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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.

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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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Digital Nomad Lobbies: Style and Function at The Roger Hotel

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  Site Where: 131 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
August 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

As you probably know, we are always on the lookout for hotel lobbies that will oblige our digital nomadic tendencies.

And so, upon stumbling in to The Roger on Madison Avenue one humid afternoon last week with some work to do, we were pleased to find those plush blue sofas and brass-studded leather stools almost entirely unoccupied. Even better than quiet surroundings and plenty of work space? Free, fast WiFi -- no password required.

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The New York Marriott Downtown Gets a Lobby Makeover

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  Site Where: 85 West Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10006
August 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last month we told you about Marriott's rapid-paced New York City expansion. Well, it would appear they haven't stopped with all these new property openings; they've been getting to work sprucing up their established properties, too.

The lobby of the 497-room New York Marriott Downtown, previously known as the New York Marriott Financial Center, has just had a facelift, and, as any professional bit of work should be, it is fresh, subtle, and very elegant.

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Singapore's Classiest Afternoon Tea: Fullerton Bay Hotel

June 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other day, we met a friend for tea in Singapore. To get there, we entered a hotel lobby, walked past the reception desk, down some steps, and found ourselves in a long, corridor-like lounge area enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows, with a 42 1/2 foot long bar.

Promptly at 3pm, we were led to our table, a low-slung divan wedged around a coffeetable in an intimate corner of the bar. Behind us, stunning waterfront views of the Bay. Above us, a silver-haired gentleman in a tuxedo began tinkling the ivories, while jacketed waiters whizzed by, and more and more folks showed up to rendezvous at the promenade-style bar.

Unknowingly, we had stumbled into one of Singapore's most vital social traditions: Afternoon Tea at the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

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Lessons In Cute: Swooning Over the Fullerton Hotel's Bellhop Bear

May 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know those people who can't walk by a pet store without coo-ing over the adorable puppies in the window? Or, say, walk around a mall without popping their head in every darn shoe store? Well, that's pretty much us when it comes to cute teddy bears, and we totally fell for this little guy on a recent spin through the lobby at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel.

Dubbed the "Fullerton Bellhop Bear," he is one of four collectible stuffed animals being offered by the iconic hotel.

The complete Fullerton Bear collection includes: The Fullerton Postmaster Bear (referencing the hotel's history as a former post office), The Fullerton Bellhop Bear (pictured), The Fullerton Bay Ship Captain and The Fulleron Panda Plush Bear.

And just in case you're rolling your eyes right now at the frivolity of this post, keep in mind that the sale from each bear goes towards supporting two charities chosen by the hotel: Mainly I Love Kids (MILK), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- Singapore). The fundraising initiative started last year with just the Postmaster Bear, but due to its popularity, the hotel debuted the other 3 bears this past April.

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Where To Stay In Brooklyn This Summer

May 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is almost here, and as many folks start planning their annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple, we thought we'd offer some tips on where to book a hotel—and save ton$$ of money—in NYC's hottest borough du jour, Brooklyn! Jay-Z and Beyonce sightings not guaranteed.

Hotel BPM: Modern, clean, and super affordable, the Hotel BPM is Brooklyn's first music-themed hotel, owned by an internationally-known DJ. It opened last summer with starting rates of $139/night, and luckily, prices haven't gone up too much since then. Right now, with their 21-day Advance Purchase special, you can find rooms this summer starting as low as $171.75/night—even better, the hotel just launched its in-room dining menu, available 24/7.

Two more cheap Brooklyn hotels after the jump!

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