50 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Lobbies in the World
A hotel lobby is the heartbeat of the hotel. After all, it’s where first impressions are made and can set the entire mood for your stay. From museum-worthy art to stunning architectural integrations, hotels around the world have upgraded their lobby game to go beyond a generic reception area.
Using reviews from travel websites and trusted travel publications, we’ve rounded up 50 hotel lobbies around the world that have made lasting impressions on their guests.
#50. The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Built in 1824, Dublin’s The Shelbourne is an Irish landmark: the country’s constitution was drafted here in 1922. Now, one of the two original copies is on display in the lobby, which also houses work by Irish artists and other historic artifacts.
#49. The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California
Known as San Francisco’s first luxury property, the Palace was a beacon of opulence when it first opened in 1875. Today, the landmark property still attracts the crowds with its $10-million stained-glass atrium, featuring Italian marble pillars and Austrian crystal chandeliers.
#48. The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo opened in 2017 to great fanfare, and it’s easy to see why: the 28-room luxury hotel is set in an old grain elevator in, yes, a silo. The ground-floor lobby is home to a contemporary chandelier created by local designer, Haldane Martin, and colorful accents of African art.
#47. The Loren at Pink Beach, Bermuda
As the island’s first new-build hotel in 45 years, The Loren is unsurprisingly stylish. When guests enter into the expansive lobby, they’re greeted with floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the ocean. The real show-stopper, however, is the glass-enclosed spiral staircase.
#46. St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
This chic ski resort has a cozy, welcoming lobby, even in the depths of winter. Stone columns frame secluded seating areas, while expansive windows overlook the neighboring snow-capped mountains. Perfect for apres-ski!
#45. St. Regis Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the lobby at the St. Regis Shenzhen is its sheer height: it occupies the 96th floor, with an incredible exposed-beam design that might remind you of a spaceship. The space also offers some of the best views of the surrounding city.
#44. Shelborne South Beach, Miami, Florida
This exterior of this renovated Art Deco gem was designed by one of the city’s greatest architects, Igor Polevitzky, and now boasts a lobby to match. Meg Sharpe designed the new space, reminiscent of the ‘40s and ‘50s, with shades of pink, coral, and cream contrasted against sunburst golden chandeliers.
#43. RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, Bali, Indonesia
The centerpiece of RIMBA’s unique modern design is the ark-shaped lobby, surrounded by more than 2 acres of water. Made from sustainable reclaimed wood, the lobby also includes unique touches such as one-of-a-kind glass art that includes the footprints of the owner’s family, dog included. Views from the lobby are spectacular as well, overlooking the property’s stunning swimming pools.
#42. QT Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
QT Melbourne blends the neighborhood’s history of fashion, art, and culture into its modern lobby. Set where a cinema once stood, the lobby’s guest elevators have sensory technology that recognize the number of passengers on board and then calls out more than 50 flirtatious phrases in accented female voices.
#41. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand
While it’s not a lobby in the traditional sense (all check-in and check-out procedures are performed by your butler in the comfort of your own villa), Phulay Bay’s open-air reception pavilion is awe-inducing, surrounded by tranquil pools of water and illuminated by 2,000 candles each night.