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Thanks to our far-flung, adventurous and nonstop jetsetting contributors who never enter a hotel room without photographing the place from top to bottom, we've been able to get a peek into hotel rooms around the world by flipping through our numerous Photo Galleries.
We have so many good shots from so many great hotels, it's getting hard to keep track of all of them. So from now on, we'll be rounding up our favorite photo galleries once a week. Some will be pulled together by hotel brand others will be done by city, design, style, amenities or just plain old hotel lust.
Today we're showing off photos of our favorite lobbies from hotels we've visited in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. No, the lobby isn't where you sleep. But with all the people constantly moving through, it's where you get a feel for the hotel's character.
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After teasing you with a mystery snapshot from the meeting room, followed by a tour around the circular lobby, it's finally time to take a look inside a room at Boston's The Revere. Because, yes, there's more to this hotel than just models abseiling down the side of the building in the face of death.
Take a look at our photo gallery below!
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Our high school Latin came in handy the other day when we popped inside the Boston Omni Parker House. And though we didn't realize it at the time, the three-word inscription on the coat of arms above the main entrance actually sums up the whole hotel pretty well.
Fideli merces certa translates as 'For the faithful, there will be certain reward.' And you can't get much more faithful than the Omni Parker House, which a nearby concierge informed us is the longest continually-operating hotel in the whole country. Their reward? Still staying in business!
Click through for our photos from the historic lobby!
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Walking into the XVA Art Hotel, guests are hit with a refreshing change of scenery. A green neon light shaped like a fruit fly hangs over an armchair illustrated with a vintage movie still from the 1960s. Not exactly the kind of "furniture" you'd normally expect from a hotel in Dubai.
Giant crystal chandeliers, an army of see-through elevators, 5-ton boats hanging from the ceiling—yes, that's all standard fare in the City of Gold. But actual, imaginative, fun-to-look-at art? It's as if we'd stepped into another world.
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We once told you about the amazing views from an executive suite at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. But to be honest, there's some photo-worthy action going on downstairs too, in the hotel's gigantic lobby (that also doubled as our office for an afternoon).
From quaint seating areas like the one above to funky art and free internet, the lobby at Parc 55 is the perfect fun-filled hotel pit stop to break up your walking tour of San Francisco.
Click through our photo gallery below!
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Well, what do you all think? After a mysterious closing down of the lobby in late March, and some smart alec signs in the windows that had us all wondering what the hotel was up to, The Roger (formerly The Roger Williams) has now officially joined the ranks of other mononymous hotels (The James, The Gansevoort) and has a whole new identity to boot.
We poked around the new white-brick-walled lobby, sat in the blue suede sofas, and even got to check out a few of the guest rooms. The new look is the brainchild of Steven Kamali, who wanted to find a way to "balance the historical nature of the property" while keeping things "relaxed," "chic," and "new." And that, of course, involved a lot of bow-ties.
Go on, take a look through our photo galleries and decide for yourself if Roger is a hottie or a nottie!
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It was announced this week that a Courtyard by Marriott is coming to the capital of Romania in early 2014. And while Marriott already has an outpost in the city—the flashier, more expensive JW Marriott Bucharest Grand—this will be the city's first Courtyard, and, in fact, just the 47th in all of Europe.
And we must, say, we're liking its look. A rendering was released, showing off the hotel's glass facade and geometric structure, organized into interlocking blocks. The kind of thing we'd expect at maybe a newer budget brand like Hyatt Place, or maybe IHG's newest, and yet to launch, health-oriented brand, Even Hotels. But if this is the direction we see more new Courtyards heading in, then sign us up!
Boston newcomer The Revere doesn't do two things half-assed. First, it trumps all the other Boston hotels by having its own state-of-the-art theater, then it sets up a vertical catwalk, complete with rappelling models, on opening day. Now, it's finally debuting Emerald, the 6,000 square foot, Wizard of Oz-themed lobby lounge.
And, trust us, that theme has been taken quite literally.
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Welcome to Design Thursdays! This is our day to focus on hotel design through photo tours, video walk-throughs and interviews with hotel designers. Got a cool hotel design story we should know about? Let us know.
We've seen the renderings and they sure look pretty. But as we all know, nothing can capture the feel of a hotel room quite like checking into it for real.
We're just weeks away from being able to do that at SLS South Beach, and in the meantime we have the next best thing to walking through the hotel itself--uber-designer Philippe Starck walking us through his designs.
We asked what we could expect from the rooms and where his inspiration came from. His answer took on a life of its own...
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This photograph was shot two feet from where it sits now on the wall in Suite 1108
Another month, another NYC hotel unveiling a full-property renovation. This time, we were checking out the new look of The Gansevoort, its re-designed penthouse, and, more importantly, some cool new artwork in the rooms.
Photographer Deborah Anderson (if you haven't heard of her, you've certainly heard of her clients—George Clooney, Pink, Elton John, to name a few) was given the task of creating new artwork for the hotel, and she took her job title of "artist-in-residence" quite literally.
Over the course of two days in October, Anderson set up a photo shoot in two eleventh-floor suites, subtly weaving in elements from those rooms into the photographs themselves. As a result, certain pieces of furniture (curtains, couches, and—yes—toilets) have now been immortalized in the glamorous images guests find as they wander through the hotel.
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We checked in over the weekend, taking advantage of the NoMad's introductory rate of $295 for a Classic Room. (We made the reservation about a month ago.) But did the hotel live up to our admittedly high expectations? Was it as pretty in real life as it appears in photos on the NoMad website?
Take a look at our video tour and photo gallery to find out...
Welcome to Design Thursdays! This is our day to focus on hotel design through photo tours, video walk-throughs and interviews with hotel designers. Got a cool hotel design story we should know about? Let us know. Today, we have a specia DIY EDITION!
We never set out to build a hotel key card collection. It just happened. We'd find these plastic cards in our wallets, suitcases, purses, laptop bags and sometimes our make-up bags, weeks and even months after our stay. Then we'd toss 'em in a drawer in our desk because we couldn't quite bring ourselves to trash them.
Soon enough, we started amassing a pretty big collection of key cards. And when we pulled out our secret stash, it became fun to sort through all the key cards, studying the designs (or in many cases, blatant ads) that covered them and reminiscing about the stay that went with them.
About two years ago, the idea came to us--wouldn't it be cool to put these hotel cards on display somewhere in our house? But we weren't quite sure how. We thought of framing them but struggled with the idea of little frames or one big frame.
At some point, we thought displaying the key cards under a glass table top would be the best way to go. But it took us a while to find the right piece of furniture and the right place to put it.
But then we moved into a new place earlier this month and the opportunity finally presented itself!