Don't Bypass These Cool Hotel Lobbies
Posted on 10/19/2017
The hotel lobby doesn’t always have to be just a place you walk through to get to your room. Sure, it can be a great place to sit for a moment but it can also be so much more than that.
While sometimes an afterthought, there are many hotels out there aiming to wow guests from the moment they walk in. Hotels can use art and other charming elements to make a guest’s stay all the more special.
Stay at one of these places and you might find yourself spending more time in the lobby than you ever have before.
An Art Deco-Inspired Surprise at W Minneapolis - The Foshay in Minnesota
In the heart of one of the Midwest’s most iconic cities, W Minneapolis - The Foshay welcomes guests with an art deco-inspired entrance that features original design elements from the roaring 1920’s illuminated by signature ‘W’ pink neon lights.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by The Living Room—a chic and sophisticated lounge and lobby by day, and club by night—featuring edgy, dark leather furnishings, a full bar and freestanding marble fireplace at the focal point.
Right behind the welcome desk, an original mailbox from the Great Gatsby era beckons guests with the opening slightly ajar and holding an envelope inside that contains an invite to an exclusive #WInsiderExperience—complimentary cocktails at the speakeasy-style Prohibition bar located on the hotel’s the 27th floor. There guests can enjoy sweeping city views in a sexy, sultry setting.
Artsy Entrance at Le Meridien Chambers in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Creativity, modernism and experimentation defined the roaring 20’s, but they adequately describe Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, an edgy hotel located in the heart of the city’s vibrant arts district that occupies twin landmark revival buildings designed by architecture legend David Rockwell.
However, the hotel’s homage to art doesn’t stop at its exterior design.
The property immerses guests in Minneapolis' art scene from the moment they walk through the door, with an art-deco inspired lobby that features a black and white motif with rotating art installations, a free-standing abstract fireplace, glass doors painted with towering black vines and an interactive ‘art-o’mat’ (a repurposed cigarette vending machine that dispenses colorful artifacts donated by artists from around the world).
Fun fact: the hotel features 200 pieces of original contemporary artwork throughout its lobby and hallways, along with an on-property art gallery located just past the Welcome Desk.
Complimentary Foot Massages at Check-In…with a View at Casa Palopó in Guatemala
Casa Palopo is nestled on the edge of Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands, overlooking the serene lake and its three majestic volcanoes across the shore.
Upon arrival to this Mayan-inspired, seven-bedroom boutique hotel, guests are welcomed with a Rosa Palopo: A refreshing beverage of hibiscus juice, fresh watermelon and lime. Travelers are escorted to the hotel’s terrace (which is part of the lobby), where a complimentary 10-minute foot massage is the perfect complement to the incredible view.
Any time of day, guests can cozy up alongside the fireplace in the living room area, either with a cup of freshly brewed Guatemalan coffee or a glass of wine, and catch up on their reading—often borrowing a classic from the hotel’s library or diving deeper into the world of Guatemalan culture with one of the hotel’s giant coffee table books.
The lobby is connected to some of the most essential parts of the hotel, including the antique-inspired bar and the open-air patio restaurant 6.8 Palopó—where Guatemalan fusion cuisine is paired with mesmerizing views of the lake’s majestic volcanoes.
A Lobby Fit for an Incan God at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco in Peru
A former 16th-century convent, JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is one of the city’s newest five-star hotels, built to preserve and honor as much of the site’s history and culture as possible.
Submerging guests as soon as they set foot inside, the lobby is one of the areas that was most successfully restored, featuring colonial stone walls and arches that were once part of the convent’s chapel.
Its main attraction and arguably most stunning element is the giant Swarovski lamp that dangles behind the reception desk—the sparkling 70,000 crystal accessory is a tribute to Inti, the Inca God of Sun.
The check-in experience is anything but traditional: Guests are personally greeted and escorted to the adjacent Nina Soncco, where they are invited to sit by the fire and sip coca tea, a typical tisane in the Andes made to help guests adjust to Cusco, Peru’s high altitude, as associates take care of the check-in process.
Throughout their stay, guests find themselves frequenting the lobby, coming back for more marveling of the unique structure that surrounds them.
A Taste of Spain at AC Hotel Columbus Dublin’s Lounge in Ohio
In the lobby of Ohio's newly opened AC Hotel Columbus Dublin, guests find the brand’s signature AC Lounge. There they can make selections from the AC Lounge’s fully stocked bar, wine on tap and local beers, as well as a menu of small plates and snacks, while enjoying the soothing natural light brought in by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Cocktail highlights include the Gintonic, the ACGT and the Oloroso Old Fashioned. Among the small plates available are Manchego & quince paste, roasted salmon with spiced lentil stew, plus morel and fava bean risotto.
Designed with the entrepreneurial spirit in mind, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is located in the center of Bridge Park, the area’s newest, upscale residential and entertainment development. Just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio and walking distance to charming, historic Dublin, this 150-room hotel welcomes both business and leisure travelers.
Guests are invited to celebrate the hotel’s opening by booking the Dublin Debut offer, including a $50 F&B credit with two-night minimum stays from now through December 29, 2017. Rates start at $159 per night.
A Mexican Fiesta at W Punta de Mita in Mexico
When travelers arrive at the new 119-room W Punta de Mita on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, a fleet of Tuk Tuks decorated with images iconic to Mexican cultures, such as luchador masks and candy skulls, transports them through layers of lush, tropical vegetation to the resort’s Welcome Area.
Upon entering, guests step into a traditional Mexican fiesta, with whimsical sayings such as ‘Mexico es Amor’ etched walls made of tin ‘papel picado’ and a collection of ‘munny’ statues—mythical creatures of the area’s indigenous Huichol natives, who traditionally used Peyote to inspire their art.
Right at the center of the action, The Living Room bar hosts a weekly Mezcal Lab that includes a sampling of the selection of the resort’s 40+ signature cocktails, many of which use tequilas, mezcals and local ingredients such as worm salt.
From here, a vibrant walkway made of more than 700,000 individual mosaic tiles with designs inspired by the Huichol tribe extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean, symbolizing the journey of life with waves crashing against the shore, surfers in the distance, and the glowing orange sunset setting the perfect backdrop.
Step Back in Time at The Perry Hotel Key West
The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina opened its doors in May as the area’s newest hotel, with a design and decor that pay homage to Stock Island’s industrial fishing history.
The 100-room boutique hotel is located on a private marina with views of the working waterfront and a lobby that’s a nod to an earlier era when Stock Island was frequented by fisherman and shrimp boaters who sought refuge in Safe Harbor.
Upon entering the property, guests are greeted with a hanging sculpture made by a local Keys artist that’s been designed to resemble the fishing nets and hook from old shrimp boats.
Floors made of repurposed teak wood and a wall lined with reclaimed boat propellers help guests channel Key West’s nautical history, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors brighten the entry by offering views of the marina and the hotel’s posh pool deck.
For an artsy and sophisticated escape that’s set apart from the hustle and bustle of downtown’s famed Duval Street, The Perry is a must-visit this year.
Learn How to Make Pastries at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa in Tuscany, Italy
Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy.
Upon arrival to the property, guests can grab a bite or enjoy local home-made snacks like fried sage leaves at Nour Lounge, located right in the lobby.
In addition, every Thursday, guests can enjoy a pastry making demonstration presented by the resort’s pastisseur in the lobby. Each Friday, start off your weekend with a wine tasting presented by local vintner Gabriele Da Prato.
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