Design Trend: Residential Hotels

May 7, 2012No comments

Want to stay in a hotel that feels like home? We stayed at the Public Hotel last week and here’s how the newly renovated hotel design feels like a residential space:

Rooms with a view
Both Rachel and I looked out onto the cityscape where trees and rooftops filled our windows. The view can enhance any room and we know that window placement is key to successful design. This particular hotel already had big windows to take in the surrounding neighborhood.

A place to rest
Our rooms had a chair at the end of the bed and a full seating area out in the adjacent space. The sofas and chairs had down cushions so that when you came to rest, you didn’t want to get up. We watched the hotel staff fluff the cushions every day.

Comfortable, elegant seating area at Public hotel in Chicago

‘No color’ seating area in a suite at the Chicago Public Hotel

Focal points
Ian Schrager, the master hotelier behind the Public Hotel, designs spaces with a clear purpose and focal point. In the bedroom, the focal point is the bed. In the sitting room, it is the sofa. In the bar area at one end of the Pump Room it is the coved wall. In the lobby, it is the mirrored wall. These larger scale focal points feel weighted and give every space its strength.

Feels like home
The Public Hotel is filled with crisp white cottons, beige linen, and dark woods that you would find in residential design. These subtle color ways remind us of sophisticated coastal hues and help the hotel format feel more like a home than a hotel. The rooms are so neutral that anything the guest brings in becomes part of the décor.

Your own personal chef
The famed restaurant the Pump Room still resides within the attached lobby walls of the ground floor. Celebrated Chef Jean Georges designed the menus and just happened to be visiting for a few days to work with the kitchen staff while we were there. Try the frittata for breakfast — it was outstanding!


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