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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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What's Worse Than A Peekaboo Bathroom? A Wet, Leaky Bathroom

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  Site Where: Sheikh Khalifa St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
August 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

This looks like a nice bathroom, right? Granted, the toily is a little close to the shower, and we’d prefer a proper bidet to a hose that someone else might have done who knows what with, but overall it looks good. Props for the separate tub, sexy streak of brown marble and omg-yes-gimme-dat dinnerplate showerhead.

Except the hotel left out one thing. A panel of glass.

This was the tweet that alerted us to the problem recently, from friend of HC and intrepid traveler, Jonathan Khoo.

Yes, as much as we may bitch about peekaboo bathrooms, there is a worse bathroom sin, and that is the bathroom that leaks everywhere.

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Funky Friday: You've Done The Ice Bucket Challenge, Now Do The Ice Bar Challenge

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  Site Where: 3 Passage Ruelle, Paris, France, 75018
August 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Enjoy vodka IN the rocks amid 20 tons of ice art that make up the Ice Kube Bar, reputed to be the first and only ice bar in the French capital.

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.

Ice hotels come and go and they don’t come cheap as we have seen in the ICEHOTEL design suites. Well, put your plastic away because for a mere €25 (for three drinks) you can chill out in Paris—yes Paris-- at the Kube Hotel's seriously cool Ice Kube Bar. Whether or not you took the ice bucket challenge, and we commend you if you did, a visit to the Ice Kube Bar is a must see when in Paris.

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Starwood Hotels to Open 3 Very Important Hotels in China Next Month

Where: China
August 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has done exactly what they said they would do in their expansion into China and the Asia Pacific. There are, and have been for quite some time, more hotels in the works than we can keep up with. Almost all Starwood brands have or will soon have an address in China, including Element Hotels, which is opening next year.

We've tried to list all that we know of that's happening with Starwood in China on our Master Openings List, but as seasoned readers of the list know, things change quite a bit and most hotels, get pushed onto the next year.

However, Starwood has three important openings in China in September, with properties that are very big on design and luxury. Here they are:

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There Will Be Plenty Of Golden Slumbers At W Bogota, Opening This Fall

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  Site Where: Bogota, Colombia
August 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

W Bogota is a bold and brilliant manifestation of the city’s diverse interplay of history and tradition, arts and culture, and the people and what they give to the local contextual landscape.

We recently shared the news of the upcoming W Bogota, due to open this fall (currently on the books for December 12). Yesterday, we were treated to a special (virtual) sneak peak of the hotel's standout design and quite frankly, we were blown away by what we saw. We'd like to say that they may have outdone themselves with this one, but then again this is what W Hotels is about – pushing the limits in contemporary hotel design but always with insight and purpose. In the case of W Bogota, add a fair amount of bling. But wait, we can explain.

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Funky Friday: At Qbic Amsterdam, Sign the Artwork Instead Of The Guest Book

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  Site Where: Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 8, 2014 at 3:38 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.

Qbic Hotels, presently with just two locations (London and Amsterdam), has firmly placed itself on the map of must-stay budget design hotels. Seriously, if it weren’t for the offers of rooms starting at about $100 a night, and a few rooms having no windows, we wouldn’t know these were “budget” hotels from looking at them.

The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC has a fashionable personality and hip modern look, with just the right touch of quirkiness. We love everything about this hotel but honestly it was the life size artwork in the lobby that sold us for Funky Friday.

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