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With Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby set for UK cinema release on May 17th 2013, boutique hotel booking specialist www.i- escape.com has curated a decadent selection of some of the world’s best Art Deco hotels. From family-run mansions in Mexico to the glitzy Soho Beach House in Miami, these hotels are where the Roaring Twenties live on, so you too can experience the glamour of The Great Gatsby!
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Moreno Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Considered one of the city’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture, this 1928 masterpiece has metamorphosed from iconic office block into glamorous city-centre hotel. Mercifully, the foxy makeover has stayed true to the property’s heritage, keeping the antique wrought-iron lift and stunning Tiffany-blue entrance tiles, while adding 39 sleek and spacious bedrooms. The outdoor Jacuzzi, gorgeous roof terrace, ritzy restaurant and basement tango salon all hark back to the early 20th-century heyday of this fascinating city.
Double rooms from £42 per night (excluding tax) based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, with a free room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability) for i-escape guests.
Hotel St Augustine, Miami, USA
Miami has one of the world’s most impressive Art Deco districts, and a stroll down the famous Ocean Drive provides a visual feast of candy-coloured architecture. Don’t have Gatsby’s riches? Just a few streets back from the beach, this 1937 Art Deco mansion-turned-minimalist-hotel sits in the up-and-coming SoFi area and offers excellent value. A stay in one of the 24 large rooms (each with a luxurious ensuite shower-cum-steam room) will leave plenty of space in the budget for waffles at The Big Pink and Cuban-style cocktails at sunset -a far cry from the prohibition era.
Rooms from £84 per night (excluding tax) based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.
The House Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey
Perched above Prada in Istanbul's most fashionable enclave, the second hotel offering from the trendy ‘House Café’ chain presents a contemporary twist on the Art Deco architecture of the surrounding streets. Walnut bedheads and low-slung semi-circular sofas accent coffee-coloured walls, while the glass-encased marble bathrooms bring the 44 bedrooms bang up to date.
Rooms from £127 per night (including tax) based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, including a free room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability) for i-escape guests.
Villa Condesa, Mexico City
This tranquil, family-run boutique hotel started life as one of the many Art Deco and Art Nouveau mansions that fill the classy Condesa neighbourhood. After 3 years of work, it was reincarnated as a chic, 13-room bolthole with warm service and a lovely courtyard dining area. It’s an ideal base for exploring the leafy boulevards, fashionable shops and smart restaurants of the surrounding barrio, and for cultivating your inner culture-vulture at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a stunning Art Deco palace and centre for the arts.
Double rooms from £71 per night (excluding tax) based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis and including a welcome drink and use of bicycles. A free bottle of wine is available for i-escape guests staying for a minimum of three nights.
L'Ecume des Jours, Ghent, Belgium
This authentic part-Art Deco, part-Art Nouveau house stages jazz concerts, specialist cooking classes and regular artists’ exhibitions. With just one top-floor suite (with a private roof terrace, clawfoot bathtub and stunning shower room), guests gain a unique insight into this underrated city, as well as getting free reign of the house’s beautiful living spaces. Its location is ideal for visiting Ghent’s art galleries, and you can easily walk to the city centre through the nearby Citadelpark.
From £105 per room per night, accommodation only (including taxes).
Soho Beach House, Miami, USA
Vintage Cuban glamour meets contemporary chic at this exclusive 1940s Art Deco conversion, just off Miami’s Mid-Beach. South American antiques, vintage paraphernalia and funky art are mixed with vibrant textiles to create a retro-modern feel in the 49 rooms, while antique tiles and lanterns line the tree-shaded courtyard and sunny pool terrace. Guests can watch a pre-release Hollywood movie in the ‘screening snug’ after spending the day at the hotel’s beach club or in the heavenly Cowshed spa. Dinner in the Italian restaurant is finished off in true Gatsby style with a Cuban cigar on the roof terrace.
Rooms from £211 per night (excluding tax) based on two people sharing on an accommodation-only basis; i-escape customers receive a free gift from the Cowshed range.