Category Archives: Hotels



Necessity is the mother of invention – illustrated through the fact that Francesca Bonato and her business partner Jacopo Janniello Ravagnan‘s accessories line: ”Hacienda Montaecristo” was born of necessity when Francesca and her husband, Nicolas Malleville, a contemporary landscape architect and perfumer, opened their first Coqui Coqui boutique hotel on the Yucatán Peninsula in Southeastern Mexico.


”We all needed to supply our homes, the hotels, the boutiques, so we started working with local artisans and weavers to create these pieces. I started collecting the traditional Mexican shawl called rebozo.” Francesca Bonato



It was back in 2003 when the couple opened their first bohemian chic boutique hotel in TULUM near a former hippie outpost which has today become one of the most stylish and high-end beach destinations in Mexico. With the never ending coconut trees and white sandy beaches, nothing else but nature’s pure resources, are the inspiration behind the Coqui Coqui experience.



The jungle, the Caribbean Sea, the ruins, and the local architecture are the backdrop and magnificent canvas to this bohemian chic contemporary designed hotel – where pure, elegant, stylish, and rustic are just a few of the feelings which the hotel exudes.


Unified in a tranquil beachfront environment, they provide guests with a truly majestic and extraordinary hospitality.



Today, a decade later, this peaceful and relaxing sanctuary has definitely become an integrated part of the Yucatán Peninsula, both in charm and in culture.


In addition to the two smaller properties that followed in VALLADOLID and COBA, in September 2011, the couple turned a turn-of-the-century building in MÉRIDA’s historical center into another Coqui Coqui guest house which stands next door to the second Perfumeria after its flagship sibling in Valladolid.


The youngest residence next to the Perfumeria in Mérida is the latest addition to the Coqui Coqui Empire, complete with its Venetian plaster walls, marble baths, red velvet settees and original ornate tile work. Its design reflects the metropolis’ vibrant life whilst keeping its elegant and sophisticated époque design intact.



Inspired by the synchronicity of local and colonial traditions, the romanticism of the past and Mexican culture, the Coqui Coqui Empire embodies the owners’ passion and love for culture and tradition. And that is what makes it so unique, something definitely worth seeing, staying in, smelling and ultimately, wearing.







Above: Bentwood stools arrayed in front of the bar.

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron recently finished work restoring a classic 1925 building in the heart of the city. Volkshaus Basel, a onetime concert hall now bar, brasserie, and concert space, with a hotel coming soon. The world-renowned architects went to great lengths to restore the former grandeur of the space, which had been aesthetically compromised during a 1970s renovation. The architect’s stripped the building back to its original frame (the ceilings had been lowered during the renovation), and restored the original height of the rooms while preserving as much of the original detailing as possible. Using a black and white palette, the decidedly modern decor successfully restores an air of Swiss Old World glamor.


Above: Thick hand blown LED pendants are a modern take on chandeliers.


Above: Metal-topped dining tables. The architects chose materials such as metal, leather, and wood, which will gain a weathered patina over time.


Above: A table setting with embossed leather cover.


Above: The design of the chairs are based on the original Volkshaus chair model.


Above: Wallpaper with seventeenth-century etchings are used in the antechambers of the restrooms and hark back to the early days of Basel, when this area was once a medieval manor.


Above: On the wall, a mural provides a guide to all the Volkshaus ventures.





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Ett Hem was a private residence built in 1910 for an official and his wife. This structure has a great history, surrounded by beautiful things. They left their mark on this townhouse, located on Sköldungagatan, in Stockholm’s upmarket Lärkstan district. The original lady of the house had a love for the aesthetics of Karin Larsson – the wife of the famous Swedish water-colour painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) – who collected objects, textiles and furniture from all over Sweden. The Arts were a great part of the couple’s lives and the residence incorporates this through truly unique ‘objèts’ and artwork. Yes this house had the privilege to be brought up amongst true eclecticism. The designers behind it, British interior designer Ilse Crawford of Studioilse and Swedish owner Jeanette Mix, have renovated the 1910 Swedish building originally designed by architect Fredrik Dahlberg, converting it into a hotel where luxury resides.

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Transforming the house into a hotel has been a delicate process: its personality had to remain intact. Yet it also had to offer all the services required by modern travellers. The result is that Ett Hem is again filled with the best collection of furniture, Scandinavian antiques and design. Things that frame moments in life.

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Staying at Ett Hem is like being a house guest in somebody’s private home. Guests are welcome to do as they please but will be taken care of, down to the last detail. Ett Hem means “a home” in Swedish and it does what it says on the tin.

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Comfortable living spaces come from the array of tactile materials – sheepskin, leather, brass, glass, cane and felt furnishing.

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In winter you can curl up in front of the sitting room stove, retreat into the library for a quiet read or have a cocktail by the piano.

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There’s a short menu of dishes using local produce available around the clock, which can be served wherever you prefer. Eat in the kitchen or more formally in the library, or look out at the garden from the Glasshouse, a great place for breakfast.

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A brass chandelier and brass cabinet hardware add a note of warmth.

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There are many historical references within this heritage building. Antique chandeliers, lit by real candles, were sourced by Studioilse. Ceramic ovens were added to those guestrooms that did not have one

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The reception room  (here below) features an original stone fireplace and alongside Pierre Paulin’s Chair.

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Nomad floor lamps by Niclas Hoflin and a vintage flat weave rug sourced by Studioilse, as was the antique cabinet to the right.

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The twelve rooms at Ett Hem are all different, as you would expect in a private house. Some are more spacious, others more compact, but all have a warm domestic feeling created by a Swedish sensibility using tactile materials such as oak, Gotland stone, and sheepskin. Several of the rooms in this private hotel have open fireplaces or tiled stoves.

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This guestroom scheme includes Lamp Pascal floor lights by Vico Magistretti
and a custom-made desk and headboard designed by Studioilse. The art on the wall above the desk is a piece called ‘Next door Nebula’ by Jonas Nobel, one of many of the clients own artworks displayed throughout Ett Hem.

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Bathrooms are clad in locally sourced Gotland limestone and have polished brassware fixtures.

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A daybed for quiet moments.

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A soaking tub carved out of a single piece of marble-framed Victorian-style.

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The hotel’s fitness area includes a sauna and a large, well-equipped gym.

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In fine weather, guests may read on chaises in the walled garden.

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The hotel sits behind a brick wall, surrounded by a small garden.


Ett Hem, Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27 Stockholm, Sweden




Stockholm ballroom.



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Mystery enhanced by candlelight, the living portrayal of an atmosphere.

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SHARED SAVOURS – Château de Moissac V

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The real heart of the château, the kitchen and its pantry prepare warm gourmet treats.

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INTIMACY UNVEILED – Château de Moissac IV

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The sheer magic of space and secret hiding places thoughout bedrooms and drawing-rooms.

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