“Trips do not end when you return home – usually this is the time when in a sense they really begin.” – Adele Franklin
Change is always good and travel is one of the best kinds! From the time I lived in France to other jet-setting adventures, I’ve always been a proponent of travel both for fun and inspiration. Below are a few hotels found around the world that could serve as destinations on their own simply based on their alluring decor.
From traditional to modern, channel your inner globe-trotter with these works of art:
(Pictured above) Overlooking the Boboli Gardens, just outside of Florence, architects were careful to keep this 19th-century gem as pristine and when the doors first opened during their most recent renovation. Originally an aristocratic residence, the real treat lies in its eclectic decor – each floor has a different theme all its own. The “noble” floor (pictured above) is brought to life with magnificent frescoes (in true Italian style); scattered with antique accent furnishings; and blended with more modern color choices seen via the upholstery fabrics. Live like royalty, or at least sleep somewhere when you can dream like one, at the Villa Cora!
World-class dining? Yep.
Spa services? You got it.
Impeccable service? Absolutely.
This must be a franchise, right? Actually, not this time. Check-in to one of Aspen’s finest boutique stays where everything from it’s newly renovated interiors, to their infamous “J-Bar” has the perfect blend of old-world meets new. The sexy moonlight that shines through the skylight into the lobby draws a natural element similar to its mountainous surroundings. The classical paintings, dark wooden accents, and a touch of taxidermy create this wintery lodge that truly make this American stay all the rage.
Living youthfully. From the outside passersby are probably thinking this is another 19th-century Spanish hotel, but the inside is anything but. Furnished in a true 21s century, modern style the decor is perfectly inviting for families with members of all ages.
Echoing that of a Picasso painting, the Catalan interior designer, Lazaro Rosa Violan, dresses the rooms in warmer palettes: bright blues, yellows, red. Much of the hotel has been designed to include natural light in order to mimic the liveliness that the Madrid city life has to offer. Menus range from Latin to Asian (well-traveled chefs are ALWAYS a good thing) there’s a little bit for everyone at this stay. Ole!
If you enjoy a ravishing afternoon tea, and have a palate for the finer things in life, the Egerton House Hotel is the place for you. All 28 of the quintessential English townhouse establishment offer the feeling of a private residence. In true British decor, there’s a sense of refinement in every nook and corner. Seen above is one of the guestrooms, dressed in a plush red velvet, silk wall-covering, there’s a warm, soothing sensation from the headboard all the way to the doorway. Conveniently located in the posh Knightsbridge neighborhood, take a walking tour of old London and you’ll find yourself just seconds away from the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Prince Gallery offers an atmosphere unlike any other. The Japanese are always known for their innovation in technology, and this luxury hotel is one futuristic sight! Flanked by the Tokyo skyline, the cleanly geometric lines are seen throughout the space via rounded furniture, eccentric lighting, and a quiet minimalism. If you’re looking to relax and enjoy down time, in a city that seems to always be lit up, this is the place for you!