Whether it’s a funky roadside motel or a clifftop former castle, there’s nothing like a hotel with a little style. A property planted firmly at that sweet-spot intersection of considered decor, welcoming ambiance, and thoughtful service. And someone with an uncanny ability to ferret out such stays is Dulci Edge, a former J.Crew art director and graphic designer, who recently relocated from New York to San Francisco and launched travel site The Far and Near
. “I’m a sucker for good design and guilty of picking hotels, restaurants, and shops based purely on branding,” she says. “My suitcase is always full of matchbooks, business cards, coasters, and stolen menus. If it were possible, I’d check into the Grand Budapest Hotel for life.”
“If it were possible, I’d check into the Grand Budapest Hotel for life.”
Edge has been on the go like mad recently, kicking off the new year off in Patagonia, completing a cross-country road trip, and hitting Hawaii, Morocco, and Japan (twice). “Some travel was planned, and then several work opportunities and weddings fell into our laps,” she says. “I’m a big believer in the motto “Always Go,’ so it’s resulted in a pretty wild few months.” Since there’s nothing better than an on-the-ground endorsement, we asked her to share her favorite design-minded hotels.
Below are the six properties that made her list, which touches on everything from a kasbah in Morocco to a farm in Tennessee.From the team at Spot.com.