Central Coast California
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San Francisco & Bay Area
The Clift Royal Sonesta | San Francisco
Once again, the 1915 opened venerable Clift Hotel in San Francisco underwent a complete overhaul. The last, in 2001 by French star designer Philippe Starck sparked controversy and admiration at the same time. The new look, by Gensler, is much more neutral and lighter, with a palette of warm neutrals with light driftwood, rich charcoal grays and metallic bronze accents bringing a more modern and less moody vibe.
Miami & Miami Beach
The Lake House on Canandaigua | Finger Lakes, New York
Located in upstate New York and nestled in the Finger Lakes region, the idyllic Lake House at Canandaigua is just the right amount removed from the major urban hubs. Spread across three newly built structures, designed by the New York-based Studio Tack and the Brooklyn Home Company, the hotel sits on a breathtaking piece of land facing Canandaigua Lake that has been in the owners’ family for generations.
Kimpton Hotel Pittman | Dallas
Transformed by Perkins + Will, the hotel’s original elements have been restored, while a new-build contemporary tower has been added. Inside, the lobby and common spaces exposed steel and raw concrete bones have been softened with natural leather textures, custom furnishings and fittings such as vintage-jar inspired lighting, curated pieces from local artists, and a collection of original photos showcasing the hotel’s 1916 roots, sourced from the Dallas Public Library.
Kinn Guesthouse | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This micro boutique hotel has no front desk, but does offer a shared kitchen, a communal TV room and self-service laundry. Most of the ground floor is leased out to the Kindred restaurant. The industrial chic bedrooms are located on the upper floor and one ADA accessible room is on the ground floor.
Dubbel Dutch Hotel | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The 17-room boutique hotel is set in an original double mansion dating to 1898. The ground floor parlour is a gathering room complete with original raised panelled walls, dentil mouldings, and Ionic-style columns with carved capitals. A staircase with hand-turned balusters leads to the upper floor guest rooms. The ground fllor is also home to the Horned Hare dining area and back bar, with original built-in china cabinets and cupboards, hardwood floors, and large windows.
Rolling Huts | Winthrop, Washington
The owner purchased this former RV campground with the aim of building several guest huts for friends and allowing the landscape to return to its natural state. Zoning restrictions did not permit permanent structures to be built on the site. The architect's witty, delightful solution was to put the huts on wheels, which lift the structures above the meadow, providing space for native grasses to grow while yielding unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains.
Western Front Hotel | St. Paul, Virginia
The hotel honors the rich history of the town and takes its name from the segment of town near the railroad tracks that was infamously known as the Western Front. This chic boutique hotel features 30 rooms, a gift shop, two outdoor dining terraces, the Roost (an entertainment space for guests), the Backyard, and Milton’s restaurant.
Quirk Hotel | Richmond, Virginia
The Quirk Hotel is the city’s first design-driven boutique hotel. It serves as the anchor for the burgeoning arts district on Broad Street. It is set in the historic department store, J.B. Mosby & Co, which dates from 1916. A painstaking, no-holds-barred restoration has created a hotel that’s as much a magnet for locals as it is for visitors. There’s a rooftop terrace, a coffee bar showcasing locally roasted beans, and a restaurant.
Quirk Hotel | Charlottesville, Virginia
The concept for Quirk Hotel Charlottesville stemmed from the desire to use art and history as central design elements to spark curiosity and conversation. This vision was realized by building a main hotel around two street-facing red and beige brick homes that date back to the 19th century. Designed by national architecture and interior design studio ARCHITECTURE FIRM, the 80-room hotel showcases a minimalist, contemporary design, elevated by gold accents.
Twin Farms | Barnard, Vermont
This country retreat is set on 300 acres of land with meadow-to-mountain views. The main farmhouse dates back to 1795. There’s a barn where a trio of lounges and a restaurant are connected by wide plank flooring. Arts and crafts and 18th century-style furniture are seen throughout the buildings.
Sundance Mountain Resort | Utah
Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort is hardly a typical ski resort. Here, at the foot of Mount Timpanogos, conservation is paramount, and you’ll find the development has been as sensitive as possible. It’s part eco-lodge, part artists’ community; the lofts and suites are understated, with a certain hand-crafted quality, and the freestanding cottages are immersed in the landscape, surrounded by picture-perfect Rocky Mountains.
Yonder | Escalante, Utah
Yonder, a reimagined outdoor lodging and camping experience in southern Utah, features 10 custom Airstreams, 22 modern cabins, and 67 RV camping sites. Located along scenic Highway 12 and on the grounds of an old drive-in movie theater, Yonder embodies memories of the Great American West and provides easy access to some of America’s most extraordinary landscapes.
Willow House | Terlingua, Texas
Marfa is the town most commonly synonymous with design in Far West Texas, but Willow House is putting another destination on the map. Located in Terlingua, just miles from Big Bend National Park, the desert retreat is comprised of 12 casitas that sit over 250 acres of land. From the uninterrupted views of the Chisos Mountain Range and Santa Elena Canyon to the ocotillos that surround it, the property offers a stay that is akin to being inside the vast park itself.
AC Hotel Houston Downtown
The AC Hotel is an adaptive reuse of an historic 1914 building in downtown Houston, originally commissioned by famed Houston entrepreneur, Jessie Jones, and designed by Alfred Finn as the headquarters of Gulf Oil. Since then, the building has been home to the National Bank of Commerce and most recently served as The Houston Bar Center. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, as an example of a 1960s modernist building.