The Decorated Life

10 Hotels That Are Full of Design Surprises

Need a colorful getaway? This collection of stylish hotels will leave you editing your bucket list for 2019.

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At The Inside, we're obsessed with good decorating and bold risk-taking. Often drawing inspiration from our travels, we love nothing more than a hotel that's full of stylish surprises. Design-savvy vacationers often cite their destination as a source of inspiration, but what about their place of rest? Sure, the best hotels remind us why good linens and a sleek bathroom matter, but the list below celebrates more than that. Read on to discover the places that best represent living life #beyondthebeige.

The Ned, London 

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Classic elegance reigns supreme at The Ned — a London hotel housed in a former bank. The building, designed in 1924 by British architect Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1939, sets the tone for a space that transports guests to the days of its genesis. Our favorite features? The sumptuous marble, bold velvets, walnut panelling, checkerboard flooring, and rich tapestries.

Hotel Peter and Paul, New Orleans 

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Checks, please! The recently restored Hotel Peter and Paul is the hotel of the moment among design aficionados. And we understand why. Situated in a New Orleans landmark that was once a church and school, the rooms boast canopy beds, claw-foot tubs, bold checks, and trompe l'oeil wardrobes. The design team at ASH NYC absolutely nailed it when bringing this Southern gem to life.

L’Arlatan, Arles 

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The arty eclecticism of L'Arlatan Hotel has us longing for a trip to Provence. The town of Arles, which greatly influenced artist Vincent van Gogh, serves as the perfect backdrop for Jorge Pardo's design genius. His happy spot is characterized by its light, colorful tiles, and murals.

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca 

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When we first discovered British fashion designer Matthew Williamson's work for Belmond La Residencia in Mallorca, we could not look away. In the suite pictured, traditional botanical prints and animal-inspired textiles playfully converse with a block-printed lampshade and bright pink walls. The result? A chic and cheery space that embodies the creativity of the island's guests.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills 

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With its pink facade and iconic "Martinique" wallpaper, The Beverly Hills Hotel epitomizes Hollywood glamour. When styling our own banana palm, we often look to this fabulous hideaway for design cues. The use of green and white cabana stripes, along with dusty pinks, wicker furniture, and tropical flora, feels timeless.

El Cosmico, Marfa 

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Liz Lambert's portfolio of hip and quirky Texas hotels has always inspired us. El Cosmico, an assortment of vintage trailers and yurts in Marfa, is our favorite. Just down the road from Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, this desert hideaway is punctuated by colorful touches — from the candy-colored trailers to the striped blankets and robes within them.

Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach 

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It's all about pattern play at Australia's Halcyon House. What was once a coastal motel has become a five-star patchwork of bohemian blues and beachy stripes. The place feels like a beach cottage that belongs to your cool aunt. We love the way in which fellow New Yorkers like Wayne Pate and Madeline Weinrib are speckled throughout.

L’Hôtel Marrakech, Marrakech 

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Designed by Jasper Conran, L'Hotel Marrakech draws on the 1930s for inspiration. With a mix of antiques, rich red stripes, and Moroccan rugs, the hotel's spaces showcase locally-sourced items while maintaining a look that's edited and sharp.

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs 

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Twenty-six US presidents have paid a visit to The Greenbrier — a classic American resort. Designed by Carleton Varney with a great deal of inspiration from pioneer Dorothy Draper, The Greenbrier makes use of bold colors and striking contrast. Palm leaves make an appearance here too ;)

Parker Palm Springs

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When thinking about our collection of #beyondthebeige hotels, Jonathan Adler's groovy rehab of the Parker Palm Springs caught our eye. We especially love the use of citrus cabana stripes — one of many punchy accents that pays homage to the retro locale.

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