Martha Washington — New York, USA
Back in 1903, Martha Washington was the first hotel in America to operate exclusively for women. A haven for poets, actresses and artists, the hotel’s many famous guests included dancer and actress Louise Brooks, as well as poet Sara Teasdale. Located in Manhattan’s NoMad area, the hotel’s interiors, now open to all, have been revived by Selldorf Architects, which has carefully woven the building’s Renaissance Revival past with its present. Outside, the renovated façade sees the return of lost design details such as large gothic windows along the second floor, while in the lobby, fluted columns and coffered ceilings have been crisply updated and serve as counterpoints to the modern interiors. In addition to 261 rooms, a ballroom and a soon-to-open rooftop space, the hotel also houses a lobby bar and Italian restaurant, Marta. Chef Nick Anderer’s rustic fare includes thin-crusted pizzas laden with seasonal ingredients.