Design showcase: Top five suites in attics

by | 15 Sep 2021 | Design, Design Showcase

For our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we cast our gaze upwards to consider how hotels have cleverly converted their loft spaces into superb suites.

Also known as the chambre de bonne, the attic was historically used and designed as a separate room at bourgeois apartments where domestic employees would sleep and rest. Because of its typical slanted ceiling and reduced space, it was considered to provide minimal comfort.

Reimagining the attic

As time went by, attics were suddenly being rented out as separate apartments at low rates, usually occupied by artists and writers from la bohème, or simply esteemed as the ‘good-for-everything’ room.

From cheap and low comfort to extra cosy and full of character, they are the perfect temporary accommodation for savvy travellers. Mostly part of beautifully aged metropolitan buildings, they also provide a sense of belonging to the city itself.

Transforming a tight space into comfortable and light-filled suites can be a great challenge, but with amazing interior design and clever use of space, a perfect balance is achieved between the old and new. Guests can feel at home and hip at the same time.

Explore our top five selection of suites in attics and get inspired by their unique solutions!

Sir Albert Hotel

Amsterdam
by Baranowitz + Kronenberg

Imagery: © Ewout Huibers

 

Hotel am Konzerthaus Vienna – MGallery

Vienna
by BWM Architekten und Partner

Imagery: © Katharina Gossow

 

The Audo

Copenhagen
by Norm Architects

Imagery: © Kim Petersen

 

Maximilian Hotel Prague

Prague
by Ian Bryan Architects and Conran and Partners

 

Cour des Vosges

Paris
by LeCoadic-Scotto

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