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In our next profile of Original Boutique Hotels, we head on down to Hotlanta to a sensual boutique experience from Desires Hotels--the company behind Hotel Mela in New York, the Sagamore in Miami Beach and the upcoming Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee.
The Glenn Hotel was the first boutique hotel in Atlanta and its historic address--a renovated 1923 office building--gives plenty of Manhattan attitude to this 110-room urban retreat. And inside the guest rooms it gets even better.
The Jezebel Suite exudes a certain come-fuck-me feel best illustrated by the room's deep soaking tub (for two!) and the clear, glass walls that separate it from the actual bedroom. Remember, this is the hotel that was too sexy for the Times.
It's also worth mentioning that the gossamer curtains on the windows filter the light in a way that makes everyone look good naked (and also makes us wonder if the designer was a woman).
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Now, we present you with Jaunted contributing editor KJB's review of the Hotel Providence in Rhode Island. Enjoy.
A weekend trip a couple years ago granted me the opportunity to visit the Hotel Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. To be honest, this was my first experience with a boutique hotel, but certainly will not be the last. Located in the heart of the downtown arts and entertainment district, the hotel features all the comforts of home (when the home is that of your rich aunt).
And now we present you with the second edition of our Original Boutique Hotels series. Enjoy.
Nowadays, it's all the rage for fashion designers to create hotels. But just remember that Donatella Versace was one of the first designers in the boutique hotel game with the Palazzo Versace Hotel on Australia's Gold Coast.
Of course, in the words of the all-knowing Heidi Klum in the fashion world, "One day you are in and one day you are out." Thus the Palazzo Versace had to make some changes.
The hotel has just wrapped up a AUD $5 million renovation--its first since opening more than seven years ago. Label-loving guests will now find new bedding and upholstery as well as updated technology, including LCD televisions, in all 205 rooms which are completely furnished from the Versace Home Collection.
We now live in a world where every major hotel chain seems to slapping on the description "boutique hotel" to their newest brands like Starwood's aloft hotels and InterContinental's Hotel Indigo, which just opened its 16th location in the L.A. suburb of Ontario.
Hotel Indigo has (like many others before it) in fact broken one of the cardinal rules of proper boutique hotels: thou shall not exist in suburbia. Also, thou shall never have more than one location with the same name, let alone 16.
Even the man who started the boutique hotel business, Ian Schrager, is now selling out to the masses by creating a boutique hotel brand, called Edition, for Marriott, the biggest big-box hotel chain of them all.
All this leads us to ask: Where Have All The Good Boutique Hotels Gone?
We here at HotelChatter are going to devote some interweb space to profiling some of the Original Boutique Hotels that are out there. These hotels have one location only are found in urban metropolises across the globe--not near an airport or a strip mall. And today we are starting with Toronto's Hazelton Hotel.