Hotel Hallways: Amazing Artwork Underfoot

Common area room at Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Common area room at Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. Photo by Claudia Carbone

Hotel hallways are the most overlooked decor in the building and the most abused. The floors get trampled on, rolled on, spilled on and who knows what else after a late night at the bar. Does anyone ever notice the great artwork in the flooring and how in some cases it relates to a hotel’s theme?

Well, I’ve noticed and decided to photograph a few that inspired me in my reviews. Though the above photo in Virginia’s Hotel Roanoke is not a hallway, the design is striking.

Themed Hotel Hallways

Everything about Dolly Parton’s DreamMore Resort lovingly references her and her life growing up in the Smoky Mountains. For example, she loves butterflies because they represent the metamorphosis that changed her from a poor but happy little country girl to the super star she has become. You’ll find butterflies all around the resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. Here they are in the hallway carpet. 

Dolly's butterflies at DreamMore Resort. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Dolly’s butterflies at DreamMore Resort. Photo by Claudia Carbone

This gorgeous hallway is at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona. The culture and history of the Pima and Maricopa tribes are woven into every fabric of the hotel, including this hallway and the intricate designs in the carpet. Check out the beautiful doors, too.

Hallway at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona.
Hallway at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona.

Also with a Western/Native American motif is this hallway carpet at the Steamboat Grand Hotel in the ranching ski town of Steamboat in Colorado. The lobby and common areas feel like rooms in the Cartwright homestead in Bonanza.

Steamboat Grand in Steamboat, Colorado. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Steamboat Grand in Steamboat, Colorado. Photo by Claudia Carbone

The elegant Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is built in the antebellum southern plantation style. Therefore, its hallway carpet replicates birds, flowers and cotton plants of the south.

Birds and flowers at The Carolina Inn. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Birds and flowers at The Carolina Inn. Photo by Claudia Carbone

Beautiful Hotel Hallways

Blue is a predominate color at the fashionable Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina. Here it is lovely in the wide hallway at the hotel’s conference center.

Conference Center hallway at Belmond Charleston Place. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Conference Center hallway at Belmond Charleston Place. Photo by Claudia Carbone

Not only does this hallway have a gorgeous rug covering its marble floor, but photos of celebrities, presidents and other famous people who have stayed at The Broadmoor adorn its walls. It’s one of my favorite places to check out whenever I visit the resort in Colorado Springs, CO.

Photo history hallway at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Photo history hallway at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo by Claudia Carbone

Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, CO has two wings: one an historic wing with Victorian decor and one a classic, more contemporary wing. This carpeting is in the historic wing where vintage furniture helps keep the historic value alive. The hotel was built in 1909.

Boulderado Hotel carpeting in the vintage wing. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Boulderado Hotel carpeting in the vintage wing. Photo by Claudia Carbone

Funky Hotel Hallways

This carpeting certainly livens up the hallway at The Courtyard by Marriott in Boone, North Carolina!

Courtyard by Marriott in Boone, North Carolina. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Courtyard by Marriott in Boone, North Carolina. Photo by Claudia Carbone

And this one at The Hilton on Canyon in Boulder, CO.

Hilton on Canyon in Boulder, CO. Photo by Claudia Carbone
Hilton on Canyon in Boulder, CO. Photo by Claudia Carbone

I hope you enjoyed this artful diversion. More to come. . .

Claudia Carbone is an award-winning travel writer based in Denver. Read about other hotels she’s visited in Sleepin’ Around.