Finder’s Fi Decor in­spo from some of the world’s most unique ho­tels

Take in­spi­ra­tion from the vin­tage vibe of these re­treats and ho­tels, whether it’s for your next va­ca­tion or to re­jig your liv­ing room

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Fiona Ralph. Il­lus­tra­tion by Eve Kennedy. For more images, visit home­­tels


There’s plenty of retro in­spo on Route 66 in the US, but not many mo­tels are as per­fectly pre­served as the Blue Swal­low Mo­tel in Tu­cum­cari, New Mex­ico. From the bright neon lights, to the blue swal­low­clad bed­spreads and pas­tel paint job, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the 1940s. blueswal­low­mo­


The bub­blegum pink decor at the iconic The Royal Hawai­ian Re­sort has been in­spir­ing visi­tors since the estab­lish­ment opened in 1927. Now that mil­len­nial pink is hav­ing an ex­tended mo­ment, it’s worth tak­ing an­other look. Right on Waikiki Beach, the glam­orous ho­tel was de­signed in a Moor­ish style, which was pop­u­lar at the time of open­ing. royal-hawai­


Care to sleep in a for­mer mil­i­tary fortress? Visit Cap Ro­cat on the Span­ish is­land of Mal­lorca. The build­ing, part of the Small Lux­ury Ho­tels sta­ble, has been re­fur­bished by An­to­nio Obrador, who kept the unique 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture in­tact while cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful rooms built into the cliffs over­look­ing the Bay of Palma.­tels/cap-ro­cat-mal­lorca


The own­ers of the Sher­wood have turned a 1980s mock­Tu­dor mo­tel into Queen­stown’s coolest joint. Ev­ery­thing in the stylish, rus­tic re­treat has been de­signed to leave the small­est foot­print pos­si­ble. Vin­tage touches in­clude re­cy­cled French and Ger­man army blan­kets and saris as cur­tains, and you’ll spot a few kitsch fea­tures of the orig­i­nal ho­tel still in place. sher­woodqueen­


Head to Vi­enna in Aus­tria for the ul­ti­mate city camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. At Ho­tel Daniel you can stay in a lux­u­ri­ous car­a­van, with a bath­tub, heat­ing and wifi. The Trailer room, in the ho­tel’s gar­den, is a 1952 Sil­ver Streak Clip­per which has been fit­ted out by a boat de­signer. (There’s also a boat on the roof of the ho­tel – an art­work by Er­win Wurm.) hotel­


Il Mel­o­grano, book­able through Small Lux­ury Ho­tels, is a con­verted 17th-cen­tury masse­ria (a for­ti­fied farm­house) set in an an­cient olive grove in Puglia, south­ern Italy. The ho­tel was the first masse­ria to open its doors to guests. White stone walls lined with bougainvil­lea, stone court­yards and an en­tic­ing pool cre­ate a dreamy out­door aes­thetic. In­side, an­tique fur­ni­ture is off­set by mod­ern art­works.­tels/il-mel­o­grano


The Shack At­tack is a bou­tique Airbnb in Joshua

Tree, Cal­i­for­nia, ren­o­vated by cre­ative duo Kathrin and Brian Smirke. They trans­formed a run­down 1957 cabin into a cool, cosy get­away, com­plete with out­door tub, cu­rated vinyl se­lec­tion and retro

Smeg fridge. Re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als from the orig­i­nal home were used to make the sink, and the feel­ing of the orig­i­nal shack is still very much alive. The cou­ple have also ren­o­vated a num­ber of other homes in the area which are avail­able for rent. weareinourele­

Clock­wise from above: Waikiki’s per­fectly pink The Royal Hawai­ian Re­sort; Cal­i­for­nia’s desert-chic The Shack At­tack; The Trailer room at Ho­tel Daniel in Vi­enna, Aus­tria. Pho­tog­ra­phy by MarkSil­ver­stein (The Royal Hawai­ian).

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