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Whiteout Is Art at Palace Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Tokyo, Japan
July 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

A casual glance at the above photo of the lobby at Palace Hotel Tokyo shows a number of things: gleaming grey marble, moss-green carpet and bench, painting, flower arrangement, chandeliers.

The painting isn’t the only piece of art in the photo though, with the white wall behind reception revealing its secret as you get closer: it isn’t just a white wall, it’s a whiteout wall. More specifically, it is a mixture of artificial marble, crystal powder, and whiteout correction fluid (!) brought together to depict endangered species of Japanese flowers. Talk about symbolism – a close up just below.

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Guess the Hotel With The Creepy Hipster Lobby Display

July 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

This isn’t what it looks like.

It looks like any other West Coast hipster hotel, trying to be quirky with its odd lobby collection of books, maps, magazines, bottles and suitcases.

But here’s where it gets creepy: all this stuff, apart from the books, is what was found in the hotel when the present owners bought the building in 2007.

Before that, it had been abandoned for 43 years. As if the previous owners went out grocery shopping and never came back. Pretty spooky – even for a town that’s seen its fair share of violence, back in the days of gangs and murderers and abductions – many of whom were abducted to serve in the military.

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Another Basic Thing All Hotels Need: A Bathroom Fan

July 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

While our front desk advisor listed 10 basic things a hotel must offer guests yesterday, a current hotel guest is demanding something else be added to that list--Bathroom fans. We'll let her do the talking here to further explain what she means. Warning: if you don't like potty humor, click away now.

It absolutely boggles my mind why there is not a bathroom fan in every hotel room!

This is not only essential for a basic human function, whether you are with others or not, no one wants to sit in there own stench like a fat cat, but also for any queen diva that needs to get ready in a jiffy -that fan is needed for refreshing the air from a shower, hair dryer and hot lights, without it is hellish hot and humid in there. All that effort just to come out like a wet poodle that smells of its own poo or drowning in cologne.

There is also the environmental issue here, without that white noise factor that allows for some sense of decent privacy, now ladies have to result to running the sink water in a pinch. Let's not also forget the need for strategy without the fan, "Who is going to spend some QT in the lobby bathroom now? Don't forget your card, will meet you over here, meet you over there". Bottom line somebody is standing around waiting while you expunge your demons.

To choose not vent a bathroom is to choose to kill the mystique factor in every relation, even with ones self.

Bring the fan back along with human decency !

Ps. I am writing this right now from a five star hotel while my husband is currently in the bathroom lobby - 5 minutes and counting.

Thank you,
From
Cramping Up

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Funky Friday: W Mexico City Takes Us on a Magical Mystery Tour

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  Site Where: Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo,Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, where we feature 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.

We admit it was a tough decision, whether to cover the illusionary new public spaces at W Mexico City as a separate story—which we may still do—or feature them on Funky Friday. You can decide for yourself, but it's got all the parts we look for on Funky Friday and we simply could not resist.

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Chicago's Radisson Blu Now Hanging Vivian Maier Photos in The Lobby

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  Site Where: 221 N. Columbus Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
May 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago changed the city's skyline when it first opened four years ago, the first Radisson Blu on U.S. shores. Now the hotel has made some changes to its lobby, marrying an industrial-style with a modern twist.

Don't worry, they've kept the flashy gold disc wall. But now, the walls opposite this eye-catching feature black and white photography from local artist, Vivian Maier.

Maier, transplanted from the East Coast via Paris, lived on the North Shore of Chicago for 40 years prior to her death and captured the lively street scenes of the Second City in ghostly black and white. Radisson Blu's new lobby features the 11 best pieces from her portfolio, all of which are photos of Chicago's streets and avenues.

The framed images are a perfect addition to the brick walls in the lobby and offer up a little something to look at while enjoying a cocktail (or two) in the cool bar. If your visiting the city and want to see more of the acclaimed artist, head west a few blocks to Harold Washington Library where a full exhibition is on display until September.

Rates at the Radisson Blu start around $340 a night for a weekend in early June.

[Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago]

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Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

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  Site Where: Vasaplan 7, Stockholm, Sweden, 11120
April 18, 2014 at 3:00 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.

We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real or virtual. Typically, it is both. We need a comfortable place to relax, work, or have an informal meeting. Oh, and we want to feel welcome and unpressured. The last thing that a hotel lobby should be today, as it has been in the past, is a busy transfer station for arriving guests and their luggage.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we are featuring a hotel lobby that was intentionally designed around the concept of luggage. At the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, it’s done ever so playfully and in a modern design context, so we’re going to run with it.

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It's Funky Friday and Le Méridien Istanbul Has Us Hypnotized

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  Site Where: Cengiz Topel Caddesi No:39, Etiler Istanbul, Turkey, 34337
February 7, 2014 at 2:34 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 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.

We kick off Funky Friday in the lobby of Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler. It’s kind of hard not to notice the larger-than-life starburst patterns, created by artist Mustafa Hulusi. While we cannot say for certain what the meaning is behind this stroll down psychedelic lane, one clue may lie in that Hulusi himself couldn’t come up with a name for his work (“Untitled”).

Whatever the artist’s intentions may be, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler clearly want modern art of be a part of the guest experience. The hotel has partnered with Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in their "UnlockArt" program and offer free entrance to guests who present their room key. (This program is actually in effect at all Le Méridien hotels.)

Now, stare straight into the center of any starburst and repeat to yourself, “I love HotelChatter.com and recommend it to everyone I meet …I love HotelChatter.com and recommend it to everyone I meet.” Feel better?

[Photo: Le Méridien Istanbul/Facebook]

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The Carlton Hotel Will Let You Buy its Designer Tree Ornaments

Where: Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States
December 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlton on Madison Avenue is partnering with Caravan Stylist Studio, the one-stop wardrobe and beauty shop, to present a collection of one-of-a-kind tree decorations designed by over 30 fashion designers from NYC.

Baubles designed by the likes of Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, Nicole Miller and Malia Mills are all on display on a mini tree in the lobby, next to the check-in desk -- the Carlton's traditional fir tree is at the entrance, decorated in its own bling. These designer ornaments are all for sale for a very reasonable $30 each, and all proceeds will benefit Save the Garment Center, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve NYC’s Garment District.

[All photos: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]

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Park Tower Knightsbridge Now Has Swank New Public Spaces

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  Site Where: 101 Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7RN
December 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we talked about the impending closure – and auction of contents – of The Lanesborough, we mentioned that the closest option for those wanting to stay within the Starwood family while in London was the Park Tower in Knighstbridge, a few minutes’ walk west towards the department stores of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

Turns out, just as the Lanesborough is going in for its makeover, the Park Tower has finished its own. Part of the group’s Luxury Collection, the hotel finished a redo of its public spaces this summer, with a new lobby, lounge, and bar.

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One Night in DC at The Melrose Georgetown

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  Site Where: 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20037
September 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Is the Melrose Georgetown as sweet as it sounds? A HotelChatter Review

We hadn't had a chance to check in on the Melrose Georgetown Hotel (formerly The Melrose Hotel) since its multi-million dollar renovation was completed in April this year, so when we needed a room in DC and the Melrose showed up on HotelTonight for $149, we grabbed it.

Check in
The hotel is a couple of blocks from Foggy Bottom - GWU Metro station, on the blue and orange lines. If you are coming from Union Station you have to change once, at Metro Center, from the red line. But once we arrived, check-in was quick and easy. Within two minutes of walking through the lobby, we were in our room.

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A Peek at the New York Palace's Lush New Lobby

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  Site Where: 455 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
August 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (2)

Over the past spring and summer, the five-star New York Palace has been having a little work done.

The $120 million renovation, guided by San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, includes refurbished Tower rooms and suites on the 41st floor and above; an overhaul of the former Le Cirque restaurant (set to be a new venture from chef Michel Richard), and an increase in the number of rooms from 899 to 909. Work is still ongoing (and is being completed stage by stage so as not to cause too much disruption) but the hotel, no longer a part of the Dorchester Collection, has unveiled its brand new lobby space, which had been closed since June.

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Hotel Belleclaire Freshens Up Its Lobby Space

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  Site Where: 250 West 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
August 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Belleclaire is one of those under-the-radar spots (as we mentioned not too long ago) that deserves a little more attention; and now its new look might just do the trick.

This Upper West Side hotel is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year -- and a history that has seen a lot of ups and downs. In its early years the Belleclaire was one of the hippest hotels in town, welcoming such guests as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, and Maxim Gorky. The late 20th century, however, was not so kind to the Belleclaire, and its reputation declined until it entered the ranks of the budget hotel category.

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