Located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, this colorful hotel designed by Alejandro Marranzini pays tribute to the region’s colonial past. The project is entitled Casas del XVI and it is said to “preserve the beauty of the colonial houses that make up the old town neighborhood, offering guests accommodations in individual houses each dating back to the earliest European settlers.” Consisting of twenty villas, the accommodation units display classic roman roofs and brick arches originally built in the Spanish Colonial era.
Exuding a fresh and vivid look, the interiors of the villas are fun to explore in detail: “With a focus on both preserving the original architecture and also celebrating the vibrant Dominican culture, the interior of each house is decorated according to a theme relating to Dominican culture and Spanish Colonial history. Featuring an eclectic mix of ancient artifacts, local artwork and handcrafted furniture, the cozy home interior enchants guests with its colonial charm.” Special attention was given to designing the outdoor area, where palm-trees shade lounge units, dining tables and a generously-sized pool. [Photography by Harold Lambertus]
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