San Francisco's Hotel Triton or misbehave in a re-creation of Britney Spear’s Louisiana bedroom at Boston's Onyx Hotel: Cheetos from the minibar, anyone? In spite of the success of these rooms, we don't think the themed bedroom is going to catch on at home —at least not for the 10-and-up crowd.
There's No Place Like homeThe biggest trend in hotel room design is residential life crossover. Not only are many hotels offering residential opportunities, some like the stately Plaza Hotel are going entirely condo. And as much as we want our bedrooms at home to look like luxury hotel rooms, many designers in the hospitality business want hotel rooms to look like home! In the redesign of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, designer Michael S. Smith's goal was to make guest rooms resemble a classic beach house, but with world-class amenities, including custom Italian bed linens, Tibetan rugs, decorative shells and coral and hand-stitched Indian-print cotton throws designed by John Robshaw — all things you can find and use in your own bedroom oasis. Next time you're in a hotel room, go ahead and look around for inspiration.