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7 hotels that are great for writers

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In the hunt for inspiration, writer Harry Southworth and editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn scour the globe to find the best hotels and suites for writers… 

To theme or not to theme, that is the question. From New York to Paris, London to Costa Rica, there are many hotels around the world that have balanced their chosen theme perfectly within the interiors. Following the news that business travel spending is expected to reach a whopping $1.7 trillion by 2022, as reported by Business Traveller, the decision to create experiences over simple hotel rooms is arguably at its highest. To help get those creative juices flowing, here are seven of our favourite hotels from around the world that are great for writers.

1) Belleclaire Hotel, New York

Belleclaire Hotel, New York guestroom

Image credit: Belleclaire Hotel, New York

Hotel Belleclaire in New York is mentioned in several sources as one of the most premium hotels for writers. Its cosy home-from-home rooms with Broadway-facing windows are alone enough to inspire anyone to write; it’s an American classic that never fades. Inspired by America’s most famous and witty authors, once a guest of the hotel itself, the spacious suite includes a plush and relaxed living scene that will inspire the next chapter of your novel.

2) The Writer’s Penthouse, The Corinthia 

The Writer's Penthouse bedroom at Corinthia London, adorned in dark hues

Image credit: Corinthia London

The next chapter. A postcard home. In all its guises, the written word is celebrated at The Writer’s Penthouse at the esteemed Corinthia London. Anyone who can write… anything… will be inspired by its comfortable and plush charm.

Not surprisingly, the desk occupies a premier position within the library-like lounge. Custom-designed and crafted from dark walnut, the two-metre-long writing table features nickel metalwork details to the underside and high-quality leather inlay to the desktop. Around the walls, over a thousand books add to the literary ambiance, complemented by artwork featuring handwritten letters.

Notwithstanding the wordy allusions, this penthouse suite is not a mere writer’s den but a stylish, sophisticated London residence. Any discerning guest will warm to its discreet luxury and easy-going opulence, as evidenced by the bespoke Makassar ebony cocktail cabinet. A triumph of understated urbanity, it features mirrored pullout trays, leather-lined drawers and a fold-down cocktail-making area. Other elegant touches include a limestone fireplace, antique writing bureau and unique side table with a mirror-like cast resin top. Upstairs, linked by a private internal lift, the king-size bed, bespoke bedside cabinets and bathroom of Fior di Bosco marble extend the theme of quiet, sumptuous comfort.

3) The Betsy, South Beach Miami

Light, bright and fresh interiors. Cream sofa and statement bookcase

Image credit: The Betsy, South Beach, Miami

Considering that it is owned by Jonathan Plutzik, son of a wartime poet Hyam Plutzik, it’s no surprise that The Betsy features on our list of great hotels for writers. The location alone, Miami Beach, Florida, can help fulfill dreams of any writer seeking inspiration. The hotel provides special rooms for writers, but even the working studio in the public areas offer ample space for business travellers.

4) Hermitage Plantation Inn, Nevis

Exterior shot of Hermitage Plantation Inn in Nevis, framed by large palm trees

Image credit: Hermitage Plantation Inn, Nevis

With regulations stating that no tree on the island is allowed to be taller than a palm tree, Nevis in the Caribbean is one of the world’s most naturally tranquil destinations. Furthermore, with a population of less than 12,000 – it arguably has more green vervet monkeys than people – every guest on the island is made to feel welcome and is treated more like a neighbour rather than a tourist. The far-flung destination in the West Indies may well be small in size, but what it lacks in land mass it certainly makes up for in personality along with its unmatched luxury offerings. Hermitage Plantation Inn is just one of the hotels that adorns this understated luxury in its interiors and facilities. It was here where June Goodfield wrote the tale Rivers of Time: Why is everyone talking about Philippa?, which is a novel that explores the story of one of the first women who stepped foot on Nevis, after Goodfield discovered her tombstone when she first visited the naturally striking island in 1985.

5) The Standard, East Village, New York

This hotel is unique because, each year, writers can raffle a residency for a period of three weeks in one of its suites. The Standard East Village offers this lottery in partnership with the Paris Review. Offering maximum comfort for writers, from notebooks in the lobby to unlimited cups of coffee to refill you when working during the whole stay, the is a favourite for award-winning poet, Ansel Elkins.

6)  Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris

Cosy guestroom with clear words written above the bed on the grey headboard. The room is modern and designed specifically for writing lovers

Image credit: Le Pavillon des Lettres

Designed with bookworms in mind, this hotel has a room (and writer) for every letter of the alphabet. Located in Paris’s chic 8th arrondissement, just a short walk from the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the River Seine, the  four-star luxury boutique hotel’s room reflect the personalities of famous writers. Le Pavillon des Lettres is privately owned and operated by the Chevalier family, who own two other Parisian hotels: Le Pavillon de la Reine in the Place des Vosges, and Hôtel du Petit Moulin on the Rue du Poitou.

7) Hotel X, Toronto, Canada

A sharp, dynamic library in Hotel X. The space features monochrome tiles and colourful bookshelf

Image credit: Hotel X, Toronto

With its totally out-of-this-world vistas over the city below, Hotel X arrived in Toronto in May of this year and, as well as unveiling stunning suites that feature floor-to-ceiling windows, opened its doors to a sedate and laid-back library in the public areas.

Main image credit: The Corinthia London 

5 hotels taking the festive spirit to new heights this Christmas

Hamish Kilburn

The Christmas lights are on and the tree is up but not even Hotel Designs can compete with these incredible winter wonderlands that have been unveiled in luxury hotels across the world…  

Unlike many industries, the hotel industry is one that gets little rest over the festive period. As soon as December strikes, marketing teams from the world’s most luxurious hotels take centre stage to present their properties in the best possible Christmas-themed light.

From ice kingdoms to designer collaborations, here are our top picks of the hotels that are showcasing the best winter stories this festive period.

1) Claridge’s, London 

Image credit: Claridge’s London

Every year Claridges in London, one of the city’s finest and most-talked-about hotels, unveils an incredible take on tradition. With previous themes including a partnership with fashion icon Karl Largerfield, the task to unveil this year’s talk-of-the-town tree was arguably harder than ever.

So this year’s tree, which was unveiled on November 27, has been designed by fashion icon and long-time friend of the hotel, Diane von Furstenberg.

‘The Tree of Love’ is inspired by von Furstenberg passion and strong belief in the power of love, symbolising life and nature, and drawing particularly from the creative influences of the astrological world. The six-metre sculptural tree is coloured with a blue iridescent lustre and shimmer, and is decorated with over 8,000 hand painted silver-leafed leaves, glass spheres and 150 hand-blown glass hearts.

2) Liberty Hotel, Boston

Image credit: Liberty Hotel, Boston

Turning Christmas upside-down, quite literally, six Christmas trees hang from the ceiling of the Liberty’s 27-metre atrium. The eye-catching installation required workers to hang from safety harnesses in order to securely affix the trees which all range in size.

3) Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Image credit: Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

If you want to reach the limits of Christmas-themed hotels then look no further than Las Vegas. The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden’s 2018 holiday installation is entitled ‘Majestic Holiday Magic’. It features the return of Queen Bellisima, and takes guests on a journey into her enchanted ice kingdom. The south bed houses the queen’s favorite family of Polar bears, playing and welcoming guests as they walk enter the Conservatory. The north bed features the queen’s castle, guarded by her majestic rotating soldiers. Lastly, the west bed holds the main attraction for this year. The holiday tree is a sight to behold, standing 42 metres in height and 18 metres in diameter, and is adorned with many beautiful ornaments.

4) The Lanesborough, London 

The Lanesborough, London

This year’s tree in The Lanesborough has been given the royal nod, which is rather appropriate seeing as the hotel is situated a stones through from Buckingham Palace. The jewellers to the Royal Family, the House of Garrard, have payed homage to its distinguished roots in the 18th century in order to give guests a quintessentially British Christmas experience.

5) The Plaza New York 

Considering it is the iconic setting of one of the most festive films ever released, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Plaza New York has the power to capture the imaginations of many generations all under one roof. Last year, the hotel partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film.

Pre-Home Alone, though, the luxury hotel has set the standard for luxury and high quality service ever since it opened its majestic doors in 1907.

Main image credit: Oetker Collection


B3 Designers breathes new American life into Marriott Hotel’s champions bar in Frankfurt

Hamish Kilburn

B3 Designers, which has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2002, has unveiled its latest project, which captures a little bit of America into the F&B areas of Frankfurt’s Marriott hotel…

Restaurant and hotel interior design specialist, B3 Designers has recently unveiled its latest interior design and branding project. Champions Bar & Restaurant, located within Frankfurt’s Marriott hotel, is a European sports bar and restaurant serving classic bar dishes and drinks in the German city’s central district of Innenstadt.

The previous bar and restaurant, with its all-American theme, had been an iconic destination in Frankfurt for decades. Marriott’s design brief to B3 for the refurbished 220-cover bar and restaurant was to work around the themes of its history and heritage, sports, burgers and beer, to create a space where guests can enjoy themselves in a casual and relaxed environment. To bring this brief to life, B3 Designers has developed a design that completely celebrates a nostalgic, vintage European sports bar.

The heritage look-and-feel is woven throughout, starting gently at the entrance door inside, with a vintage trophy display. Once inside, the large bar featuring fluted timber, sits centre backed by a wooden menu display with old-school scoreboard-styled lettering. The furniture includes a mixture of high-bar seating and long communal oak timber tables with bench seats, and in the lower dining area is a mix of full-length curved booth seating, leather-upholstered banquettes with high back rests, and lower-level tables and chairs.

The abundant use of natural materials, rich tones and the darker colour scheme evokes a masculine, warm and comfortable vibe. The use of copper finishes on the bar’s countertop and beer taps is a nod to the traditional brewery tanks widely used in beer production. While black-and-white chequered tiling in the raised bar area and diamond-motif upholstery pay homage to the traditional football and referees kit. And the slatted timber booth seating evokes stadia-seating of a bygone era. Olympics and other sports-themed artwork and paraphernalia such as vintage footballs and boots, boxing gloves and bags, tennis rackets and photographs are scattered tastefully throughout the space.

One of the design challenges was working the 12 HD large projector screens into the design, and, more specifically, making sure they didn’t detract from the ambience during times when sports events are not being broadcast. B3 Designers has ensured the overhead screens are concealed discreetly above when not in use, and drop via a central motorised system, allowing the space to function as a standalone restaurant. Yet, during sports broadcasts, these screens play an important role in creating a premium seating sports experience around the restaurant.