HOTEL PETER AND PAUL
New Orleans, Louisiana
Some see it as nothing less than a simple miracle. What was once a long-abandoned Catholic church and school in New Orleans’s Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is now filled with life and devotees of good design. Pilgrims to this new boutique hotel are saying their prayers of adoration. It took four years to transform the buildings, originally built in 1861 and designed by the noted Irish-born architect Henry Howard, into a campus that includes the sixty-room boutique property—with its School House Petite to the aptly named Mother Superior suite. Elsewhere, there is the Elysian Bar, a café overseen by Bacchanal, the New Orleans favorite known for its libations, food, and music, as well as event space and a wedding venue situated in the former church.
SANDS HOTEL & SPA
Indian Wells, California
It takes a talent like English designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to transform a run-down ’60s condo building into a sensation. At his dreamy Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells, he’s created a funky, almost otherworldly design that’s part mid-century Modern and part Moroccan exotica.
West Hollywood, CA
“I’m in the hotel business because I love creating experiences, and I love design,” says hotelier Jeff Klein. Known for his glam, landmark Sunset Tower hotel, Klein took a decidedly different approach for his latest project, No. 850, a converted early 1900s West Hollywood bungalow that feels more like a pied-à-terre than a hotel.
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WRITTEN BY ZACHARY WILSON
This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of MILIEU.