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Is There Ever A Time When A Peekaboo Bathroom Is Ok?

August 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The public bathrooms at 25hrs Hotel Bikini Berlin

The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin hit the headlines last week, not for its funky rooms or its already heaving-with-locals bar, but for its public bathrooms, which are rather more public than intended (at least, we hope so – you know Germans and their toilet obsession). The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the public area bathrooms, and it’s only 10 stories high, meaning that you’re as on display as the animals in the zoo next door while you get down to business. This is the very definition of 'horrendous'.

This is clearly (hopefully?) the nadir of the ghastly peekaboo bathroom trend, but it got us thinking – are they ever ok?

It’s what we wondered during a recent stay at The Hotel (yes, The Hotel) in Brussels. It’s the former Hilton and is a huge tower block perched on a hill overlooking the city center. The views are spectacular, and the renovations of the hotel (The Hotel?) have made the most of this, putting walls of windows center stage, and letting that light and those views flood each and every room.

Yes, the whole of each and every room. Including the bathroom.

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Berlin's Hotel Zoo to Re-open This October After a 2 Year Redo

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  Site Where: Kurfürstendamm 25, Berlin, Germany, 10719
August 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s nothing like a little Hollywood style hype to draw some attention to the re-opening of a hotel. For two years, the Hotel Zoo in Berlin has been under serious wraps during its renovation and we don’t have much more to go on than we did when it closed. Recent announcements about the hotel’s big unveiling this October have got us curious, and clues about what the hotel may actually look like come from, none other than, Hollywood.

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Ritz-Carlton Berlin Launches a Most Unusual Bar Concept, But Will People Like It?

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  Site Where: Potsdamer Platz 3, Berlin, Germany, 10785
June 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The dream of every prestigious hotel is to create a unique environment, one that will bring locals in off the street as much as it will entice its guests to stay put. During a recent trip to Germany, we stumbled upon a brand-new bar (no pun intended) at the Ritz Carlton Berlin that might just be the most out of the box concept we've seen at a hotel in a long, long time.

Called Fragrances, the bar's premise combines perfume with cocktail creation, encouraging patrons to use their sense of smell to pick their drink. The visual menu is set up right inside the entrance to the lounge-like bar, a lineup of perfume bottles displayed alongside the ingredients used to make the drink. Above, a photo of the cocktail's presentation hangs.

When selecting a drink, you smell the perfume carefully because the drink will 1) also smell like that perfume and 2) reflect that smell in its taste. The concept was designed and implemented by mixologist slash perfume expert Henning Heissen, who through a number of trials, was able to find the combination of ingredients that replicated the smell of the perfumes. Each drink is served in a unique way, from glasses in buckets and birdhouses to those that resemble baby bottles.

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10 Packing Commandments from Hotel de Rome's 'Professional Packer'

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  Site Where: Behrenstrasse 37, Berlin, Germany, 10117
June 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Problematic packers, you know who you are.

You can’t zip your suitcase without your entire family doing a tap dance on top of it. At the airport, people congratulate your Samsonite and ask “how far along” it is. When you unpack at the hotel, your once-neatly pressed wardrobe looks like someone was trying to teach themselves origami with your conference outfits.

There is help for people like you, and his name is Ivica Tot-Genz. As the laundry manager at Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Tot-Genz has become the Yoda of luggage management. He’s an interesting guy, a trained bespoke tailor (eye for measurements) who used to fold parachutes for stowing under pilots’ seats in his native Croatia. And his “professional packing” service is inclusive for Hotel de Rome guests.

To give us a taste of his experience-gleaned ideas, Tot-Genz shared with us ten of his Top 10 Packing Tips:

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Take Home a Piece of the Berlin Wall When You Stay At This Hotel

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  Site Where: Berlin, Germany
May 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those who go to Berlin seeking to soak up the city's incredible history will be interested to learn that a package offered by the 400-room Westin Grand gives guests the opportunity to take home a piece of the Berlin Wall with a two-night "Wallpecker Package."

The hotel recently purchased a chunk of the Wall, which now sits out in front of the lobby doors on the street. Guests who book the package get to take up a chisel and hammer off a piece, which comes with a certificate of authenticity. The package also includes an upscale taste of Berlin in the form of a currywurst sausage and a glass of Champagne at the lobby restaurant (check out our bro Jaunted's guide to eating in Berlin to learn more about currywurst).

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What Do You Think About This Berlin Hotel's Housekeeping Policy?

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (2)

Although the property itself doesn't go much beyond your standard city accommodations despite its name, Berlin's Lux 11 Hotel in Mitte had a reverse housekeeping policy that perked our interest, one that had us wondering if it might be an industry solution to payroll and environmental concerns: Instead of regular daily housekeeping that comes unless you ask them not to, room cleaning only takes place if you ask for it.

The hotel spells out this policy on the back of the door as well as upon check-in, letting guests know that if they want housekeeping service, they have to hang a tag on the door prior to noon. In its note, Lux 11 explains that its method prevents against the problem of being annoyed by maids in the morning.

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Funky Friday: Camping Out Urban Style at Hutten Palast, Berlin

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  Site Where: Hobrechtstrasse 65/66, Berlin - Neukolln, 12047
March 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For all the die-hard campers out there, there is finally a hotel designed just for you, only it's in uber-urban Berlin. As funky as this may sound, Hutten Palast is a different concept that's cleverly delivered, and it's a pretty good deal too at less than $100 per night. For these reasons and more, we think it's well earned a place in Funky Friday.

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It May Be Winter, But 25hours Hotel Berlin Bikini is Open

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  Site Where: Budapest Str 40, Berlin, 10787
February 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The 25hours brand has scored another design hit with its seventh hotel, 25hours Bikini Berlin. What better time for such a debut when most of us are embedded in snow.

25hours, aka 25h, is best known for its vibrant personality, creative vision, and dedication to its like-minded guests. Each of its hotels comes alive in a very distinctive way, taking a modern perspective of the local setting, while carefully cultivating spaces that really work. With only seven hotels, 25hours is a brand to keep watching-- and we love looking!

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Boutique Hotels in Berlin Unite with New Booking Site

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  Site Where: Berlin, Germany
January 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Seven boutique hotels located across Germany's capital have joined together in creating a booking site called BoutiqueHotelsinBerlin.com. No hotel on the site has more than 200 rooms, and only two have been operating for more than three years. Customers can search by location and compare notes on the properties' themes, rooms, and facilities.

Granted, this is not an extensive collection by any means for a city as big as Berlin, but we like the concept of seeing the little guys join forces. We assume more properties will jump on the newly-launched site over the next year, giving the bigger, more SEO dominate hotel chains a little competition as travelers continue the trend of seeking out small, more authentic properties around the globe.

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Concorde Loses Half Of Its Hotels In A Year, What's Next?

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  Site Where: 108, rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
December 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel rebrandings happen – they are a fact of life in the industry, whether a result of lawsuits or some other drama, or just a desired change in direction or repositioning. The difference for guests can be substantial if major renovation is involved, and sometimes it is simply a case of one name on the door coming down and another going up.

We’re not entirely sure though what to call it when a hotel group loses half of its portfolio in the span of a single year, which seems to be the case for Concorde Hotels. Earlier this year, Hyatt swooped in and took over the management of four of its hotels (two in Paris, two on the French Riviera), newcomer The Set will be closing the Lutetia soon for yet another full-on French palace hotel renovation, and now Hilton is taking over Concorde Paris Opéra and Sofitel the Concorde Berlin. Seven hotels in twelve months is quite the stampede for the door marked “exit,” is all we’re saying.

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6 Artsy Hotel Restaurants For A Dose of Fine Fare and Culture

October 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most high-end hotels take great care in creating impressive dining spaces, often luring in celebrity chefs and extra business along the way. But lately we have noticed a solid restaurant scene isn't always enough to draw in some extra business and hotels are going to greater lengths to bring in dollars, from opening up their pools so patrons can enjoy the sun and a cocktail, to installing full-blown art installations. Some hotels have taken to blending art and dining and the results certainly make for an eye-catching environment. Take a look at these six hotel restaurants where diners can take in both a five-star meal along with a helping of art and design:

1. The Bazaar by Jose Andres, SLS Beverly Hills

SBE as a whole is an artsy and progressive name when it comes to hospitality and dining, working with big names to produce memorable venues like Katsuya and the SLS-branded hotels. The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Los Angeles is no exception with an eclectic design created, like most of their projects, by master Parisian designer of interiors Philippe Starck. Filled with seemingly random artistic pieces and a rainbow of colors, The Bazaar is anything but boring with a practically exhaustive small bites menu to match with everything from classic dishes to creations made using molecular gastronomy.

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This Giant Pink Thing is Actually a Hotel Front Desk

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  Site Where: Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, Germany, 10245
September 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Berlin is known for their funky, eccentric, quirky and sometimes, just plain weird hotels but right now, we're crushing hard on this massive pink check-in desk at the Hotel nhow.

We found this snapshot in the HotelChatter Flickr Pool, taken by Ken E. Lee, one of our regular photo droppers. He mentioned that the desk is a work of DJ/designer Karim Rashid who has been populating design hotels around the world with his installations.

Indeed, the nhow, a "music and lifestyle" hotel, was touched by Rashid throughout from the lobby spaces to the guest rooms. Which is fitting considering that Rashid has a musical background as well. Here's some more on the concept of this nhow hotel (there's another one in Milan):

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