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8 Of The World's Sexiest Hotel Desks

October 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not exactly a desk, but totally sexy – the map of Singapore on the coffee table at Sofitel So Singapore

One thing we’ve noticed over recent coverage of millennial hotel brands and trendifying revamps – hotels think the way to pull in punters is to focus on design. And to focus on design, plenty of hotels are considering doing away with what most people take for granted in a hotel room: the steadfast hotel desk.

There’s just one problem: people like desks. They need them, too, if they’re grownups. First case in point: our room at Moxy Milan a couple of weeks back. Instead of a desk, there was a shallow glass plate poking out of the wall, just big enough to balance a laptop on. Instead of a chair, there was a stool – as in a footstool – under the glass shelf. It was an impossible set up, if you were planning to work – uncomfortable on the back, and with no space for anything like papers. (There was also a giant, sexy swivel armchair by the bed – great for Instagram, but impossible, again, for work.)

Second case in point: the current Le Méridien refresh program with slimmer, stand-up desks.

Third and final case in point: the Westin redesign, which has shrunk desks. Westin says its research shows that people are abandoning desks. If our comments this time, and last time we discussed this, are anything to go by, there’s a sizeable group of us that isn’t. So while hotels are rushing to court millennials, they risk alienating their already loyal customers.

Problem is, other than the general downsizing of rooms, this move seems to be based on the premise that hotel desks are ugly. But they don’t have to be! Hotel designers, here are some ideas for how to have trendy rooms, but keep the desks. We present:

The Ultimate HotelChatter Compendium Of Sexy Desks

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Even Pet Hotels are Getting The High-End Design Treatment

Where: Section 2, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taiwan, 104 Taipei
October 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pet lovers, and you know who you are, and dedicated followers of (hotel) fashion, and you know who you are, we've got good news. It had to happen sooner or later but there is a 'bone fido' design hotel especially for your four-legged best friends. The Petaholic Hotel, and we love the name, is all yours if you happen to live in Taipei City, but designers everywhere take note - this is one cool pet pad.

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These Pop-Up Eco Hotel Rooms are Not Too 'Shabby'

October 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Hotel Shabby Shabby, the name given to a group of 22 individually designed, pop-up hotel rooms that were scattered about Manheim, Germany during the recent Theater der Welt Festival.

These quirky temporary hotel rooms - aka cabins - were available for booking for 17 days and were a popular feature during the festival. No kidding. The event (always a competition when designers are involved) drew submissions from around the world and a select group of designers were then invited to build their shabby designs. No prize was awarded that we know of other than glory.

The rules of the game were that each entrant use recycled materials and that the total cost to create the room must not exceed 250 Euro. That's one tough budget right there, which may partially and understandably explain the hotel design event's name. No doubt, thinking outside and inside the box led to some off beat and highly creative solutions.

Here are a few of the designs that popped up during this popular lifestyle festival in Manheim.

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A Glimpse Of The Sexy Modern Me Milan Il Duca, Opening 2015

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  Site Where: Milan, Italy
October 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've got Milan on our minds today

The "young and rich" luxury brand that is ME by Melia is in the midst of a global expansion, making powerful modern design statements (to put it lightly) in each city it debuts.

With hotels like ME London, a futuristic class act by Foster + Partner; the recently opened sexy cool ME Majorca and ME Ibiza; and the mind-altering ME Dubai, coming in 2016, it should be no surprise that when ME Milan Il Duca opens next year, it, too, will be something very special.

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Kempinski Hotels To Open Its 'House Of The Rising Sun' On November 17th

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  Site Where: 18 Jai, Yanshui Road, Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, , China, 101407 Bei
October 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kempinski Hotels are now accepting reservations for their largest and their most striking hotel to date in China.

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing is located about an hour’s drive from Beijing’s city center and shares the site of a larger complex of Kempinski managed hotels overlooking the picturesque Yanqi Lake.

The design of the hotel—and this escaped even our eagle eyes—draws inspiration from the rising sun and other symbolism in Chinese culture. The architect, Shanghai Huado Architect Design Company, led a 60-day pow-wow with 60 designers from around the world, seeking a worldly perspective to come up with this unusual design, pictured above.

The 60 designers concluded that the hotel should resemble a scallop (anyone see a snail?) which is a symbol of good fortune in Chinese culture. The large bull’s eye in the center of the hotel’s outside wall represents—we are told—the rising sun, which in turn reflects the rising Chinese economy.

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Inside Look: Westin Design Refresh, Happening Now at Starwood HQ

October 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (5)


HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share. We showed you Le Méridien yesterday. Now it's Westin's turn..

The coming Westin Hotels 2015 refresh continues on the themes of aiding and abetting your travel well-being.

Westin has long wanted guests to leave healthier than they arrived, and to help continue that desire, the brand is giving guests plenty of ways to recharge while in their new guest rooms.

Here are three things that got our attention as we walked through the model room and checked out their new hotel design schemes.

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Inside Look: Le Méridien Design Refresh, Happening Now at Starwood HQ

October 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (3)


HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share, starting with Le Méridien.

Le Méridien is in the midst of a design refresh. The theme? Mid century modern. The influences? French film, Monocle magazine, and eclairs.

The LM brand is banking on the fact that people have the desire to experience their destination, and want to do so even if they are in town for 36 hours, most of which will be comprised of business meetings, meaning most guest time will be spent at the hotel.

Here are 5 design details that got our attention as we walked through the model room and new hotel design schemes.

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5 Design Hotels That Will Make Leaf-Peeping Less 'Basic'

September 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nothing like 269 pieces of modern art by 36 local artists to light up, so to speak, a former tobacco warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Autumn is officially upon us and for most of the eastern U.S., the temperatures are getting cooler while the colors are getting hotter. Fall foliage expeditions have always been popular (some may call it "leaf-peeping") and the scenery each year is never quite the same, as Mother Nature ultimately decides the color palette.

Yet, some of the regular hotel options along the fall foliage trail are rather "basic". You know, a little too much pumpkin spice and not a lot of actual pumpkin.

So we've decided to break away and seek out some less ordinary hotel options.

Here are five hotel picks for this season, each with its own story to tell.

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Mind Your Head or Leave The Light On At Hotel Saint-Merry

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  Site Where: 78, rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
September 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Now here’s a hotel room you can't miss, but should probably try to if spending the night.

The Hotel Saint-Merry is a 12-room boutique located in the former presbytery (high-ranking clergy quarters) of the Church Saint-Merry in Paris’ Marais District. The elaborate, often over the top, Church Saint-Merry was named for Saint Merri, the patron saint of the Right Bank, which seems fitting given the church's rich decorations and accessories.

Referred to as the little sister to nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, this church had money to spend on extravagant materials such as marble and carved stone, intricate woodwork and a little gold paint here and there. It's a pretty spiffy space for a hotel to be attached to, historically and physically. But those giant stone beams above the bed do cause some issues.

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It Wasn't an Easy Task But Here are The World's Coolest Twin-Bedded Hotel Rooms

September 17, 2014 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

To anyone who has ever traveled with a friend, a family member, or a colleague and needed to book a double, or twin-bedded, hotel room--and has been less than happy with it--we feel your pain.

Although things are slowly starting to improve in the design of guest rooms for buddies and other "non-couples," after a very lengthy search we conclude there is practically a bottomless pit of dull and uninteresting twin hotel rooms out there.

NEVER FEAR. We've searched high and low to find cool hotel rooms that were actually conceived and designed for individuals traveling together. And we've created a photo gallery with the fruits of our internet search labor. Indeed, we searched very high and very low as these types of rooms are few and far between. There really needs to be more great double rooms. Hear that, hoteliers? And not just for friends and colleagues. Why we even know some hopelessy devoted couples who like to sleep in separate beds. It's something to think about.

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Just Outside of Toronto, 'Drake-by-the-Lake' Has Opened

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  Site Where: 24 Wharf Street, Wellington, Ontario, Canada
September 17, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is the kind of hotel that makes you feel like sitting around a fire and singing camp songs. Looking like a cross between your cabin at the lake and a quaint country inn, the Drake Devonshire opened this week just outside of Toronto.

Owned by the folks who brought us hipster hangout, The Drake Hotel in Toronto, you can see that “Drake-by-the-Lake” is complementary in style but with a more pronounced cheeky nod to rustic Canadiana.

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Funky Friday: All Night Interactive Fun at Hotel Parchi Del Garda

September 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Meet Aki, your master of ceremonies for a night of 4D interactive fun, where special effects are the best amenity in the room

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.

Lake Garda, Italy – images of scenic beauty, historic summer villas, and romantic escapes come to mind, right? That might have been the case if you had been there before 1975. Lake Garda now has very different scenery and could be regarded as Italy’s answer to Orlando. The shores are now populated with ginormous resorts and theme parks unique to Italy (Gardaland) as well as a few we know well (Medieval Times.) It should be no surprise then, to find hotels that seek to extend the entertainment value of the area to the accommodation. One hotel in particular, Hotel Parchi Del Garda, offers a unique interactive experience that highlights the fun in this week's Funky Friday.

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