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#Thatawkwardmomentwhen you’re in Brussels staying in your favorite hotel and realise you totally promised to share it with your HotelChatter family a while back but then time passed and life zoomed by and you forgot.
Sorry about that. Way back in February, we showed you the beer bar at the Zoom Hotel, a new opening in Ixelles, the trendiest part of the Belgian capital. We promised to take you inside the photography-themed rooms, too. And now, just in time, we’ve remembered.
This stay marks our third time at the Zoom. Why do we stay so loyal? Firstly, because it’s always fairly priced (rates are an obscenely low €65, or $72, right now for the low summer season, while the highest we’ve paid in high season winter is about €100).
From one themed Colorado hotel to another – hot on the heels of the launch of Cannacamp comes The Art Hotel in Denver, which takes hotel art to another level. The odd “owner’s piece” scattered around? Pah. Temporary exhibitions? Pshaw. The Art Hotel has its own curator – no ordinary curator, either, but Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of the Denver Art Museum.
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To the fans of all things extraterrestrial, this one's for you. We kick off this special edition of Funky Friday by saying this may be light years away (aka, not gonna happen,) but if your network of SciFi buddies pitches in, you may just see the opening of The UFO Hotel.
Is anyone surprised? We figured it was only a matter of time before there would be a close encounter of the hotel kind. Except that this kind involves some home grown alien crowd-funding.
The UFO Hotel is the brainchild of Luis Ramallo, UFO enthusiast and owner of popular road stop Alien Fresh Jerky in Baker, California. Baker is small community in the Mojave Desert, conveniently situated along the Los Angeles – Las Vegas route, so there should be no shortage of guests, whether die-hard science fiction fans, or just plain curious.
It was all going so well for Hotel Gotham. Manchester’s newest hotel was looking good, garnering great reviews and generally making a splash – and then, a pesky a reality TV “celebrity” had to come along and spoil it.
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How things have changed! Because not only has a 120-acre “tourism development zone” been approved for the Graceland area, but renderings have now appeared on the Graceland website. Look at the pictures. Watch the video. What do you think?
But did you know the chocolate theme stretches as far as the sheets on the bed?
Here we go again. When we reported in 2009 of plans to convert the shipyard where the ill-fated Titanic was built into a themed hotel, we weren’t sure we liked the idea. We're still not sure, but we’re keeping an open mind as we follow the latest hotel’s progress until it actually, finally opens. No date on that yet.
With a little help from a £4.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the 4-star, 84-bed hotel will occupy the headquarters of Harland and Wolff, one of the largest shipbuilders of the 20th century. Many a cruise ship in addition to the RMS Titanic were built here as well as some pretty serious navy warships.
What makes the hotel seem more plausible this time around may be the fairly new next door neighbor. The uber-angular Titanic Belfast museum, which opened in 2012, overlooks the historic shipyard buildings and what will be the front side of the hotel. The hotel will have a new steel and glass entrance, illustrated in the top rendering.
The best part of adulthood is getting to do all the things you weren’t allowed to do as a kid. Want to eat pizza for a week? Go for it. Spend the weekend dancing to loud music in your underwear? No one’s going to tell you no.
Except, maybe, a boss — or a mortified spouse. Other than that, though, it’s all you.
And if dad never built you a tree house, here’s your chance to spend the night in your very own. Behold Moose Meadow Lodge, a “luxury log home bed & breakfast” in Waterbury, Vermont, which is smack in the middle of the Green Mountains. (It’s also home to Green Mountain Coffee, if you’re a java junkie.)
The 86-acre property offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and, this time of year, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (They’ll loan you the shoes.) And the main lodge puts a refined spin on rustic living, filled with woodsy bric-a-brac like deer antler lamps. Why? Because Vermont, that’s why.
Remember when a stranger stopped you on the street and asked you the time, and you looked at your wristwatch? Now, we are more likely to look at our smartphones or tablets but at least we can revisit the watch as art at a new boutique hotel in Italy. Hotel L'Orologio Venice, aka Hotel L’O, celebrates the art of fine watchmaking.
Millennials have dominated the hotel scene for at least a year, now. Will the trend burn out soon? Who knows? But in the meantime, one lot of savvy hoteliers is going for the next generation – enter the Toy Story Hotel, due to open in Shanghai next year.
Who is this company thinking of the kids? It’s Disney, natch – the hotel will form part of the Shanghai Disney Resort (Disney’s sixth on the globe). This is Toy Story full immersion: the exterior will be done up to resemble the clouds-n-sky wallpaper of Andy’s bedroom, and there will be a gigantic Pixar ball at the porte cochere.
Toy Story Hotel will have 800 rooms, and, according to Disney, will “immerse guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney Pixar series of Toy Story animated films”. Which could be a little creepy.
We've seen all sorts of themed hotels over the years. Space, celebrity, wine, hell... even dinosaur. Lord knows they can be hit or miss, but despite that uncertainty, we always find them really difficult to pass up. One thing is for sure: They are guaranteed to be loaded with personality.
The hotel industry is no stranger to its rock and roll music themes, but Porto's Hotel da Música goes a little different direction by taking a classical angle on its theme. Instead of bright, bold colors and loud artwork, a polished, clean interior evokes feelings of a symphony rather than a rock show. It has 85 rooms, their modern look nicely contrasted by walls donning musical scores from famous composers.
This subtle approach continues throughout the entire hotel, but once you start paying attention, you realize there's no absence of character. The violins behind the front desk and the cello in the common area can't be ignored, but don't miss the music-stand menu holders and the vinyl record coasters at the lobby bar.
What you're looking at right now is the in-your-face rendering for the Ferrari Hotel. Ferrari, as in Ferrari, the car. And yes, this is for real.
Ferrari is planning their second Ferrari World theme park in Barcelona at the Port Aventura Resort (The first theme park is in Abu Dhabi.) When completed in 2016, it will be Europe’s first Ferrari theme park and Ferrari’s first luxury hotel.
Without much to go on about the details of the hotel, other than this picture, here’s what we do know so far:
The building’s shape is supposedly to resemble the front wing of their Formula 1 car. (Apologies to F1 fans if we've got this wrong.) The red exterior will be no ordinary red--it will be Ferrari "red", just as the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, reflects the recognizable Ferrari "yellow."