Hotel Trend Coming: The Outdoor Living Room

Mondrian Hotels in general are my landscape hotels of the week.  Why? The pictures speak for themselves, but I want to point something out here…these hotels are at the forefront of hotel design and they are noticeably putting a huge priority on the design of their outside spaces.

When not dealing with large pieces of land, the landscape is often the overlooked opportunity for hospitality properties to make a guest impression.   Outdoor rooms are nothing new as trends go, but I think there is a growing swell that as our houses need to become smaller and more efficient, rooms that are outside will become important and take on a more ‘designer’ flair.

Mondrian miami outdoor living room

Mondrian South Beach

Mondrian LA outdoor living room

Mondrian LA outdoor living room

Mondrian LA’s  Skybar and ‘Outdoor Living Room’.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Don Kaplan on June 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    On the terrace with blue couches; what kind of roses are those? thanks. Don

  2. rochelle on June 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Don- Not sure….I think it is possible that it is not roses at all but rather bougainvillea.

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