- 1 The Savoy, London
- 2 Raleigh Hotel, Miami
- 3 The Chatwal, New York
- 4 Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
- 5 Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica, California
- 6 Art Deco Imperial Hotel, Prague
- 7 Art Deco Hotel Montana, Switzerland
- 8 Umaid Bhawan Palace, India
- 9 Hotel Belles Rives, Antibes, France
- 10 The Peninsula Shanghai, China
- 11 Waldorf Astoria, New York
- 12 Claridge’s, London
12 Coolest Art Deco Hotels
If we could travel back to the glam Jazz Age, we would...in a heartbeat. But until time machines are invented (any day now!), we'll happily settle for a stay at one of these 12 Art Deco dames.
The Savoy, London
The Savoy’s vibrant Jazz Age life may be over, but its swinging spirit still lives on. The interiors evoke the era through its Murano glass chandeliers, walnut-paneled walls and curvaceous furniture. You can toast the famed few (ahem, Chaplin, Astaire and Sinatra) who once graced the hotel’s halls at the 1920s-inspired Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill or with a dirty martini at the legendary American Bar (which later on, hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland).
Raleigh Hotel, Miami
South Beach is the beating heart of Art Deco architecture, and the Raleigh Hotel is the standout. This beachfront beauty has been turning heads since the 1940s thanks to its keyhole-shaped pool, which served as the backdrop for many 50s Hollywood flicks. Other Art Deco details include the flashy neon hotel sign, porthole windows, pink-striped beach chairs, and vintage bikes for rent.
The Chatwal, New York
The second you step into this Stanford White-designed stunner, you’ll feel transported back to the 1930s. As the former home of the Lambs Club, America’s first professional theater club, the hotel welcomed legends like Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire. And though it got a top-to-bottom revamp in 2010, the jazzy vibe can still be seen in the lipstick-red chairs, dramatic lighting, and shiny chrome check-in desk. Don't miss the vintage posters, station-style clock in the lobby, and closets that look like travel trunks, all a nod to the golden age of train travel.
Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
Built in 1929 by banking magnate Victor Sassoon, the Fairmont Peace Hotel is one of Shanghai’s most striking landmarks. It scores major style points for the lobby’s octagonal glass rotunda and the sultry Jazz Bar, where guests sip Old Fashioneds and tap along to live bands. Guestrooms continue the Deco theme with damask carpets, velvet sofas, Lalique lamps, and marble bathrooms.
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica, California
Check into this 1939 Art Deco hotel by Santa Monica’s seaside, and you'll find stylish guestrooms with chrome lamps, vintage-style clawfoot tubs and marble bathrooms. Our favorite Deco touch? The retro-striped loungers by the pool, where California’s chic set sunbathe.
Art Deco Imperial Hotel, Prague
It’s not hard to see why the Art Deco Imperial Hotel is one of Prague’s most prestigious addresses. From its geometric Art Deco-meets-Cubism exterior to its Art Nouveau interior, the 1914 sleep knows how to make an entrance. Just look to the lobby’s grand marble staircase, the mosaic ceilings, hand-painted ceramic tile walls and decorative pillars.
Art Deco Hotel Montana, Switzerland
On a hill overlooking Lake Lucerne’s placid waters, this Swiss stay offers a contemporary take on traditional Art Deco design. Notes of the 1920s can be seen throughout the hotel, from the geometric patterns and contrasting colors to the use of velvet, wood, steel and glass materials. We especially love the bathrooms, which have fun salmon-and-black tiled accents, chrome fixtures and deep soaking tubs.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, India
This 347-room sandstone palace (which sits on 26 acres of land) is fit for a king. Indeed, it’s one of the world’s largest private residences and was built between 1928 and 1943 for Jodhpur’s royal family, who still live in one of the wings. The gilded furniture, elegant murals, and geometric-patterned flooring add to the retreat’s regal feel.
Hotel Belles Rives, Antibes, France
In the heart of the French Riviera, this shorefront jewel has a glamorous past. Former resident F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his novel Tender is the Night while living in the villa-turned-hotel during the Roaring Twenties. Today, the hotel pays tribute to its prestigious patron with the Bar Fitzgerald’s signature Fitzgerald85 cocktail and with 1920s-inspired design features like Venetian terrazzo mosaics, animal-print armchairs and pastel frescoes.
The Peninsula Shanghai, China
Shanghai’s riverfront Bund district is the premier spot for eye-catching Art-Deco architecture and design. The Peninsula is one such example, incorporating a granite façade and interiors decked in exotic woods, black marble, carved glass and polished chrome. At night, head to the clubby bar and get cozy with a cocktail in one of the red-leather booths.
Waldorf Astoria, New York
There’s no doubt about it — the Waldorf Astoria is the most iconic hotel in New York City. Besides being the world’s biggest Art Deco building (it takes up an entire city block in Manhattan), it’s also served as the preferred crashpad for stars like Marilyn Monroe. Among its notable Art Deco features are Nina Saemundsson’s Spirit of Achievement statue above the Park Avenue entrance and The Wheel of Life mosaic by French artist Louis Rigal in the foyer.
Claridge’s became a hotspot for pretty young things in the 20s and 30s, and continues to attract celebs like Kate Moss and Jade Jagger (Mick’s daughter). Catch a glimpse of its dazzling past in the restaurant designed by Art Deco pioneer Basil Ionides and the jazz moderne mirrored foyer, where a striking Dale Chihuly chandelier now hangs.
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