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What is This at the W Scottsdale?

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May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM | by | ()

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

When you walk into the lobby of the W Scottsdale (and after you've inhaled the vanilla bourbon custom scent), your attention will be drawn to this mini Stonehenge formation of tree trunks just outside the W Gift Shop and before the front desk. Have you momentarily stepped outside again?

No, what you're looking at are petrified tree trunks from an Indonesian Lake. Not familiar with the term "petrified"? Neither we were so we did a quick look on Wikipedia and discovered it's a part of geological process that typically happens when wood has been buried under sediment for many years. Eventually, the wood turns to stone, literally.

So good luck trying to nab one on your way out. The smallest trunk weighs 330 pounds. Oof!

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