11/20/2012 05:44 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2012

Design Inspiration: The J House Boutique Hotel By Dash Design

Daniel Aubry

Thanks to New York-based interior designer David Ashen and his firm Dash Design, Greenwich, Connecticut is now home to a chic and sophisticated boutique hotel and eatery. And the coolest part? J House Hotel and eleven14 Kitchen used to be a Howard Johnson's from the 1960s.

Ashen transformed the interiors into a comfortable but stylish space, taking cues from modern Greenwich-area homes by mixing furniture styles and layering texture with sleek exposed concrete and steel. And of course he added some retro charm to tie-in the hotel's Ho-Jo history. Stunning artwork is hung salon style in the lobby, and includes works by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar. Expansive glass walls in the lobby look out onto the beautiful outdoor spaces, complete with a waterfall and outdoor fireplace.

Visitors can dine in the clean-lined design restaurant, eleven14 Kitchen, which remains simple to showcase the food by Executive Chef Francois Kwaku Dongo. The Chocolate Lab, a dessert and pastry shop also within the hotel, is intended to resemble a laboratory with shiny white tiles and stainless steel appliances.

Click through the slideshow below for an inside look at the magnificent interiors.

J House Boutique Hotel Tour