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9 Best Design Hotels for a Stylish Summer Escape

By: Sarah Beaumont

July 6, 2016

Photo: J.Mak Hospitality

Some people pick their vacations based on food, nature, or culture. We love all of those things, but we like them with a serious side of style. So we’ve rounded up our nine favorite design hotels around the world. Whether you’re looking for big style in the Big Easy or modernism in Morocco, these chic stays will inspire a serious case of wanderlust… or maybe even a home renovation.

Henry Howard Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Get a taste of New Orleans’ jazzy spirit at the Henry Howard Hotel. Transformed from townhouses to a hotel, the rooms offer sleek, four poster beds and décor that pays homage to both the French and musical histories of the city. Think custom toile wallpaper and jazz instruments displayed as art.

Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia

This boutique hotel on the Eastern coast of Australia has color and soul for days. Each room is a lesson in pattern mixing done right with fabric upholstered walls and wildly vibrant headboards. The pool and restaurant are equally eclectic, plus, it’s just steps away from the beach.

The Camby Hotel, Phoenix, AZ

Sophisticated modernism with a touch of southwestern flair is the name of the design game at this luxury hotel in Phoenix. We love how the bold, graphic art adds visual interest to both the walls and ceilings of the minimally styled rooms.

Riad Mena, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech has long been a design lovers dream, but concept hotel Riad Mena takes a whole new approach, balancing Moroccan with a side of minimalism. Initially made to be a private home, the six-bedroom stay feels like a personal oasis complete with plant-filled courtyards, a spa, pool, and an open kitchen to satisfy your late-night snack cravings.

The Faena Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
via Faena

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Derived from the vivid imaginations of film director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin, Miami’s new Faena Hotel has all the theatrics of a Luhrmann set (think Moulin Rouge). Dripping in seashell encrusted tilework, animal prints, and scarlet accents, every space is a study in boldness. If you visit, make sure to check out Damien Hirst’s 24-carat-gold woolly mammoth skeleton in the gardens.

Hotel Panache, Paris, France

Major decor goals abound at Hotel Panache in Paris’s 9th arrondissement. From the chic, geometric wall patterns to the Art-Nouveau-inspired headboards, subdued retro glamor runs wild through this classically Parisian getaway.

Rosas & Xocolate, Mérida, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is home to some truly lovely architecture, but it doesn’t get much better than Rosas & Xocolate, a set of two Spanish-Colonial style mansions turned boutique hotel. The striking pink exterior is a sure ticket to design heaven, but the inside is equally as glorious with rich wooden furniture, geometric tiling, and luscious fabrics and upholstery.

The Cotton House Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Wondering how a hotel in Barcelona got a name like Cotton House? The neoclassical structure happens to be the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation — a landmark of the city. Refurbished and returned to its original splendor in 2015, the Cotton House Hotel has some seriously dreamy architectural elements like intricate parquet and boiserie embellishments on the floors and ceilings as well as an incredible spiral staircase.

American Beech, Greenport, NY

Set in a renovated 19th-century horse stable, the American Beech hotel in Greenport’s East End is a coastal medley of stripes, nautical decor, and gilded accents. If you’re looking for a chic alternative to the crowded beaches and over-stuffed hotels of the Hamptons, this is the place. See you at the restaurant for lobster rolls?

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