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Dark Arts

The Guilty Pleasures of Chicago Athletic Association

The Chicago Athletic Association has had an illustrious and sometimes sordid history that dates back to 1893, when it wasn’t quite a hotel. A lot has changed since then, but the ghosts of the past are never far away.

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Shifting Sands

Bourdain and the Beach Hotels of Southeast Asia

In gathering together some of the most stunning beach hotels in Southeast Asia, we were reminded of Anthony Bourdain’s love of the region and the influence he’s had on the world’s changing attitudes toward travel.

Road Warriors

Restored Motels Have Proven Their Resilience

They seemed like a novelty in the nineties, but refurbished motels have gone from kitsch to cutting-edge, and they play a key role in the future of hospitality. Enjoy this collection of some of our favorites in America.

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Chaos Agent

Life House Hopes to Disrupt the Hotel Industry

The founder of Life House looked at how the hotel industry was being run and all he saw was chaos. In response, he didn’t just create a new kind of hotel, one that could operate free from the noise, he’s also giving others agency to do the same.

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The Clash

Old and New Collide at Two Italian Hotels

There’s no glory in safe, predictable design. To reach the promised land it takes boldness and bravery. The creators of Palazzo Daniele and G-Rough know this well, and they found magnificence through a daring collision of ancient and modern.

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Revival Meeting

California's Historic Hotel Architecture

More than any other state in the union, California is where you’ll find the most hotels that demonstrate the most remarkable range of design. Where this really stands out isn’t with newer builds, but with older structures, particularly those erected in the first half of the twentieth century. Come and behold.

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