5 Cutting-Edge Hotels and Hostels
From seaside to city, hotel and hostel designs entice.
1. Firm: Taller Aragonés.
Project: Mar Adentro Hotel and Residences, San José del Cabo, Mexico.
Standout: Water encircles and unifies contrasting elements: minimal buildings, custom-furnished by Poliform, and a nestlike restaurant pavilion woven from tree branches.
Project: Hollander, Chicago.
Standout: After a 1905 warehouse’s scraped plaster walls and structural columns were clear-sealed as found, the latter were wrapped with banquettes for the lounge.
3. Firm: Dö∂lur.
Project: Oddsson, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Standout: Embodying this property’s au courant mix of high and low, a color-drenched, soundproof karaoke booth was placed in the middle of the fine-dining restaurant.
4. Firm: Maison Sarah Lavoine.
Project: Le Roch Hôtel & Spa, Paris.
Standout: This firm’s first hotel, around the corner from the studio, is all moody color and Gallic charm, especially the oculus-lit brasserie dotted with velvety chairs.
Project: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
Standout: Cartographic vinyl wall coverings in the guest rooms are just one of the many ways that this hotel near the Champs-Élysées conveys a sense of locale.