Ranging from the very new to the more familiar, Dwell has assembled 10 of the best-designed hotels in America. Which properties do you think we missed? Tell us in the comments!
Hotel Americano, New York City
Mexican architect Enrique Norten champions sleek lines throughout this Chelsea hotel, while Colette designer Arnaud Montigny is responsible for the minimalist decor. The Japanese-style platform beds are grounding, as the hotel towers above New York’s High Line.
Kimber Modern, Austin
Located in Austin’s buzzing South Congress neighborhood, the Kimber Modern combines sleek modernism with pops of color. Architect Burton Baldridge found a perfect balance between durability and delight.
Ian Schrager’s Public Chicago, designed by Yabu Pushelburg, achieves its aim of being both sophisticated and affordable. A muted color palette allows accents to emerge. The array of planetary lights in the hotel’s bar, Pump Room, is a prime example.
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Ace found a home in the grand 1920s United Artists Theatre building, maintaining its gothic theater and incredible ceilings. Bedrooms are updated, however, with Mondrian-esque bedspreads and globed pendant lights.
The Miami Beach Edition, Miami
Simplicity is king at the newest Edition hotel designed by Yabu Pushelburg, where beachfront views are complemented by light oak-paneled walls and teak lounge chairs. Glamour arrives at the hotel’s Matador Bar (collaged with vibrant photos of bullfighters) and Market restaurant, a gold-pillared “21st century food bazaar.”
The Saguaro Palm Springs, Palm Springs
Especially after a brutal winter, a stay at The Saguaro is like entering a new, technicolor dimension. Centered around a sizable pool, the guest rooms feature hand-crafted Mexican furniture in varying eye-popping hues. Architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat were inspired by Palm Springs’ indigenous desert flowers.
Hotel Zetta, San Francisco
Inside a neoclassical building in San Francisco’s SOMA district, Hotel Zetta, by Dawson Design Associates, is simultaneously sleek and inviting. Guest rooms combine wood paneling and leather headboards with plush oriental rugs and tech-themed artwork—one room features a portrait painted on floppy disks. Downstairs, the S&R Lounge in the lobby looks like a futuristic sports lounge, with neon yellow accents.
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
The best design aspect of The Line Hotel, conceived by designer Sean Knibb, is its floor to ceiling windows, making the palm trees and Hollywood hills a key visual component in every room. Cloth lanterns and Mexican blanket chairs accent the otherwise simple interiors. For additional details, The Line turns to a host of artist collaborators who create everything from sculptural paperweights to water color prints.
21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
Named due to its proximity to the Contemporary Arts Center and Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, 21C—designed by Deborah Berke—reflects a variety of artistic movements with Dali-esque chairs and pop art colors. It is located in the Metropole building, a local landmark built in 1912 and restored as part of its latest transformation.
The Cliff House at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
The most epic getaway on this list, Post Ranch Inn’s Cliff House (designed by famed local architect Mickey Muennig) overlooks the Pacific and offers 960-square-feet of glass and wood surroundings. The room comes together with purposeful angles, mirroring the ocean-side cliffs below.