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Be lucky you don't have to check in to this "lodging".
We caught wind of this photo during a segment of The Steve Harvey Show and had to find out if there was a better copy than the frantic screen grab we took. Because, well, its just made us chuckle.
Thank goodness for the Internet. Apparently this shot has been out there for a while (dating back to 2006, at least!) but tracking down its origins was a bit more tricky. The closest we can determine is the sign was once located near Delano, California, which is on the way to both Kern Valley State and North Kern State prisons.
A stay would get you three hots and a cot, though...
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Brooklyn's newest boutique hotel, The Wythe, is giving us more and more reasons to get excited about its May 1 opening, while its neighbor, the Hotel Williamsburg continues to struggle with a bit of an identity crisis.
We took a peek inside recently, and the space is huge. A modest main entrance opens into a large, bright hall where the lobby and check-in desk will be. Seamlessly, that transitions into the restaurant, Reynards, where giant windows and exposed brick give the place an artsy vibe (see another photo below).
From our first impression, it feels less like they've tried to turn a converted factory into a boutique hotel, and more like they've fashioned the hotel around these pre-existing, rugged interiors. Granted, they've also slapped on a big, flashy sign to the outside of the building that says "hotel," but even that has a fun, festive look to it.
We found ourselves, once again, tittering in the corner after discovering this sorely mis-translated hotel sign from Libya. Canadian-British journalist @DougSaunders recently shared the photo via Twitter, and we felt compelled to repost it. Not that it's right to make fun of linguistic barriers—but, well, they said the word "kink."
Unlike last week's mess of a hotel sign, we're pretty sure we know what the hotel getting at here. Equally appealing is the caption provided by Doug Saunders, who writes under the photo, "My Libyan hotel seems to know me too well." Don't get too comfortable there, Doug!
We found this bizarre sign while trolling some Tumblr blogs this afternoon, and have to admit, we're a little stumped. After
some diligent Google image searching we determined these were Japanese characters two people pointed out to us that these were simple Chinese characters, we're still unclear as to what hotel this is, and what exactly an "execution floor" might be.
Our guess? It's probably a poorly translated version of "Executive." But maybe executing of a different sort does happen on this floor?
We are reminded of a certain death ray hotel in Vegas that left one guest with a melted plastic bag and singed hair. This was also an initial concern at the newly-opened Dream Downtown's pool-beach area, but those fears have been squelched.
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Last week, we moaned about the 10 Annoying Design Flaws that we hate encountering in our hotel stays, one of which was Complicated Light Switches. Well, thankfully, we found an anti-dote to that at the Hampshire Hotel in London's Leicester Square.
This is the light switch panel found next to the bed (actually on both sides of the bed) inside a deluxe king room. See how easy they make it for us? If hotels are going to get all fancy schmancy with their lighting, then subtle directions for us would be nice--even if we did feel a bit like a grandma who needs labels on all her light switches.
But when we were passing out because of jetlag, this made it easy for us to just click and go...to bed.
What do you think? Are these directions helpful or do they make the room look too much like a senior citizen's joint? Let us know in comments below!
Crazy Hotel Workers stay sane by whining about their life as hotel staff on their huge livejournal site and we never tire of reading it.
This week they mused about the warning signs one hotel is having to put up on new balconies, after a guest climbed on to the railing cables and broke a couple of them. Other Crazy Hotel Workers chimed in with a few good suggestions for the signage, like "Idiots cannot fly or land on their feet". But we think this sign might get the message across more succinctly than the rest:
Do not climb on the railings of the balconies. If you choose to do so and fall, the hotel staff will laugh at your sorry ass while they call an ambulance. You will also be charged triple for the room for being an idiot.
Embassy Suites has announced the five winners of last year's "Do Not Disturb" sign design contest, and, if this was the best of the lot, we imagine that the other 7,000-plus entries must have been truly and excruciatingly unfunny.
The winners, who came up with slogans like, "Aww Mom, just five more minutes. Please?" and "Shh... I'm hatching a plan to bust some little soaps out of here," receive a three-night stay at select Embassy Suites locations and, beginning March 5, will see their designs displayed at the hotelier's 190 properties.
But not all of the winning slogans are as embarrassingly childish for a grown adult to hang on his or her door as "I've built a pillow fort and I am not opening the door for anybody!" Clever selections include, "Pillow fight in progress" and "There are days when I wish I could wear this around my neck," which is what we guess the Embassy Suites marketing team was thinking when they came up with this contest.
Because out of all these creations, we still prefer Embassy Suites' own variation on the "Do Not Disturb Sign": "There's a good reason for you NOT to knock right now."
When you're traveling in a foreign country, not everything on the hotel restaurant sounds tasty--but is that because they're using ingredients you're just not used to, or is all a matter of the exquisite deliciousness getting lost in the translation?
Take, as a first example, a small hotel in the Slovak town of Trnava. If you're a lucky customer there, you'll be able to order the Typical Czech Rotten Cheese in Potato Rucksack. But if rotten food's not really your thing, you might be after something as simple as a Thai hotel's misspelt breakfast: "Fruit Jouce--Toast with Jame and Butter--Mussli with Yoghurt". Or back in Eastern Europe, a hotel in Poland let the following dishes onto their menu:
Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roast duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.
So next time you want to complain about hotel food, think twice now that you know what some of the alternatives are.
We love Hooters...the hotel & casino we mean.
This place will do anything Nevada law allows. They let you gamble, drink, eat, dance, marry, and divorce. They even let your kids into the swimming pool. That's how "down home" and relaxed this place is. So it's no surprise to us that they have this sign hanging outside the restrooms.
But we wonder, are their bathrooms the cure for the common crapper?
This hotel in China has some pretty strict rules, such as visitors of guests must be out by 11pm, juicy fruits (not the gum, but fruits like watermelons and plums) are not allowed, and unauthorized extension of electrical cables are not allowed.
And be careful if you want to bring any porn or political materials into your room as rule #12 strictly forbades it.
Sheesh, we'd hate to see what television channels they offer.
· Brytness photostream [Flickr]
California still can't shake its hippie past as the Best Western in Yosemite offers "Free LSD."
This photo from a hotel in Flint, Mich. asks guest to conserve resources but it also seems as if they want you to do your own laundry and there's some question about the sanitation of the towels. If you leave them up to air-dry, does that mean housekeeping will just fold them up for the next guest without washing?
· Jim Frazier photostream [Flickr]