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Funky Friday: Sleeping on Hay (Yes, Hay) In The Heart of Bavaria

September 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

No turndown service or chocolates on the pillow at Heuhotel Schleifmuehle, but a whole lot of fun and shared experiences with your traveling buddies

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.

Ever stayed at a hay hotel? The concept of sleeping in barns, authentic or re-imagined, has been around for some time and is gaining popularity as travelers seek more eco-sensitive and unique experiences. Sharing a large space with other guests is one thing, spending the night on top of hay bales is quite another. However, as a hostel for traveling youths or large families touring together, we think it's a great idea and funky enough for Funky Friday. Obviously, if you have allergies, stay away. Or better yet, use this booking site instead.

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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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Another High Design Budget Hotel Coming To Hamburg in June From Prizeotel

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  Site Where: Hogerdamm 28, Hamburg, Germany, 20097
May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Budget design hotels are looking good these days and as far as we can see, there’s no end in sight. With brands like Generator on a (design) roll since day one, and new brands like Moxy just getting started, hoteliers are showing the world that great design can be achieved in the budget or economy category of accommodation. Next month, we will have another shining example, literally, of how far reaching--and far out--budget hotel design can go, with the opening of the Prizeotel Hamburg.

This will be the second Prizeotel property, after Prizeotel Bremen, both of which have been designed by the flamboyant Karim Rashid. Rashid has worked with Nh Hotels and MyHotels, and his resume spans the gamut of design including products, fashion, furniture, lighting, and art. Since Rashid is working so closely to create Prizeotel’s brand identity, we would imagine all future hotels under this flag will come from the house of Rashid.

Although the new Prizeotel is just about to open, few details of the design have been released. We did find one clean rendering of a guest room, seen above. We like the colors, sexy lighting, and the raised end of the bed, which is a great place to stash luggage. Amenities that are integral to the brand include 24-hour open doors, free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat screen TV, music lamp, rainforest showerhead, and designer desk. That should go without saying.

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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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The Brenners Park Hotel Takes Their Detox Programs Very Seriously

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  Site Where: Schillerstrasse 4/6, Baden-Baden, Germany, 76530
May 9, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember hearing of the days when people traveled to European hotels and spas to “take the cure?” Well Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden (part of the Oetker Collection and Leading Hotels of the World) has set up three seven-day detox programs that harken back to those days of yore.

Brenners Vitality Detox – This is considered to be the starter package for detox virgins. As with all of the detox programs you get an interview with the Detox Specialist, a personalized menu plan and full board prepared in the Detox Vitalizing Kitchen, daily detoxifying tea and a green smoothie, daily yoga, and a five-course Gourmet Detox Dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Vitality Detox package also includes spa goodies such as a De-acidifying Alkaline Bath to “support corporeal removal” and a body scrub with bio-virgin coconut oil and fleur de sel.

The Vitality Detox program starts at $3,430 Euros ($4,773) for seven days including accommodation in a Classic Single Room.

Brenners Organic Detox – This package combines spa treatments with a fitness program, and here’s where things start to get a wee bit funky. Along with innocuous sounding treatments like the sea mud compress with alkaline Epsom salts, we have the Flush-out Body Scrub with supporting Belly Button Massage. This makes us a little squirmy. You?

The Organic Detox program starts at $4,095 Euros ($5,698) for seven days including accommodation in a Classic Single Room.

And then we have their big gun: the Brenners Medical Detox. This ain’t for no sissy-baby spa goer (see below for more!)

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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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Bright, Colorful and Cheap: The Hotel Meininger at Berlin Airport

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  Site Where: Berlin, Germany, 12526
July 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have a thing for colorful hotels. We could hardly contain our excitement when checking out the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale and we snapped the whirlpool at the Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore, to name a few. So when we saw Flickr member Ken E. Lee drop this snapshot of the Hotel Meininger near the Berlin Airport in the HotelChatter Flickr Pool, we instantly perked up.

If you haven't heard of Meininger Hotels before (and we hadn't), the brand can be found throughout Germany and also in London, Amsterdam and Vienna. It's one of those cheap but stylish hotel chains that is just a notch above hostel accommodations (although most Meininger hotels do have "dormitory" options.) And while it does bill itself as great for everyone--families, business travelers and backpackers--we're not sure you'd want to do more than two nights here. That said it's crazy affordable. A single room at Berlin Airport hotel starts at 35 Euros a night while the dormitory rooms start at just 15 €. And of course the WiFi is totally free.

Yet while all Meininger hotels boast colorful interiors (see this shot here), we think this one is the only one that's colorful on the outside as well. Now, how do you say "Sunglasses at Night" in German?

[Photo: Ken E. Lee/Flickr]

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Are Televisions in the Bathroom Mirror a Worthwhile Luxury Amenity?

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  Site Where: Königsallee 11 , Dusseldorf, Germany, 40212
July 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (2)

The Breidenbacher Hof is the closest luxury hotel to the Old Town of Dusseldorf, literally a two block walk to what is commonly referred to as "the longest bar in the world," a series of pubs and restaurants that pour out onto the pedestrian promenade (our sister site Jaunted gave us the scoop on it). Dusseldorf is a beer-drinkers paradise, specializing in a unique style called Altbier, and it's one of those towns where you go out for one drink and end up coming back at sunrise (which this contributor experienced firsthand a few day ago).

But the town is not all beer drinking and belching. It's also home to Germany's largest Japanese population and well known for its luxury shopping, including the Königsallee, which is regarded as the most exclusive kilometer in Germany due to its top designers and exclusive jewelry, perfume, porcelain and antiques shops.

The 95-room Breidenbacher definitely fits in with the latter luxe crowd, having hosted celebrity guests that include Pink and AC/DC. It didn't take us long to notice the flair as we were escorted to the room during check-in by an associate from the front desk, who showed us how all the gadgets work. The room was gorgeous, but what made us crack a smile was when we entered the bathroom and saw the television embedded in the mirror. Upscale hotel, or man's dream bathroom?

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Three Small Hotel Chains You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should Try!)

Where: Osaka, Japan
May 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

There are over 3,500 Marriott hotels on Earth. There could be 3.5 million and that still wouldn't be enough to satisfy the world's traveling population, and so, for your future travel pleasures, we present three small hotel chains you've probably never heard of but should totally book because they're awesome (and growing):

P.S. - they all have free WiFi!

25hours

They just rebranded with a new tagline, "come as you are," and we couldn't be more in love. 25hours have become our number one choice for a hotel when staying in the four cities where they have locations, and we've reviewed two right here on HotelChatter—Frankfurt-Goldman and Hamburg-HafenCity.

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5 Things We Learned From Assouline's New 'Luxury Collection' Book

May 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're feeling wistful this weekend, a good way to kick back and set out on a magical hotel journey—without ever leaving your home—is to flip through Assouline's new 160-page Luxury Collection book, which is part of their Hotel Stories series.

The Luxury Collection: Hotel Stories devotes a mini-chapter to each of the 80+ hotels under Starwood's chi-chi Luxury Collection brand. There's history, and celebrity interviews, and design details—but you can technically find those things anywhere on the internet. What really makes the book stand out are the photos. Rich, full-color, splashy images of ITC Mughal, Gritti Palace, Al Maha and tons more.

While drooling over the images, we managed to scan a bit of text too. Here are five takeaway facts about Luxury Collection we didn't previously know:

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These Bavarian Digs Dangle From a Tree

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  Site Where: Allgäuerstraße 12, Pfronten, Germany, 87459
April 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our Twitter follower @TanerKay showed the above pic to us with a very poignant question: “I would love to stay here but how do you go to the bathroom at night?”

We were stumped. All we could manage was a “Whoa”. We’re not used to being so speechless. Then we did some digging on this doozy of a place.

Where is it? Apparently, it’s an adventure resort called Waldseilgarten Hoellschluch located in the Bavaria region near Munich. From May 1st this year, guests can come and get their thrills from climbing trees, doing ropes courses, hiking, and all types of adrenaline-pumping activities before retiring at night to platform beds in the trees (for more sedate types) or the higher “portaledge” tents shown.

Know up front this is not for the dainty sort.

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