Hotels & Resorts

T+L Turns 50 This Year! These Were the Hotels and Styles that Defined Each Decade

Over the last five decades, T+L has chronicled the great hotels of the era. Here are some fab looks to channel each time and place.

By Liz Cantrell
Collages by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein
Styling by Bobette Cohn

Aug 6, 2021

WHAT A LONG, stylish trip it’s been. The first issue of Travel+Leisure was published in 1971 and since then the magazine has been committed to showcasing not just the most upscale hotels and resorts around the world, but also the most au courant. When going through our archives, we were reminded of how certain properties truly set the standard for an era. And while the mood of Thailand in the 1990s or Tokyo in the 2000s might be a distant memory, this summer’s styles can transport us there.

The 1970s: La Mamounia

From the late 60s through the next decade of the counterculture, Marrakesh’s La Mamounia (doubles from US$536) drew a bohemian crowd—David Hockney, Anita Pallenberg, Paul McCartney—who wore the heady prints to match.

Hotel photographs courtesy of La Mamounia

Gucci dress US$11,000, tulle slip US$490, and felt hat US$615; gucci.com. Giuseppe Zanotti sandals US$1,095; giuseppezanotti.com. Fruzsina Keehn necklaces with smoky topaz and gold beads US$2,000 each; fruzsinakeehn.com.

The 1980s: Beverly Hills Hotel

Big hair, big shoulders, big stripes! In an era of excess, poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel (doubles from US$1,115) was the place to be seen.

Hotel photographs courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel

David Koma leather jacket US$2,360, and trousers US$1,480; davidkoma.com. Giuseppe Zanotti pumps US$750. Alexander McQueen satchel US$2,390; alexandermcqueen.com. Fruzsina Keehn brooch with a green tourmaline and diamonds US$25,000. Versace gold necklace with a crystal pendant US$550; versace.com.

The 1990s: Amanpuri

The end of the millennium was all about minimalism, whether in the barefoot luxury—and total seclusion—of Amanpuri (pavilions from US$750), in Phuket, Thailand, or the discreet elegance of matching separates.

Hotel photographs courtesy of Aman Resorts

Hermès bodysuit US$2,300, and skirt US$6,050; hermes.com. Manolo Blahnik boots US$2,665; manoloblahnik.com. On model’s left arm: Tiffany &Co. HardWear link bracelet US$17,500, Atlas X wide bangles US$12,000 each, T T1 ring US$5,700, and Atlas X wide ring US$4,000. On right arm: Tiffany & Co. T T1 wide bangles US$19,900 each, T T1 narrow bangle US$9,900, T T1 wide ring US$3,800, and T T1 narrow ring US$1,700, all in white gold with diamonds; tiffany.com.

The 2000s: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Brooding in hotel bars never seemed as chic as in the 2003 film Lost in Translation, which thrust the understated Park Hyatt Tokyo (doubles from US$353) into the global spotlight.

Hotel photographs courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo

Loewe dress in taffeta and tulle, price upon request; loewe.com. Salvatore Ferragamo sandals US$995; ferragamo.com. Fruzsina Keehn earrings with rubies US$12,800.

The 2010s: Ace Hotel New York

The lobby of the Ace Hotel New York (doubles from US$176), set in the former Hotel Breslin, made for one big house party: it’s where digital nomads, fashion darlings, and the occasional streetwear-clad celebrity took coffee meetings—then stayed up well into the night.

Hotel photographs courtesy of Ace Hotel New York

Burberry shirt US$800, shorts US$650, and boots, price upon request; us.burberry.com. Louis Vuitton Bisten 80 suitcase in monogram canvas US$10,500, and Papillon trunk US$2,630; louisvuitton.com. On model’s right hand: Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Studio three-stone ring with amethysts US$3,100, and pyramid ring with tanzanites and tourmalines US$6,500. On left hand: Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Studio four-stone ring with rubellites and amethysts US$17,300, and pyramid ring with citrines and rubellites US$4,900.

Model: Bentley Mescall at IMG Models
Hair by Moiz Alladina at the Wall Group using Leonor Greyl & Randco
Makeup by Megan Kelly at Intellectual Property using Tata Harper & Shiseido
Manicure by Nori at See Management using Chanel Beauty.

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