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13 Mid-Century Modern Hotels

  • The Parker Palm Springs

    The Parker Palm Springs

  • The Verb Hotel

    The Verb Hotel

  • The Standard Miami

    The Standard Miami

  • The Sportsmen's Lodge

    The Sportsmen’s Lodge

  • La Solana Boutique Hotel

    La Solana Boutique Hotel

  • Hotel Alexandra

    Hotel Alexandra

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Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

    Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

  • Boundary

    Boundary

  • Hotel Valley Ho

    Hotel Valley Ho

  • Avalon Hotel

    Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills

  • Trident Hotel

    Trident Hotel

  • Palacio Nazarenas

    Modern Hotel

  • Park Hyatt

    Park Hyatt Chicago

Mid-century modern design has been having much more than just a moment — it might be more accurate to say it never really went away. In architecture, many of its tenets, from glass walls and open plans to an emphasis on light and space, have become so pervasive that we just about take them for granted. Anyone who has spent much time in boutique hotels has sunk into a few Mies chairs and laid their phone on an Eames table or two. Here, we’ve rounded up thirteen hotels that best pull off the look.
Parker Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California — Just about any Palm Springs hotel could have made this list, as mid-century modern is essentially the city’s house style. We chose the Parker for the way designer Jonathan Adler blended classic Palm Springs modernism with the other aesthetic threads in the hotel’s long, stylish history.
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The Verb Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts — From a hospitality point of view, America’s great renewable resource is its generous supply of disused mid-century motels. But to find one in the shadow of Fenway Park, Boston’s legendary baseball stadium, is rare luck. The obvious thing to do might have been to turn it into another place of Red Sox worship, but instead they’ve chosen to pay homage to the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood’s role in rock history — and the result is something it’s safe to say you can’t get anywhere else.
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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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The Sportsmen’s Lodge
Los Angeles, California — The Sportsmen’s Lodge actually began its life as a sportsmen’s lodge, back when Studio City was still a rural riverside idyll. A very recent renovation returns the Lodge to its former glory, charmingly mid-century modern in style but totally up-to-date in its fixtures and finishes.
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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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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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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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Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, Arizona — A Fifties building in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, Hotel Valley Ho comes dressed up in bold retro colors and modernist furnishings. It’s a bit of a time capsule, albeit one with contemporary glass-walled terrazzo-tiled bathrooms and anachronistic high-definition LCD TV sets.
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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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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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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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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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