Tribal Hotel Granada
Tribal Hotel is a stylish boutique lodging located in the heart of Granada, Nicaragua. Granada’s first boutique hotel, designed and created by New York restaurateurs Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard of Indochine and Acme. Located in the residential side of town where visitors are by default invited to meet and greet locals, TRIBAL resembles a countryside structure, blending in naturally with its surroundings.
Tribal Hotel sets the new standard for style and service as the finest boutique hotel in Granada. Positioned in the heart of the colonial city, Tribal Hotel offers guests the perfect location in Granada to enjoy the charm and treasures of the historic sites, culture and excellent restaurants.
Tribal Hotel brings a curated beauty to a quiet place. Designed in the Mid-century Modern ӕsthetic with rural whims, Tribal has an unassuming façade, but is warm, and boasts simple elegance within. Truly a boutique hotel, Tribal offers five suites, each with a terrace and each different from the next, but all hand-designed in a signature style and replete with one-of-a-kind, Nicaraguan artisanal pieces.
“Nestled in tranquility, a stylish lobby welcomes you which opens to a tropical garden oasis with a dipping pool designed with whimsical tiles, reminiscent of the sidewalks of Copacabana. Our relaxing cabana-style outdoor lounging beds offer the perfect respite. The covered veranda surrounding the courtyard provides a modish outdoor communal living and dining area for guests and is decorated with custom pieces designed by the owners and hand crafted by local artisans from the country-side. In the evening, the courtyard turns into a romantic torch-lit lounge where cocktails and light tapas are served.” – Tribal Hotel
Tribal Hotel offers five Premium Rooms and two Junior Suites, all of which have a private terrace overlooking the lush garden and pool. Glass sliding doors separate the room from their terrace, ensuring an appealing indoor outdoor feel when completely open to the outside breezes, or keeping the rooms air-conditioned when closed.
The Premium rooms are located either on the ground floor or second floor and feature a queen size bed, private bath, air-conditioning, and a private terrace.
The Junior suites, both located on the second floor, are generously sized and feature a king-size bed, a very large private terrace with a nice view of the surrounding trees, private bath and air-conditioning. The terrace is truly an outdoor living room, with a large built-in sofa, stylish chairs hand-made by local artisans, moody lighting and colorful Turkish killims.
Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard:
Conceived by New York hospitality veterans Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard, Tribal Hotel is located in the old colonial Unesco-protected city of Granada and opened to great acclaim in May this year.
Cussigh and Houmard wanted to offer an interesting yet affordable design experience within an intimate and personalised surrounding. To do this they used simple and inexpensive materials juxtaposed in eclectic and unconventional ways, creating an experience that feels more like staying at a friend’s well curated home than in some generic hotel.
The project was conceived and designed entirely by the hotel owners; the new building added in at the back of the property, the remodeling of the original structure, each individual piece of furniture, the lamps and tiles, every single decorative object. The general décor was inspired by their travels around the world, from Turkey and Morocco to Thailand and Cambodia to Ghana and India.
All the furniture was painstakingly designed and then sourced out and hand-crafted by artisans from Granada and its surrounding areas. The metal and rope chairs in the rooms were inspired by mid-century modern design and forged by the local blacksmith using a traditional fire pit; the pottery pieces such as the hanging lamps, sconces and candle holders were hand-turned and baked in a wood-fired oven by a potter in the countryside near the Laguna de Apoyo.
Wooden tables and lounge chairs were cut from entire tree trunks in a lumberyard in the hamlet of Nandaime while the tables on the terraces were woven from dried plantain leaves from a nearby plantation. The tiles in the lobby were custom hand-made one by one in the local tile shop after a design inspired by an old Parisian private residence, while the ones in the rooms were derived from a motif found in rugs on the island of Lamu, Kenya.
Art pieces were collected from friends of the owners, such as Argentinean painter Gonzalo Papantonakis who did the large painting in the lobby and New York photographer Wanda Acosta, who worked on modernising the large print of Velazquez’ Infanta.
The resulting hotel is a unique and interesting mix of world-inspired design combined with traditional colonial crafts from Nicaragua, and a touch of mid-century modern sensibility.
Project name: Tribal Hotel
Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Coordinates: 11.927217, -85.952347
Type: Hotel Interior
Hotel size: 7 Rooms
Completion Year: 2011
Visit Tribal Hotel Granada’s website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard
Interior designer: Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard
Text Description: © Courtesy of Tribal Hotel, thelast-magazine
Images: © Tribal Hotel