There’s a certain thrill associated with staying in a hotel. Perhaps it’s the frisson of holiday escapism from your own life, perhaps the chance to sleep in new and exotic surroundings, or maybe it’s just the simple luxury of not having to wash your own sheets.
This unique ‘hotel-ity’ (we’re coining it) is turned up to 11 if and when you’re able to stay in the crème de la crème of hotel rooms: the suite.
The Pink House *loves* the unabashed luxury of a hotel suite, so we decided to show you a few of our favourites. We’ve looked at exactly what makes them so fabulous and rounded up a few sneaky design tips we’ll be stealing for our own homes, so we can feel like champagne room service is just a phone call away (even if the reality is more like a mug of Earl Grey).
Suite 67 at the Belmond La Residencia
It’s pink. It’s designed by Matthew Williamson. It has a House of Hackney tiger cushion. We can scarcely dream of a hotel suite more suited to the Pink House’s tastes.
Nestled in the postcard-perfect mountain village of Deià in Mallorca, Belmond La Residencia is a 5-star hotel with individual suites, a permanent art collection that would make most galleries jealous and – naturally – a fleet of onsite donkeys for mountain trailing.
Suite 67 is their new collaboration with Matthew Williamson (can the man do no wrong?). And what a collaboration it is. With its wide terraces, private pool and multiple rooms, the historical building could overshadow the interiors. But ultimately, it’s Matthew Williamson’s designer touches that really grab the attention – pale pink walls, colour clash prints and hand-painted vintage furniture create a space that is pure happiness in a room.
Williamson said of the suite: “I’m fascinated with creating spaces which evoke a sense of joy, optimism and personality; spaces which marry a sort of rustic earthiness with touches of grandeur and decadence. Much like my clothes, I guess.”
The Jacobean Suite at Soho House Kettner’s
Kettner’s in London’s debauched Soho has a long and rather louche record. It was one of the first French restaurants in the capital, opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, Napoleon III’s chef. The downstairs restaurant brought all of London’s elite to Soho and at the end of dinner they stayed in the upstairs rooms (when they weren’t *ahem* occupied by Oscar Wilde and a fleet of rent boys). Edward VII was even rumoured to have built a secret underground tunnel from Kettner’s to a nearby theatre so he could enjoy quickies with actress Lillie Langtry in the interval.
After years of being closed, Soho House has taken on the refurbishment, employing two historians to recreate the spaces with stunning attention to detail. With its apricot bed curtain, freestanding copper bath and exquisite antique furniture, The Jacobean Suite is the prince of all the rooms. It even has its own private entrance just in case, like the Prince, you want to keep your guest for the night to yourself…
We’ll be stealing:
Parquet wooden flooring: have a look at natural wood flooring for a range of woods and stains.
Burnt orange velvet furniture: Made’s Scott sofa in burnt orange is good enough to drink.
A retro radio: Roberts Revivals come with a royalty seal of approval…
Photos from Kettner’s Instagram.
The Lutyens Suite at The Ned
Once a bank in the heart of the City of London, The Ned flaunts rather than conceals its banking heritage with marble floors, high ceilings and a member’s bar made out of a two-metre thick metal vault door.
The Ned is one of those hotels that makes you feel ten times swankier on arrival. 1920s-themed-cool seeps out of every brick, and nowhere more so than the seventh floor, 100 square metre Lutyens suite. Named after the building’s architect, it’s packing two en suite bedrooms, a large lounge with a custom-made eight-seat corner sofa a bar and dining space. Guests can also enjoy private access to the rooftop, with its panoramic views, dome bars, restaurant and pool (natch).
We’ll be stealing:
*That* perfect wall panelling.
Blue botanical wallpaper: Morris and Co.’s Thistle wallpaper is a good historical dupe.
Nothing says glamour like a chaise longue at the foot of the bed, even if it has last night’s laundry on it: try The Brontë chaise longue from Loaf.
Photos from The Ned’s Instagram.
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