Here at Hero & Leander we think that there is something so enchanting about the art deco era. Starting in the booming roaring twenties all the way through to the early 1930’s, art deco design was the pinnacle of glamour and sophistication. The art deco style could be found in everything from cars and interior decor all the way through to fashion and architecture, characterised by sleek stylised geometric shapes. The era of the flapper may be long gone but the deco design has stood the test of time. Discover your inner F. Scott Fitzgerald or Josephine Baker and explore the best art deco hotels that the world has to offer.

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Claridge’s – London, UK

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Claridge’s – London, UK

Claridge’s – London, UK

Claridge’s is a true London landmark, embodying grand English style, timeless glamour and impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored service. Set in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s is London’s art deco jewel. Designed to perfection in the 1920s, many of its original features remain impeccably in place. Easily one of the most exciting eras of design, the art deco period mixed the natural forms of Art Nouveau with modern influences of Cubism and Futurism. The bold lines and sweeping curves of the style give Claridge’s its unmistakable air of timeless elegance. During the late 1920s, Claridge’s invited art deco pioneer Basil Ionides to re-design the restaurant and several suites. His magnificent engraved glass screens still adorn the restaurant today

For more information about Claridge’s please visit www.claridges.co.uk    

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Hotel Shangri-La - Santa Monica, USA

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Hotel Shangri-La – Santa Monica, USA

Hotel Shangri-La – Santa Monica, USA

The stunning Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica is an art deco gem. It is an excellent example of Streamline Moderne architecture, a late type of Art Deco design that emerged in the 1930s. The boutique hotel was built in 1939 and underwent a huge refurbishment in 2009. Everything is custom made at the hotel and the current owners are in the fashion industry so the design of the hotel is paramount. All 71 rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean and it is the closest hotel in Santa Monica to the beach. The ocean is an obvious attraction for guests staying in the hotel, and so that makes the fact that the hotel is in the shape of an art deco ocean liner even more magical. The rooms follow on with the ocean liner theme with a lavish maritime style and emulate the luxury first-class staterooms.

Top tip: Visit the magnificent rooftop bar (the only one in Santa Monica) for spectacular views across both the city and the Pacific.

Book a stay at Hotel Shangri-La with Small Luxury Hotels of the World from USD 310 per night in a Shangri-la room (two sharing) on a room only basis. For more information please visit www.slh.com/shangrila or call 0800 0482 314

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Chatwal Hotel - New York, USA

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Chatwal Hotel – New York, USA

The Chatwal Hotel –  New York, USA

The Chatwal Hotel, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resort Group was designed by the architect Stanford White and opened its doors in 1905. To begin with the building was home to the Lamb’s Club. There have been some very famous names indeed grace their presence in the building as members of the club. People such as John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks and Fred Astaire. Fast forward to today, the hotel has a stunning Empire Art Deco interior design that perfectly suits not only the hotel but the city too. A complete interior refurbishment was carried out and overseen by architect Thierry Despont in 2010 and the new scheme is stunning. New York is a city that evokes the art deco era of glamour; the great jet age. Throughout the hotel are rich hues of ruby, saffron and sepia to enhance the chrome features through the public areas. The lobby almost looks like a picture, with a stunning oversized timepiece behind the desk. It evokes that lost sense of glamorous luxury travel.

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For more information please visit www.thechatwalny.com/

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – Hue, Vietnam

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – Hue, Vietnam

La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – Hue, Vietnam

Built in 1930 as the French Governor’s official residence, this 5-star hotel is certainly the finest accommodation option in Hue with 122 guest rooms and suites with tasteful Art Deco furnishing ranging from claw-foot tubs in the suites to a wraparound mural in the Agatha Christier-style lobby bar. The outdoor pool and spa provide the perfect retreat after a day exploring the Citadel and Forbidden City and the hotel restaurant Le Parfum is the best dining venue in the city.

Rooms from £44pp based on two people sharing on an accommodation only basis.

For more information or to book please visit www.i-escape.com/la-residence-hue-hotel-spa

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Kimpton Cardinal - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Kimpton Cardinal – Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

The Kimpton Cardinal – Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in the majestic R.J. Reynolds building, a beloved Winston-Salem landmark and famed Art Deco prototype of the Empire State building, is Winston-Salem’s first upscale boutique hotel, welcoming guests to revel in Kimpton’s version of warm and wily, sophisticated Southern charms. Restored beyond its original splendour, the hotel is an architectural showcase of gold leaf, rich marble and burnished brass, its delightfully outlandish interior creating a magical contrast of the classic and the wild, in a whimsical and imaginative interpretation of the building’s decadent legacy and storied past.

For more information about The Kimpton Cardinal please visit www.thecardinalhotel.com

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Art Deco Imperial Hotel – Prague

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Art Deco Imperial Hotel – Prague

Art Deco Imperial Hotel – Prague

Renowned for its magnificent architecture, Prague has the façade of a city frozen in time. Here at H&L we adore this timeless elegance and understand why it is an architect’s city of dreams. Within all good cities you need a fabulous hotel and Prague is home to the Art Deco Imperial hotel; steeped in rich history and design. The plot of land in which the hotel stands has records of a building being there dating back to the 14th century. Subsequent fires and many renovation projects later, the hotel underwent extensive reconstruction work in 2005 to restore the building to its former glory. Having survived (in part) through many centuries, the designers opted to go for a glamorous art deco theme throughout this spectacular hotel.

For more information about the Art Deco Imperial Hotel please visit www.hotel-imperial.cz/en/

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Raleigh – Miami, USA

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Raleigh – Miami, USA

The Raleigh – Miami, USA

Hailed as a “grand dame” of South Beach Art Deco, The Raleigh Miami Beach is a perfect blend of style and comfort. It’s chic yet unpretentious, and historic while tastefully modern. The Raleigh offers guests world-class luxury hotel service at a prime oceanfront location on Collins Avenue with exclusive access to the award-winning sbe Miami Collection. A streamlined art deco landmark built in 1941, there’s private beach access and a palm-lined pool made famous by Esther Williams. The pool is the pièce de résistance at The Raleigh and very often wins awards for being the best pool in the USA. The hotel is currently being renovated, transforming the rooms with up to date décor and all the mod cons, but do not fear, the art deco style is the heart and soul of the communal spaces in The Raleigh. The hotel is art deco through and through.

To create a unique experience centred around this hotel, please contact Brown + Hudson at www.brownandhudson.com/

For more information about The Raleigh please visit raleighhotel.com/

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Arizona Biltmore – Arizona, USA

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Arizona Biltmore – Arizona, USA

Arizona Biltmore – Arizona, USA

Selfishly we were in two minds about whether to share the Arizona Biltmore on H&L as it is our very favourite hotel. However, selfishness aside, it is impossible to create a list of the best art deco hotels in the world without including what we think is the best of them all. Situated in the foothills of what is now known as Piestewa Peak, the grand opening of the Arizona Biltmore took place on Saturday, February 23, 1929 and lasted for 3 days. And grand it was. Billed as ‘The Jewel of the Desert’, the Arizona Biltmore oozes art deco glamour from every crevice. The Hotel was the brainchild of two Phoenix residents, brothers Charles and Warren McArthur, who were the owners of a large Dodge automobile dealership as well as the first radio station in town, KFAD, which went on the air in 1922. Although Albert Chase McArthur was the architect on record for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, his mentor, the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, has always been associated with the construction, and it is clear to see why. His signature style was an obvious influence throughout the hotel. Today, the almost identical similarities in the 1929 Arizona Biltmore in comparison to the present say hotel are uncanny. The Waldorf Astoria Resort now of course has all the luxury mod cons that you would expect from such a glamorous establishment but the art deco influence can be seen absolutely everywhere, from the angular interior décor and architecture to the sleek garden design and sculptures. A perfect hotel.

For more information about the Arizona Biltmore please visit www.arizonabiltmore.com/

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Wellesley – London, UK

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | The Wellesley – London, UK

The Wellesley – London, UK

Although not an original art deco hotel, The Wellesley exudes the charm and glamour of the prohibition era. Overlooking Royal Hyde Park The Wellesley is a premier-grand boutique hotel made up of 36 lavishly adorned bedrooms and suites. Our favourite art deco elements however can be found in the exquisite and intimate bars and restaurants within the hotel, including Crystal Bar and Oval Restaurant. The art-deco styled hotel boasts fine Italian cuisines, outstanding service and a distinguished collection of the world’s finest spirits and cigars. The Jazz Lounge has a performance space dedicated for both up-and-coming and high-profile artists. Musicians will share the space with the room’s centre piece, a jazz age-appropriate grand piano, with glamorous backdrop of a beaded crystal screen and opulent dusty pink curtains. The screen itself inspired by the delicate beading details of a 1920s Chanel flapper style gown. Every Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy an evening of live music and fine dining at Live at The Wellesley.

For more information please visit www.thewellesley.co.uk/

 

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Burgh Island – Devon, UK

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Burgh Island – Devon, UK

Burgh Island – Devon, UK

Burgh Island Hotel is an iconic Devonshire landmark, a shining white ocean liner, moored on its own tidal island, surrounded by golden beaches and silver seas. Built in 1929, extended in 1932 and now restored to its 30s glamour, the Burgh Island Hotel is a retreat out of time like none other. The beauty and intrigue of an island visit has always drawn guests who are looking for a unique hotel experience. It is no surprise that Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and other pre-war luminaries made Burgh Island Hotel their second home. Art Deco Inspiration…Burgh Island is widely regarded as one of the foremost places to see and experience Art Deco in Europe. Everywhere you look during your stay with us you will see the influence of Art Deco styling.

To create a unique experience centred around this hotel, please contact Brown + Hudson at www.brownandhudson.com/

For more information about Burgh Island please visit www.burghisland.com/about-us/

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Fairmont Peace Hotel – Shanghai

The Best Art Deco Hotels The World Has To Offer | Fairmont Peace Hotel – Shanghai

Fairmont Peace Hotel – Shanghai

This ‘luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece’ is located on the north end of the famous Bund river side by the rich shopping area of Nanjing Road. The property has been a landmark in the city since it opened in 1929 as a glamorous playground for the elite, who every night enjoyed extravagant Parisian style events and shows. Today, the famed Peace Hall has been restored and the property design evoke to old-fashioned glamour with modern touches. However, it still preserves its Art Deco style in its gilded geometric shapes, the yellow glass rotunda where sunlight casts a golden hue and ceiling trimmings and finery. It continues to bring its guests back to a past époque with its traditional signature Chinese restaurant Dragon Phoenix and its city legend Jazz Bar.

To create a unique experience centred around this hotel, please contact Brown + Hudson at www.brownandhudson.com/

For more information about Fairmont Peace Hotel please visit www.fairmont.com/peace-hotel-shanghai/