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Why Porto's Hotel da Música is Playing Our Tune

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  Site Where: Mercado do Bom Sucesso, Porto, Portugal
November 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Ferrari Gears Up For Its First Hotel, Coming in 2016, and Yeah, It's Red

Where: Barcelona, Spain
April 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

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."

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Funky Friday: Camping Out Urban Style at Hutten Palast, Berlin

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  Site Where: Hobrechtstrasse 65/66, Berlin - Neukolln, 12047
March 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For all the die-hard campers out there, there is finally a hotel designed just for you, only it's in uber-urban Berlin. As funky as this may sound, Hutten Palast is a different concept that's cleverly delivered, and it's a pretty good deal too at less than $100 per night. For these reasons and more, we think it's well earned a place in Funky Friday.

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Liverpool Will Soon Have Not One, But Two Titanic Hotels

Where: The Strand [map], Liverpool, Merseyside, United States
October 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

When a floating Titanic-themed three-bedroom hotel opened in Liverpool earlier this year, people complained that the idea was in poor taste. With that misstep still fresh in Liverpudlian minds, Signature Living had better tread carefully in their new project to develop the old White Star Line headquarters into a hotel.

Albion House, the 19th-century building that was the home of the White Star Line in 1912 when the shipping line's Titanic sank, has stood empty for decades but was recently acquired by the development company. Signature Living began work this month and (optimistically) hope to have the first part of the 350-room hotel and apartment building named The Titanic open by April.

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Denver Has a New Dinosaur-Themed Best Western

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  Site Where: 3440 South Vance Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80227
October 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Most hotels spend lots of money to bring themselves out of the prehistoric era, but the Best Western Denver Southwest did just the opposite, throwing down $4 million to convert itself into a dinosaur-themed property.

The idea for the design came from nearby Dinosaur Ridge, an archaeological site 10 minutes from the hotel that houses the footprints of long-necked sauropods. The 112-room hotel is now all decked out with dinosaur paraphernalia, including skulls, fossil tables, classic dinosaur artwork and an on-site natural history museum dedicated to the prehistoric beasts.

The co-owners of the property said they hope the theme will draw some attention to the excavations that have taken place in the area and help bring tourists to see for themselves.

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Baseball's Glory Days Live On in the Belleclaire's Babe Ruth Suite

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  Site Where: 250 West 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
October 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

With New York's baseball season over and A-Rod suing Major League Baseball, now might be a good time to remind ourselves of happier times in New York baseball history; and we can indulge our nostalgia for those better days by staying in Hotel Belleclaire's recently unveiled Babe Ruth Suite.

The 110-year-old (and newly revamped) hotel was frequently visited by the legendary baseball player in its early years and the new suite evokes its heyday when the hotel was one of the hottest addresses in town and also welcomed the likes of Mark Twain and Maxim Gorky.

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DoubleTree Opens a New Cinema-Themed Hotel in Łódź

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  Site Where: 29 Lakowa Street, Łódź , Poland, 90-554
July 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Poland's third city, Łódź (it's pronounced "woodge") may lack the charm of Krakow and energy of Warsaw, but it is at the heart of the Polish art scene.

Łódź's famous National Film School counts three Oscar winners amongst its alumni (Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Zbingniew Rybczyński) so it is fitting that DoubleTree has given its new Łódź property a cinema theme and located it on the site of Łódź Film Studio.

"Hilton Worldwide has a long history of association with the film industry and DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź builds on this heritage in an important European market" said Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide's EMEA president.

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Sleep In Recycled Concrete Tubes at Mexico’s Tubohotel

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  Site Where: Tlacaltipac Glorieta Km 17 S/N, San Sebastián, Tepoztlan, Mexico, 62520
February 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve shown you where to spend the night in a beer barrel (that’s Germany), and for today’s quirky hotel concept we’re heading to Mexico, where in the village of Tepoztlan, 45 minutes south of Mexico City, the hotel rooms in question are stacked – and recycled – concrete tubes.

Tubo-social, Tubo-cool, Tubo-hotel! – exclaims Tubohotel's website.

So what’s it all about, Alfie?

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The First Ever U.S. Legoland Hotel Will Open on April 5

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  Site Where: 1 Legoland Dr [map], Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92008
January 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

One hotel goes off the list and another one comes on!

Ahoy there, matey's! North America's first Legoland Hotel has just pegged its stateside opening for April 5 at the entrance to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California.

Newly released images snapped by Reuters show the lobby of the world's third Lego hotel (there's one in the UK and Denmark) will be staffed by life-sized, Lego-built employees including bell hops and a dragon.

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Sleep in a Beer Barrel at This Quirky German B&B

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  Site Where: Schlichtenfelde, Ostbevern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 48346
January 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We just caught wind of a bed & breakfast in northern Germany, via our friends at Psfk, where guests can tuck into 100 year old beer barrels come bedtime. As in, the barrel is the bed. Hm, now that's our kind of themed room!

The nameless hotel, listed on AirBnB, snagged a few extra-large barrels from the local Potts Naturpark Brauerei (established 1769) and creatively converted them into cozy double beds in its three "beer rooms." The brewery used the barrels to age and transport malt beer from the 19th century all the way until 1995. (They're so old, we bet you can still smell the hops!).

As if the beds weren't crazy enough, there's even an on-site beer barrel-turned-sauna. And of course, a cold brewski is offered as a nightcap. Each of the rooms is also tricked out with a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, free WiFi, and massage jet shower. Got the morning munchies? "Breakfast in barrel" is on tap for 20 euros per person.

Rates from $137 per night. To book, contact Dirk at Airbnb.com. Mini Cooper and Mediaeval themed rooms also available.

[Photo: AirBnB]

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Pick A Room Color To Suit Your (Life)Style At Opus Vancouver

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  Site Where: 322 Davie Street, Vancouver, Canada
August 31, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

At HotelChatter, we see a lot of hotel rooms. Really a lot of them. Minimalist, maximalist, small and big, traditional and contemporary, generic or unique, we've come across everything from tired and worn down to so-new-it-still-smells-like-fresh-paint. But it's not every day we come across one that allows you to select a room based on your preferred color palette.

Such is the case though at Opus Vancouver, the boutique hotel in the heart of the city's trendy Yaletown. Six room types (from Standard Rooms to the Penthouse Suite) are decorated in five different color schemes. From cranberry red, deep orange, and taupe to vibrant green and warm blue, the general Opus modus operandi is: "we don't do beige".

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Paramount Wants to Bring More Movie-Themed Hotels to the Masses

May 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Movie studio or resort entrance?

We enjoy a kitschy themed hotel room here and there but we're not so sure how we feel about an entire collection of movie-themed hotels and resorts.

Yet that is exactly what Hollywood movie-making studio, Paramount Pictures is proposing to do with its new venture, Paramount Hotels and Resorts. Bloomberg News reports:

The company is in talks about locations in Brazil, the U.K., the Caribbean, Russia, Qatar, Oman, South Africa and Indonesia, Van Vliet said. The hotels will be opened in large cities and tourist destinations and some will be part of theme parks, resorts or casinos.

Detes are scant on the experience but each hotel will feature "mini-theaters" for guests to use and a library of Paramount films will be available. Rates are expected to range from $250 to $350 a night.

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