Hotel Le Corbusier
Hotel Le Corbusier in Marseille, France – two floors inside the vast city-within-a-city, La Cité Radieuse. This giant ship-like building was created by the famous architect in 1952 to house shops, offices and 337 apartments. In order to restore the hotel to Le Corbusier's original vision, the couple scoured flea markets for Fifties items by Charlotte Perriand, installed La Roche lamps, and added light fixtures, chaise longues and armchairs designed by the architect. The result? A unique opportunity to stay in a landmark building that's been restored to its original glory.
Considering you'll be staying in an architectural landmark, room prices are amazingly low, starting at 59 euros. Pay a little more and you get a view of Marseille harbor and the Frioul islands to the west, and a Le Corbusier-designed park to the east. It sounds like an experience every fan of Fifties design should have at least once. RM