The Big Six: Art deco hotels
From a 1930s jewel in New York to a vintage seaside resort in Morecambe...
Saturday 29 January 2011
The Chatwal, New York
Recently restored and opened as The Chatwal hotel, this art deco jewel recreates a 1930s ambience with wood-panelled walls, chrome features and period lighting in the lobby. The atmosphere continues in the bedrooms, with vintage prints and a minibar featuring a bespoke cocktail set, custom playing cards and a backgammon set. The Lambs Club Bar pays homage to the hotel's original incarnation as The Lambs social club for theatrical workers.
The Chatwal Hotel, 130 West 44th Street, New York, US (001 212 764 6200; thechatwalny.com). Doubles start at $588 (£372), room only.
The Savoy, London
This recently restored icon maintains its elegant fusion of classic Edwardian and art deco interior design, teaming polished marble floors with silk wallpaper in the Thames Foyer. Murano glass chandeliers and views over the Thames are discreetly accompanied by iPod docks and rain-head showers in the rooms. The quintessentially English Savoy Grill no longer plays host to Winston Churchill, but now has Gordon Ramsay overseeing its kitchen, and the brand new Beaufort Bar – in opulent gold leaf and black – is built upon the original cabaret stage.
The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU (020-7836 4343; fairmont.com/savoy). Doubles start at £414, room only.
Peace Hotel, Shanghai
The green copper pyramid that crowns the Peace Hotel is as symbolic now as it was when the hotel opened on The Bund, Shanghai's imposing line of riverfront buildings, in 1929. Revived last year after a three-year overhaul, the hotel retains its glamorous deco style but has added modern extravagances such as a sky-lit pool. The Jazz Bar harks back to the musical and sartorial preferences of the Twenties and Thirties, but the menu is resolutely modern: it even caters for macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets.
Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China (00 86 216 321 6888; fairmont.com/peacehotel). Doubles start at Y2,415 (£235), room only.
The Raleigh, Miami
The Raleigh is a leading example South Beach's art deco verve. The keyhole-shaped turquoise-tiled pool is often called the most beautiful in America, and the Martini Bar offers cocktails as colourful as the décor. Even the beach has a retro edge with coral pink-striped sun loungers.
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida (00 1800 848 1775; raleighhotel.com). Doubles start at $322 (£208), room only.
Art Deco Imperial, Prague
With its cubist front, stained glass and mosaics, the Imperial goes out to dazzle. Built in 1914 and restored in 2007, it revels in art deco. In the rooms, touches such as decorative headboards keep it rooted in history.
Art Deco Imperial Hotel, Na Porici 15, Prague, Czech Republic (00 420 246 011 600; hotel-imperial.cz). Double rooms start at €112,including breakfast.
The Midland, Morecambe
Designed by Oliver Hill in 1933, the Midland adds vintage style to this seaside resort. An £11m restoration transformed the derelict site into a shining white example of deco architecture, with 44 bedrooms and views of the coast.
The Midland, Marine Road West, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4BU (08458 501 240; midlandmorecambe.co.uk). Doubles start at £94, including breakfast.
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