Luxury hotels are synonymous with some of the world’s most beautiful and sumptuous examples of interior design. They are arranged to the very detail to create an immersive experience of elegance and grandeur that is not only aesthetically pleasing but a wonderful escape from the mundane realities of everyday life.
Here are some examples of the most influential hotel interior designs in the world.
The Times Square Edition Hotel, New York
New York is a city noted for its plethora of high class hotels, such as the Waldorf-Astoria, The Ritz-Carlton, the Mandarin Oriental and The Plaza. The latest addition to this exclusive club is The Times Square Edition Hotel, which is owned by Marriott International.
The interior design aims to create a serene space that takes guests away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square and into a calm and welcoming environment. It forgoes the usual rather grand and overwhelming entrance lobby in favour of a tasteful space, with the walls and ceilings plastered in ivory coloured Venetian plastering.
This is a traditional method of plastering that has been used since ancient times, and has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. It is made from fired limestone or marble dust mixed with plaster, and is applied in thin layers. This lends the plaster a translucent quality and allows the light to play through it, creating greater warmth than regular plaster.
It is particularly sought after for luxurious high end establishments because of its sophisticated and subtle beauty. The guest rooms of The Times Square Edition Hotel follow the same understated appeal, with light soft colours and natural textures.
Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda
a Luxury Collection Hotel in the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), northern Italy, the Hotel Cala di Volpe is close to the origins of Venetian plaster. Its elegantly rustic rooms feature textured off-white plastered walls that are the epitome of Mediterranean charm and character.
The guest rooms feature bespoke trompe l’oeil paintings and uplifting pastel colour schemes with handcrafted furniture. All the rooms have private terraces with sweeping views over the Sardinian coastline.
The Carlyle Hotel, New York
The Carlyle is a Rosewood Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side that opened in 1930 and has a well thought out Art Deco Style. This is a design movement of the 1920s and 30s that is characterised by decadent details, rich colours, opulent fabrics and geometric patterns.
The focus on quality and craftsmanship during this era meant that polished plaster was often used as part of the interior design scheme. The Carlyle is the favoured hotel of the Hollywood elite, with its meticulous Art Deco style that was originally designed by Dorothy Draper.