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A Room at the Inn: 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations

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A Room at the Inn: 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations

June 26, 2017

Chalk it up to disruptors like Airbnb and Home Away, but the trend toward more informal accommodation is on the rise. Case in point? Retail shops and restaurants around the world are transforming upstairs spaces—former stock rooms and offices—into sleeping quarters designed for guests. Here are six we’re eyeing.

1. Table on Ten in Upstate New York

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations Owner Inez Valk refurbished an \1860s house in the Catskills of New York to open restaurant Table on Ten. Shortly after she transformed two upstairs rooms into bedrooms bookable through Airbnb.
Above: Owner Inez Valk refurbished an 1860s house in the Catskills of New York to open restaurant Table on Ten. Shortly after she transformed two upstairs rooms into bedrooms bookable through Airbnb.
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations The rooms are decorated with vintage furniture, rustic linen sheets, and an abundance of flora.
Above: The rooms are decorated with vintage furniture, rustic linen sheets, and an abundance of flora.

2. Chez Marie Sixtine in Paris

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations Parisian fashion line Marie Sixtine designed the flat above their upstairs flagship store in the \1\1th Arr. for use of &#8\2\20;special guests of Marie Sixtine.&#8\2\2\1; (We&#8\2\17;re hoping they&#8\2\17;ll open it up to more soon.)
Above: Parisian fashion line Marie-Sixtine designed the flat above their upstairs flagship store in the 11th Arr. for use of “special guests of Marie-Sixtine.” (We’re hoping they’ll open it up to more soon.)
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations Alape bucket sinks with copper faucets mounted to a terrazzo wall in the bath.
Above: Alape bucket sinks with copper faucets mounted to a terrazzo wall in the bath.

3. Maison Empereur in Paris

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations One of our must visit stores in Marseille, Maison Empereur, a French hardware and kitchen emporium, opened the upstairs to guests. Photograph via SF Girl by Bay.
Above: One of our must-visit stores in Marseille, Maison Empereur, a French hardware and kitchen emporium, opened the upstairs to guests. Photograph via SF Girl by Bay.
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations A collection of vintage tools serves as wall decor. Photograph via SF Girl by Bay.
Above: A collection of vintage tools serves as wall decor. Photograph via SF Girl by Bay.

4. Le Marche St. George in Vancouver

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations The owners of Le Marche St. George (now known as Atelier St. George) renovated the shop&#8\2\17;s upstairs apartment.
Above: The owners of Le Marche St. George (now known as Atelier St. George) renovated the shop’s upstairs apartment.
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations Moody artwork and linens in the bedroom.
Above: Moody artwork and linens in the bedroom.

5. Caro B&B in Somerset

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations One of our favorite design shops in Somerset, Caro, has a double en suite for booking that includes breakfast at the restaurant At the Chapel. For more on the downstairs shop, see Caro: A Design Shop by Way of Love in Somerset.
Above: One of our favorite design shops in Somerset, Caro, has a double en suite for booking that includes breakfast at the restaurant At the Chapel. For more on the downstairs shop, see Caro: A Design Shop by Way of Love in Somerset.
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations A freestanding tub in the room&#8\2\17;s light filled bathroom.
Above: A freestanding tub in the room’s light-filled bathroom.

6. The Olema Hotel in Northern California

A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations Lodge owners Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong took over the historic Olema Inn in West Marin to open a restaurant called Sir & Star. Two years later, they transformed the upstairs bedrooms into a small hotel.
Above: Lodge owners Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong took over the historic Olema Inn in West Marin to open a restaurant called Sir & Star. Two years later, they transformed the upstairs bedrooms into a small hotel.
A Room at the Inn 6 Shops with Upstairs Accommodations A four poster bed is adorned with foraged branches to create the feeling of sleeping in the woods.
Above: A four poster bed is adorned with foraged branches to create the feeling of sleeping in the woods.

For more hotels, restaurants, and shops around the world see our Design Travel destinations.

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