Design Inspiration from Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

September 5, 2011 Katja Presnal

Hotel California back patio picture

I visited the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico, in August during the trip that was arranged by the Mexican Tourism Board and Ogilvy. It was my first trip to Mexico, and fell in love with the country, and among others this little town, hotel and the vivid colors in Mexican interior design.

Hotel California is in a small town called Todos Santos, which has authentic colonial architecture and cobblestone streets and it is a perfect spot for some Mexican design inspiration. Hotel California, with its famous name from the Eagles song was already founded in 1947, and you could spot many of the design elements already from that era.

Pictures of Hotel California, Mexican decorating

Hotel California, picture of lobby

Each room is decorated with rich colors and original art work acquired locally and worldwide and has just the right mixture of rustic Mexican look and luxury. The vivid color palette made me feel alive and inspired, and I came home wanting to redo my entire home. Hope these pictures inspire you to think outside the box in your home, and bring some color to your fall home.

bedroom in Hotel California, Mexican style bedroom

rustic Mexican lamp, Mexican decorating colors

colorful window

I loved the mix of colors at Hotel California. Many of the rooms were decorated in vibrant yellows, lime green and red, but the outdoor areas had great mix of blues, whites and greens, combines in objects that looked rustic, earthy, natural creating a very relaxing atmosphere.

Mexican style outdoor living, poolside, yard, relaxing

rustic Mexican decorating style

handpainted tile table, rustic chair, photos of chair and table

I absolutely love the mixture of bold colors and rustic accents, and how you could easily get this look also at home with flea market finds, and paint. Look at the rustic details from Hotel California – they would look amazing also paired with more natural color palette.

rustic lamp photo

rustic door photo, doors

picture of rustic Mexican pendant lamps

rustic door know in Mexico

Disclosure: My trip to Mexico was paid, and I was invited to the trip by Ogilvy and the Tourism Board of Mexico, but my opinions are my own.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (4)

  1. I love the way you were able to capture the bedroom decor and bed as well as the Mexican floor tiles! you captured the same thing with the exterior room door and floor. You got SO many great shots. I love them. What a fun day that was ;-)

  2. Wow, the mixture of all those vibrant colors along with the rustic feel are surprisingly relaxing. Looks like a fabulous place.

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