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It’s time for Guess the Hotel revealed! Yesterday we introduced you to the creepy lobby display of the West Coast hipster hotel that had been inexplicably abandoned for 43 years before being opened up by the current owners in 2007.
This is the Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon.
The Commodore was built in 1924 as a 24-room hotel for travelers on the Portland train and the ferry to Washington. Then in 1964 it mysteriously closed from one day to the next. As in, closed the doors but left furniture, belongings, everything inside, right down to magazines and cigarette stubs by the beds. Nobody knows why, though they think it might be to do with the arrival of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
In 2007, the current owners bought it, opened it up, and commenced renovation, while saving much of what was found in the rooms for the spooky lobby display. It opened as the Commodore in 2009.
These days, there are 18 rooms: suites and cabins. Cabins are small rooms with a washbasin inside and shared bathroom facilities down the end of the corridor. Not scary shared bathroom facilities though – there are separate toilets for men and women (huzzah!), each toilet and each shower is in its own closed room rather than public cubicles, and when we toured the hotel they were spotlessly clean. There are two showers and two toilets per floor, shared by six cabins. Could be better (could be ensuite), but not an alarming ratio.
This isn’t what it looks like.
It looks like any other West Coast hipster hotel, trying to be quirky with its odd lobby collection of books, maps, magazines, bottles and suitcases.
But here’s where it gets creepy: all this stuff, apart from the books, is what was found in the hotel when the present owners bought the building in 2007.
Before that, it had been abandoned for 43 years. As if the previous owners went out grocery shopping and never came back. Pretty spooky – even for a town that’s seen its fair share of violence, back in the days of gangs and murderers and abductions – many of whom were abducted to serve in the military.
There's a mystery building in Hamburg, Germany. A historic building that used to house the city's tax authority is receiving some interest from a Hong Kong based hotel group. But which one? Well, that's the mystery. Fortunately, we have some clues.
According to the report, the building, built in 1907, will offer 147 hotel rooms once it goes through its massive renovations, to the tune of 50 million Euros. An investor in the property told another newspaper that the hotel will be managed by a hotel operator based in Asia, which could be either Peninsula or Shangri-la.
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Guess the Hotel revealed! The blue staircase and blue pool did indeed belong to the Hotel Indigo Hong Kong, which is where we laid our head during a short stopover in the city. Hong Kong has an impressive hotel game, and our expectations were high given what Indigo pulled off further north in Shanghai. Read on to find out what we thought.
We’ve just left a hotel we’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, and while a full rundown is coming soon, we’re starting things off with a Guess the Hotel: you’ll find a few hints below, and you tell us where you think we’ve just spent the night.
· a shade of blue is where it all starts, and isn’t just a coincidence – showing up both inside in the twisting staircase above, as well as in the outdoor pool below
· inside the guestrooms, our expectations for pretty things – from funky design to quirky features – were high
· set in an up and coming neighborhood in this vibrant city, the hotel cuts a slim silhouette, but will have to throw its weight around to make a dent in the massively competitive hotel game out here
It's time for another rousing rendition of Guess The Hotel! Here's how it works--we give you some hotel hints, you drop your guesses in comments below and we'll tell you if you're right or wrong next week. And away we go!
We already knew donuts were all the rage in the culinary world but in the hotel world? Not so much. Yet this hotel is putting donuts on the guest room pillows...so to speak. Here are some other hints about this hip hotel:
· The surrounding area feels not just like another city, but another country.
· The donuts on the pillow may not be real but the pastries served in the cafe downstairs--the first cafe from a beloved native chef--are TO.DIE.FOR. Chocolate brownie topped with marshmallows, anyone?
· The hotel is currently working on a rooftop pool and restaurant from the same chef, who also opened a cheekily-named restaurant at the hotel.( If we were to say the name of the chef or the restaurant, we would be giving it all away.)
· Most of the decor in the hotel is incredible, taking everyday items and transforming them into sculptures, wallpaper, and seriously cool furnishings.
· There is free WiFi everywhere throughout the hotel.
Think you know what hotel we're hinting at? Drop your guesses in comments below!
It's time for yet another rousing rendition of GUESS THE HOTEL! Here's how it works--we put up a picture of a hotel we recently visited along with a few hints below. You drop your guesses in the comments section and we'll reveal the hotel later in the week.
For this edition of Guess the Hotel, we head across the pond where we found BACON JAM in the minibar. Quite unusual. Here are some other funky things we noticed and loved about the hotel:
· There is a portrait of a woman wearing toilet paper on her head in the room.
· The toiletries were very masculine-smelling which was actually quite nice.
· The WiFi was totally free.
· The restaurant downstairs might just be THE place to eat these days. If you can't snag a reservation, no worries there are three other places to hang out and have a drink.
Think you might know what hotel we're hinting at? Well, we'll give you one last hint. We may have mentioned the hotel in the copy above. Just sayin'. Drop your guesses in comments below!
We haven't played Guess the Hotel for quite some time so allow us to liven up your wintry Friday afternoon with a new edition. You know the rule--we drop some hints, you drop your guesses in comments below. And away we go!
Recently, we toured an iconic hotel in a popular warm-weather destination that completed a major renovation a little over a month ago. While the bones of the structure remain, the inside has been gloriously updated to reflect the needs of today's modern traveler, as evidenced by these shining new iMacs in the Yabu Pushelberg-designed lobby. Here are some more hints to get you guessing:
· The hotel has an incredible location along a main drag that fronts the ocean.
· There's been a recent management change at the hotel, although branding from the previous operators is still lingering.
· On certain weekday mornings, a crowd sits in the lobby to hear about the hotel's architectural history.
· Once upon a time, P. Diddy threw a party here with penguins.
Ok, we probably just gave it away with that last hint but still, test your hotel knowledge by submitting your guess in comments below! We'll reveal the full monty on Monday!
With its brass fixtures and pseudo-candle bedside lamps, this long-awaited new hotel is obviously playing off its history -- and quite a history it is. The building is more than 100 years old and (among many other luminaries) was once home to a certain beat writer.
To borrow a term from a recent festival that celebrated this street, we are feeling pretty positive about the local area's resurgence. Besides this new boutique hotel, several restaurants and a certain cult coffee company have recently opened on the same street.
We have a bit of a different version of Guess the Hotel for you today: rather than giving you a few clues about one specific property, we’re putting your hotel knowledge to the test based on the above skyline shot of Singapore for a game of Name The Hotel. How many of them can you spot?
From left to right, we have two hotels that share a common background, and will soon be connected by an underground tunnel. We then have one that will be easy to miss, two that also have a bit of a connection (bonus points for knowing the rebranding that happened here and how it relates to yet another hotel nearby that can’t been in this photo), and finally a cluster of hotels, some of which you could see by their name proudly shown on the exterior if you were closer. All in all, there should be at least ten to list.
Bonus points for adding what is just out of frame on the right, something we talked about last week. One more picture from the roof of one of the hotels can be found after the jump. To the comments with your guesses!
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Wow, we were quite impressed with the responses from our most recent, Guess The Hotel. Not only because we had a few contenders in the game, but we also had a winner! The hotel that uses their key cards as framed art in the lobby is Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Since we headed to the Northern Thai city for Songkran, the country's new year celebrations, the unique display caught our eyes while heading back to our room to change out of the soggy clothes we were in. When the streets and anybody walking on them got super soaked, we knew that we could escape into the comfort of our hotel with its opulent lobby and comfy rooms.
Even though the streets got hectic, we always received a warm smile and Sawatdee ka/krab from any of the staff and even were handed fluffy towels to dry off before we headed to the elevator. The one thing that stood out here was how welcoming the staff was, thanking us for coming to Chiang Mai and even providing personal cell-phone numbers to offer assistance during our stay. Truly an above and beyond experience.
We've been in some hotels that take their art very seriously and some that prefer to make the design as minimalist as possible. But recently, we came across some cool framed art hanging in the lobby of our hotel using different variations of their room-keys to create a larger, more interesting object d'art. If this isn't reason enough to open your eyes when rushing from the front desk, to the elevators, to your room, we don't know what is.
Upon check-in, the hotel gives you a randomly selected card with very little knowledge that it's part of the larger picture in four different series. Once we saw the other cards, we were immediately envious of the other keys, but didn't have the guts to ask for a cooler one; you're not supposed to keep them, remember! It did give us the idea that it would make for a fun Guess The Hotel entry.
See if you can figure out where we were from the clues below. If you think you know, take a guess in the comments section and we will reveal the hotel's identity next week.
Here are your hints...ready go!
· The hotel is mix of East and West, considering the brand and location.
· It is one of few major international hotels in the city as well as one of the tallest buildings in the city's 'skyline'.
· The city itself is considered one of UNESCO's 'Creative Cities' which fits well with their use of key card art.
· With a perfect proximity to the local Night Bazaar, there is most certainly nothing bizarre about the warm service and iconic smiles you get here.