Rocco Forte Hotels
There is always a lot of chatter about where we are staying when we travel. One year it was all about the boutique hotel and then the next year it was all about something big and grand. This year, I think we landed in the right spot.
In Germany, we are staying at the Rocco Forte hotels. I stayed at one of their hotels when I was in Florence picking up Jessica 2 summers ago. It was really wonderful. What I like about these hotels is that they are a balance between the boutique feel but are bigger. The service is fantastic. Also, who ever designed them did a phenomenal job. The rooms are the right size too.
The Charles Hotel in Munich was beautiful. The details from the pillows to the curtains and how the colors worked was definitely done by a top notch decorator/designer. The details did not come from an architect. I know too much about architects vs designers to know that it is all about the designer not the architect. Designers understand how people live, how lights need to highlight a room, how fabrics works together, how colors that you wouldn't think about putting together completely work. Architects don't get that. They are all about what they want without any thought about spacial relations, timing or cost. Another prediction for the future is that we will return to the day when architects are a dime a dozen and it is all about the designers/decorators as the key to the hotel interiors, home interiors, store interiors, etc.
We are now in Berlin at Hotel de Rome. Different than Charles Hotel in design but same type of feeling. A total high five on the Rocco Forte hotels. Could be the first hotel I look for in a city when traveling.