By Oyster .
October 26, 2014

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Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, knows a thing or two about turning up interior charm. He started out his career as an “apartment therapist,” transforming homes into beautiful, organized, and healthy-to-live-in spaces. You could say he’s a bit of a hybrid—part interior designer and part life coach. His style is about comfort, simplicity, and a lack of clutter. Today, his website has become the go-to site for design inspiration. Since our main decor interest here at is hotel-focused, we asked Maxwell to turn his creative eye towards hotel design. We couldn’t wait to hear of his favorite hotel spots around the globe.

The Standard High Line, New York City

“With an entrance that also serves as an exit in this amazing theme park of a hotel in the Meatpacking District, this lobby is as much about the outdoor space as the inside space. I particularly like the ice skating rink that sits outside the front door in winter.”

Maison 140 Beverly Hills

“I spent a week living out of this hotel and couldn’t have been happier. Small, cozy and comfortable, the lobby has everything you need and is perfectly staffed in a friendly way.”

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