Five hotels that make shabby, chic

by Kelsey Blodget on December 2, 2010

Shabby-chic hotel design is a study in the art of textural contrasts: vintage leather, velvet furniture, deliberately faded rugs, woods, and rich prints. When shabby-chic is done well, the end result is cozy and homey, but still impressively stylish. Below, take a peek at five of our favorite shabby-chic hotels.

The Bowery Hotel, New York City

The Bowery Hotel, New York City

The Bowery Hotel, New York City

With 135 flawlessly appointed rooms, a super-hip bar tucked away in the nostalgic, velvet-filled lobby, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, and bike rentals, the Bowery Hotel redefines class in a gentrified downtown neighborhood where punk rock and squalor once ruled.

Jake's, Jamaica

Jake's, Jamaica

Jake’s, Jamaica

With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica’s trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. The black-sand beaches aren’t Jamaica’s most impressive, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite.

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

The Gramercy Park Hotel currently sets the bar for New York cool — hence the celebrities in the lounge and the paparazzi on the sidewalk. It offers ultra-luxe but small rooms done up in high Boho-chic style, a gorgeous gym, and a young, attentive staff. True, even guests sometimes feel excluded from the glamour-fest in the bar. But the place is utterly unique.

Petit Ermitage, Los Angeles

Petit Ermitage, Los Angeles

Petite Ermitage, Los Angeles

It’s a matter of taste. The hotel’s bohemianism — think hipsters and distressed fixtures — will appeal to some but not others. Oyster’s take? We dig it, man. For half the price of some of its competitors, you get a newly renovated, truly unique boutique with large suites (many with kitchens) and a lovely rooftop pool.

The Greenwich Hotel, New York City

The Greenwich Hotel, New York City

The Greenwich Hotel, New York City

This virtually flawless 88-room TriBeCa newcomer (opened in 2008 by Robert de Niro, among others) offers large, homey rooms, breathtaking design, and very attentive service. Even better: free Wi-Fi; free minibar snacks; and free Wii video games by request. Better still: an underground pool; Shibui Spa; premier gym; and the new Locanda Verde restaurant.

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