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Great Modern Hotels

With the winter weather comes dreams of an escape, which inspires us to consider the following modern hotels by forward-thinking architects and designers Dwell loves.

The Ace Hotel, a small, boutique hospitality chain that was born in Seattle with the goal of filling a niche for low-budget, high-design accommodations that would appeal to the creative, urban set. The hotel's Pacific Northwest roots are evident in the new Southern California location, but the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs is also unmistakably regional in its design.
The Ace Hotel, a small, boutique hospitality chain that was born in Seattle with the goal of filling a niche for low-budget, high-design accommodations that would appeal to the creative, urban set. The hotel's Pacific Northwest roots are evident in the new Southern California location, but the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs is also unmistakably regional in its design.
There are no closets and no minibars in the guest rooms, reflecting the designers' minimalist approach. Features include a curved wooden headboard and a hammock hanging from the ceiling. Unfinished ceilings reveal partitions of the old structure, even down to the screws.
There are no closets and no minibars in the guest rooms, reflecting the designers' minimalist approach. Features include a curved wooden headboard and a hammock hanging from the ceiling. Unfinished ceilings reveal partitions of the old structure, even down to the screws.
Looking back at the hotel from afar, set within the cliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright influence is evident. The light always seems to be shining in just the right way, balancing the local vegetation with the contemporary structure.
Looking back at the hotel from afar, set within the cliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright influence is evident. The light always seems to be shining in just the right way, balancing the local vegetation with the contemporary structure.
Splashy bunk beds made from yellow lattice brick outfit this stylish hostel in Mexico.
Splashy bunk beds made from yellow lattice brick outfit this stylish hostel in Mexico.
Interior designer Jacques Garcia referenced his first studio apartment in Paris as the model for NoMad's guest rooms. The city views are unbeatable, and I love the tiny writing desks.
Interior designer Jacques Garcia referenced his first studio apartment in Paris as the model for NoMad's guest rooms. The city views are unbeatable, and I love the tiny writing desks.
The atrium features a wealth of materials: the brick of the original structure, a glass roof, and steel beams supporting the new structure.
The atrium features a wealth of materials: the brick of the original structure, a glass roof, and steel beams supporting the new structure.
The courtyard is an open, central space, overlooking mountains and glaciers across the water. The property, which borders the courtyard, is divided into three buildings connected by three wooden corridors. To the sides, one will find the guest rooms, while behind, the raised main building houses common spaces and amenities.
The courtyard is an open, central space, overlooking mountains and glaciers across the water. The property, which borders the courtyard, is divided into three buildings connected by three wooden corridors. To the sides, one will find the guest rooms, while behind, the raised main building houses common spaces and amenities.
Palm Springs has a plethora of appealing places to stay, including the new Saguaro hotel, recently renovated by the architects Stamberg Aferiat. It's one of the more affordable spots: rooms cost as little as $99. Which means you’ll have a few extra bones to spend on the astounding guacamole at hotel bar, El Jefe; a meal at Iron Chef Jose Garces’s restaurant Tinto; or a drink at the might-as-well-be-done-by-Barragán pool. Photo by Tim Street-Porter.
Palm Springs has a plethora of appealing places to stay, including the new Saguaro hotel, recently renovated by the architects Stamberg Aferiat. It's one of the more affordable spots: rooms cost as little as $99. Which means you’ll have a few extra bones to spend on the astounding guacamole at hotel bar, El Jefe; a meal at Iron Chef Jose Garces’s restaurant Tinto; or a drink at the might-as-well-be-done-by-Barragán pool. Photo by Tim Street-Porter.