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Aside from having stylish and green guestrooms with Pacific Oceans views, an eco-friendly fitness center and an upcoming Blue Plate Taco restaurant, The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica has now added a bit of fun for their guests in the form of a digital photo booth.
Found in the lobby near the check-in desk the photo booth lets guest take either a single image or an old-school photo strip with the Shore Hotel logo (as you can see in the gallery below, the hotel's logo is everywhere!).
And keeping in line with the hotel's emphasis on being green and conserving waste, the photos are only emailable (no paper waste here) and you can share them on Facebook and Twitter as well. Cheeeeese!
Room rates at the hotel start around $220 a night.
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Regardless of where you stand on the gluten-free trend (silly or imperative), these gluten-free drinks are delicious. Even better, they are wheeled around on a little cocktail trolley and crafted at your behest by the hotel's mixologist. For instance, we requested something not too strong but not too sweet and we were given a Sunflower ($12) made with Absolut Citron, Veev Acai and Lemon Sour. Delightful.
Later on, the hotel let us sample some of the gluten-free entrees at Catch prepared by Chef Jason Bowlin such as a prosciutto and melon salad topped with burrata, rosemary and olive oil ($14) and a variety of spiedini or Italian-style kebabs, with swordfish, white prawns, pork tenderloin or beef. (Our fave was the prawns with chorizo, fennel and olives, $26.)
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Photo booths are all the rage these days. People rent 'em for their weddings, restaurants and bars use 'em to lively up their place and of course, hotels have plopped them in their lobbies.
But the photo booth we tried out today at The Custom Hotel in Los Angeles is all kinds of awesome for another reason. That's because you take a picture of yourself--in a flattering black and white composition--on a MacBook by the front desk and the photo will get shown on a set of TV screens on the wall.
Of course you have to be totally ok with having your mug on the wall as people are checking in but we love this modern-day version of a hotel guestbook.
Stay tuned tomorrow when we look at some more cool new things inside the Custom Hotel as it undergoes a total revamping from JDV Hotels!
We've drooled over the iMacs in the business center at the The Good Hotel before but peeking into the hotel over the weekend, we got giddy when we noticed a photo booth in the lobby (You can see it on the left.)
While Mama Shelter's photo booth was connected to an iMac, the Good Hotel's photo booth is more like the old school ones that you used to see at carnivals and fairs, except it's, thankfully, a little more modern. From the hotel's rep:
It is a newer digital version in which you can change your background, have fake hair, or just have the original color or black & white option. At the moment the price for the photobooth is $5.00 and you get two prints. One you can take home with you and another to put on our ever-changing corkboard wall by the lobby elevator.
Indeed, there are rows and rows of these pictures on the wall in the lobby which makes this place a very fun hotel to hang out at. Not to mention all the good you can do while staying here. Also good? The low room rates which start at $89 a night during the week.