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Last week at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, it wasn't all about brightly colored chairs, interesting light fixtures and high-tech toilets. We actually got a glimpse of possible future hotels at the Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.
The competition, now in its 7th year, aims to "discover, identify, and explore radically innovative hospitality concepts" either ones that are already in development or just in conceptual form. It's sponsored by Hospitality Design and The John Hardy Group, the developers behind the recently opened Anza Hotel in Calabasas as well as several big hotels in NYC and worldwide.
In Las Vegas, the top three finalists for the contest made their presentations to a rather large panel of hotel industry experts from Starwood's president of global development, Simon Turner; master planner and architect Wing Chao and John Hardy himself. The entire thing was moderated by industry expert, Barbara DeLollis. Yet despite the big names on the panel, it was the audience who got the final vote in which team should win.
While we were swayed by the idea of a traveling train hotel and a hotel with shared coworking spaces, it was clear that The Pop-Up Hotel was not just the most innovative idea for a hotel but also one that could be implemented rather easily.
When we first uploaded the above photo into our story, we worried that it was upside down*; then we realized it actually didn't matter because disoriented, confused, and slightly dizzy is exactly how you're supposed to feel at Bar Oppenheimer, a new pop-up bar that debuted this week inside Hôtel Americano.
Bar Oppenheimer is located in the basement of the hotel via a narrow cement staircase behind the hostess stand in the lobby. There's no sign, no big door with a velvet rope, not even a hint of the bar's presence anywhere in the hotel.
(However, that may be a good thing because when you eventually find it—as we did, after five minutes spent aimlessly wandering down hallways and opening emergency exit doors—you feel like you've stumbled into a secret room that no one else in the hotel knows about.)
The truth is that lots of people in New York know about this place. It was designed by Frankfurt-based artist Tobias Rehberger, who felt a desire to recreate his neighborhood bar in Germany, also called Bar Oppenheimer, in the basement of a Manhattan boutique hotel. Cool, right?
For more photos of the triply black-and-white striped bar, read on!
Those of you who have a major sweet tooth and a love for hotels would have had your dreams come true a few weeks ago in London, where Tate & Lyle Sugars (the UK’s largest cane sugar brand), created the world’s first (pop-up) hotel entirely made from cake.
A team of 14 cake makers labored away for more than 2,000 (that’s two thousand) hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate eight “tasting” rooms in celebration of the launch of Tate & Lyle’s “Taste Experience” range of golden and brown cane sugars.
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Ever since Rudy's, a Portland-based hipster barbershop chain, vacated its spot at The Standard Hollywood earlier this year, the hotel has been experimenting with different pop-up concepts. And currently, an LA-based art book shop called Book Stand has installed a 30-day retail residency in the space, based on the theme of plants.
Yup, plants. An entire assortment of art books, magazines, vintage tomes, films, art, pottery and "ephemera" all glorifying nature's different forms of greenery. Kind of a nice change of pace for a hotel mainly known for blacklisting guests and publishing ads of people peeing and drooling.
Out of curiosity, we hunted down a few of the titles that will be included in the shop, and found neat-o items like the zine Sunday Mornings at the River, or photographer Arno Fischer's 1978 monograph The Garden, or Avec, the first issue of a Korean lifestyle magazine devoted entirely to flowers.
Have you ever been so tired you might just sleep anywhere? Well, that's the hope of a new Belgian pop-up hotel concept that is wandering all around the country. The hipster haven is called Sleeping Around and it promotes...well, sleeping around. Where ever the mobile hotel sets up shop, that's where you will call home-base while traveling.
Using abandoned shipping containers, the hotel creates a small 'village' of 6 units. Out of the six, four are individual rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms, one is a breakfast and lounge room and one is for the sauna. Since each room is a recycled shipping vessel, Sleeping Around acts as environmentally conscious by creating a boutique hotel experience made from completely recycled materials.
A truly pop-up experience, the hotel actually moves around to different locations. To find its current location, potential guests need to hop on the website to track the exact site through a GPS tracking. Currently, its hanging out on a shipping pier in Antwep but has the potential to go anywhere that is about 400 square meters with drinking water, electricity and an amazing view. The site even take recommendations.
When it comes to pop-up restaurants in NYC, there's no one more experienced than Guerilla Culinary Brigade founder Alan Philips (we like to think of him as the Ian Schrager of pop-up hotel restaurants).
We've experienced our fair share of Philips-masterminded meals at places like The Sanctuary, THOR and THOR again. So we were impressed to hear he was setting up a temporary space over at Mondrian SoHo.
Make that double impressed once we got there and saw that the dining room was hidden behind a secret revolving bookcase...
Camping under the stars with only the lights of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to light your way sounds pretty amazing. Wait..what!? Yes, the area of Sydney, known as Circular Quay, has been turned into a pop-up hotel that mimics 'glamping' in the middle of the city.
Sponsored by Hotels.com and Citygate Central Hotel, the pop-up 'hotel room' is the first of it's kind in Australia, and if it us up to the creators, it wont be the last.
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Summer music festival-goers from the die-hard to the casual all know that Lollapalooza is happening in Chicago this weekend. Yet even hotel geeks will want to come out for Lollapalooza, thanks to the first-ever LollaShop, a pop-up shop where official Lollapalooza goods will be sold before the concerts begin. Yes, for the first time ever you don't actually have to have a ticket to Lollapalooza to buy the concert gear.
The LollaShop is currently open at 332 S. Michigan Ave (at E. Van Buren Street) and is selling festival t-shirts, hats, and even hipster fanny packs. It's also holding signings with festival performers as well as listening parties and performances in the Thompson Hotel Lounge. That's right. Thompson Hotels is offering a sneak peek into their new Chicago hotel which will officially be rebranded a Thompson in place of the old Sutton Place.
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For all you NYC hotel-lovers who have always dreamed of visiting Lords South Beach but haven't actually made it down, here's your chance. In two weeks, Miami's gayest hotel is temporarily migrating north to the Big Apple. Why? To set up a pop-up hotel for Pride 2012, of course!
The entire Lords South Beach entourage—including, yes, the trademark nine-foot polar bear in the lobby, but oh so much more—will be transplanted into the Hotel On Rivington from June 18-24 (yes, we know, a hotel within a hotel) to create the ultimate Pride hotel party.
And when they say party, we do tend to believe them. This is coming from one "ultra-gay" hotel who likes to entertain guests by hosting rounds of Twister and spin the bottle, and another hotel with its own tequila bar and who once hosted Michael Cera and the cast of Jersey Shore in a hot tub. All together.
In the ever-expanding world of pop-up buildings – hotels, restaurants, museums – there’s a newcomer in the UK, Snoozebox, who is ushering in a new era of stylish pop-up hotels.
These hotels are aesthetically-chic and can pop-up in 48 hours at festivals and sporting events, with the added advantage of being right in the heart of the action. Right now, one can only find them in the UK but the capability is there to expand worldwide.
And here’s why. These hotels are decked out shipping containers, with a double bed and single bunk, full bathroom, air-con, flat-screen TV and free wireless (yes, you heard that right) in every room. Granted, the rooms are on the smallish size, but no expense has been spared in the amenities of these tidy, stylish portable hotels.
Plus they can go wherever the world needs additional fashionable accommodations. In other words you call them in when necessary, sort of like a superhero, really. We know that we start to panic when a nice hotel cannot be found at an event we’re attending.
The best bit about these people is they're not Lastminute types, or models - they were drop ins from a nearby office, who proceeded to get sozzled on free champagne and pose.
Of course, the pop-up hotel in London we all want to get into right now is the Room For London, but if you don’t have the £300 – yes, £300 – spare to hit that up, there’s another pop-up that you might want to try out.
From now until 22 January, at the Getty Images Gallery tucked just off Oxford Street, Lastminute.com is running its own “pop-up hotel”. It launched on Friday, and we popped along last night to check it out.
First things first – big disappointment - it’s not an actual hotel, in that you can’t stay the night. Having said that, it’s not as fake and PR-ey as you’d expect. Most importantly, there’s lots you can get out of it.
The “hotel” consists of the main room – split into the bar, the lobby and, if you use your imagination, the spa (more on that later). Behind that is the bedroom and, beyond that, the bathroom.
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A look inside A Room for London's nautical interior
Now that London's hotel of-the-moment, the single-suite Room for London, has opened its nautically-themed doors, we're on a mad hunt for reviews. Creative or kitchy? Comfy or cramped? Opinions will filter through in drips and drabs, as ARFL's limited coterie of guests experience and check out of the Southbank-perched lodgings.