Travel Intelligence Move Towards Maximalist Chic
Fed–up with vast white spaces, functionalism and minimalist design? Travel Intelligence, the hotel website (http://www.travelintelligence.com ) founded by AA Gill, has detected a move away from minimalism towards “maximalist chic” and has increased their portfolio of hotels for those who embrace colour and fun and even some artful, stylish clutter. These include:
Bohemian Spirit in New York
Even Ian Schrager, the King of Mimimalism is moving on. His new hotel The Gramercy Park Hotel, which opened on Lexington Avenue in New York last month, is decorated in a “bohemian spirit” and features “organised chaos”. Each of the 185 rooms is different and decorated in vivid colours with a mixture of art, furnitiure and objects from a variety of cultures, together with hand tufted rugs and velvet drapery and original creations by Julian Schnabel and Maarten Baas.
Prices for a room with Travel Intelligence.com start from £300 plus taxes, with complimentary breakfast offered until the end of October.
Czech out the Alchymist in Prague
The Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa, dating from the 16th century, has forty six rooms decorated in a neo-Baroque style. The hotel’s décor oozes decadence with gilded cherubs, marble topped tables and crystal chandeliers. The hotel boasts a spa with an extensive range of treatments and a Jacuzzi, lit with a crystal chandelier.
The forty-six bedrooms are romantic and lavishly decorated with huge beds and lashings of gold leaf. The Alchymist suite, perfect for romantic and decadent honeymooners, has a four-poster bed, oversized Italian marble bathroom and a freestanding bathtub.
Rates at the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa start at £191 per room per night, including breakfast and taxes, at Travel Intelligence (http://www.travelintelligence.com ).
Haute Couture at Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris
Once an ancient bakery frequented by Victor Hugo, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is in the ultra chic Marais quartier of Paris.
Fitting perfectly with its surroundings, the Petit Moulin has been designed by Christian Lacroix. The seventeen en-suite rooms are decorated in lavish fabrics and colours, boldly mixing raspberry florals, toile de jouy, polka dots, and leather. Many of the rooms have decorative panels above the beds, including a parade of fashion sketches. The hotel mixes high fashion with the latest technology, with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi in all bedrooms.
Rates at the Hotel du Petit Moulin start at £123, per room per night including taxes, breakfast is £10 per person. Book at Travel Intelligence hotel booking (http://www.travelintelligence.com ).
Opulence at the Ca Maria Adele, Venice:
This 16th century palazzo, situated slightly off the tourist track, is a short gondola ride from St Mark’s Square across the Grand Canal, and is the first hotel in Venice to offers a stylish mix of lounge bar modernity and antique Venetian opulence.
The hotel has fourteen rooms, including five camped-up themed rooms. One of them, the Sala Noir, has a purple and chocolate colour scheme complete with a huge black chandelier.
Ideal for a romantic break in Venice, the hotel has a canal landing which leads to the reception lobby.
Rates from £164 per room per night including taxes and breakfast at travelintelligence.com.
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