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We've been known to obsessively collect hotel key cards from our stays but at the just-opened 1 Hotel South Beach (formerly the Gansevoort South Beach), we will, begrudgingly, give back their incredible room key.
Just slightly bigger than a silver dollar coin, the key card is made out of recycled wood. But that's not all. It's equipped with RFID, so you simply wave it in front of the door and boom, your room is unlocked. However, on the backside of the key it says, "Recycle Everything", a gentle encouragement from the hotel to guests, to send the key back so that it can be reused.
This key and its message are just one of many eco-initiatives that 1 Hotels have created not just for the South Beach property but for the upcoming 1 Hotels in Central Park and Brooklyn as well.
Tomorrow, we'll have more on those initiatives, the likes of which we've never heard being implemented in a hotel of this size before. But for now, we'll tease you with a shot of the guest room. It's pretty AND it's good for you.
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We've been in some hotels that take their art very seriously and some that prefer to make the design as minimalist as possible. But recently, we came across some cool framed art hanging in the lobby of our hotel using different variations of their room-keys to create a larger, more interesting object d'art. If this isn't reason enough to open your eyes when rushing from the front desk, to the elevators, to your room, we don't know what is.
Upon check-in, the hotel gives you a randomly selected card with very little knowledge that it's part of the larger picture in four different series. Once we saw the other cards, we were immediately envious of the other keys, but didn't have the guts to ask for a cooler one; you're not supposed to keep them, remember! It did give us the idea that it would make for a fun Guess The Hotel entry.
See if you can figure out where we were from the clues below. If you think you know, take a guess in the comments section and we will reveal the hotel's identity next week.
Here are your hints...ready go!
· The hotel is mix of East and West, considering the brand and location.
· It is one of few major international hotels in the city as well as one of the tallest buildings in the city's 'skyline'.
· The city itself is considered one of UNESCO's 'Creative Cities' which fits well with their use of key card art.
· With a perfect proximity to the local Night Bazaar, there is most certainly nothing bizarre about the warm service and iconic smiles you get here.
Oh, look: hotels who not only read our post but play right into our very own hotel design plans! After we posted about incorporating Hotel Key Cards into home decor, we learned that The Anglers Boutique Resort is encouraging guests to take their room keys home with them--and has redesigned said keys for this very reason.
As the staff at the South Beach property know, lots of Miami guests love to take home trinkets representing the beach's Art Deco past, so they turned to their own history when redoing their room keys.
The main building of Angler's was designed by architect Henry Maloney, who designed a number of small hotels in Miami Beach in the 1930s--most in the Mediterranean Revival style (and pretty much now all converted into apartment buildings).
Now, when you stay at the Angler's, you can skip the overpriced souvenir shops along Washington Ave, spend more time in the hotel's lovely little pool or at the cute, vintage bar, and just toss your room key in your bag when you leave to remember you stay.
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We never set out to build a hotel key card collection. It just happened. We'd find these plastic cards in our wallets, suitcases, purses, laptop bags and sometimes our make-up bags, weeks and even months after our stay. Then we'd toss 'em in a drawer in our desk because we couldn't quite bring ourselves to trash them.
Soon enough, we started amassing a pretty big collection of key cards. And when we pulled out our secret stash, it became fun to sort through all the key cards, studying the designs (or in many cases, blatant ads) that covered them and reminiscing about the stay that went with them.
About two years ago, the idea came to us--wouldn't it be cool to put these hotel cards on display somewhere in our house? But we weren't quite sure how. We thought of framing them but struggled with the idea of little frames or one big frame.
At some point, we thought displaying the key cards under a glass table top would be the best way to go. But it took us a while to find the right piece of furniture and the right place to put it.
But then we moved into a new place earlier this month and the opportunity finally presented itself!
Woah, we thought one New Year's Eve hotel lockout was bad enough, but this second one is making us super glad we stayed home on Saturday night. And really, the timing couldn't be worse for Gramercy Park Hotel, who narrowly avoided a complete catastrophe in October with the whole plummeting elevator business. Just as they were starting to win back our confidence, their key card system goes and crashes. At midnight. Leaving guests stranded in the hallways for seven hours.
The NY Post reports that 200 guests were shut out on New Year's Eve right after midnight when all of their key cards stopped working. And though the Marriott Denver Tech Center managed to address a similar issue (in that instance, with over 3,000 guests) in under four hours, GPH apparently struggled from around midnight until 7am, having to individually reset each guest's key for the room they'd already checked into.
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Of all the New Year's Eve parties that took place in hotels on Saturday night, this might be the most action-packed one we've heard about so far. Spread out across two neighboring hotels, the Hyatt Denver Tech Center's "White Rose Gala" and the Marriott Denver Tech Center's "Champagne Hotel" attracted thousands of midnight revelers. And for a while, it was smooth, champagne-fueled sailing.
Until midnight struck, and over 3,000 inebriated Marriott guests tried heading back to their rooms—only to discover they were all locked out! According to MSNBC, a computer error apparently crashed the hotel's entire key card database, and though pretty much everyone was drunk as a bicycle, and ready to collapse into their beds, they all had to wait until 3am to be let back into their rooms.
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No surprise here: professional egomaniac Kim Kardashian, who recently expressed a desire to open her own hotel in Dubai (and was swiftly shot down by the WSJ), is absolutely smitten with a particular keycard in Vegas. Why? Because it has her face on it.
Back in August, when The Mirage announced the opening of Kardashian Khaos, some gave it the thumbs up, and just as many outright disowned the hotel. Kinda like when that petition was circulated to cancel all Kardashian programming on the E! network. But unlike TV, which can always be shut off, a hotel takeover is slightly more cataclysmic. And when it gets to the point that you can't even enter your room without seeing their faces, that's surely grounds for hotel boycotting.
For a twitpic of the key card, see below!
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Have you ever looked through our collection of hotel key cards and said, "I can do that!"? Well, now here's your chance.
SpringHill Suites from Marriott Hotels is searching for room key designers with their National Key Card Contest where the winning designer will have their artwork featured on the hotels' room keys in 2012. There's about 300 SpringHill Suites hotels in all, giving the designer a hefty amount of exposure.
"Design and style is the core element of SpringHill Suites," said Callette Nielse, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. "Extending the invitation to creative minds nationwide allows us to get inspired and thereby continue to translate that great energy into forming a unique experience for our guests."
SpringHill Suites is so serious about art that this month, more than 30 hotels will transform their lobbies into art galleries for an evening called ArtNight which will feature the work of local artists, galleries and art students.
We got a hotel key card that's so cute, we want to keep it in our wallet and bust it out and show people as if it were a photo of our kid. The Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey features a cuddly looking sea otter peeking his furry head out of the water on its key card.
You could mistake the front of the plastic card as a ticket to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but the back of it has the hotel's name and info. Unfortunately, the adorable card doesn't double as a pass to get you into the aquarium, the big thing to see in this coastal city.
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Your Gold Passport will give you a ticket to ride, er, sleep in this bed.
We keep wondering when keyless hotel rooms are going to take off but judging from this recent WSJ article, the future is a long ways off as guests haven't grasped the technology very well and hotels are still concerned about security and privacy.
Yet there is a new development on the hotel key card scene from Andaz Hotels. Both the Andaz San Diego and the Andaz West Hollywood (above) are testing a new program that allows Gold Passport Members to use their loyalty card as their hotel room key. It sounds very similar to what Starwood's SPG has been doing with their Aloft Smart Check-in.
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Anonymous techno hotel lobby music is soo 2006 which is why we're relieved to hear that Morgans Hotel Group is going a different route with their hotel music offerings for guests.
The boutique hotel collection has partnered with RCRD LBL, a free music download site featuring songs from marquee and emerging artists, to create custom playlists for each Morgans hotel. These playlists will be available on the in-room iPads, as well as on the Morgans Tumblr and website.
You have to enter in your email address (and thus sign up to receive the RCRD LBL newsletter) to receive the songs but once you do, you can access every playlist for every Morgans hotel, totally free.
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If you've ever wondered about the business of product placement in movies--like why a character drinks Pepsi instead of Coke or eats Lays potato chips instead of Doritos--then Morgan Spurlock's new documentary, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is a must-see.
And if you're a hotel geek or a Hyatt Hotels fan gurl or boy, this movie will also show you the perks of being Diamond level of Hyatt's Gold Passport program.
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is all about the business of product placement, advertising and marketing and the movie's attention-grabbing hook is that it was entirely funded by product placement, advertising and marketing.
Hyatt Hotels was actually a key sponsor of the movie having invested about $700,000 in the film. But Stacey Snyder, Hyatt's director of marketing, told HotelChatter that Spurlock was already a fan of Hyatts before he started making this movie.
"He didn't approach any brands that he didn't have any passion for himself," she said.