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Funky Friday: The Surrealistic Pillow Revisited at Hotel Triton

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  Site Where: 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94108
July 11, 2014 at 3:15 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.

Free-spirited self-expression is alive and well in San Francisco—where it all began—and the Hotel Triton aims to keep it that way. Now a Kimpton hotel, Hotel Triton celebrates individuality and the creative spirit, certainly its own, and invites us along for the ride.

The hotel’s mission, and its interiors, draw inspiration from the city’s culturally rich and colorful past. One would not have to have lived in San Francisco to be affected by its free-mindedness, which spread around the world via icons of 60s and 70s pop culture. We like this hotel for its upbeat, fun looks but also for what it stands for, and find it most fitting for Funky Friday.

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Hotels Are Making Big Design Statements, and Occasionally Music, With Their Pianos

July 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels are adding keys, as in piano keys, into their design repertoire, and there seems to be no end in sight.

We’re seeing more of them as a carefully placed, often dominating feature in lobbies, bars, ballrooms, and specialty suites. As hoteliers and interior designers seek to create a unique identity for a brand or even an independent, the style or placement of a piano can and usually does, set the tone, so to speak.

We thought it might be fun to take a collective look at some examples of how hotels use pianos to show their true colors, their sense of style, or simply to show off. In some hotels it is clearly the piano itself that makes the design statement—these will be obvious— and in other cases it is the overall setting that brings it all together.

We threw in a couple of “extras,” one which is a temporary piano display in a hotel that we could not resist, and the other which is more of a suggestion on our part, for matching a piano that we found, to a hotel that is not yet open.

Here’s our gallery of hotels and their pianos, quite possibly the first of its kind. Not the last, the way things are going.

[Photos by the hotels mentioned; Blue Dog Steinway piano by RodriguesSteinway; Ferrari Grand Rossa piano by Ressino]

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Hotels and Their Endless Love Affair with The Wingback Chair

March 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you happen to be reading HotelChatter.com from a hotel -- and how great if you are -- take a look around. There's a very good chance you will see one of the most popular and re-invented lounge chairs ever -- the wingback chair. Maybe you are sitting in one now and if so, it's pretty comfy isn't it?

The wingback chair has been around since the 17th century yet seems to have found a permanent home in modern hospitality. What a difference 300 years can make, as there are about as many different versions on the market to entice us.

It is a design that has always been intended for comfort first. This chair generally features a high back that you can fully rest your head against, and projecting side sections that offer a subtle sense of security, especially at the top (hence the term "wings.") This goes a long way in a great big hotel lobby -- designers love it and guests love it. Win win.

This photo gallery celebrates the chair that has won the hearts of hoteliers, their designers, and perhaps more often than we realize, our derriere. Have a seat and take a look at our first round of images. Trust us, we've got more.

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A Modernist Mecca: Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen Hotel

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  Site Where: Hammerichsgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1611
July 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Jacobsen's Room 606

Few can deny that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the Egg, the Swan and the Series 7 chairs, was one of the most iconic architects and designers of the modernist era. Could the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen be his finest achievement? We went on an exploratory mission to check out what was said to be the “landmark of the jet age.”

The hotel opened in 1960 and was originally built by SAS to accommodate both its first airport terminal and its passengers who needed to stay overnight to catch a flight out of Copenhagen. After a night at the hotel, passengers would check in for their flight in the terminal building attached, and wait for the airline's shuttle bus to take them to the airport.

Today, the hotel still has the same clean lines and simple detail that it had back then. The famous Jacobsen Egg and Swan chairs, originally designed for the hotel, are still found throughout the very large black-and-white-marbled lobby and in the rooms. The elegantly curved white lobby staircase pushed the limits of technology in the late 50s and looks like it could be found in a loft from 2013. Other original details include the dark wenge wood found on the main floor of the hotel. Jacobsen designed everything from the cutlery and plates, bathroom fittings and door handles to the chairs and lighting fixtures.

(There are plenty of pics for you to see in the photo gallery!)

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For Guests Who Love Hotel Furniture, Aloft Has Partnered Up With Design Within Reach

July 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever stayed at a hotel that you found the 'most perfect piece' of furniture for your own home and wondered how you might be able to get it for your abode? Well, Aloft has come to the designer rescue with their partnership with Design Within Reach.

Now, if you're staying at the trendy cousin of W Hotels, you might be able to have one of those chairs or ottomans in the lobby. So if something catches your eye during your stay, you can flip through the Design Within Reach catalog in your room and order the swish furniture for your own living room or den.

From Satellite Chandeliers and Eames molded plastic side-chairs to Verner Panton outdoor chairs and Verpan stools, lobbies, rooms and the xyz bar will showcase 23 of the best decor items DWR carries and will be available for purchase and delivery immediately since they will be in-stock. Who doesn't love instant gratification? Just don't have too many drinks and go on a shopping spree, it could get pricey with Eames chairs like the one above going for $919. Within reach? Not quite.

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Tiptoeing Around the Shenton Suite At Fullerton Bay Hotel

June 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are five suites offered at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, each loosely styled after a particular culture that has played a significant role in Singapore's rich history. Our favorite is the Shenton Suite, a gold- and brown-accented number which the hotel describes as "fit for a Maharaja," a subtle hint at the suite's Indian influence.

Walking in, there is a small lounge area with rich textures of suede, rosewood and chrome. An L-shaped sofa sits directly across from the minibar, which is stocked with full-size bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label and Belvedere Vodka; the walls are covered in wooden panels decorated with Indian-style motifs.

We're told all of the rooms here are designed to make guests feel like they're on a luxury cruise ship, and that is exactly how they feel. The Shenton Suite, for example, is small, but more miniature-small, not cramped-small. Walking around it, the space was so fluid and ergonomic, we actually felt like we ought to have been on our tiptoes to avoid disturbing the peace.

Click through for our full photo gallery!

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Scenes from The 2013 Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas

May 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week we attended the Hospitality Design Expo Conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and never before have we seen so much hotel furniture in one spot--from chairs and beds to desks and lamps and beyond. It was thrilling for hotel nerds like us.

We'll have more from what we learned at the show next week (keyword: MILLENIALS) but for now, we thought we'd simply show you what we saw. Take a, um, seat and enjoy!

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Now's Your Chance to Get a Piece of The Old Crillon Hotel in Paris

Where: 10, place de la Concorde, Paris, France, 7500008
April 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Way back when in 2011, HotelChatter recommended snapping up one of the €20 Hotel de Crillon keychains in the shape of the Tour Eiffel as a cute holiday gift for your hotel-loving friends (or perhaps, yourself.) But today, you can get an even bigger piece of the ritzy Parisian hotel--like the front desk.

The Crillon, which recently closed to begin a two-year long intensive renovation project, is selling off everything inside from the front desk to the bathrobes to the rugs, china, silver, mirrors, sofas, tables, patio furniture, planters, bar stools and a lot more. (All in all there are 3,500 pieces up for sale.)

It's all going down on April 18-22 inside the hotel. We peeped one of the catalogs here and saw a couple of lobby end tables going for €200-300. One of the front desks was estimated to sell for €800-1200. A smaller one was going for €400-600. Sofas inside some of the suites are going for €300-500. A twin bed from one of the guest rooms were going for €400, you know if you're interested in buying furniture that hundreds, maybe thousands, of people have sat and slept on. (We're not going to even mention the other things they've done.)

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Marriott Is Bringing Some Moxy to the Brand

March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

We’ve often made jokes about IKEA-type furnishings in hotel rooms, and we even talked last summer about the upcoming IKEA hotel, and now the word is out--Marriott is indeed joining with the Swedish furnishings company to create Moxy Hotels. This will be be the company’s European, three-star budget brand, with the first hotel scheduled to debut in Milan in early 2014. And we suppose if any place needs a budget hotel, it would be Milan, no?

Thinking of the young, budget traveler, Marriott turned to Inter Hospitality Holding, IKEA’s real estate division and expressed interest in working together to create rooms that will cost around €60 ($78) per night. But here's the thing, like we said before--IKEA furniture won't be used in the rooms. Huh. So then, why the partnership?

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Notice Anything Unusual About This Hotel Bookcase?

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  Site Where: 88 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
December 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

Marriott swooped in last year and made plenty of Marriott Rewards members happy by adding the Carlton Hotel to its Autograph Collection. And while perhaps the place isn't quite as historic as its Autograph Collection sister hotel, The Algonquin, the Carlton still has a few tricks up its sleeves...

So for those of you planning on staying here, here's a little secret: up in room 1105, you'll find the exact bookcase you see pictured above. Looks like a normal bookcase, right? Wrong. The bookcase is in fact a door that opens onto a hidden wood-paneled room, accessible only to guests staying in room 1105, which is also known as The Speakeasy Suite.

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Are Desk-less Hotel Rooms The Way of the Future?

November 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (9)

Question: when was the last time you sat down and did work at the hotel desk? Like, really used it? Not as a shelf for your suitcase, not as a makeshift dining room table for room service, not as a receptacle for loose change and iPhone apparatus. But a proper desk, where you sit down with your laptop, tablet, or good old-fashioned blotter, and get work done?

We only ask because, after a recent conversation with a high-up executive at a major global hotel company, he informed us the company is considering doing away altogether with traditional wooden desks, saying they're clumsy, archaic, and worst of all, nobody uses them.

Now, we always find ourselves engrossed in some project or other (the life of a freelancer is, at best, a kaleidoscope of busywork), so call us outdated, but we can actually remember quite a few recent instances of being in a hotel room, pulling up a chair at the desk, and spending a few solid hours banging out an assignment or answering emails.

No, it's not the most glamorous way to be a productive 21st century digital nomad (that's part of the idea, too—everyone does work in lobbies and public spaces anyway these days, so why bother with the desk?), but it still provides a quiet, orderly place to sit and think.

What about you? Does the hotel desk still offer any value? Should it continue being a staple of future hotel rooms? Or would you rather have more space in your room to walk around/spread out/dance? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Look Out For These 'Floating Moments' At Your Next Aloft Stay

October 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

As evidenced by past marketing stunts like Brooklyn's Portlandia screening, or the awesomely nerdy Photoshop art battle in London, Aloft hotels like to stay on top of all the trends. Music trends, nifty iPhone check-in trends, video art trends. The list goes on....But there's one area in particular they're focusing on more these days: furniture.

Aloft guests over the next year will be spotting a few new features in the rooms that are part of the brand's evolution. One example? The little wooden dots you see above.

To the uneducated eye, they appear to be just that: little wooden dots. But on closer inspection, it turns out the dots* are actually a quintet of coat hangers, artfully arranged and ingeniously disguised. Well, color us stupid!

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