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You don't really want to look down when you're plunging nineteen stories in a glass elevator. But of course, you do look down. Because the view is awesome. Here's a quick snapshot we took from inside the elevator at Omni Austin, which, we admit, we rode like a five-year-old on a Ferris wheel over and over again.
Interestingly, the hotel is housed under the same roof as an office tower. So when you look down on the lobby from above, you can also look directly across and into the windows of the neighboring offices. Whose occupants didn't look nearly as amused to be inside their glass cages as we were to be inside ours. Then again, theirs weren't motorized.
Those were the words of actor Josh Charles after a plummeting elevator incident at the Gramercy Park Hotel left him and thirteen others more than a little rattled. It was Thursday night, and the hotel had been hosting a Tribeca Films premier on the rooftop terrace. The event had gone well, and people were in good spirits. Until around midnight, when a (significantly inebriated) crowd stepped into the elevator on their way home.
With the elevator doors still open, floors visibly rushed past the gap, and the crowd realized they were free-falling through the hotel. Director David M. Rosenthal told NY Mag's Vulture: "I think we fell eight stories before the emergency brake went off. We initially thought we'd gone all the way to the basement and bounced on springs." Yikes!
When we walked through a door marked "GENTS W.C." last week, we anticipated a few things. Gleaming faucets. Those extra fluffy hotel-branded paper towelettes. A toilet. Instead, what we found was...an elevator? On the mezzanine floor of the London NYC, it seems the gents have to traverse a separate service elevator area in order to reach the public bathrooms, which are located directly above the check-in area.
For building workers who are in the know, this is excellent news. What could be handier than an elevator that opens directly onto the men's room? For those of us exploring the hotel for the first time (on a rainy afternoon, we enjoy nothing more), we found the layout slightly disorienting. Here's a step-by-step guide to actually finding the W.C. behind the W.C. sign.
'Tis the season...for New York City hotel renovations. In the past month, we've seen total makeovers from both the Affinia Manhattan and the Roosevelt New York. And now, the Marriott Marquis, a favorite of elevator nerds everywhere, adds its name to the list.
In addition to its 2,000 rooms, the hotel's eighth floor lobby has been transformed in three main areas: the Crossroads dining area (above), the Crossroads bar, and Broadway Lounge. We stopped by last night to inspect, and found the already-sizable space looking cleaner, fresher (the silvery new furniture helps), and much more to our liking. Says Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins of the new look: "This is our razzle dazzle transformation. This is a space that is designed to wow people, and that's what's gonna happen." Yes, sir!
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In addition to sharing the same zip code, subway stations, and, indeed, the same pool, the neighboring hotels will soon divide the work of shuttling visitors to and from their yet-to-open rooftop bar (also shared).
Tentatively titled Sky Lounge, the 25th-floor bar venue will be spread across the rooftop of both hotels. While a sleek, new bar is currently under construction on the Aloft side, the Sheraton side will be all outdoors. The open design will allow guests to wander freely through both areas, but what about elevator access? That's where things get interesting.
After we downed some tea with Katy Perry at The Claridge's in London the other month, we headed up to check out the Diane Von Furstenberg Suite and we were delighted to see this in the lift--not only an attendant but a sofa! Naturally, we thought it was cute and unique so we snapped a photo and Twittered about it.
But later on in our travels to Monte Carlo, we spied little benches in the lifts at both the Hermitage Hotel and the Monte Carlo Bay Resort, leading us to believe maybe it's more of a European thing. Although, the three other hotels we popped into in London did not have them, nor did our hotel in Paris.
Nevertheless, little benches in the lifts will not make or break a hotel stay (are you that lazy you need to sit down for an elevator ride?) but you know how fond we are of those little touches found in hotels.
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Going up, we rather liked the rain on the plasma screen - setting us up for bad weather up top, which never happened - excellent!
We donít normally think of cheap hotels as having funky stuff, so we were impressed when we checked into the Park Central in New York this weekend to find this hi tech elevator bank.
Want to go up? Pressing the button would be too easy Ė instead, you select your floor on consoles outside, and it will assign you an elevator to take you to your floor.
The good points: itís kinda cool, and once you get in the elevator, your floor is pre-selected for you (germaphobes rejoice).
The bad: the selection seems utterly random so you get one elevator stopping at one floor and another making five stops. And if you try and jump in on someone elseís, it wonít let you select your floor. So in essence, itís pretty pointless and extremely annoying.
Donít ya just love learning something new every day? Especially when it takes zero effort? The EME Hotel in Seville hears you. And to save you precious holiday time swotting up in an encyclopedia, itís selecting random facts for you.
In just one visit the week before last, we came away with the following facts: the date of the philosopher Hegelís death, the scoop on a Formula 1 rivalry, something Robert Pattinsony (which we forgot, what with gawping at the picture used to illustrate it), and the date the Whigs and Tories split in England in 1680. Not bad, huh?
The fount of all our knowledge? The elevator, which flashed various factoids at us as we cruised to the Santo Terraza bar on the fourth floor. We couldnít take our eyes off it, and are much the wiser for that.