08019 Travel Guide
The Outlook Lodge in Green Mountain Falls just outside of Colorado Springs is set for its grand opening tomorrow, positioning itself as a "true retreat" for the outdoorsy. It's somewhat of a rental property/hotel hybrid type of approach. Rooms, for example, are cleaned every other day and there's no front desk or on-site staff. The key is left for pickup in an old-fashioned mailbox along with the contact information for a "local host" - a resident of Green Mountain Falls - should you need some advice about where to eat or what to do.
Owner Christian Keesee thinks the concept will become popular with high profile businesspersons and celebrities looking to drop off the map for a few days (we'll keep an eye on that), but there's more to this story than a one-foot-in one-foot-out approach. Turns out, Keesee is somewhat of a celebrity in his own right. He is a noted art collector, and his pieces aren't from your local garage sale. One of his exhibits, Cloud City, is currently on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A well-known Spanish brand of hotels, Vincci Hotels, will be opening their newest hotel, Vincci Bit in Barcelona next month, and guests will be treated to some pretty interesting hotel art. Unlike other places, where artists get commissioned to make specific pieces or installations just for the lobby, Vincci Bit has tapped seven artists to paint seven different murals in the corridors of the hotel.
Other murals, which are still being completed, have been done by artists from Italy, France, Japan, and, of course, Spain. The above shot is of the fourth floor, where American muralist Matt W. Moore decided to focus on triangles. Lots of them. The whole job reportedly took about 14 gallons of paints and two weeks of painting.
Well, looky what we've got here. It's another private sale hotel site! This oneVoyagePriveisn't anything new, however; it's been around for awhile overseas, bestowing travel deals on its 5 million members in Britain, France, Italy, and Spain. They've just opened up the site to the US, and so far, we're liking what we see. Too bad it's getting difficult to keep all the private sale sites straight.
VoyagePrive offers up a selection of approved hotels for 5-day sales, with room rates slashed up to 75% off. Looking at this week's sales, featuring $59 rooms at New Orleans' Hotel St. James, $135 junior suites with free WiFi at DC's Capitol Hill Suites, 2 nights with breakfast for $259 at Barcelona's AC Hotel and more, we'd say the average discount is 50% off. But then VoyagePrive goes a step further to offer multiple night packages at each hotel, so that the longer you stay, the higher your discount and lower nightly rate.