Hotel Art

The fashion set loves to travel, in case you didn’t know. Twice a year, editors, buyers and influencers traverse the globe (starting in New York and capping it off in Paris) eye-balling the latest looks from each city’s top designers for Fashion Week. But sometimes hotels can fall short in terms of their chicness. Thankfully, a handful of our favorite ready-to-wear designers (and a couturier, too) stepped up to the proverbial challenge and took their dressing skills to the next level by dressing entire hotel rooms (and in some cases, the entire darn thing). Check out our favorite fashion designers-turned-hotel decorators, and then tell us: Which is your fave fashionable hotel?

THE HOTEL: Tortuga Bay; Dominican Republic
THE DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta

Two-Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Two-Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

What de la Renta is Known For: This Dominican-born designer has an affinity for ladylike looks — he dressed Jackie O back in the 1960s — and manifests it through the use of sumptuous textures, intricate detailing, and luxe fabrics. Today, his designs are spotted from the runway, on the red carpet, and on royalty.

What Tortuga Bay is Known For: The immaculate, 15-room hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and a world-class golf course. Need anything? Snap your fingers — a personal “Villa Manager” is available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. But the designer’s touch really resonates most in the villas themselves: Spacious and airy, each one of them features a hardwood, four-poster bed that exudes glamour. A final nod to his Caribbean heritage — coral bathroom floors — add an extra splash of color and island vibe.

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Hipster culture is something that has been mocked since mainstream culture became aware of its rise during the 2000s. In fact, making fun of someone’s flannel shirt, skinny jeans, or preference of PBR has become so commonplace, it’s practically passé. But all of this attention hasn’t deterred the culture from working its way into hotels around the world. So put down your second-hand paperback, throw on your favorite vinyl record, and take a look at some of our favorite “hipster-style” hotel amenities.

The Ace Hotel and Swim ClubPalm Springs, CA

 

The Swim Club Pool at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club; Palm Springs, CA

The Ace Hotel and Swim Club has a way of wooing the residents of Silver Lake and Echo Park away from their Intelligentsia coffees for weekends in the desert. There’s an undeniable party vibe at the hotel: like its sister properties, weekends are host to music events (especially well known DJs), where the two pools become lined with chest tattoos and vintage sunglasses. Rooms have retro touches like radios, record players and vinyl. And even though the nearby Coachella music festival is way too mainstream to be considered a hipster party anymore, the bands that play it are just as likely to end up on a Gorilla vs. Bear post as anyone. Just make sure you don’t forget to hit up the photo booth in the lobby before you head back to LA.

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We’ve already spotlighted the creepiest pieces of hotel art we’d encountered in Vegas, New York, and Miami (we chose “creepy” rather than “quirky” because most of those pieces appeared to be watching us). But after our San Fran and Los Angeles trips, we came home with plenty more photos of artsy, wacky-coolness found in the hotels we reviewed on the West Coast.

Feast your eyes upon (or avert them from, depending on your taste) the Cali edition of our Quirky Hotel Decor Hall of Fame.

Spotted in Sofitel L.A.'s fitness center

Spotted in Sofitel L.A.'s fitness center

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Peek-a-boo, we see you!

Peek-a-boo, we see you!

If the story about the naked people (and the sexin’ people) seen in the windows of a certain New York City hotel — one that happens to, oh, we don’t know, rise above the High Line — has popped up on your Twitter and RSS feeds two (or twenty-two) too many times, we have a present for you. Well, multiple presents, actually.

First, some truth. We sauntered on over to the High Line last night and stared at The Standard Hotel, where ballsy (hehe) hotel guests are supposedly swingin’ their bits in front of big, bright windows for all to view. We stood for a good, long while. We looked up. We saw open curtains. We also saw the following:

  • No naked people.
  • Zero sex.
  • Lots of rooms that were empty.
  • Packs of tourists taking photos with their cell phones and the latest trendy hued point-and-shoot cameras.

Sound newsworthy? Not so much, huh? And now that we know the whole thing was a big ol’ PR stunt, we’re kind of annoyed at all this hype. Annoyed on a Friday, even.

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If nothing else, some of the quirkiest, most striking artwork we’ve seen so far – whether it’s a piece hand-picked to complement a lobby’s trendster vibe or a photo boldly displayed above a fluffy bed to lend a bit of wacky-coolness to a guestroom – adds personality. But, uh, we’d advise hotels to air on the side of caution when it comes to maxing out the quirk factor. Delightful and whimsical can easily become “creepy” and “hilarious” when real people have to sleep in close proximity to some of this stuff.

Observe. Today’s theme: faces.

Mondrian South Beach

She sees you when you're sleeping.

The Hotel: The Mondrian, South Beach
Found In: Bay View Studio Room

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