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

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West Hollywood
La Peer Hotel. West Hollywood’s Design District comes alive at this dynamic Kimpton property designed by Gulla Jónsdóttir, featuring an on-site gallery, outdoor space, and rotating roster of cultural events. 627 N. La Peer Dr., Tel: 213-296-3038.

Laurel Hardware. A former hardware store provides the backdrop for an eclectic menu, craft cocktails, and a fashion-forward crowd. Weather permitting, request an outside table nestled amid swaying trees and a California sunset. 7984 Santa Monica Blvd., Tel: 323-656-6070.

Pacific Design Center. Three bold buildings house some of the world’s most influential interior designers. An appointment is necessary for access to their studios to explore the latest creations in furniture, textiles and soft furnishings. 8687 Melrose Ave., Tel: 310-657-0800.

The Abbey. No bar crawl is complete without a stop at this iconic LGBTQ-friendly bar, which offers drink specials, various seating areas, go-go boys, and a large outdoor patio. 692 North Robertson Blvd., Tel: 310-289-8410.

Tom Tom. Vanderpump Rules fans are flocking to Lisa Vanderpump’s latest venue, helmed by Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. The industrial space’s backdrop is only overshadowed by a team of hunky bartenders and potent libations. 8932 Santa Monica Blvd., Tel: 310-360-0963.

Alouette. This buzz-worthy Copenhagen restaurant offers a nod to Nordic cuisine in an unexpected industrial space which is just the beginning of the culinary adventure. Sturlasgade 14P, 1, Tel: +45 3167 6606,

Design Museum Denmark. This global collection of decorative art, crafts, and industrial designs is housed within Denmark’s first public hospital. Don’t miss its permanent 20th-century exhibition. Bredgade 68, Tel: +45 3318 5656.

HAY House. This interior design shop is packed with terrific finds, whether you want to bring a piece of Danish design home or simply admire today’s trendsetters. Østergade 61, 2, Tel: +45 4282 0820.

Normann Copenhagen. This contemporary showroom embodies the best of Danish design in an innovative and unusual setting. Head to the lower level for a monochromatic pop of pink. Østerbrogade 70, Tel: +45 3527 0540.

The Radisson Collection Royal Hotel. Arne Jacobson’s mid-century Danish design has recently been reimagined for the next century, with all of those iconic details persevered and celebrated throughout the property. Hammerichsgade 1, Tel: +45 3342 6000

Benne on Eagle at The Foundry Hotel

Benne on Eagle at The Foundry Hotel

Biltmore House. George Vanderbilt’s epic turn-ofthe- century estate celebrates craftsmanship from around the world with luxurious details adorning every room. Allow time to explore the gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. One Lodge St., Tel: 800-411-3812.

East Fork Pottery. The locally-made stoneware here is quickly becoming a collectible, and they also create limited-edition pieces, such as its annual Equality Mug. 82 North Lexington Ave., Tel: 828-237-7200.

The Foundry Hotel. A former steel mill has been transformed into an Asheville retreat and pays homage to the neighborhoods diverse cultural history with an array of design and dining details, including a modern take on Appalachian cuisine at Benne on Eagle. 51 South Market St., Tel: 828-552-8545.

Hood Huggers. DeWayne Barton’s walking and driving tours offer an insider’s perspective on The Block, its legacy, and what’s being done to preserve the neighborhood’s heritage.

Sovereign Remedies. Charles Hodge and Sunil Patel’s bi-level restaurant relies on foraged produce and other locally sourced items for a vibrant menu in an eclectic and welcoming setting. 29 North Market St., Tel: 828-919-9518.

ART SMART. Art historians and experts offer exceptional insights and access to New York City museums and galleries, including contemporary art, technology tours, and custom itineraries Tel: 212-595-4444.

Museum of Arts and Design. Located just south of Central Park, the museum celebrates contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art and design. 2 Columbus Circle, Tel: 212-299- 7777.

Times Square EDITION. Ian Schrager’s latest hospitality masterpiece creates an oasis of modern luxury that towers over Manhattan’s epicenter. Multiple dining and entertainment venues offer a visual feast, including The Paradise Club, a wild dinner theater experience created by The House of Yes. 701 Seventh Ave., Tel: 212-398-7017.

Design Museum. Discover the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, as well as product and industrial design. 224-238 Kensington High St., London, England. Tel: +44- 20-3862-5900.

European Waterways. Traverse the Thames River aboard a hotel barge with private chef, escorted excursions, and access to England’s most distinguished estates. Tel: 877-879-8808.

Heckfield Place. This restored Georgian home transformed into a 400-acre estate offers plentiful opportunities to unwind and explore the grounds, as well as a refined culinary program that utilizes an onsite biodynamic farm. Hampshire, England. Tel: +44- (0)-118-932-6868.

Highclere Castle. Experience the real-life Downton Abbey with a visit to the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. In addition to the castle and gardens, don’t miss the Egyptian Exhibition, which celebrates the 5th Earl’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun. Newbury, England. Tel: +44- 01635-253210.

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