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10 Mid-Century Modern Hotels
  • The Standard Miami

    The Standard Miami

  • La Solana Boutique Hotel

    La Solana Boutique Hotel

  • Hotel Alexandra

    Hotel Alexandra

  • Park Hyatt

    Park Hyatt Chicago

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Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

    Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

  • Boundary

    Boundary

  • Hotel Brandenburger Hof

    Hotel Brandenburger Hof

  • Avalon Hotel

    Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills

  • Trident Hotel

    Trident Hotel

  • Palacio Nazarenas

    Modern Hotel

May, 2013

One could argue that, for some years now, mid-century modern design has been having a moment, but it might be more accurate to say it never really went away. In architecture, many of its tenets — not least glass walls and open plans, an emphasis on light and space — have become so pervasive that we take them for granted. Anyone who has spent much time in boutique hotels has plopped into a few Mies chairs and laid their phone on an Eames table or two. Here, we’ve rounded up ten hotels that best pull off the look.

1.

The Standard Miami
Miami, Florida — Maybe it’s the lingering glow of the city’s golden age, but whatever the reason, mid-century modern interiors just look better with that Miami sunlight flooding in through the windows. The Standard Miami mixes the local brand of ’50s modernism with Scandinavian furniture of the same period, all in a setting that’s a little lower-key than nearby Collins Avenue.
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2.

La Solana Boutique Hotel
Punta del Este, Uruguay — Built in 1947, La Solana is a master work by the architect, landscape designer and furniture-maker Antonio Bonet, whose chairs proliferate (in originals and imitations) decades after their inception. The hotel’s six rooms have a retro sort of beachiness to go along with the retro décor, with sliding glass doors facing the ocean and canvas bags full of beach towels.
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3.

Hotel Alexandra
Copenhagen, Denmark — The interiors of the century-old Hotel Alexandra seem to have crystallized sometime around 1955, and the truly impressive collection of Danish furniture is put to exceedingly good use in rooms that serve as live-in homages to the great Danish designers — Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl among them.
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4.

Park Hyatt Chicago
Chicago, Illinois — Park Hyatt Chicago’s use of classic mid-century Eames and Mies furnishings is subtle — which only makes it all the more impressive. There’s not an ounce of Jetsons kitsch, just an undercurrent of mid-century style that looks perfectly at home against the backdrop of the city’s architecturally distinguished skyline.
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5.

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
Verona, Italy — Housed in a fifteenth-century villa outside Verona, Byblos Art Hotel is a mish-mash of traditional European gardens, Baroque interiors, contemporary artworks and, more to the point, an impressive collection of twentieth-century design objects. Somehow they pull it off, matching Venetian chandeliers with outstanding mid-century Scandinavian furniture, with museum-style placards to let you know just what you’re sitting in.
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6.

Boundary
London, England — Boundary’s best rooms are like a lesson in the evolution of modern design, with separate ones dedicated to Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus movement, Andrée Putman and the Eameses, among others. Each one features a collection of furniture that would, on its own, give the hotel plenty of design cred, and it all adds up to more than the sum of its parts — making it possible to experience the pieces as part of a unified vision rather than as an accent here and there.
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7.

Hotel Brandenburger Hof
Berlin, Germany — Set against Berlin’s stately old palace hotels, Hotel Brandenburger Hof feels modern indeed. The converted mansion’s façade conceals guest rooms decked out in a sort of Bauhaus-minimalist hybrid, with chrome-and-leather furniture by Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright chairs in the restaurant.
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8.

Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, California — Formerly the Beverly Carlton, this retro ’50s hotel is packed with Eames, Noguchi and Nelson furniture to match its blocky blue façade and hourglass-shaped pool. And at least for Beverly Hills, the rates are retro, too.
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9.

Trident Hotel
Port Antonio, Jamaica — The thirteen-villa Trident makes a strong case that the style of Jamaica’s ’50s and ’60s heyday belongs firmly in the here and now. It’s not just the immaculate mid-century furnishings that adorn the guest rooms, but also a pervasive air of old-fashioned, cocktail-swirling, island-hideaway glamour — most of all at Mike’s Supper Club, where on a given night a world-class vocalist might be draped over the Ferrari-red Steinway.
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10.

Modern Hotel
Boise, Idaho — For all its current cachet, the mid-century modern aesthetic somehow just looks more at home at this converted Travelodge motel in a minor American city. Boise’s Modern Hotel is true to the style at just about every turn, with teak furnishings, Nelson lamps and bright colors turning it into an almost eerily convincing time capsule.
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