In the past, grand hotels, with their swagged and fringed draperies and brocade and bergere furnishings, were often the inspiration for home design.
The rise of chains after World War II led to a more neutral, homogenous look. Now a few great hotels are seizing the design initiative again.
Case in point: The Willard Inter-Continental in Washington, known for its mint juleps and buzzing lobby, has just renovated its Jenny Lind honeymoon suite, an intimate space tucked under the hotel's steep mansard roof. The suite features a foyer with American Empire furnishings and antiques, a raised sitting room with a porthole view of the U.S. Capitol. Next to the sitting area is the oval bedroom, with louvered round skylight windows and a wrought-iron canopy bed, diaphanously draped. The bath includes a sunken marble tub with a dramatic view of the Washington Monument through a circular casement window. The color scheme throughout is soothing cream, beige and other neutrals.
The suite costs $1,400 per night. The Willard, which recently completed a $14 million hotel-wide renovation, is at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. For more information, visit www.interconti.com or call 202-628-9100.
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