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Last night's Golden Globes Awards gave us plenty to talk about--Ricky Gervais' dig at closeted Scientologists, "The Fighter" Melissa Leo's rambling thank you acceptance speech, Natalie Portman's awkward laugh after joking about how her fiancee really does want to sleep with her, Robert DeNiro's "joke" about deporting illegal immigrants and of course, all the best and worst in red carpet fashion.
The award show also gave us yet another glimpse at the International Ballroom inside The Beverly Hilton. While last year we wondered whether or not the hotel had some, erm, not-so-pretty carpeting, this year a Beverly Hilton hotel rep emailed us some background on the design:
To note, the carpet is iconic to our history. Conrad Hilton opened the hotel in 1955 displaying a sculpture of our icon, a STARBURST at the front of the International Ballroom. Today, the STARBURST sits inside the world-famous International Ballroom where Hollywood’s elite meet weekly.
At one point, this was the carpeting at the Foxwoods Cedar Casino (and it may still be!)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that for years and years and years hotels installed bewildering, dizzying, headache-inducing and downright scary carpeting in their public spaces (and sometimes in the rooms!) so as to distract guests from stains, spills and unsavory remnants of accidents, bodily or otherwise.
Fortunately, as we head into the second decade of the new millennium, hotels have found a way to incorporate "whimsical" yet eye pleasing design into their carpet choices. See some examples of that here.
But just in case you come across some god-awful carpeting (believe us, there is still plenty of that out there) you can commiserate with others in this Facebook "support" group: People Who Believe Hotels Have the Ugliest Carpets.
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The hotel's management has assured us that the bedding in the hotel has been updated, even though it appears the website photos have not. The hotel has also made upgrades to its restaurant and its business center yet remember, because this is a Choice Hotel, there is free WiFi throughout.
What we're also digging about this hotel is that it's pet-friendly and has a casino on site (Typically, the budget brand hotels in Vegas do not have casinos.) It's location is decent, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center and close to Wynn/Encore. Room rates start around $84 a night and free continental breakfast is included too.
But will we take a chance on this hotel during our next trip to Vegas? Sure, so long as they update those room photos.
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For a hotel that stresses their love for winethere's a hosted lobby wine reception in the evening, a great bottle of red in the minibar and even sommelier classes at other Palomarsthe carpeting is a perfect choice for hiding red wine stains. But how does it go over with male guests? The Palomar is a consummately feminine hotel, and when we stayed we saw no evidence of single male guests. Rather, those trotting through the lobby or joining in the wine reception were female executives, female tourists and the occasional couple.
When we think of Boca Raton, a popular warm getaway destination for the Northeast, we typically think of two things--Jerry Seinfeld's parents and the colors pink and beige, which is pretty much the color scheme for all major buildings down there.
Don't get me wrong. I love the Boca Resort. Parts of the Tower, however, appear to be lost in a 1970s time warp. This is the lobby stairway carpeting in the Tower.
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Amidst all the glittering stars last night that crammed into the Beverly Hills Hilton for the Golden Globes Awards last night, we couldn't help but notice the carpeting in the International Ballroom which looked to be imprinted with big blue stars with pointy edges, almost like they came out of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Not cute.
Ok, you might accuse us of being too picky here but if this ballroom is going to be on camera every year for the GG awards then let's go with a more muted rug pattern. After all, the Beverly Hilton's ballroom holds quite a lot of history for the Hollywood elite.
We know, we know. You don't need to tell us again that hotels pick dizzying carpet patterns for their guest rooms, hallways and meeting rooms to hide stains and the signs of wear and tear they undergo but seriously, there are better ways to go about it. Marriott, we're talking to you.
A commenter on our post over the fugly carpeting going inside the eagerly awaited JW Marriott at LA Live pointed us in the direction of another Marriott offender--The Marriott Hunt Valley near Baltimore. Good lord, we just got the spins. Is this really necessary?
In other noteworthy comments:
· A bad stay at the Miramonte Resort & Spa
· Spa Week continues next month at Ft. Lauderdale Hotels
· You Tell Us Your Outrageous Parking Fees
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UPDATE: The JW Marriott LA Live just tweeted about the carpet installation on the 5th floor. Guess it's too late!
We've been riding a sort of high about the upcoming JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton coming to downtown Los Angeles' LA Live entertainment complex. Downtown LA has been struggling for a long time to pull visitors away from the action of Hollywood and the fun of the Venice/Santa Monica beaches and LA Live looks like their best shot.
Next to the Staples Center (home to the Lakers and big ticket concerts), LA Live has a Nokia Theater, a small intimate venue called Club Nokia, an ESPN Zone, the Grammy Hall of Fame and several restaurants and bars.
So bringing in the JW Marriott and a Ritz next to LA Live (in a cool building with a large video wall) will give guests close-by fancy hotel options. However, we're really hoping the JW Marriott can reconsider its carpeting option before it opens on February 15, 2010.
It is no secret that we have a hard time dealing with fugly hotel carpeting. We understand why it's ugly (the full story is here if you're interested, but here's a spoiler: hides stains, moves the eyes along, etc.) and we know the fug serves a function.
But here is the semi-fug (come on, the brown with the black reminds us of our a suite George Costanza's father would wear) carpet at Hotel Barcelo Raval in Barcelona and, would you look at that, this carpet actually serves a very distinct function. Hooray!
This was snapped by Crazy farmer, and rooms here start at about 110 euros per night (or $156 USD). And even if you're drunkers and staring at your feet to make sure you continue to put your left foot in front of your right, you'll be able to find your room.
Hey! We haven't giggled about some fugly carpet in a while. And this one comes from the center of the universe, NYC, and perhaps we may one day get lucky enough to unearth enough fugly carpets to declare this place the Fugly Carpet Capital of the World.
Also, it's Friday afternoon and we want to end the week on a smiley note. This shot comes from eryoni on Flickr, and it's from (we're pretty sure) the Renaissance Times Square, where rates start at about $299 these days.
And it sort of reminds us of an 80's arcade game, no? Meh at least it won't show too many stains from the touristy sneakers trudging all over it if New York sees another soaking wet week like the one we just had.
Fugly carpet found at Paris' Four Seasons George V.
We'll admit it: we rag on ugly hotel carpeting with a fair bit of frequency. But in an honest effort to embrace our softer sides, we will attempt to do what our mothers always taught us to do before mocking something: we'll make an attempt to understand it. And we'll be starting with the fuzziest victim of our sometimes-vicious scrutiny; a hotel design element we tend to walk all over frequently (ha! See what we did there?)
So, we ask because we want to understand: why is hotel carpeting so ugly?
Welcome to the latest installment of our Hotel Carpet series, where we take it upon ourselves to call out the most offensive hotel carpeting we come across. Behold this shot of the lobby of the historic Marriott Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, which was recently given a gigantic makeover to the tune of $128 million. And yes, this is the post-makeover carpet.
This historic, very-recognizable building features French Beaux-Arts architecture and the exterior has, according to the website, been featured in "over 1,400 contemporary works of arts by local artists." The inside, however, may not translate so well to works of art mostly due to this crazy-trippy carpet.
Truly, it's not so bad it may just be the dizzying Alice in Wonderland stripes juxtaposed with the marble and luxe finishes in the rest of the space. It's just that this carpet is shocking for such an old-school luxe property like The Blackstone. And frankly, since the hotel is offering $99 rooms (as we mentioned just this week), we're not too sure we'll mind this carpet so much.
[Photo: Lawrence's Lenses]