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6 Ultra Chic Hotels to Check out (and Check Into)

MARCH 24, 2016
Photo credit: Hotel-alfonsoxiii-seville.com

Stunning interior design and traveling in style? Two things we take pretty seriously at the Decorist studios. In an effort to pay proper tribute to two of our all-time favorite things, we’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to the hotels we’re dying to check out (and a few we’re already smitten with).

From lobbies re-imagined as multi-use gathering spaces to guestrooms appointed like the finest luxury spas, some hoteliers and their designers just know how to elevate the hotel experience to an art form.
Check out these stunningly chic hotels that will definitely give you something to write home about. After all, isn’t it the destination not the journey that really matters?


1. The Palladian / Seattle 

Our home away from home during Seattle Showhouse, The Palladian seems to be on the design world’s radar right now.


Palladian Hotel Rooms Photo Credit: The Palladian 


Brought into being by the Kimpton Hotel Group, the boutique hotel hitmaker, the recently-opened Palladian gets our vote for its retro-eclectic design aesthetic — think old-school rotary phones, quirky portraits, clawfoot tubs — and luxe, hipster vibe that just feels on-point and on-trend.  


Palladian Hotel Bar Photo Credit: The Palladian


One of our fave designers, Nicole Hollis, is the brains behind the Palladian’s award-winning design. We always love seeing her breathtaking work and look forward to experiencing it first hand next week.


2. Haymarket Hotel / London

The whimsical Haymarket mirrors the vibrancy and vitality of its setting in London’s colorful West End theatre district. Unmistakably English, the hotel’s interior marries contemporary references with a classical pedigree in a style that’s been coined “Modern British.”


Haymarket Hotel Lobby

Photo Credit: Designhotels.com


Recently redesigned by hotel design guru Kit Kemp, much of the furniture is custom made and virtually every surface is covered in a charming, contrasting textile. Kit has effortlessly mixed eras and assigned a new order based on her own set of unconventional design rules. A true English gem.


Haymarket Hotel RoomsPhoto Credit: Designhotels.com


3. Ett Hem / Stockholm

Formerly a private residence (a grand one, at that), the luxury boutique hotel Ett Hem is a taste of true Scandinavia. Cozy in its winter palette of dove gray, alabaster and Icelandic blues, it offers a low-key luxe in keeping with the laid back but orderly vibe of Stockholm.


Ett Hem Hotel Rooms

Photo Credit: Etthem.se

Ett Hem Hotel

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Brimming with antiques and personality, each individual space somehow manages to echo the lean, minimal look the Swedes are known for. Designer Ilse Crawford was aiming for a sense of calm and intrigue, and you definitely get that in spades at the Ett Hem. We also love the “indoor-out” spaces with all the comforts of a sitting room in an open-air patio. Truly magical!


Ett Hem Outdoor PatioPhoto Credit: Etthem.se


4 The Parker / Palm Springs

Decorist’s own authority on all things ‘mid-century,’ Celebrity designer Darren Brown has his fingerprints all over the interior of this exciting desert destination. The Parker Palm Springs is known for its retro modern exuberance that feels funky, fresh and a little Rat Pack-fabulous.


Photo credit: parkerpalmsprings.com


The one-of-a-kind interiors, which Darren collaborated on with Jonathan Adler, can veer toward kitsch but are brought back to a luxurious elegance that effortlessly marries the high with the low — not an easy design feat to pull off this beautifully.


Photo credit: parkerpalmsprings.com


Throw in a full-service spa, three pools, clay courts and gorgeously landscaped grounds and you’ve got yourself a real bucket list contender.  


5. Hotel Alfonso XIII / Seville  

Magnificently decorated in the authentic Moorish, Castilian and Andalusian styles, Hotel Alfonso XIII is a taste of old-world Seville as authentic as it comes.


Hotel Interiors

Photo credit: hotel-alfonsoxiii-seville.com


Constructed in 1929 and considered to be one of the most prestigious hotels worldwide, it features a sea of white marble and Moroccan-inspired hand-painted tile.


Hotel Interior Design

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Just three years ago, it was lovingly refurbished to infuse a posh new glamour to elevate its old-world sensibility. Trend-forward geometric rugs, Moroccan light fixtures and medieval-inspired studded tables create a rich tapestry of texture and color that will, undoubtedly, bring lots of inspiration for your next design project.


6. The Mercer / New York

Last but certainly not least on our list is the Mercer Hotel, co-developed by newly introduced Decorist Celebrity designer Campion Platt. Located in NYC’s SoHo district, the Mercer is the chic big sister to L.A.’s bohemian Chateau Marmont.



Platt, is known for his signature masculine assertiveness and the ability to effortlessly mix color, materials and finishes. The chic Mercer, with its clean lines and intimate NYC loft-feel, is no exception.



Want to work with a Decorist designer who’s designed a fabulous hotel interior? Many of our talented designers (Campion Platt and Darren Brown, to name a few) have put their personal design stamp on high-visibility hotel projects.

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