For some design studios, the key to creating a sui generis lodging experience is all about personality. Drawing on historic details, local culture, and pure imagination, these boutique hotels exude one-of-a-kind characteristics that result in a singular stay. Each was selected from the portfolios of firms on The List, the destination for all things Surface-approved.
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1. Quirk Hotel, Bristow | Proffitt Studio The Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, is a place where Southern gentility and creative energy intersect. Its designers, Robert Bristow and Pilar Proffitt, celebrate the beauty of the historic building—a former department store that was built in 1916—while weaving in artful, offbeat details.
2. Brentwood Hotel, Studio Tack
Brooklyn design agency Studio Tack bought a former motor lodge near a historic horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, to create a new kind of hospitality experience in the area. Classic architecture and equestrian motifs reflect local charm, while gilded antiques and artisan-made furnishings produce a Williamsburg-meets-Paris vibe.
3. Bisha Hotel, Studio Munge
Located in Toronto, the Bisha Hotel is steeped in sensuality. Designed by Canadian firm Studio Munge, it features velvet-draped walls, evocative portraits, and lacquered surfaces that draw guests into the glamour.
4. Troutbeck, Champalimaud Located in Amenia, New York, this 250-year-old homestead—which regularly hosted Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson—was re-envisioned by Manhattan interiors firm Champalimaud last year. Contemporary updates respectfully complement historic details and antique furniture, resulting in a cozy home away from home.