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Hotels Are Making Big Design Statements, and Occasionally Music, With Their Pianos

July 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM | by | ()

Hotels are adding keys, as in piano keys, into their design repertoire, and there seems to be no end in sight.

We’re seeing more of them as a carefully placed, often dominating feature in lobbies, bars, ballrooms, and specialty suites. As hoteliers and interior designers seek to create a unique identity for a brand or even an independent, the style or placement of a piano can and usually does, set the tone, so to speak.

We thought it might be fun to take a collective look at some examples of how hotels use pianos to show their true colors, their sense of style, or simply to show off. In some hotels it is clearly the piano itself that makes the design statement—these will be obvious— and in other cases it is the overall setting that brings it all together.

We threw in a couple of “extras,” one which is a temporary piano display in a hotel that we could not resist, and the other which is more of a suggestion on our part, for matching a piano that we found, to a hotel that is not yet open.

Here’s our gallery of hotels and their pianos, quite possibly the first of its kind. Not the last, the way things are going.

[Photos by the hotels mentioned; Blue Dog Steinway piano by RodriguesSteinway; Ferrari Grand Rossa piano by Ressino]

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How Many Pianos Does The St. Regis Need?

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  Site Where: 2 East 55th Street, at Fifth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
September 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

What do businessmen and businesswomen look for in a conference room? Good coffee, a strong wi-fi signal, and probably some comfy chairs. What about an antique Steinway piano? We're guessing not.

Back in July, we happened upon this neglected beauty in the mezzanine level of The Algonquin, where one hotel staffer admitted the piano had sat unattended for the past three years. Now, we know large, unwieldy pianos have a way of becoming part of the furniture—but surely there's got to be a better place for a lonely Steinway than next to the fire exit?

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You Won't Be Hearing From This Algonquin Piano Anytime Soon

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  Site Where: 59 West 44 St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
July 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

I spy with my little eye...

It was another midtown wander that brought us to this hidden gem—a Weber baby grand piano tucked away on the second floor of the Algonquin. Accessible via elevator or staircase (the tiny marble steps made us feel like we were in a hobbit hotel), this quaint "second" lobby is where you can find the bathrooms, a coffee station, and the conference rooms. Also a good alternative in case you're allergic to cats.

This isn't to be confused with the piano in the Oak Room, which we reverently included in our list of awesome hotel lounge acts. Barbara Carroll can't have all of the Algonquin's ivories to herself, but it's somehow fitting that the 109-year-old hotel should keep two pianos on hand (at least that we've counted). So why is this one looking so lonely?

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