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It's classic, kitsch and Zen rolled into one boutique package. Similarly, Lacroix's Hotel Bellechasse, also in Paris, features different monochromatic color schemes on each floor, with walls adorned in layered images of insects, astrological symbols and Jules Verne scenes. Located steps from the Musee d'Orsay, the design of the hotel's 34 soundproofed rooms mingles the old and the new with allusions to the future.
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The Ferragamo family's hotels derive their inspiration from shoe designer Salvatore's muse, the city of Florence. The Hotel Lungarno exemplifies the subdued palette of its creator, with subtle cream hues offsetting rich tanned leather embellishments. Positioned by the Ferragamos as a "world made of light and art," the hotel boasts 450 original works by 20th-century painters, complemented by the radiant reflection of the River Arno. Experience the Suite Cocteau, with its full-length view of the Ponte Vecchio, or the Suite Torre, evoking the ambiance of a 13th-century medieval tower.
Contrary to its environs (Dublin's bustling city center) and its celebrity clientele (Beyonce and Kate Moss to name two), the Morrison Hotel's interior is calming.