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City Hotel Spotlight: Seattle

August 11, 2015 | By | No Comments


hotel hospitality designIn this month’s hotel spotlight, we head to northwest coast to Seattle, Washington. Seattle is well known for its iconic Space Needle and home of grunge music. Seattle produced some of the biggest bands during the 90’s such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The city is also well-known for its Pike Place Market. There is no doubt you will have plenty of sights to see and food to eat when you visit Seattle. Where to stay? Now that is a great question. Read More

City Hotel Spotlight: Miami, FL

July 25, 2015 | By | No Comments


hotel pool area designWe’re going to Miami! Well, sort of. We’re going to feature Miami, Florida for this month’s city spotlight which unfortunately is not at all like going to Miami. If you haven’t been to Miami yet, finish reading this post, book a room, book a flight or gas up your car, and get going. The city has some of best clubs, bars, restaurants, and beaches in all of the U.S. It also has some of the best hotels. Read More

City Hotel Spotlight: Phoenix, AZ

June 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

The Omni Hotel Richmond, Virginia 350 Guestrooms & Suites/Public Area

The Omni Hotel Richmond, Virginia350 Guestrooms & Suites/Public Area

In this month’s city hotel spotlight, we will travel to the American Southwest, stopping in Phoenix, Arizona. Travelers to Phoenix expect sunshine, red rocks on the horizon, leisurely afternoons at the pool, and rounds of some of the best golf in the country.


The hotels highlighting this list are full of luxurious amenities, activities, and endless beauty. Read More

City Hotel Spotlight: Kansas City, MO

May 16, 2015 | By | No Comments


hotel wood interior designThis month, we head to Missouri for our hotel city spotlight. We’ll be exploring three incredible hotels in Kansas City. Located in the heartland of America, Kansas City is ripe for visitors, sporting some excellent hidden gems along with its famous barbecue fare. For a refreshing beverage, enjoy Kansas City’s own brewery, Boulevard Brewery. After you’ve had your fill of Kansas City sightseeing for the day, head to one of these three hotels to put your feet up. Read More

City Hotel Interior Design Spotlight: Louisville, KY

April 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

A new month, a new city! This month we’ll focus our City Hotel Spotlight on Louisville, Kentucky. So if you are heading to the home of the Louisville Slugger, where should you stay? We have three excellent options recommended below. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the first hotel. Read More

City Hotel Spotlight: San Francisco, CA

March 19, 2015 | By | No Comments

hotel interior designIn this month’s city hotel spotlight, we’re heading to San Francisco, California. Home to Alcatraz, sourdough bread, Ghirardelli chocolate, and the old-fashioned cable car, SF is truly a wonderful city to visit. This small city is bursting at the seams with unique food, great bakeries, and enough tourist attractions to fill a week.

So now that you are definitely going to San Francisco it is time to figure out where you want to stay in the city. Read More

What Types of Moods Does Wood Furniture Inspire in Hotels?

December 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

hotel wood interior designHotels around the world utilize different furniture for different reasons. Typically, the furniture chosen is geared towards their clientele. For example, and upscale hotel might make use of high-end granite tabletop and Italian leather sofas. However, a motel simply might use generic, entry-level tables and sofas.

Hotels also use different types of furniture to convey different types of moods. One material commonly used in hotel furniture is wood. Wood furniture can inspire a plethora of moods, however the following are fairly common. Read More

Hotel Interior Design: 3 Examples of Modern Accessories Common in Hotels Today

November 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

The Omni Hotel Richmond, Virginia 350 Guestrooms & Suites/Public Area

The Omni Hotel Richmond, Virginia350 Guestrooms & Suites/Public Area

Bellhops, room service, pools, gyms, and stocked mini fridges. Those were the modern accessories of last generation’s hotels. Today, hotels must meet even more demands to stay up-to-date with a traveler’s on-the-go needs. Hotels have vastly improved in recent years in terms of adopting these modern accessories. Read More

5 Beautiful Hotel Lobby Fireplace Designs

October 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hotel lobbies are often one of the more impressive areas of the hotel. After all, a good first impression goes a long ways. Some hotels have grand staircases that split in two directions, others have fountains, and some invite guests back with the warmth of a cozy fireplace.

Even in a warm climate, a cozy fireplace can be a welcome sight after a long day of sightseeing and excursions throughout the area. It creates a welcoming atmosphere. When it comes to fireplaces in hotel lobbies, these hotels did an impressive job building theirs. Read More

Interesting Facts About Hotels

July 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

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The business of finding accommodation for a weary traveler probably began not long after people started roaming far from their home villages. The first people to find lodging were probably soldiers. They were quickly joined by merchants, pilgrims and people who simply wanted adventure.

A Bit of History
At first, travelers were put up in private residences. Religious pilgrims were housed in monasteries. As time went on, inns began to be built for profit. They were built along roads that were well traveled and near river crossings. They not only housed travelers, but fed and housed the traveler’s animals. At first, travelers bought their own food, but after a time innkeepers began to prepare meals for them.

Laws soon came into being to protect both innkeepers and guests. Many of these laws were passed in England. They are still in effect, with some modifications, not only in the United Kingdom but in the United States as well.

Modern Hotels
Modern hotels developed with improvements in transportation and increased standards of living. People had enough money to demand more comforts and even luxury from their lodgings. The first building that was formally designated as a hotel in the United States was the City Hotel, which opened in New York City in 1794.

The largest hotel in the world used to be Chicago’s Conrad Hilton, which had 3,000 rooms. Now, the largest hotel is the Izmailovo Hotel in Moscow, which has 7,500 rooms and was built in 1979 for the 1980 Olympics. Though this hotel has four rather pedestrian tower blocks, other luxury hotels are spectacular. Azerbaijan, after all, boasts a hotel that looks suspiciously like the Death Star. Proprietors have also become meticulous about hotel interior design and will spend money to bring in designers like Karl Lagerfeld, who did a makeover of the beautiful Alma Schlosshotel in Berlin and Christian Lacroix, who performed similar magic for the Hotel Du Continent in Paris.

Among the hotels with the most beautiful interior designs include Boston’s Eliot Hotel. The elegant lobby is done in neutral colors and is dominated by a crystal chandelier. The chandelier in the lobby of the nearby Ames Boston Hotel is a bit funkier, as it looks like a great shower or lights and crystal falling from the vaulted ceiling of a 19th century building.

The hotel interior design of the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, India, is equally sumptuous and harkens back to the days of the British Raj. For an amazing resort hotel experience, there’s the Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah. This resort hotel has 34 suites, each with its own courtyard. Some have spectacular views of the desert. However, if a traveler isn’t interested in such opulence, he or she can find tiny but lovely places like the Pensaõ Favorita in Porto, Portugal. It has only 12 rooms and a garden wing.

With thousands of hotels around the world, there’s bound to be one for everybody’s taste.