DESIGN DESTINATIONS

I’m in my parents San Francisco loft, in a complete Thanksgiving food coma. My family is binge watching a series that I just can’t get into. It’s the perfect time for me to write and think about the months ahead; where I want to go, what I want to accomplish.

I started perusing the internet in search for hotels that I felt fit the JAM aesthetic. When I travel I tend to work backwards. Find a design centric hotel, plan my trip around that hotel versus planning my trip around the destination. I always find that boutique hotels place themselves in the trendiest parts of the city, typically in the midst of the best shopping and restaurants. As I plan my travels for the upcoming year, I thought it made sense to organize my thoughts in this post while being able to share with you my curation of aesthetically driven destinations. They are not organized in any particular order or by country. Just beautiful places that I hope we can all experience!

L HOTEL - PARIS, FRANCE

If opulence is your thing, head to L Hotel in Paris. I literally dream of staying here and doing nothing but eating strawberries in bed wearing a luxurious robe. “Nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul, and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés, L’Hotel is ideally situated to experience the art and culture of Paris. With interiors designed by the inimitable Jacques Garcia, the 20 bedrooms are all unique and luxurious, finished with exquisite materials and painstaking detail.”

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LITTLE ALBION GUEST HOUSE - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

This intimate 35 room former convent house features a rooftop garden and charming bar. A muted palette fills the bright, well lit rooms with rich velvet fabrics, patterned drapes and pops of eccentric colors in accessories & accents. The branding of this hotel is spot on, their website features the cutest drawings of all the rooms and accommodations. See here for yourself.

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TARABEL - MARRAKECH

This hotel is a converted Colonial mansion that embodies elegance, luxury and desire. Surrounded by antique shops and tree lined patios this seems like the most beautiful and romantic place for a getaway with your loved one. the way the hotel describes their property takes your breathe away. “Calm, tranquility, peace, discretion, beauty, seem to be the watchwords of this unusual venue whose only privilege is to offer its guests an unforgettable escape back into time.”

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PALAZZINA GRASSI - VENICE, ITALY

This 5-star hotel considers themselves a “lifestyle boutique.” Featuring over the top sensual rooms and considered the most glamorous place to party in Venice. The hotel also offers G House which is a private home you can rent 40 meters away from the main hotel. Even their logo has a way to allure you to want more.

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COQUI COQUI - MERIDA, YUCATAN PENINSULA

I was fortunate enough to visit Coqui Coqui Copa when I was visiting Tulum back in April. To say that this line of hotels is breathtaking is an understatement. You feel you are being transported into a dream-like state the second you walk through the doors, the air smells of their collection of fragrance, their restaurants features incredible local food cooked with love and the rich decor puts you at ease. I would love to experience the Coqui Coqui Merida location as they describe themselves as “ornately decorated one-room private suite with an open living room, terrace and private rooftop pool to enjoy. Rich velvet drapes in deep jewel tones, period furniture with plush burgundy upholstery, golden accents, antique mirrors and selection of coffee-table books make-up the sumptuously luxurious decor. A large iron four-post bed balances the two freestanding French bathtubs, situated elegantly within the room and creating the perfect setting for a uniquely romantic experience. From the cultural offerings, to local craft markets, bustling gastronomic scene and distinctive architecture, Coqui Coqui Merida offers the perfect backdrop and base for exploring the unique opulence and decadent glamour of this historical Yucatán city.”

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HOTEL PULITZER - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

“Meet quintessential Dutch elegance in an intricate maze of 25 connecting Golden Age canal houses. This hidden neighborhood features: intimate guest rooms, tranquil inner gardens, meeting & event spaces, a garden café, a hotel bar and a restaurant that serves simple yet beautifully crafted dishes. Pulitzer Amsterdam is a unique blend of up-market, traditional and modern Dutch craftsmanship hidden amongst the city’s iconic canals.” - I couldn’t beat the description on their site.

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HOTEL DES GRANDS BOULEVARDS - PARIS, FRANCE

Not choosing favorites, BUT…….the 50 room hotel has an “interior that seduces the senses bridging the gap between romanticism & aristocracy with a gentle nod to the mischievous.” I love the playfulness and soul of this hotel that many other french hotels are lacking as their focus is on the cliche Louis XVI style. The hotel also features a bar called The Shell and a rooftop terrace called “The Shed.” To top it all off, the hotel is designed by my ultimate design crush Dorothee Meilichzon.

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Let me know your favorites in the comments.

xx JAM xx

Jessica McCarthyComment