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Entries Tagged as 'hotels'

Beware the “City View” Room

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

I have a friend, a photographer, who loves photoshop mistakes. His favorites are more of the airbrushing gone wild variety, but I’m loving the travel equivalent: Oyster.com’s Photo Fakeouts. ” alt=”Via Oyster.com” width=”450″ /> The one above, for a Dominican Republic hotel, makes for a pretty great side-by-side comparison. Enjoy the blissfully solitary view above [...]

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Would You/Have You Slept in a Pod Hotel?

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with Japan

The closest I’ve come to a pod hotel is some unfortunate bunks in hostels in my early 20s and the Citizen M (a.k.a. the hotel with the toilet in the middle of the room).

I want to stay in a real pod hotel soon, and Kyoto seems like the place to do it. Cabbage Rose had a write-up of 9h (a.k.a. “9 hours”) which looks well-designed, sharp, and hyper-clean.

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Reviewing the Citizen M: Yes, the Hotel with the Toilet in the Middle of the Room

August 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with the Dutch

If you read my previous post (How Zen Is Citizen M?), you probably want to know the answer to the following question:

OK, how was it staying in a hotel room with a toilet in the middle of the room?

But hold on a second–there’s more to the story of the Citizen M.

When I checked in to the Amsterdam branch of the hotel, it wasn’t a good first start. I had made a reservation for the previous week, but had to cancel it. Unfortunately, they canceled BOTH reservations, and had no record of me in their system when I showed up for second reservation. Things were shaping up to be a fail.

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Did We Say Hotel? We Meant Motel.

May 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day

Recently, I figured something out that seemed significant to me. I have no hotel in L.A. that I’ve ever stayed at twice. Each and every one has had some fatal flaw. Admittedly, I’m hampered by two things: A hope for a stylish interior, and a desire for ample amounts of the single most important hotel [...]

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Loved Sleeping with You, Ace

April 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty

First off, that joke isn’t mine–it’s how they sign your checkout paperwork at the Ace Hotel: Thanks for sleeping with us xox –Ace Can you believe that no one has been savvy enough (or sassy enough) to use that before? Welcome to the first Gen X hotel. My love of novelty drove me to the Ace [...]

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The Single Best Hotel Amenity

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design

Monocle magazine is more than a little precious. Plus, they don’t make all their magazine content available online, even months later, which is just so very Conde Nasty. But they provide steady employment to Alain de Botton, who–while equally precious–is also someone I’m an admitted fan of. In Monocle’s hospitality-themed issue, he has a brilliant [...]

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Well, Folks, This Is Your Hotel Room

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Obsessed with the Dutch

This Dutch hotel, which lets you sleep in a reconditioned 727, this could redeem air travel for me. It might even be worth hauling my cookies over to Apeldoorn for.

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Peace and Quiet in Paris?

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty

I had heard of the Hôtel Gabriel Paris Marais before this weekend’s review in the New York Times, which means someone in their PR office is doing a good job.

Despite the fact that it’s associated with Gwynnie “GOOP” Paltrow, the idea of a quiet sanctuary for €159 seems like a good deal.

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