Thursday, March 15, 2012
Out my hotel window, Amelia Island, FL
The Atlantic Ocean as seen from the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Florida in general seems to lack good architecture beyond South Beach, but this building seems exceptional because it really should be much better. Instead of blending in with or even acknowledging the landscape, it's been imposed upon it, on a scale that's grotesquely out of proportion to everything around it. Was land really so expensive that it couldn't have been spread out a bit rather than built as a blocky, eight-story monolith?
It's nice inside, of course, and the rooms are comfortable, but it's amazing that a Ritz-Carlton hotel could be so ugly.