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Jumping off the trend for hotels to become more energy-efficient, and mindful of that worrisome little thing called the economy, Lookotels, out of Spain, is the latest company to enter the low-cost, pre-fab hotel room fray.
On its website, Lookotels admits that this concept is already being trialed by other companies, but claims its edge is that it's bringing professionalism to the game--reducing overall costs with energy-efficient design, a reduction in construction time and costs, centralized control, and a reduction in personnel costs.
It certainly sounds like the future, whether we like dispensing with all the pomp and circumstance of luxury hotels or not.
This summer, more than any other, is all about the rooftop bar in New York City. Hotels can barely call themselves such without one, they're sprouting that fast and furious.
Alas, most charge exorbitant prices for the privilege of drinking a cocktail al fresco among the skyscrapers. But not the newest rooftop in town—the one at the Pod Hotel in Midtown.
The Apprentice notwithstanding, we're totally down with hospitality intern programs. If you start early and learn on the job you're much better placed to succeed in your hotel-world career for years to come. So we were heartened to hear about the latest internship program at New York's Pod Hotel. There, managing director David Bernstein has introduced a training program for young adults with autism.
Five interns aged 18–21 will work alongside the hotel's housekeeping staff in the program that kicked off in March. The training is part of the bigger picture at the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), which teaches young autistic people life skills and helps them to develop responsibility and establish their independence.
We’ve been on a bit of a Capsule Hotel roll lately, so why stop now? The latest itty-bitty hotel rooms to capture our attention are in—where else?—Japan, at the highly conceptualized 9 Hours Hotel. What makes this one so special is not just the lines of pods that makes us think of rows of washing machines, but the minimalist design that flows through the entire property.
UPDATE: More capsule hotels arrive in the form of the Sleep Box!
Last week, we thought we'd moved on from the capsule hotel trend to the micro-hotel trend, especially ones with private bathrooms. But there's a new capsule hotel on the block that's snagged our attention with their pretty but pretty claustrophobic designs---the Atlantis Capsule Hotel.
There's not much to go on about this new capsule hotel design though. The background photo for the hotel’s Twitter account shows what looks like a double-decker tanning bed, and so far all the info we can glean on this project also comes via tweets.
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With all the gadgets we haul around these days, we get excited when we check into a hotel that caters to our tech obsession. Things as simple as a charging station for all our phones and cameras and iPods makes us very happy. So you can imagine how we felt when we saw this teched-out multimedia hotel bed.
It’s called the Somnus-Neu (which is something to do with the god of sleep), and it may soon be coming to a pod hotel near you. The creator, Grier Govorko, tells Fast Company magazine that he is in talks with Yotel and hopes to have the beds in production later this year.