From its first Russian property to two new Swiss Alps escapes, Design Hotels just unwrapped its six newest members.
As the first Design Hotels member in the country, StandArt Hotel Moscow is set for a soft opening in June. Stanislav Tratsevskiy is an artist by craft and a designer by trade, so unsurprisingly design was high on his priority list. With the help of interior designer Piotr Bragovskiy and the architectural brains behind the Bolshoi Theatre revamp in 2011, Pavel Andreev, the art nouveau façade now houses a hotel peppered with Tratsevskiy’s own artworks, among others. As well as a Michelin-starred chef, the property has 105 suites and a spa with a traditional Russian steam room. Good to now: the hotel is right on Pushkin Square.
Christine and Alexander Perper dreamed up this property in hospitality school as a "castle in the clouds" one kilometer above sea level in the Pays d’Enhaut region. The series of interconnected chalets plays host to 19 rooms and 14 suites, and is surrounded by pine trees, snow-dusted Alps, and views of the Gstaad Dolomites. Oxidized steel artworks from Paolo Albertelli echo the surrounding landscape and reflect the region’s craft tradition of paper cutting.
The Ludlow on the Lower East Side was opened by Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born after the trio stumbled upon an empty building in the neighborhood. The lounge is dominated by a distressed limestone fireplace flanked by oversized leather sofas, and the 184 rooms include classic industrial loft suites complete with big casement windows, gleaming white tile and copper-fitted bathrooms, as well as Manhattan skyline views.
Opening in May 2015 and set in a 17th-century palais in the center of the town, Hôtel d’Almeran and its seven suites has mixed the building's original features with furniture by ClassiCon designers Eileen Gray and Konstantin Grcic. Helmed by architect and designer Margot Stängle and communications and marketing expert Ralph Hüsgen, the property is also home to a nouveau Mediterranean restaurant and private dining space, led by Benoit Fauci. Separated from the restaurant by a floor-to-ceiling wine rack, the hotel’s wine boutique and bar specializes in rare and vintage European varietals.
After returning from a long stint in Miami, Alessandro Sironi created this new escape in his home, Lake Como. Opened April 2015, Filario Hotel & Residences was born on the site of an old wire factory after a five-year struggle with building restrictions. Set on the private beach shores of the relatively undiscovered town of Lezzeno, all 21 rooms and apartments have private balconies which afford views of the glimmering blue waters below. As well as massages in the privacy of a guest's own suite, the hotel also offers regional produce with fresh dishes and Italian wines on the bistro menu. Italian heritage and artisanship are also a focal point at the hotel, with furniture created by local craftsmen in the neighboring town of Cantù.
At 2,112 meters above sea level in Crans Montana and only accessible by foot, ski, or the hotel’s own snowcat, Chetzeron is the brainchild of Swiss-Lebanese Sami Lamaa, a self-confessed claustrophobe who wanted to turn the once-abandoned gondola station into a spacious and calming place. This ski-in \ ski-out resort has 16 rooms and suites which have panoramic views of the Rhone Valley and the majestic Alpine peaks, from The Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.