6 Innovative City Hotels Worth Exploring
Forward-thinking city hotels tweak the genre, from a dual-brand tower to a hybrid property that’s also home to students.
Urban Hotel Designs from Tokyo to Brooklyn
Bulgari Hotel Tokyo by ACPV Architects
The Roman jewelry brand’s first hotel in Japan, a sky-high aerie by longtime company collaborators Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, boasts an attention to detail as precise as the cut of a gemstone. The design is in constant dialogue between Italy’s la bella figura and Japanese minimalism: Venetian terrazzo floors and matte-gold painted ceilings on one hand, bedspreads by an ancient kimono-textile producer and bell-shape katōmado windows on the other.
Hotel Genevieve by Rohe Creative
Site: Louisville, Kentucky
The Philadelphia interiors firm and the Texas-based hospitality group Bunkhouse, both owned and operated by women, collaborated on this hip East Market district boutique property inspired by the patron saint of Paris (celebrating the city’s French origins) and all things Louisville (bourbon, horses, disco balls). The playful mash-up of French modernism, old-world charm, and contemporary trends are softened by curvaceous custom furniture and energized by saturated warm and cool hues.
Loop Inn Santiago by Martín Lejarraga Architecture Office
Site: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
A once character-lacking lodging has been renovated into a vibrant hostel in the heart of the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Painted architectural elements like funky blue barrel vaults and a green exposed ceiling seen peekaboo through a circular dropped-ceiling cutout pair with funky modular furniture and chic but budget-friendly finishes such as toile wallpaper.
Penny Williamsburg by Stonehill Taylor and Sydell Group
Site: Brooklyn, New York
From the developers behind the Freehand and the Line, this pet-friendly—and thus millennial-attracting—hybrid of hotel and Bard College grad-student housing (the 102 dorm rooms occupy the upper floors), wears its community spirit on its sleeve. Working with local nonprofits LAND Gallery and Pure Vision Arts, Penny showcases artwork by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities alongside furnishings and sculptures from Brooklyn creatives such as Dusen Dusen, Fitzhugh Karol, and Yuko Nishikawa—whose studio is blocks away.
Nomad Hostel by RCAA
Site: Treviso, Italy
The adaptive reuse of a barn on the city’s outskirts is now lodging with a bar and coworking space. All furniture is fully modular and demountable, like the innovative folded-cardboard chairs in the lounge and the guest rooms’ custom single beds that can be joined into doubles. The only color throughout, even the industrial-grade resin flooring, is a warm golden yellow chosen for its connection to the flag of the Republic of Venice.
Moxy Downtown Los Angeles & AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles by Yabu Pushelberg
Site: Los Angeles
Keys: 727 combined
A 37-story Gensler-designed tower in DTLA houses a slinkily sophisticated, dual-brand hospitality complex—and guests share the amenities. On one side there’s a Moxy outpost styled after the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider, with rammed-earth lobby walls and a bar inspired by a roadside gas station. On the other is an AC Hotel envisioned as an artist’s studio with Spanish architectural roots, dotted with Dennis Lin’s sculptural wood totems.
Headquarters Reboot: Standard Architecture x Nadel
Nadel’s headquarters reboot included multiple skylights, outdoor lounges, and a plan to bridge the bi-level interiors, thanks to Standard Architecture.
Houston’s Brava Tower Blends Newspaper History with Modern Luxury
Brava, a rental tower by MaRS and Munoz + Albin, makes headlines with nods to its site’s newspaper history, underscored by contemporary art and amenities.
This Home Sits on an Exclusive São Paolo Golf Course
Sited on an exclusive golf course near São Paolo, lush greens and local stone distinguish an expansive ground-up home by Studio Arthur Casas.