The USA, the third-largest country in the world, has so much to offer that one trip is scarcely enough to get to know the place and the people in all of their nuances. Pulsating cities like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles are perfect for extended city breaks, while states such as Florida or California are ideal for longer vacations with good weather guaranteed. In addition, magnificent landscapes between the Atlantic coast in the East and the Pacific coast in the West and from the expanses of Alaska in the North to the Aloha State of Hawaii in the South invite visitors to stay a while and discover what they have to offer.
Regardless of which USA travel destination you choose, almost every larger city now offers stylish design hotels that promise a particularly pleasant stay. We will introduce you to the nicest of those hotels and tell you the story behind the building. In case you get itchy feet after reading, all of the design hotels featured here are members of the renowned Design-Hotels™ hotel group and can be booked at www.designhotels.com.
Design hotel in New York City
11 Howard, NYC
New York is a city of superlatives, and this also rings true for the hotel prices, with the average cost of a double room gravitating at around 300 dollars per night. So it’s all the more delightful that New York also has a design hotel where you can stay from just 183 dollars per night, namely at “11 Howard”.
Located in the lively SoHo district in Lower Manhattan, the hotel’s interior design is an oasis of calm. The entire interior is Scandinavian inspired – with simple, straight lines and a generous use of wood and clever use of light that shape the interior and create a relaxed atmosphere. The interior design is the brainchild of renowned award-winning interior designer Anda Andrei (Anda Andrei Design) and the multidisciplinary design studio Space Copenhagen, which also created the Noma in Copenhagen, considered one of the world’s best restaurants. Together they first gutted the building at number 11 Howard Street to then reinvent it and fit it out as a design hotel with a real love of detail. The result is a hotel with 213 guest rooms and suites with a spacious, light-filled and modern interior – and with an absolutely timeless feel.
The hotel is owned by property investor and art collector Aby Rosen, who contributed to the interior design by personally handpicking the artworks dotted around the hotel together with Anda Andrei.
Design hotel in San Francisco
San Francisco Proper Hotel
San Francisco Proper Hotel is housed in a distinctive, flatiron building and is built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture. The building was designed in 1904 by architect Albert Pissis. It is situated in the Mid-Market area, which in recent years has returned to being one of the most popular neighbourhoods for dining and socialising thanks to the high-tech companies that have located there. Hotel guests and visitors alike can enjoy a fantastic 360-degree panorama of San Francisco’s skyline from the hotel’s rooftop bar. In addition, there are three further restaurants at street level, which are also accessible through the lobby.
The first thing that will strike visitors to the San Francisco Proper Hotel about its interior is the bold yet well-executed mix of a wide variety of materials, patterns and colours, which give this design hotel its unique visual appearance. The rooms and spaces in the hotel were designed by interior designer Kelly Wearstler. She fitted out the rooms with Wearstler-designed wall coverings with patterns inspired by traditional European tapestries and combined these with classic design pieces as well as vintage furniture. Local artworks from emerging talent added the final touch. As a result, each one of the 131 guest rooms is an eyecatcher that exudes warmth and cosiness at the same time.
Design hotel in North Sonoma wine country, California
Healdsburg in the midst of California’s wine country Sonoma is where you will find this hotel, where every detail is geared to relaxation and healthy enjoyment. The hotel is situated in the historic town centre and was designed by architects David Baker, Wendy Tsuji and Andrea Cochran. Its friendly and inviting atmosphere is thanks to the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows which flood the guest rooms with Californian light. The various different areas of the hotel are connected through corridors made from glass and steel. At the heart of the building is a free-standing stairwell that winds upward around an island of bamboo shoots. The beautifully landscaped outside areas also offer a pool, a spa area, a cocktail bar and lounge areas that invite guests to lie back and enjoy life. A special highlight is the hotel’s own Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant, where star chef Charlie Palmer, who also owns the hotel, plates up seasonal dishes made with regional ingredients and where tastings featuring local wineries are held twice a week.
The 55 guest rooms were recently renovated, with luxurious modern interiors that exude tranquillity. This impression is heightened by clouds paintings crafted by artist Wade Hofer as well as by blue details and wooden elements made from old laurel trees. This is exactly the right place to relax after a wine tasting at one of the nearby vineyards. Most of the rooms also have a small balcony, where guests can enjoy the warm evening air.
The features on design hotels in Africa and design hotels in Asia present stylish design hotels in other corners of the globe. Additionally, we will continue this series on design hotels around the world in the coming weeks so that you can look forward to fresh inspiration for your travels.
Posted on 15.12.2017
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