Rottet Studio Debuts Luxury Hospitality Projects in 2023

~ Properties including The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, St Regis Aspen, Residences at The Little Nell are getting facelifts while The Langham, Seattle is breaking ground ~

Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, of Rottet Studio, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, was originally responsible for the renovation of The Surrey Hotel in New York City’s Upper East Side, but today she has multiple hospitality projects on the boards with several reaching completion and opening this year. Properties include the Phister, Milwaukee, WI; St. Regis Aspen, CO; Residences at the Little Nell, Aspen, CO; The Dallas Ritz-Carlton, Belmond La Samanna, St Martin and The Langham, Seattle, opening in 2026.

Dallas Ritz-Carlton, exterior, photo courtesy Dallas Ritz-Carlton

Rottet Studio was awarded a contract for a $22 million reboot this year of the 5-star Dallas Ritz-Carlton, encompassing 218 rooms and lobby, inspired by the original neo-classical style building designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern. Rottet’s room scheme now combines soft, tactile touches like sheer drapery contrasted with rough-hewn materials such as dark wood, leather accents and marble. “We are thrilled to work on the makeover of such an iconic property rooted in classic architecture,” said Rottet.

St Regis Aspen, exterior, photo by Eric Laignel
Residences at The Little Nell, Aspen, exterior, photo by Shawn O’ Connor

Also slated to open this year are renovations of two esteemed Colorado properties–the Residences at The Little Nell and The St Regis Aspen. The Little Nell blends old world sophistication with contemporary luxury highlighting comfort and elegance through design details such as vintage-inspired carpets, tufted sofas and lush fabrics. The St Regis interiors emphasize handmade elements produced from natural materials, which will adorn the rooms, entry, lobby, Mountain Social and adjacent bar. Both properties are inspired by and reflect their scenic locale while re-interpreting mountain style for the 21st century.

Built in 1893, The Phister in Milwaukee is also in the midst of a major renovation with the Victorian structure getting a reposition and new look as is Belmond’s La Samanna on St. Martin. Lastly, The Langham, Seattle will open in 2026 with 187 guest rooms and suites designed by Rottet Studio housed inside a 42-story building by Kengo Kuma & Associates.

About Lauren Rottet

Lauren Rottet is Founding Principal and President of Rottet Studio,an international architecture and interior design firm, which has been recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World. The firm has an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential and maritime projects for the world’s leading companies and brands, including: Goldman Sachs, Disney, New York Stock Exchange, Target, Belmond, Four Seasons, Langham, Dorchester Collection, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, Naftali Group, Extell Development’s Central Park Tower as well as Viking Ocean Cruises and more. “I am not sure I have seen someone who is as skilled in such a wide vernacular of design styles from contemporary minimal to elegantly traditional in such an authentic manner,” Paul Goldberger. Rottet’s product designs have earned many accolades, including Interior Design’s Best of Year, four gold medals for Best of NeoCon and eight Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Awards.