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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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Study The Stars From Your Bed In The Floating Snowflake Hotel, Opening End of 2016

Where: Tromso, Norway
September 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

A unique hotel experience that could offer a challenge for actually getting some sleep while being a real treat for nightowls

Got plans for the 2016 holidays? Tired of the same old same old? So here’s a refreshing option you probably haven’t thought of— gaze at the brightest stars in the universe from your room in the see-through Krystall Hotel, a luxury accommodation floating off the Norwegian coastline of Tromso.

We’ve seen the floating hotel concept before, and we will likely see it again with other on-water hotels projects in the works. The snowflake-shaped Krystall Hotel design goes back to 2008, when Holland-based developers Dutch Docklands and architects Waterstudio conceived a hotel that would offer guests a unique, low-environmental impact experience and unparalleled views of the magnificent Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis. After a few years of global recession and regulatory approvals, the floating hotel is finally getting off the ground, so to speak.

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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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Stay Warm in One of Loews Santa Monica’s New Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms

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  Site Where: 1700 Ocean Avenue [map], Santa Monica, California, United States, 90401
September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can now stay warm while you chill out in front of your own personal fire pit at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s new Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms and Suites, where temperatures December through February can plummet to a horrifying 50 F (that’s a shout-out to all of you tough northerners out there who can endure -20 F in January – we’re looking at you Fargo).

With direct access to the beach, these four stylin’ rooms all have terraces with private fire pits so that you can roast some wienies or pig out on s’mores in a more civilised way than backpacking with a tent in tow and searching for kindling (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

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Boston's Legendary Dive Nightclub is Transformed into a New Suite at Hotel Commonwealth

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  Site Where: 500 Commonwealth Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02215
September 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth is chock full of memorabilia from the cellar of the grungy music club The Rat - minus the grunge

Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s historic Back Bay may seem like just one of many luxury accommodations to choose from (and it is) but it does have a rather uncommon legacy. The hotel was once the site of a legendary nightclub that rocked Boston from the mid-1970s to late 1990s before it was demolished in 2000. This was The Rathskeller, aka The Rat, and what better way to commemorate this famous musical haunt than by dedicating a hotel suite in its honor?

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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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De-Mystifying The Latest Renderings of Zaha Hadid's ME Dubai

August 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we shared some early images of the upcoming ME Dubai back in March, it was hard to wrap our heads around the undulations and contortions that are a staple of Zaha Hadid Architects.

With this new batch of renderings, we continue to look (gasp) in amazement and wonder at the hotel’s visual evolution. If space is still the final frontier, then the ME by Melia, Dubai, opening in 2016, seems like a good prototype for a hotel in space--it is just that way out there. It's also gonna be expensive to build.

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An Inside Look at ME Madrid, Where Nightlife Reigns Supreme

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  Site Where: Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Spain, 28012
August 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we went down for dinner at ME Madrid Reina Victoria’s restaurant, Ana La Santa, at 9:45 p.m. while staying at the hotel, we were the only people in the restaurant. By the time we left at around 11 p.m., it was packed to the gills.

We headed up to the hotel’s super-swanky rooftop bar, The Roof: besides seeing one other forlorn-looking North American couple, it was empty. So we headed back down to the Ana La Santa Bar for cocktails and were surrounded by locals all just getting their after-dinner espressos as we reached the midnight hour.

By the time we hit the hay at around 1:30 a.m. the streets just outside the hotel were reaching a fever pitch. When we went back to the lobby at around 4:30 a.m. to check out, the loungey lobby was packed.

This is ME Madrid. (See the pics below!)

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Another Wander-ful Hotel Is In The Works, This One’s In Sexy, Sunny Mallorca

August 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another eye-catching, dreamy creation by designer Marcel Wanders, as seen in this guest room rendering. Pay close attention to the tree-like table lamp – you will see it again.

When the new Kahema Bay Portals resort hotel opens early next year on the popular island of Mallorca, it will be tough to decide whether the best views are towards the Puerto Portals Harbor and its killer yachts, or towards the hotel itself and its interiors. Either way we look at it – and we can’t stop looking at it—this is one of the hottest holistic health resorts we’ve seen in a long time, thanks in part to Dutch master Marcel Wanders.

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