I love a good urban-centered adventure. Loud streets, an exciting array of things to see and eat, and a rich culture just waiting to be discovered. Even better when you can find all of those things and spend your nights in a fabulously dramatic yet wonderfully relaxing hotel retreat.
While some might argue that the hotel doesn't matter when you're on vacation — you're going to visit a city and see the sights, not the four walls inside your hotel room — for those of us who love to absorb all a city has to offer yet need a place to unwind at the end of the day (and sometimes several times in the middle of the day), the hotel room is a vital component in whether we have a great, relaxing vacation or not.
So what would my perfect hotel getaway look like? Well, first there would be heavy, dark, dramatic drapes — I need pitch darkness when I sleep — but behind them would be a stunning cityscape view that took my breath away. I'd go for a bed that has a high, almost hug-like headboard to help me feel more secure in a bed away from home. A TV on a stylish credenza, good low (never overhead) lighting from remarkable lamps and a warm fuzzy rug underfoot are essentials. And lastly, because even when I go on vacation I tend to take a bit of work with me, I'd want a small, compact desk and comfy chair I could stash my laptop on it and do a little writing between all my city adventuring. Good art (not the generic art you see in bad hotels) would be the icing on the relaxing cake.
1) Modern, abstract, architectural photography of Patrik Lindell
3) Dramatic, heavy Parlor Curtain
4) Autoban's Bergere Queen Bed
5) Artemide Nesso Table Lamp
6) Vitra Panton Chair Classic by Verner Panton
7) Blu Dot Cant Desk
8) Artecnica Phrena Table Lamp in White
9) Modern Nomad Calla Rug
(Images: As credited above)