With a signature architectural style, classic mid-century modern hotels emerged throughout the U.S. from the 1940s through the 1960s. This design movement was characterized by minimalist structures and clean lines, accented by simple décor in vibrant colors. Instantly recognizable, mid-century hotels are popular both with nostalgic travelers and with millennials who admire the timeless modern design and the casual ambiance it embodies.
In recent years, several iconic U.S. mid-century hotels have been reinvented and given a new, contemporary point of view, while still retaining the essence of the era. These properties have embraced their mid-century heritage with a renewed vibe and updated feel, inviting guests to enjoy a glimpse of stylish (and sometimes kitschy) history while enjoying modern comforts and amenities.
Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina Hawaii
Though it was built in the 1990s, the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina encompasses a classic mid-century timelessness, as it was designed by renowned architect Edward Killingsworth, considered an American “master of modernism.” Since the early 1960s, he has developed numerous minimalist structures throughout Hawaii and Southern California.
Situated on Oahu’s western coast, the 17-story property with nearly 400 rooms was renovated and renewed in 2016. The newly restored resort features an abundance of locally inspired décor to create an authentic Hawaiian ambiance throughout the entire property. The refurbishment added “Kama’aina-style” open air seamless indoor/outdoor experiences and majestic ocean views — in public areas as well as the guestrooms.
The resort’s renovation shines a spotlight on local designer (and descendant of Hawaiian royalty) Mary Philpotts. She curated an array of island-produced materials made by local artisans to complement the streamlined modern architecture. Artistic as well as functional, these elements include: guestroom carpeting featuring a floral motif, monkey pod and koa wood tables, reclaimed wood carvings, lava stone walls, banana-bark headboards, repurposed teak decks and handmade weavings.
The resort also features four swimming pools adjacent to the beach, an expansive spa with seventeen treatment rooms, a wellness center and four dining options.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
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