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Olive Trees and Wraparound Headboards: The Dean Dublin Is Open

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland
December 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

First look at a Mod Pod

The doors are open and the photos are in of the Dean Dublin, which opened last week.

What we like:

· Rooftop restaurant Sophie’s, with its 360-degree views of Dublin and what appear to be olive trees growing inside;
· Deft touches like Smeg fridges and old-style telephones in the rooms;
· The colors and textures – deep blues and velvet sofa-style wraparound headboards in the tiny Mod Pod rooms – trendy yet chic;

· Wraparound windows and massive desks in the Hi-Fi rooms – perfect workstation or what;
· Local elements like trays of “Irish munchies” and Grafton Barber toiletries;
· The €250m worth of local art about the place, and the ability to purchase some of it.

What we don’t like:

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Ignore The Name, The Dean Dublin Is Not (Just) For Millennials

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  Site Where: Dublin, Ireland
November 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?

Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.

Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".

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Sofitel St James London Wants You to Eat Your Greens

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  Site Where: 6 Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4AN
September 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fall is around the corner for London: the air is crisp and leaves have started to color. Sofitel St. James is using the change of seasons to make sure you eat your vegetables (better be healthy for when temperatures inevitably drop), drink some of them (because anything goes into cocktails these days) and while you’re at it, look at some outsized, shiny sculpture versions by French artist Patrick Laroche too.

Above is a shot from the hotel’s lobby off of Waterloo Place, around which you’ll find a number of Laroche’s art displayed as part of an exhibit called, as expected, “Vegetables”. Brightly colored and very shiny, they are at the hotel until the end of October.

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Brown's Hotel's Mayfair Tours Are Particularly Artful

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  Site Where: 33 Albemarle St, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4BP
September 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

What to do on a weekend in London? Some might say, quite a lot. But in case you’re tired of life what’s on offer in the capital, Brown’s Hotel has something else up its sleeve for you: an art tour.

Brown’s premise is that Mayfair’s solid gallery scene is being laid siege to by the all the posh shops and fashion brands moving in; so it’s introducing the tours to remind us what Mayfair should be about.

Each week, a different director from a participating gallery will whisk guests off and around the area, showing off their favorite shows and spaces – not just the obvious ones, but hidden galleries that open by appointment only in private offices.

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Funky Friday: Nothing Butt Cheeky Poolside Art at Hotel Enfrente Arte

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  Site Where: Calle Real 40, 29400 Ronda,Malaga
August 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

These artsy his and hers lounge chairs are sure to be the butt of many a poolside joke at Enfrente Arte

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.

Hotel Enfrente Arte in Ronda, Spain, offers its own unique take on hotel art-- as in "take a seat," which is its mantra and basis of its eclectic design. They happily do not take themselves too seriously, describing their accommodation as "bohemian, alternative, funky…." We find this subject fitting, so to speak, for this week’s unofficial, end-of-summer, poolside Funky Friday edition.

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Funky Friday: The 3D Art Ceiling At Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

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  Site Where: Praterstrabe 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria
August 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Consider a neck massage after an evening stroll or during a stay at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, whose ceilings come alive like we've never seen before but would like to

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.

We’ve been looking for— and think we have found—a worthy Funky Friday subject that is especially eye catching from the outside. It would be almost impossible not to be drawn to this extravaganza of color, light, and imagery that is free to guests and passersby of Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Things are definitely looking up at this hotel, as these expressive ceilings clearly dominate the lobby lounge, Le Loft Restaurant on the 18th floor, even the drive-up entrance court.

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Shepard Fairey Has Brought Some 'Peace' To The Line Hotel

August 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are already so many cool things to see at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles from the ruched t-shirts that adorn the ceiling above the check-out desk to the crazy, geometric-shaped lobby seating to the "donuts" on the pillows and the Roy Choi restaurant, POT. But now, there's something else to admire at The Line Hotel.

Contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Obama "Hope" poster, has created a 10-story mural on the facade of the property called, "Peace Tree. Notice Fairey's trademark Obey Giant face in the center.

While the finished product is pretty sweet to look at, the time-lapse video is way better, especially the shot from inside one of the guest rooms.

The hotel says the Peace Tree is the first in a series of revolving art that will be featured on the hotel's wall. We just hope it's not too quickly revolving, we'd like to look at this Peace Tree for a while.

[Photos and video: The Line Hotel]

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Whiteout Is Art at Palace Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Tokyo, Japan
July 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

A casual glance at the above photo of the lobby at Palace Hotel Tokyo shows a number of things: gleaming grey marble, moss-green carpet and bench, painting, flower arrangement, chandeliers.

The painting isn’t the only piece of art in the photo though, with the white wall behind reception revealing its secret as you get closer: it isn’t just a white wall, it’s a whiteout wall. More specifically, it is a mixture of artificial marble, crystal powder, and whiteout correction fluid (!) brought together to depict endangered species of Japanese flowers. Talk about symbolism – a close up just below.

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Andaz Liverpool Street's Room With A View Will Give You An Arty Andazm

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  Site Where: 40 Liverpool Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2M 7QN
July 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the reasons we’ve always liked London’s Andaz Liverpool Street is that, despite it being a largely business hotel in the City of London, it’s always pushed the envelope with art projects, fashion things, Readers in Residence and so on. Another reason we’ve always liked Andaz Liverpool street is that, despite its business-ness, it’s always given a shout out to its East London roots.

So now we love it even more with the launch of Room With A View: a year-long series of “East London street art rooms” – basically, four rooms hand-painted by East London street artists.

The project starts with The Pearly Room by Chris Price: a black and white riot of pearly kings and queens amongst the spires of Shoreditch.

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The Beaumont London Shows Off Its 'ROOM' and First Renderings

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  Site Where: Brown Hart Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W1K 6TF
June 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we walked by Corbin and King’s upcoming The Beaumont hotel earlier this year, the white 1920s Art Deco former parking garage was gleaming in the pale February sun, except for one part of the hotel’s southern façade still obscured by scaffolding.

No more today, as you can see above: this is “ROOM”, a three-story sculpture of a crouching man by Antony Gormley, commissioned for the hotel. But “ROOM” is not “just” a piece of art; it's doing double duty as the bedroom – lined with fumed oak – of one of the hotel’s suites. There will be a total of 50 rooms, 13 studios, and 10 suites inside The Beaumont, and along with the unveiling of “ROOM”, we have a first few renderings of what the interiors will look like.

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Artist Who Did McDonald's World Cup French Fry Box Also Left His Mark at This Hotel

Where: Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you caught the first World Cup game yesterday like we did, you may have noticed a strange advertisement on the board surrounding the pitch. The ad simply said #fryfutbol. No, not #tryfutbol. #fryfutbol. What.the.heck?

It turns out it's actually an ad for, who else?, McDonalds. The fast food chain has gotten in on the World Cup fever by redoing their french fry boxes with 12 different designs. This is the first time the boxes have ever been sold with a different design. And the Brazilian street artist who did the The World United By Soccer design, Eduardo Kobra, recently painted a mural for The Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Kobra painted the hotel's exterior in a "blazing rainbow of colors" during the San Miguel Art Festival and it completely fits the contemporary design vibe of the Matilda. Sadly, the artwork will only remain up on the hotel until the end of the tournament. Here's hoping someone can convince the hotel to leave it up a little longer.

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Harry Benson's Photos of The Beatles to (Briefly) Return to The George V Hotel in Paris

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  Site Where: 31 Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
June 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've long known that the Four Seasons, George V Hotel in Paris has hosted many distinguished celebrities over the years (and some reality stars too) but did you know about their Beatles connection?

It turns out, The Beatles made the George V their home base when they were in Paris in 1964. A piano was actually installed in one of the suites and this is where John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote, "I Feel Fine." (This story we knew, the hotel we did not.) That moment was captured by photographer Harry Benson.

Benson also encouraged the lads to have a pillow fight in the room and his pictures of the Fab Four in 1964 are now iconic shots of the boys in their Beatlemania days. Another fun fact? The negatives of these photos were developed in the hotel's bathtub.

Now, the George V is planning to host a brief exhibit of Benson's Beatles photos in their lobby and in front of Le Bar from June 15-June 30. The exhibit will be run by hotel's in-house artistic director, Jeff Leatham.

And (very) lucky for us, Harry Benson himself has answered a few of our questions about his time at the hotel with The Beatles. (Excuse us, while we scream like a teenage girl again and again and again.)

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