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Sometimes we do actually require a little privacy in our hotel room, but the "Do Not Disturb" sign is either missing, too cryptic to decipher, or we don't feel like fiddling with a flimsy piece of cardboard on the outside of our door.
Well, here's a nifty little device that lets us control our privacy situation with the push of a button!
But before we go any further, we're going to let you, the reader, guess which hotel has installed these ingenious little touch screen panels. Ready for your hints?
· This property is actually made up of two hotels. They're located at the same address, they both share a lobby, and there's no real difference between them—same rooms, same rates, same look.
· The twin hotels are actually landmarks from the 1940s. At some point, they fell into disrepair, and the building became a nursing home. Now, it's back to a hotel!
· This hotel is still finishing up construction, but when it opens later this year, it will be a shiny new mid-range addition to the sunny city in which it's located.
· From the rooftop pool of this hotel, you can spot a few iconic (but more expensive) hotels across the street.
Think you've got the answer? Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal on Monday!
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The Art Institute in Chicago is currently hosting a major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective featuring more than 170 iconic works from the pop artist including several drawings of his major pieces, before they got the Benday dot treatment.
Since its the first retrospective for Lichtenstein in nearly 20 years, art enthusiasts have been flocking to the museum to take it all in (the exhibition will also head to the National Gallery in DC this fall). And one museum-goer who was quite taken with the pop art was Laurence Geller, the owner of both the Fairmont Chicago and The Intercontinental Chicago.
Geller was so impressed with the exhibit that he approached the museum to do a collaboration with his hotels. The result? These awesome pop art door hangers that are currently hanging from the knobs at both hotels.
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We sure do love hearing from our readers. Not that we're trying to take the burden off our own reporting, but being told about a new hotel feature still rocks our world. Yesterday, reader Pam sent in this photo of the Do Not Disturb Signs at the renovated Affinia Manhattan—which, we should add, we toured and reviewed here back in July.
One reads, 'the day is short,' the other, 'the night is long.' Coupled with the nifty flower designs in the rooms, we find these little placards pretty cute! With all the new toys to play with at Affinia hotels, you'll be needing those extra hours in the night to properly enjoy them.
You only have to look at the hotel's website to see that they're going for a sexy South Beach vibe. And clearly they expect that to extend to what goes on behind closed doors ...
Today's clever DND signs come from Alexander Hotels located just outside London. When you're not in the mood to have your room tidied up, turn the sign to the KO--Knocked Out. If you need your room refreshed, let housekeeping know it's OK to come on in.
Simple, cute and guaranteed to prevent any embarrassing walk-ins, provided you remember to switch the sign to the right side.
Got a fun, funny or funky Do Not Disturb sign to show us? Send it in!
Another shot of the DND sign after the jump.
Or so believes Tyler Marquardt, a designer who's up for contention on the show Shark Tank, where inventors approach investors including Mark Cuban (owner of the NBA champs, the Dallas Mavericks) for money to get their inventions out in the marketplace.
Marquardt's idea, according to this news report, is to place a message wheel right above the hotel room door's peephole. The wheel can be turned or adjusted from inside the room so that folks don't have to open their door to change a door tag and thus risk getting burgled or attacked. Seriously.
So, the other night we stayed at Hooters. Yeah, Hooters in Vegas. For only $20! While you can read our full review on VegasChatter, we thought it was crucial to update you on the Do Not Disturb Sign situation.
It appears the "No Knockers" DND signs are on the outs. Instead, we found this boring DND sign hanging from our door. Boooo.
What's probably happened is that folks have been swiping the No Knockers ones during their stay and Hooters decided to spend its money on something that doesn't need constant replacing.
As it turns out, the Prime Hotel is not the only hotel who gets a little cheeky with their DND signs. Citizen M Hotels pointed us to this Flickr photo of their own DND sign which says, "Don't come in. There's someone naked in here." The sign is accompanied by a photo of a woman clutching a pillow over her privates. If that doesn't tell housekeeping to go away, we don't know what will.
Seen a cheeky Do Not Disturb sign? Send it to us!
[Photo: Alex James Brown/Flickr]
We quite like creative Do Not Disturb Signs here at HotelChatter, especially those of the witty variety. This door tag that we spied during a quick peek at The Prime Hotel Miami Beach, however, doesn't bother resorting to words to tell you what's going on inside.
Since this is the hotel that sits next door to the celeb-heavy Prime One Twelve restaurant—above the Prime Lounge—we can only entertain the thought that this tag has been put to use by some (cough, cough) notable reality stars who frequent the establishment.
Well, when you're staying at at W Hotel, all you have to do is look at the Do Not Disturb signs hanging from the doorknobs. That's because the W puts out special DND signs for guests who are staying with pets as part of their PAW program--Pets are Welcome. It's their own "dog tag" if you will. It reads:
Why that sounds like an animal! (Actually it is, please be careful.) WOOF
So we were very proud of our Do Not Disturb photo gallery that we launched the other month which picked out some of the most interesting and unique DND signs we had seen to date. Yes, we discriminated slightly. These had to be creative, eye-catching or tongue-in-cheek signs. We've been adding to them slowly but no matter how many we add, we doubt we will ever catch up to this excellent gallery created by Edoardo Flores in Italy.
Edoardo has been collecting DND signs for years and he tells us that he now has over 6,000 DND signs from all over the world. Don't believe it? Go here for just one page of his DND signs.
What we love about this gallery is, of course, the sheer number of signs to browse through. But we also love that it's a bit of trip down memory lane as we can see how hotel chains have changed their signs and logos through the years. (For a good collection of the usual chain suspects, go here.)
We normally subscribe to the theory that Do Not Disturb signs are there to look pretty. We used to think that hanging one outside overnight is either boastful (Look everyone, we’re getting some!) or anal (shouldn’t it be taken for granted that you don’t want to be disturbed in the middle of the night?). The only time we gave them an airing was when we were going out for breakfast and wanted our stuff left untouched till we got back.
But spending last week at the Hotel Sax in Chicago (which turns into a Thompson Hotel tomorrow) gave us a wake up call on their usefulness. Several wake up calls, in fact. Because after two days of sweet slumbers, we had three days on the trot where we were barged in on by cleaners and a minibar lady first thing in the morning. Ie, before 9am. Including at 8.50am on Thanksgiving. Were they trying to get us up for the parade or something?
The cleaning ladies apologized all three times, but the minibar lady put us in our place. When she came knocking, we told her we were a bit busy getting ready to go out. She stared at us and said “There’s a Do Not Disturb sign on your door. If you don’t want to be disturbed, you should use it.” Touche. But still, 8:50am on Thanksgiving?