Last year Europe experienced a new wave of sophisticated, unpretentious hotel design popping up across its cities. We saw a move away from grand, luxurious statements and instead witnessed a shift towards a more intimate, honest hotel design. A design that puts functionality and comfort at the forefront; ensuring each hotel has its very own, unique personality. This is the sort of hotel design I love. The type that lets you dream and get lost in another world in a modest way – without being pompous and overbearing.
Scroll down for a tour of my four favourite hotels that illustrate this unpretentious hotel design beautifully:
Copenhagen. The capital of honest, serene Scandinavian design. It is no surprise that my first entry is located in this gracious city. Hotel Sanders, designed by design studio Lind + Almond, is a sublime oasis of tranquility and elegance. It believes in a homely approach to hospitality and this is reflected in its tender design. The palette is a mix of gorgeous earthy greens and reds, offset by warm natural timbers and soft uncomplicated textures. In the bathrooms we see a bolder approach with brass and pewter metals and polished concrete walls, which give the rooms a welcomed edge. The communal areas and the restaurant emulate a real sense of home and feel like an extension to the bedrooms. The lounge beckons guests to relax and pick up a book, while the restaurant has a charming air of simplicity and elegance. A heavenly and, most importantly, unpretentious hotel design.
Tempted to check it out when you visit Copenhagen? You can find out rooms and availability here.
Hotel Grands Boulevards
Of course Paris, our emblem of elegance and style, would be home to a few of these exquisite hotels. First up, the stunning Hotel Grands Boulevards. Created by my newest (and potentially new favourite) discovery, Dorothee Meilichzon, this is unpretentious hotel design at its best. Its approach is organic and unfussy. Raw oak beams, vivid pastel linen textures and dark washed walls provide the foundation for a sophisticated, detailed design. The bathrooms are a Parisian dream – with stunning brass details, sky blue walls and intriguing tiles. As above, they provide an alluring contrast to the more humble bedrooms. For me the most enticing aspect about this design is that it isn’t trying too hard. It is not overwhelming you with unnecessary details. It is functional, to the point and has a quirkiness about it that makes it simply irresistible.
Want to find out more? Check out their rooms and availability here.
The Hoxton Hotels are renowned for their forward thinking, casual personalities and therefore deserve a mention here. My personal favourite is the new Hoxton Paris designed by Ennismore. It is a gorgeous, uncomplicated design which celebrates Parisian architecture with a British twist. In the bedrooms pungent colour blocks are offset by masculine leather details and clean textures. The bathrooms on the other hand, are crisp and pristine with white subway tiles and copper details. While the lounge and communal areas are flamboyant, with striking colour blocks and fabulous textured wallcoverings.
The reason why I fell in love with the Hoxton Paris however, is because it embraces classic design and the buildings’ architecture in a modern way. The design vision goes back to basics and concentrates on function and the buildings’ quirkiness. It is with this ethos that the character of the hotel is established through its clever use of colour and texture. These elements together secure a beautiful, unpretentious hotel design.
Want to stay here? Find out more about the Hoxton Paris here.
Henrietta hotel is a pastel lovers dream. Dusty pink, soft blue and brass accents here and there set the mood for this London hotel. The rooms are smooth and sophisticated. Plush bespoke headboards provide a stunning statement that differentiate each room from the next, offering a truly unique stay. The bathrooms are a mesmerising mix of black and white on a pink background. But there is so much more than this to the design. The quirky graphics, the pineapple door numbers and the geometric shapes all create an intriguing interior that screams London. Dorothee Meilichzon achieves a breathtaking design without losing the intimate honest approach that is making this new wave of boutique hotels so special.
Intrigued by this interior? Check out their rooms here.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my favourite European hotel designs and might even stay at some of them on your next European city break. If yes please let me know in the comments section below! If you want to read up more about beautiful interiors check out my article on chic office interiors.