October 30, 2014
Pictured: Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore
In honor of the final days of Archtober, the month-long celebration of architecture and design here in New York, we look at several places that are the epitome of NightStyle: architecturally-stunning hotels. These 5-star hotel destinations feature some of the most compelling and revered architectural design details. If you love nothing more than the feeling of sinking into a heavenly soft hotel bed after a day of travel, consider one of these pleasing spaces to rest your head.
Four Seasons New York
Starting off the list is our very own Four Seasons New York—for good reason. This stunning hotel designed by I.M. Pei, sits just blocks away from our headquarters in Midtown. Inside, not only do you enjoy impressive Central Park views, but it features impeccable design details throughout, like a backlit onyx ceiling and a special suite finished with rock crystal and Venetian velvet.
Axis Viana Hotel
The all-black exterior of this VHM-designed boutique hotel in Portugal makes a striking statement. It has an alternating stacked-block design, appearing like an enormous and elegant game of Jenga. With its black and white details throughout, it is just as sleek and modern inside as it is on the outside.
Hotel Marques de Riscal
This 5-star luxury, boutique hotel has only 43 rooms, each uniquely designed. Its exterior is constructed of ribbons of shiny, mirrored steel and candy-colored metal all sculpted into impossible shapes. Located in Elciego, Spain, it came to life from the mind of Frank Gehry who also designed Spain’s Guggenheim Museum. This modern structure nestled in an old-world village promises to deliver the best stay of your life.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel
Words cannot describe the ethereal beauty of Mario Botta’s design in its snow-capped Swiss surroundings, particularly when nestled in fresh snowfall. While Botta is best known for designing the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this hotel masterpiece artfully blended into its natural landscape is sheer genius.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
It’s no surprise that one of the most unusual hotels would be in Abu Dhabi. This Viceroy design is inspired by high performance cars and is actually built over a Formula One track. Its flowing exterior made of steel and glass give the impression of speed and movement. The curved exterior grid design is lit by color-changing LED lights. The colored glow reflected in the surrounding marina is a special visual treat.
Named after its location in Bandung, Indonesia, this Hilton has plenty of curvaceous sex appeal throughout its gold and cream toned interior. It features a 360-degree spiral staircase that is the architectural focal point of its light and airy lobby.
Marina Bay Sands
Located in Singapore, the hotel, designed by Safdie Architects has become a worldwide attraction. Its three gravity-defying towers that loom into the sky are topped off with a rooftop park featuring an infinity pool and breathtaking 360° views.
If you are planning a getaway, consider being inspired by the some of the world’s most magnificent destinations. A visit to any of these superbly designed 5-star hotels will have you invigorated and recharged.