Philadelphia is home to many historic hotels with tasteful, traditional decor, but today Curbed honors the most opulent, ridiculous, flamboyant and over-the-top in hotel lobby decor. From jewel toned velvet and mismatched prints to neoclassical opulence, here are the top picks for extravagantly decorated hotel lobbies.
1. The Hotel Monaco: A dizzying array of colors greet guests as they enter the lobby. The decor is inspired by Philadlephia's history, with clever references to specific moments, such as the calligraphy brushes hung behind the front desk (which pay homage to the signing of the Declaration of Indpenedence.) This is no stuffy time capsule, though: historic touches abound, but the decor is eccentric, contemporary, and bright.
2. The Hyatt at the Bellevue: In terms of opulence, it's hard to beat the Bellevue. Marble pillars, ornate crown moldings, and gargantuan crystal chandeliers recall the elegance of Philadelphia's heyday in the early 1900's.
3. The Ritz-Carlton: The neoclassical architecture of the building (which was formerly a bank,) seamlessly blends with the contemporary decor, replete with rich colors, strands of crystal beads, and floor to ceiling velvet curtains. The super high ceiling completes the scene.
4. The Raddison Plaza Warwick: The lobby's sky blue ceiling and gigantic, sparkling chandelier are set against simple white walls and high ceilings. Murals of notable buildings from the Ben Franklin Parkway adorn the walls, but otherwise, the decor is sparse and airy.