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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.
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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!
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.)
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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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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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!
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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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
Last year, we took a few steps around the Charlotte Inn's museum-worthy hoard of antique letterboxes, 19th century oil paintings, old medicine boxes, and stuffed pheasants in the lobby. But it turns out, the distinctive collection spreads throughout the entire hotel.
In the Coach House Suite, for example, you'll find this strange looking pulley system device hanging over one of the windows in the suite's living room.
But what does it do?
Looks like we—along with the rest of the world—may have gotten a wee tad ahead of ourselves following IKEA's announcement last week that it will be launching a new chain of budget hotels across Europe.
Though we readily accepted the fact that the Swedish brand wouldn't have its name on the hotels, what wasn't immediately clear was that the hotels won't actually contain any IKEA furniture. Sad, but true.
In a statement to Reuters, here's what a senior exec at IKEA's parent company, Inter IKEA, had to say:
Though they've dabbled in the real estate business for a while now, internationally-known furniture megastore IKEA is getting ready to dive into the hotel business with a string of 100 "budget design" hotels across Europe—and the first one is scheduled to open in Germany.
The announcement came yesterday, about a week after the company's net worth was revealed to be a staggering €9 billion.
Clearly, they've got the dough to build whatever the heck kind of hotels they want to. But, in the interest of making even more money, the company has decided to focus on the trendy (and lucrative) budget hotel market. And though the hotels will not be branded or operated by the company, IKEA will build, develop and own them.
We assume, of course, that they'll also be supplying all the furniture.
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After teasing you with a mystery snapshot from the meeting room, followed by a tour around the circular lobby, it's finally time to take a look inside a room at Boston's The Revere. Because, yes, there's more to this hotel than just models abseiling down the side of the building in the face of death.
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If you, like us, have ever fantasized about living in a hotel but, for some reason, this has never quite transpired, you can now finally furnish your home exactly like one, thanks to UK company Discover & Deliver.
Discover & Deliver will source any piece of furniture or number of objets you may covet in collaboration with hotels, and will ship it to you wherever you live – whether it be Halifax, Manhattan or Timbuktu.
How does this play out in real life?