Minimalist spaces with jaw-dropping views of nature outside compete with sultry hideaways made cozy with leather couches, mood lighting, and roaring fireplaces to vie for the position of the nine best lounges from our collection of handpicked hotels around the globe. First up is The Cambrian (above), nestled deep in a valley in the Swiss Alpine village of Adelboden, The Cambrian looks out onto a most spectacular landscape. Combining sleek, modern design with innovative uses of natural, local materials, The Cambrian’s exquisite interior effortlessly reflects its environment, adding to the purifying immensity of the mountains.
Inside a work of architectural synergy in beachside L.A., Santa Monica Proper Hotel (top image above) epitomizes laidback West Coast-living thanks to the inspiring designs of Kelly Wearstler. The interiors are marked by a sandy, neutral palette and indoor palm trees, as well as Wearstler’s flair for mixing and matching textures and eclectic pieces from around the globe.
Marked by classical Iberian architecture and traces of Moorish influences, the spaces at La Granja Ibiza (top left) focus on the essential, the beauty of natural materials and imperfections. The ample cozy nooks offer moments for simple solitude. In Paris’ Le Marais, Les Bains (top right) is both an homage to the heritage of its storied past and a bold new take on Parisian hospitality. Distressed leather chairs and sofas and statement carpets characterize the hotel’s stunning interiors.
Designed by young Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi (above) is a culturally sensitive modern hotel with an eye on its majestic surroundings, namely the Caucasus Mountain Range. Raw wooden floors, cocooning couches, and local carpets mix with original vintage advertisement and movie posters from Georgia’s Soviet Union times.
In New York’s Lower East Side, The Ludlow Hotel (above) evokes the neighborhood’s rich history—from the “Gangs of New York” era to Jewish immigration to the wild art and music scenes. The stunning result is seen as soon as you walk through the steel and glass doors of the lobby into a lounge with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and handpicked finds, striking art, and a glorious distressed limestone fireplace.
A high-style escape in Turkey’s fashionable town of Alaçati, Alavya’s (part of slideshow) interiors are a mix of creamy, neutral textiles, balanced against ancient stone walls and wood paneling, all offset with Turkish kilim rugs and eclectic modern art from the family’s private collection. Inspired by classical conservatories, the Wintergarden in Helsinki’s Hotel St. George (part of slideshow) is dominated by a brass bird sculpture by Pekka Jylhä under the glass roof.