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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels 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.
But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.
But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?
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The other day we were wandering around inside Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel when we headed to the back of the lobby area, and discovered that the floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which sat empty on our last visit, had finally been filled—and boy, did someone get creative.
Looking through each shelf, we spotted everything from the Idiot's Guide To Learning Yiddish to the entire The Hardy Boys series to cookbooks to vintage board games like Monopoly, Connect 4 and the MAD Magazine game.
But as we recall, we also stumbled upon a nifty collection of books earlier this summer over at the The NoMad—so is this all part of some new trend? Wasn't print media supposedly going the way of the dinosaurs? Well, apparently not if NYC's two biggest new boutique hotels have anything to do with it.
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A new hotel in the UK has found a way to take all the interactive hotel tech stuff we've come to love (and expect), and use it for more kid-friendly purposes. So nevermind boring grown-up things like room service, e-concierges, and controlling the TV from your iPhone: the Wave Hotel in Bognor Regis is all about games, gadgetry, and fun.
Shaped like a cruise ship, and with plenty of ocean views, the 215-room Wave offers a Kindle library, a games room outfitted with iMacs, Wii consoles and PS3s, 3-D-augmented walls, iPod docking stations and individual TV screens at the foot of each bed.
Oh, and the WiFi is free.
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In other (not so major) hotel news today, our favorite art-loving Aussie hotel brand, Art Series Hotels, has launched their newest promotion, "Which Warhol." Over the course of the next few months, guests will be presented with multiple Andy Warhol replicas hanging in the hallways, and among the fakes will be an original Warhol, valued at $20,000, which only the keenest of eyes will be able to pick out.
Whoever is actually able to figure out which Warhol is which gets to take it home!
We've always dreamed of hanging an actual Warhol in our bedroom, and never thought that would come about by visiting a hotel in Australia. But now that the possibility is out there...
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...a ping pong table! And real live guests are playing!
We've all been
a little a lot curious about what changes might be coming to the Standard East Village, ever since it officially took over the Cooper Square Hotel in December. So far, the place looks kinda the same. Same curved glass tower. Same outdoor terrace. Same cramped rooms.
But one new bit of Standard-ization has brightened up the whole lounge...
Though summer's not quite over, the days of idly cracking lobsters and nibbling corn under the stars has passed. So instead, the ever-imaginative Roger Smith Hotel has thought up a newer, more seasonal way to pass the time (and get drunk): Bingo, Bourbon, and Brownies Night.
Yes, you read that correctly. Coming up on October 12, the RS team is inviting bingo enthusiasts (that means YOU) to get cozy in the hotel's Starlight Room for a few friendly rounds, plus homemade brownies and Bourbon. Unlike other events of theirs, which tend to directly promote in-house exhibits at The LAB Gallery, the theme here is the season two premier of Bravo's hit show Work Of Art, which will be screened publicly.
The trick here is to distract your bingo partners by pointing repeatedly at the TV, so they won't be paying attention when their numbers are called out. There are legit prizes at stake here!
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In the era of complimentary iPads and electronic check-ins, it is the job of certain people to ensure that kids—as well as adults—benefit from all the newfangled gadgetry adorning hotels. And over in the Pocono Mountains, PA, Great Wolf Lodge has unveiled a new interactive video game called Great Wolf Story Explorers, in which the kids themselves become the main characters of the story.
Here's how it works: the little tykes are first paired off with an RFID-tagged stuffed animal. Interestingly, this was the same technology used by hotels to track stolen linens. But instead of catching criminals, the RFID wristbands here "unlock" each successive part of the interactive story. As they travel from one video screen to the next, the young "explorers" are slowly written into the story they are being told. Neat-o!
If you long for the days of your youth, when you could spend the day playing in the arcade, the Hollywood Roosevelt offers an entertainment option so that won't have to fight with 11-year-olds to get some game action.
Opened by nightlife visionaries Med Abrous and Marc Rose, The Spare Room, a dark, cozy, upscale gaming parlour and cocktail lounge, where you can play without mom telling you it's time to go home. The Spare Room, which sits in the mezzanine level of the hotel, has an old rec room vibe with two vintage bowling lanes, games galore and an old-school photo booth.
"Words with Friends" geeks should put down the iPhone and show their vocab skills in a live, face-to-face game of Scrabble at the Standard Downtown LA. The hotel hosts free Scrabble nights Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in its lobby.
But of course the Standard doesn't just throw a bunch of old board games haphazardly around a room and tell people to play amongst themselves. Instead, there's a ginormous Scrabble board that puts our deluxe set to shame, and it's manned by a host.
If you can rock dance games like Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii harder than J.Lo, bring your moves and your own background dancers to the W Los Angeles Westwood. The L.A. hotel will start WTF?!—which stands for "Whiskey Tech Fun"—game night this Wednesday with prizes including games from Ubisoft and a gift certificate for bottle service.
Even better, you get to drink for free just for participating in the competition. Teams of four will get a cocktail ticket each; teams of five to nine will receive a cocktail pitcher (which could hold anything from margaritas to mojitos); teams of 10 or more will get a bottle of premium alcohol. That would make us dance for joy.
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We can always count on Thompson Hotels for true customer service. As if designer condoms weren't enough, Gild Hall has chosen to satisfy that eternal hotel guest need to play a game of chess. Indeed, scattered throughout the ski-lodge style lobby are several chess boards, available to anyone at (literally) any time of the night. A spontaneous-chess-player's paradise. "I actually competed in the Kansas state nationals for chess when I was a kid," one recent lobby visitor enthused as he was in the middle of a game with his friend. I mean, what are the odds?
The master of cool details selects all of the vintage volumes and magazines himself, shopping up a storm at New York’s favorite used-book haunt, The Strand. Unlike other hotels, which rotate their libraries, the Bowery’s collection stays the same, and most of the books stick to a New York theme.
But as is becoming abundantly clear, MacPherson’s real passion is Hollywood. As the New York Times gushed earlier this year, MacPherson has quite the thing for movies like The Shining and A Clockwork Orange (both influences on the Bowery design). And while we’ve heard all about how The Jane’s ballroom references The Royal Tenenbaums, we’ve also learned that the Wes Anderson flick gets some mileage at The Bowery.