What is Luxe? Defining Luxury and its Role in Design
March 13, 2018
What determines if a hotel room is luxe? Amenities? Service? David Ashen thinks it's being able to provide a sensory experience.
A year or two ago, I checked into a boutique hotel in Curacao. Our firm had a project in the area and even though it was a business trip, I decided to stay in a more local, boutique hotel; the Bijblauw, which featured a couple of houses with a combined dozen or so rooms or that were joined together on the water. My stay happened to be during the off-season, and I got a primo room with a private deck overlooking the ocean. The room was outfitted minimally with beautiful, white linens and plush towels. The hotel owner had a good eye; each room was furnished differently and with a sense of style. I remember looking around the space for the television but couldn’t find it. It wasn’t in the open, nor hidden as a pop-up device. Through a Google search, I realized the other rooms had a television. So, why didn’t mine?