When it comes to design, our contributors have touched on everything from navigating your local flea market to bringing the hotel home in your interior design, but the topic of exteriors hasn’t had quite as much time in the limelight. But that’s about to change, because today our resident contributors at Avenue Interior Design are enlightening us on just that. These seasoned hospitality designers have seen the ins and outs of hotels all around the world, and lucky for us, they’re giving us the scoop on some of their all-time favorite hotel exteriors. So, if you’re ready to book your next vacay but aren’t quite sure where to go (or where to stay when you get there), then keep scrolling for 10 breathtaking hotel exteriors from around the world, and the wanderlust-worthy GM prints from each destination to go with them. But we’ll let the team at Avenue ID take it from here…
Via Travis Ladue
The Ramble Hotel is a brand new edition to the Denver hotel scene, but you wouldn’t have guessed it by the façade. With its bold red brick and steel exterior, it feels completely at home in the industrial RiNo neighborhood of Denver. The oversized factory style windows beautifully reflect Colorado’s strong tie to the great outdoors with world class ski resorts not too far away.
Via La Serena Villas
La Serena Villas is truly an oasis in the heart of downtown Palms Springs. It is walking distance from the hottest restaurants in downtown, yet the moment you step into the lush landscaped compound you are transported to a private resort escape. The Spanish influenced façade draws you in from afar and welcomes you into the indoor-outdoor lobby. Each of the 18 luxury suites also feature a pair of Gray Malin prints that share the laid back luxurious vibe that La Serena Villas conveys.
The perfect staycation is right in our backyard at the Surfrider Malibu. This re-designed hotel is the true definition of a beach house. The moment you enter, you instantly feel relaxed from the white washed exterior and natural materials mixed throughout the lobby and guest rooms. The thoughtful artwork and accessories makes each room unique. This boutique hotel gives you the Californian indoor-outdoor living experience. Spend the day at the beach and end the evening on their laidback rooftop that features mud cloth pillows and teak furniture, while enjoying a cocktail by the fire over looking the water.
Via Casa Arte
A two-hour drive south from Lisbon you will find Casa Arte, beautiful villas with an ambiance that is minimal yet warm. The exterior is inspired by Greecian architecture with a flare of modern Scandinavian furnishings. Arched windows and doorways is a theme throughout. A favorite feature of the interiors included muted concrete floors, which complements the locally made vibrant geometric area rugs and artisanal tiles laid in unexpected places (a go-to source at AvenueID is Clé Tile). The service is intimate; I fondly remember the daily breakfasts, and the pool is crisp after a day spent at the caved beaches.
Via Trip Advisor
Tucked away in a quaint and quiet area of Santa Monica lies an ornate Spanish Colonial Revival beach hotel dating back to 1927. Guests are welcomed by a lush courtyard and elegant interior, tailored to capture the expression of Southern Californian coastal lifestyle. Palihouse offers travelers a tasteful experience without compromising style, scenery, and our everyday comforts.
Located on a hilltop in the village of Brunate (a town in the province of Como) lies a quaint family-run hotel with beautiful views of the city below. This Art Nouveau villa has been meticulously restored with original glass windows and pinewood floors, all to retain its original charm of the 19th century.
A breathtaking escape in Tulum, Mexico complete with eco-friendly construction, Casa Malca is a perfect combination of rustic materials and contemporary design to usher one into a luxuriously intimate space that blends beautifully into its surroundings.
Via Andrew Harper
The Little Kulala Hotel in Namibia, surrounded by desert sands, makes an impactful statement with its use of native materials and organic forms—a look that creates a serene guest experience while being seamlessly integrated into the natural environment surrounding it.
Via Laylow Waikiki
Entering the Laylow, guests ascend via escalator past imposing wood beams, which reference traditional “hale” construction, and playfully mimic the tiki-torches staked below. The hotel sign is crafted of chunky terrazzo—a trend we see floating to the top this year on all types of surfaces, from bars to floors. (Our current favorite comes from Concrete Collaborative.) Close to the surf and vibrant Kūhiō Ave, and boasting it’s own laid-back Hideaway bar, hotel guests have lots of options to lay low or mix it up.
Via El Cosmico
In the spirit of “mañana,” this truly bohemian outpost offers a fascinating variety of shelters to “do nothing for a little while.” Dream under the stars in a trailer, a yurt, a teepee, or tent in a vast landscape where human invention meets mother nature’s inspiration. Explore now-renowned galleries, join artisan workshops or explore the freedom of "forgetting time" in the hammock grove.
Which one of these destinations are you dying to visit?
Considering a few of them are right in our backyard, we really have no excuse NOT to take a staycation, right?
Xx Team GM