Four international hotels on both sides of the Atlantic embrace their enchanting environs.
“It’s a seamless blend of traditional building techniques and ancient domesticity.”
Firm: Manca Studio
Project: Ai Maestri
Location: Matera, Italy
Standout: Located in a district of Paleolithic cave dwellings, elements in the four guest rooms and café were either carved directly out of the existing limestone face or constructed in front of it with blocks of the stone that resulted from the excavation.
“Our color choices replicate the surrounding hills and sunsets.”
Firm: Ilaria Miani
Project: Monteverdi Tuscany
Location: Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy
Standout: An entire medieval hilltop village is now a hospitality complex offering a culinary academy in the former schoolhouse, suites outfitted in furniture custom-made on-site, and a jet pool inspired by ancient Roman baths.
“We carefully preserved the romantic and decadent atmosphere.”
Project: Can Bordoy
Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Standout: Combining the original pine floors and limestone main staircase with an era-appropriate materials palette of lime mortar and stucco plaster, a 500-year-old abandoned house is now home to 24 guest rooms and a swimming pool surrounded by primordial jacaranda and citrus trees.
“Rather than conceal or strip away, we dramatized the multiple layers.”
Firm: Deborah Berke Partners
Project: 21c Museum Hotel
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Standout: The latest property in this contemporary art–driven chainlet features Ken and Julia Yonetani’s ultraviolet “chandelier” hanging from the 1888 glass dome in the reception area of the former Savoy Hotel, still replete with its original Victorian and Arts and Crafts details.
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