The Hotel Clermont's lobby bar features a 1970s scalloped mirror behind the bar that Reunion Goods & Services designer Laura Flam says is one of the special, secret details that makes this boutique hotel such an atmospheric treat for design fans. "The ground floor lobby bar and lounges take you on a journey through several color and pattern schemes, and present many nooks and crannies for people to settle into" says Flam. " It’s my favorite area we designed in the hotel because there is something for everyone, and it leaves moments to be discovered even after recurring visits."
Housed in a former brewery, Hotel Emma is a stylish jumble of industrial-meets- refined. The lobby, which was once the engine room, has conscientiously retained the original exhaust fans used to ventilate, the turbine-like ammonia compressor and the king valves, which controlled the flow of ammonia.
In Germany’s Black Forest, a former jail has been revamped, opening as the Hotel Liberty in 2017. With a challenging starting point of crude brickwork and angular beams, the design team at Knoblauch added inviting touches. The delicate glass cube, spanning what was once the prison yard, now houses the light-filled lobby.
If you want a scene-y, vibrant, stylish stay for your Alpharetta visit, you couldn't do better than The Hotel at Avalon, a hip Autograph Collection spot with a buzzy bar and lobby scene and a destination-worthy in-house restaurant, Atlanta favorite South City Kitchen, a great way to sample smart regional cuisine if you are feeling too lazy to head beyond the hotel's oasis-like ambiance (which could happen). Situated within the Avalon community, the hotel offers extreme walkability to the great food and shopping options at this new urbanist development. A pretty outdoor pool, in-house Starbucks, complimentary bicycles and coffee and tea in the lobby every morning, make this beautiful space feel like a cozy-but-cool home away from home.
Like many of the Oliver Hospitality properties, Knoxville's Oliver Hotel features a balance of luxe and retro cool as in the lobby defined by velvet upholstered wingback chairs and a dramatic light fixture. Another feature of the Oliver group's properties: memorable customer service. The front desk staff at the Oliver Hotel are friendly, accommodating and on hand to fulfill almost any ask.
Fifty percent of travelers have to buy something new because of unexpected weather. Pack a light rain jacket for the inclement weather that can pop up and turn well-laid plans suddenly soggy. Mee suggests, "when bringing outerwear or other bulky items, wear it on the plane so you can save your suitcase space for other valuable layers." And don't worry about packing an umbrella says Mee. "Most hotel lobbies have umbrellas you can borrow."
The Asbury Hotel on the New Jersey Shore was once the local Salvation Army. Today, it’s a hip beach retreat that has preserved functional elements of its past. The lobby, which doubles as a greenhouse, has conserved the original brick and pillars while adding colorful new furnishings including the inviting pit sofa with a blue velvet base and playful hand-sewn cushions, custom designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture. The practical grey oak coffee table is from Restoration Hardware.
The Crawford Hotel inside the still-active Denver Union Station, is an 1881 rail station, and a registered National Historic Landmark. The hotel retains the building's rich history while embracing a modern lodging aesthetic. The impressive Beaux Arts-style Great Hall serves as both the hotel’s lobby and the place where travelers wait for the train. This grand and bustling space includes Martini side tables from Restoration Hardware. The clocks are original while the dazzling chandeliers are impeccable recreations.
The raw, rambling third floor had one well-sized room, but the rest of the space was a jungle of trusses and HVAC ducts. The designers turned that space into a home office, wet bar, two bedrooms, a full bath and an elevator lobby. Here, the largest room was created into a home office. To create a focal point, the bottom section of the ornate fireplace (originally in the great room) was placed on a wall that is flanked by bookcases. The fireplace is not functional, but it creates a handsome backdrop behind the homeowner’s desk.
With a blend of Forties style and a nod to the current Seventies' surfing Jungalow look, the Hotel Clermont lobby immediately sets the terms of the boutique property's distinct retro vibe. The design team responsible for the space, Reunion Goods & Services borrowed from design motifs spanning the Gilded Age to the present, but a specific historic source influenced the look says director of interiors Laura Flam. "We were also very inspired by a scene in the film 'An American in Paris' that depicts Leslie Caron dancing through a series of very saturated rooms wearing a number of colorful dresses. It encouraged us to take risks with colors and patterns."
The Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center, has become the go-to destination for visitors checking out the driving experience at Porsche. Part of the booming city rising in the shadow of the airport, the "aerotropolis" of Hapeville next to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the world's busiest passenger airport—is just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and has a lot to recommend it for both car-crazy adults and their child companions. The 8-story hotel itself overlooks—at key vantage points—the Porsche Experience Center racetrack. The rooftop Overdrive Lounge offers the best public view by far of both Porsche and the airport and there are also 9 track-view suites. The rooms themselves are insulated with triple-pane windows from flight noise. For transportation-obsessed kids, this is a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of planes, trains (train tracks pass right in front of the hotel) and automobiles all viewable in close proximity to the property (there's even a Delta Flight Museum close-by for flight fans). For quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta, I-75 is in close proximity to Solis. You can sit on the outside patio of the in-house restaurant Apron and watch planes come in for landings and eavesdrop on visiting German Porsche execs relaxing after a day of work at Porsche's North American headquarters. To continue the Porsche tie-in, two Porsche Cayennes offer VIP transportation to the airport and auto artwork abounds: there are car murals in the lobby and car motif art in the 214 guest rooms. There is even an in-house Porsche themed gift shop to take home a souvenir.