Boys' club: 7 hotels with masculine style
We know, we know -- not all boys like dark colors and clean lines, just the way not all girls like pastels and frills. But these seven hotels fit the stereotype, with design features like dark woods, leather, plaid, button couches, and low lighting. So if you dig the boys' club vibe, dig in.
Trump Soho, New York City
The lobby, full of clean lines and earthy materials, is at once both striking and imposing: The dim lighting, abundance of wood, and soaring ceilings give the space a dark, masculine atmosphere. The entrance doors soar upwards for almost two stories, dwarfing everyone who enters. The rooms feature plush beds with padded leather headboards and gorgeous bathrooms.
Gild Hall, New York City
Gild Hall is far hipper than your average Wall Street business hotel. Friendly service, a hunting lodge-like lobby, fantastic flat-screen TVs, Kiehl's bath products, Sferra linens, and sex toys available in every room make this the premier choice for stylin’ financiers. The small, two-story lobby features an antler chandelier, an animal skin rug, comfy brown leather furniture, and dark wooden walls lined with antique portraits and lots and lots of books.
The Setai, Miami
Striking but sober mood-lit design; impeccable service; huge, immaculate rooms; three pools, each a different temperature; and a prime beachside location make the Setai one of the best hotels in Miami. The dark woods and dark fabrics make the hotel feel sexy and sleek.
Ace Hotel, New York City
The Ace's male style is decidedly younger than that of its counterparts on this list: Think male college students, social media gurus who work (and network) in the cool lobby, and creative types. The rooms, with their wool plaid blankets and funky details like turntables, blank sheet music, guitars, Smeg refrigerators, graffiti-esque artwork, feel cozy college dorm rooms. The Ace Lobby Bar, with squishy button couches, a mounted wolf's head, wood-paneled walls, and book shelves, looks like the library of an eccentric hunter.
Thompson Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Just three blocks from Rodeo Drive, this 110-room flashy Beverly Hills boutique features a guest-only rooftop pool and bar overlooking the Hollywood Hills, and high-design rooms with Italian linens, 37-inch flat-screens, and a minibar stocked with Dean and Deluca products. The unapologetically slick, hypermodern design was inspired by the Studio 54 glam of the '70s and early '80s, and all the reflective surfaces and dark woods make the mod space feel manly.
THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
A hipper, quieter sister to the attached Mandalay Bay, THEhotel attracts a younger crowd that prefers urban chic to ornate luxury. Without natural light, the lobby and lounge at THEhotel seems perpetually moody and atmospheric. Add in the sleek contemporary design and world-class art -- like the Jasper Johns piece near the elevators -- and the hotel achieves a mellow, cool, masculine vibe.
Thompson LES, New York City
For well-heeled hipsters looking for downtown action, the cool design, attentive staff, fitness center, and pool combine to make The Thompson LES a very fine place to crash after a night out in skinny jeans.