We believe that beauty without heart is meaningless. This is why our hotels bring a thoughtfulness and purpose to their design. In each of our chosen boutiques, these elements come together to tell the story of the hotel. The end result is design that not only looks good – but has a tactile and emotional satisfaction about it too. The series of articles below allow you to step inside our properties and explore their take on design.

HARMONIZING ARCHITECTURE

A history of classic design in Kansas City.

The Raphael Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri — Hotel No. 14 By 1927, the McCanles Building Company purchased three lots on the south side of the creek and commissioned local noted architect Alonzo Gentry to design luxury apartments to harmonize with the Spanish and Mediterranean motifs employed for the nascent Country Club Plaza. Perhaps others would …

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The House A Duke Built

In a stroke of genius (and a little bit of nostalgia), the hotel chose to leave much of the old palace’s social spaces intact.

AC Santo Mauro – Hotel No. 15 One hundred years ago, it was a folly: a residence for entertaining titled relatives and visiting heads of state. The palace of the Duke of Santo Mauro and the Marques of Santa Cruz occupied a prominent spot in Chamberí, the cosmopolitan heart of Madrid. Built in 1894 by …

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Material Gain

The designer of the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona on creating a home-from-home in the heart of Spain’s most sophisticated city

Cotton House, Barcelona – Hotel No. 78 Acclaimed Catalan artist and designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has worked on many projects, but his refurbishment of the Cotton House Hotel has a more personal significance: “Our studio is here, my house is here, I walk my dogs around here.” His local eye for detail has given the Cotton House a …

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Harbor Master

Pier One Sydney Harbour knows how to make a splash

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Australia – Hotel No 50 Nestled almost directly under the southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge, Pier One offers arguably the best views in all directions, with Sydney Harbour on one side and Walsh Bay on the other. On dry land, many of Australia’s most popular cultural landmarks – like the …

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