The Art Of Hotel Living

I remember the first time I stayed in a hotel. My family and I were driving cross country on a summer holiday. My brother, sister, and I were given the task to pick where we were going to sleep that night. And at eight years old, I was intrigued to call a new place home. A home where we threw towels on the floor, never made our own beds, and had access to an unlimited supply of ice. I’ve loved hotels ever since. And that experience begged me to explore the idea of home and what that meant.

I’ve made a career (and slight obsession) with hotels. Which is why, The Art of Hotel Living, was created. My personal list of recommendations I felt carried that magic of wonder and home. And I don’t mean home specifically resembling the one you grew up in or living in now. But that spark that makes us feel illuminated and curious, tapping into when we were children and life was unexplored. This curation has a criteria: mainly small properties with charm, personality, and storytelling. I tried to stay away from the big or “cool” hotel groups, even though I love them too. It’s more a list of the unexpected, one that culminates an overall feeling of discovery. I included my playlists that I usually make for the trip. From one hotel obsessed junkie to another. Happy hunting.

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

A gem among Kardashians. 

Petite Ermitage, Los Angeles

I don’t want to play favorites, but this is in my top 3 favorite hotels. It’s hidden in the middle of West Hollywood. And isn’t what you expect from an LA hotel. Plus, there are Dali paintings in the hallway that you can admire while waiting for the elevator. (Right up my alley!) I especially like that the decor feels like a single person’s point of view, not a design team with some Tracy Ullman neon light affirmation. All this and a rooftop pool with a crowd of interesting people. Everything about this place feels organic in its vibe, curated taste, and energy.

www.petitermitage.com/home

Living my best

(modernist) life 

Hotel Lautner, Palm Springs

When in Palm Springs, once must stay in a mid century modern home and pretend to be Michelle Pfiffer from Scarface. Or at least that’s what I like to do. Lautner House, originally a home by American architect, John Lautner, is a tasteful time warp to a time of the Hollywood Rat Pack era.

www.thelautner.com

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

As Unique As their guests. 

La Valise Hotel, Mexico City

As soon as I was shown to my room in this lovely home-converted-to-hotel property I knew it was going to be hard to leave. Was it the ridiculously comfy king size bed that could be also slid outside for nighttime stargazing slash sleeping? Or the huge clawfoot tub with bath salts? Or the locally design textures that hung on the walls. Maybe all of the above. I lived here like it was my own place, I meditated and did yoga on the terrace. Had coffee and reading in the living room. A bath in the evening. The cherry on top though was delish coffee brought up from the place downstairs along with a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, finished with this incredible lavender cookie. Way to win over my heart.

https://www.lavalise.com/cdmx/

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