properties in 12 countries. Her hotels have included the Lanesborough — Rosewood’s first hotel — in London, the Carlyle in New York City and the Remington in Houston. There also are the Caneel Bay and Little Dix Bay resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as other tropical resorts on Caribbean islands. In Hawaii, Caroline’s Hotel Hana-Maui is a popular place to relax.
Caroline’s style for the design of hotel interiors has always been one of mixing styles. Think Coromandel screens and marble floors in some properties, and in others, French furnishings paired with rich colored silks and brocades. Caroline always selected fabrics for hotel rooms and for lobbies with the same care that she would select fabrics for her own dresses.
On a Caribbean holiday, she’ll wear happy island colors, with cottons, linens and prints that look like they belong in a tropical paradise — and her island hotels take the same approach. For her more stylish city properties, you might find silver and gold in handsome brocades along with richly toned satins and braided trims — a proper way to dress a hotel lobby or yourself for a night out on the town.
Carleton Varney poses with Rosewood Hotel Co. founder Caroline Rose Hunt.