Design Hotels Around the World

by Matthew Wexler
Design Hotels Around the World

Don’t be shy about asking for a tour, or dining in the hotel. When there’s so much to explore and experience in your hotel, you’ll want to savor every moment you are there.

Matthew Wexler

Reality television fans and locals alike are flocking to Lisa Vanderpump’s latest venture in collaboration with junior partners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, Tom Tom (8932 Santa Monica Blvd., Tel: 310-360-0963, Miami-based designer Nick Alain has created a more industrial space than Vanderpump’s other ventures with the use of Edison lightbulbs throughout, a massive floor-to-ceiling timepiece behind the bar, and purposefully mismatched bar stools. The cocktail menu, created in collaboration with mixologist Sly Cosmopoulos, is equally inventive, with offbeat ingredients such as habanero crystals, aquafaba, and butterfly pea tea.

For a fun nightlife experience, don’t miss a visit to The Abbey and the adjacent Chapel (692 North Robertson Blvd., Tel: 310-289-8410, Its church theme accentuated by enormous stained glass windows, and “Sunday Funday” presents a terrific weekend party in West Hollywood.

The New Bar at Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen - Design Hotels Around the World

The New Bar at Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Photo: Lisa-Löwenborg

Born out of Denmark’s mid-20th-century necessity to create functional design from limited materials, the country’s world-renowned minimalist aesthetic has become its trademark. The movement’s founders such as Georg Jensen paved the way for today’s tastemakers like Louise Campbell and HAY House (Østergade 61, 2, Tel: +45-4282-0820,, a collective of designers “that uses sophisticated industrial manufacturing to satisfy the needs of modern living.”

Innovative Danish design can be found in every corner of the city, but for a master class in bringing all of those elements together, a stay at The Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen (Hammerichsgade 1, Tel: +45 3342 6000, is an absolute must. The property, built in 1960 and designed by Arne Jacobson, is considered the world’s first design hotel. The iconic Swan and Egg chairs, whose silhouettes have become staples of Danish design, were exclusively designed for the property, along with a natural color palette and fluidity that brings warmth to those long Nordic winters.

While still honoring Jacobson’s legendary work, Space Copenhagen and Fritz Hansen were tasked with reimagining the hotel in 2018, and the results are exquisite. A soaring spiral staircase in the hotel’s lobby provides a dramatic centerpiece, with those eye-catching chairs beckoning respite upon arrival. Café Royal, the bistro-style restaurant, marries Danish and French influences, where natural woods and floral chartreuse prints provide a visual backdrop for a dynamic, seasonal menu, where you can spend an afternoon enjoying the Arne Jacobson Tea Experience, served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain.

The Workshop Lounge at The Foundry Hotel - Design Hotels Around the World

The Workshop Lounge
at The Foundry Hotel

For a deep dive into Danish design, consider booking one of the five signature suites, including Room 606, the hotel’s only space that has maintained Jacobson’s exacting original design. Nature-inspired greens and blues offset dark woods, while a horizontal band of windows provides a portal to the city skyline, though it’s the suite’s interior characteristics that truly captivate the eye.

Be sure to seek out other notable designs elements throughout the hotel, including the Artichoke lamps, originally manufactured by Louis Poulsen and featuring 72 delicate latticed leaves, or the AJA flatware, which was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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