Design

Strange Currencies

Gothic Hotels (and Songs by R.E.M., Part 2)

It’s Halloween, so we’re taking a look at hotels with Gothic architecture, a style synonymous with the mysterious and macabre. Why did we also include songs by R.E.M.? The answer may shock you.

Court of Appeal

The Eternal Charm of Morocco's Riad Hotels

The courtyard, that noble architectural effort to bring the outside in, is a simple endeavor that never fails to uplift. And nowhere is its use more impressive than in the riad hotels of Morocco.

Stilted Lover

Elevated Hotels That’ll Never Let You Down

There’s a lot to love about hotels on stilts. Unlike your past romantic partners, when your hotel room leaves you high and dry, it’ll leave you with nothing but positive memories.

Where the Bungalow Roam

Freedom Is a California Cottage Hotel

The American West has always represented a certain freedom of movement. It’s no wonder then that California has so many hotels that offer freestanding accommodations: bungalows, cottages, cabanas, or full-on houses that give guests more privacy, more space, more independence — in other words, more freedom.

Raw Power

Concrete Isn’t Just for Brutalists Anymore

The Brutalist architecture movement of the 1950s and 60s grew out of “béton brut,” the French idea that concrete in its raw, unfinished form is a powerful expression of beauty. Quite a few modern hotels agree.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Art Deco Quietly Returns Again

Art Deco has been back in fashion before, most recently in the 1980s, but its latest return to visibility is quite different from its last.