Ed. note: This post was written by Laura House, editor of luxury travel and booking service Mr & Mrs Smith.
A collection of mini bottles of bath goodies, an aversion to early checkout, and the ability to distinguish between a Roman & Williams–styled room and Kit Kemp’s handiwork… These are all signs there's a hotel lover in your life. It takes one to know one, so we’ve scoured the rooms, spas, and shops of some of our favorite stays to help you shop for your hotel-obsessed friends. Browse our finds below.
The Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles is infamous for its wild tales of celebs behaving badly (Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham roared through the lobby on a motorcycle, and Jim Morrison is said to have made a flying leap into the pool from atop a cabana). Photographer Jork Weismann’s tastefully shot coffee-table book captures celebrities from Patti Smith to Bret Easton Ellis in more serene moments.
M.Pots’ delicate Little Red Riding Hood series—sake cups, teapots, and dishes—is the clever collaboration from Japanese painter Murakami Miwako and German ceramicist Miriam Likert. The fantasy-inspired collection, found at the Claska Hotel’s gallery and shop, is the ultimate Tokyo token.
Lavender fields forever… That’s how the song goes, right? Well, it does at the dreamy Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, set on 25 acres of lavender fields and cottonwood trees outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The hotel's lavender-themed gift set with bath salts, salves, lotions, and soaps is almost as good as being there—almost.
Echoing the design of the eponymous fishing boats native to Newfoundland’s Fogo Island, the Punt Chair, designed by Élaine Fortin, is locally handmade using local juniper or spruce trees. The chair (along with quilts and other furniture) adorn the rooms at the otherworldly Fogo Island Inn.
New York designer Harry Allen’s work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums—the MoMA in New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Denver Museum of Art. You, too, can nab one of his quirky keepsakes, like this iconic gold piggy bank, from the Drake Hotel’s General Store in Toronto.
San Francisco–based folk artist Clare Rojas created an exclusive collection of tea-light holders for The Standard’s online shop. The hand-glazed porcelain cups are hand-painted with a tear-shaped water symbol and come with 10 forest-inspired scented candles, such as hinoki and cedar.
Kit Kemp distinctly mixes and matches wild patterns and bold prints as the design director and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels in London and New York (her latest canvas: London’s Ham Yard hotel). Snag her signature style for the home with the rugs and upholstered chairs from her Folkthread line at Anthropologie.
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