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The Breidenbacher Hof is the closest luxury hotel to the Old Town of Dusseldorf, literally a two block walk to what is commonly referred to as "the longest bar in the world," a series of pubs and restaurants that pour out onto the pedestrian promenade (our sister site Jaunted gave us the scoop on it). Dusseldorf is a beer-drinkers paradise, specializing in a unique style called Altbier, and it's one of those towns where you go out for one drink and end up coming back at sunrise (which this contributor experienced firsthand a few day ago).
But the town is not all beer drinking and belching. It's also home to Germany's largest Japanese population and well known for its luxury shopping, including the Königsallee, which is regarded as the most exclusive kilometer in Germany due to its top designers and exclusive jewelry, perfume, porcelain and antiques shops.
The 95-room Breidenbacher definitely fits in with the latter luxe crowd, having hosted celebrity guests that include Pink and AC/DC. It didn't take us long to notice the flair as we were escorted to the room during check-in by an associate from the front desk, who showed us how all the gadgets work. The room was gorgeous, but what made us crack a smile was when we entered the bathroom and saw the television embedded in the mirror. Upscale hotel, or man's dream bathroom?
OK, hotel geeks! It's time to put your knowledge to the test with another round of Guess The Hotel. This time, we're taking a look at what could (though hasn't yet) become a trend in modern, tech-savvy hotels: QR codes on the bedroom mirror.
What purpose do they serve? Well, not much really—a quick scan on your smartphone takes you directly to the hotel's homepage. So, in case you wake up completely unaware of which hotel you're checked into, they could potentially be of some use.
But for today's purposes, the above QR coded mirror is only here to help you figure out what hotel this is. Read on to hear the clues!
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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 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 what about all your other wishes? Your hopes and dreams? Your hidden, innermost desires? Well, that's where The Michelangelo, and its awesomely flamboyant mirror, come in. You see, this gilded looking glass, propped up on a wooden easel in the west corner of the lobby, is actually believed to bring good luck.
Upon arrival, guests are supposed to stand in front of it and make a wish. And after seeing some of the hotel's sweet suites yesterday, we know what we'd be wishing for if it was us standing there: an upgrade!
Call us weird, but we like to wander through hotel bathrooms. Sexy bathrooms. European bathrooms. Pink bathrooms. You name it, we're into it. We stumbled upon this one during a tour of the newly renovated rooms at Affinia Shelburne, and had to spend a good minute admiring what we saw in the mirror. No, we're not vain! Well, maybe a little. But we couldn't help feeling like movie stars under the glow of this lighted bathroom mirror.
Plenty of hotels go for that immaculate, monochromatic look that makes us feel like we're in a hospital. And while that can sometimes appeal, we prefer the balance that comes with a little color variation and texture. Yup, we like our bathrooms dark and moody. We said it!
To celebrate the start of the weekend, here's a fun fact we recently discovered about the Affinia Manhattan. Though probably not as gratifying as Chromebooks at the Ace, nor as intentional as the plastic bamboo shoots at the Indigo Chelsea—this feature was unmistakable.
As we stood by the elevators in the grand lobby, waiting to ascend from the din of Seventh Avenue, we looked up and noticed something funny about the large framed mirrors hanging overhead. Curved, swollen, distorted images jumped around like eggs in boiling water. What we were looking at, we realized, was a huge fun house mirror. And there was one for each elevator.