Some hotels are basic, where you receive basic amenities, and they all seem to have the same, basic look. Then there are hotels that are works of architectural beauty, design, and style which incorporate the use of natural stones and other materials. Although there are too many to list, here are five hotel architectural designs that stand out for one reason or another. If you ever need to stay the night in one of these areas, treat yourself to a night’s stay in one of these beauties.
The Hotel de Païva in Paris
The Hotel de la Paiva in Paris was built between 1856 and 1866 by a courtesan, Esther Cachmann, who was better known as La Paiva. She was born of modest beginnings, but due to a succession of rather successful marriages, she not only gained titles, but money as well. The last of which provided her with the funds for building such an extravagant hotel where she served fabulous feasts.
La Paiva, wanting the hotel to be built in Italian Renaissance style, commissioned Pierre Manguin as architect. He, in turn, worked with many sculptors, which work remains to be admired even today. The hotel is famous for its ornate and beautifully carved yellow onyx staircase, probably the only one of its kind. In addition, a Napoleon III style bathtub was also sculpted out of a block of yellow onyx.
Pedras do Mar Resort & SPA in Portugal
Recently opened in 2016, this brand new hotel stands on the north shore of S. Miguel Islandin the Azores Islands, Portugal. Not only does this hotel boast breathtaking views of both the ocean and volcanic landscape, but it also establishes the value of its relationship with this environment by implementing local materials into its design. Vulcanic basalt stone and cryptomeria wood both greatly respond to the climatic nature of the area, not only making it functional for construction, but also to bring an aesthetic nature to the hotel as well.
The architectural design of Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa allows the integration, as well as the appropriation, of the stunning landscape by giving all room and public spaces a visual connection as well.
Dali Munwood Lakeside Resort Hotel in China
The Dali Munwood Lakeside Resort Hotel in China, located beside Erhai Lake inJiapeng Village, was originally reconstructed on a farm house. It is surrounded by the unique natural landscape of wedlands with a boundary of stone walls. The hotel design is a contemporary expression with traditional materials, focusing on forming a solid relationship between modern and traditional architecture.
The resort atmosphere is expanded upon simply with plain materials and stone walls. The designer conveys a simple life concept that translates into simple beauty both inside and outside the hotel. Both internal rooms and outer lake view provide ample space for spiritual renewal and rejuvenation.
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa in Greece
The Kinsterna Hotel & Spa in Greece is a restored mansion which is built around a cistern (an underground reservoir of water,) providing a lush environment of olive and citrus groves. This hotel was originally built during the eighteenth century, but parts of it actually date back to the thirteenth century. The spa weaves the past, nature, and building materials into a voyage through time.
The original atmosphere of the one-time mansion has been laboriously recreated. By using traditional construction methods and authentic local materials, various building phases are accomplished with both stonework and thick plaster facing. An extension is planned for broadening the elaborate abstract patterns found on many of the older buildings, creating expressive effects.
Casa del Horno in Panama
Casa del Horno in Panama is an eight unit boutique hotel which was built upon the remains of a pre-existing house from 1850. Located in the old core of Panama City, the building was once the town’s bakery. Hence, the name ”Casa del Horno”, which actually means ”oven house”. The design process was driven by what could be used and what would have to be replaced, resulting in a mixture of metal structures and old stone walls.
In addition to the stone walls, there is one other remaining original element, the base of the main staircase where the double-arch stone has been left intact. Lots of traditional tropical architectural designs have been integrated with contemporary style, giving the old stone building some modern, new vibes.