Parco dei Principi Hotel by Gio Ponti
Like Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti designed every detail of the Parco dei Principi Hotel, which opened in 1962 in Sorrento, the gateway to Italy’s glamorous Amalfi Coast. Inspired by the endless blue of the Mediterranean, Ponti adhered to a strictly blue-and-white color scheme, designing geometric tiles, fittings, and furnishings, and the pool’s linear diving platform. His drawings and explanations can be seen in a permanent display in the lobby along with key design pieces he created for the hotel.
Morgans Hotel by Andrée Putman
Boutique hotels are ubiquitous now, but Morgans Hotel in New York City ushered in the craze for small, design-forward hotels in trendy urban neighborhoods when it opened in 1984. Dreamed up by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who tapped French designer Andrée Putman for the interiors, Morgans epitomized pared-down elegance with a touch of the unconventional (consider the black-and-white checkerboard bathrooms). The hotel closed in 2017 and was converted into micro-apartments.
Delano South Beach by Philippe Starck
Also conceived by Ian Schrager, the Delano in South Beach opened in 1995 with an *Alice in Wonderland–*inspired design by Philippe Starck. In contrast to the rather sober Morgans, the Delano’s design is all about playful style that borders on the surreal. Take the oversized Starck couch and crystal piano in the lobby, the gold Leda chair sculpted with high-heeled feet by Salvador Dalí, and the wooden Calvet armchair by Antoni Gaudí as proof. In contrast, the rooms bear a monochromatic white-on-white scheme.