A NY hotel
fines guests $500 for negative reviews. The press
take revenge -- a dozen or so reviews this morning have turned into more than 200 at the moment, warning of, among other things, a "MAJOR SPIDER INFESTATION."
“My husband and I, our parents wanted better for us than what they had,” Bonnie says. “And it’s gone backwards
.” [more inside]
- a tumblr collection of links the best (worst?) and most memorable reviews on the travel site Trip Advisor. Sales Pitches
! Manager responses
!) It can't get worse
! Mr. Toilet House
! Bonny Old London
"Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die?"
[Vimeo] During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wim Wenders set up a static camera in room 666 of the Hotel Martinez and provided selected film directors (inc. Spielberg, Godard, Fassbinder & Herzog) a list of questions to answer concerning the future of cinema. Each director was given one 16 mm reel (approximately 11 minutes) to answer.
used to be one of the most popular resorts in the Catskill region of New York State. The resort served as a playing ground for the famous stars of the time like Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Robinson. But, like most things, its popularity faded and by 1986 it closed its doors forever. It has remained abandoned ever since.
(Buzzfeed, Now and Then photos)
If you build it, they will stay the night. But you may want to turn off the music. Fun, addicting little "Sim Hotel" game, reminiscent of SimTower
It was a simple and crazy idea: to celebrate her 28th birthday by renting a hotel room, cover it in paper and spend a week drawing on the paper. Welcome to Molly Crabapple's Week in Hell
with photos of work in progress
and panoramas of the completed room
The Smallest Hotel in the World
[autoplay of 'La Traviata']. So here's the story: it's 1728 and you live in Amberg, a little Bavarian town somewhere north of Munich. You and your lady friend really, really want to get married, but there is a little snag; the council laws permit only homeowners
to marry, and you're still stuck renting a place. But all is not lost! You pick up a little strip of empty land between two other buildings - just 2.5 meters wide. You run up a quick wall on the front, another on the back, slap a roof on top, and presto - you're a homeowner. The council falls for it, and allows you to get married. [more inside]
The Dutch Heartbreak Hotel
offers separating couples throughout the Netherlands and Belgium a unique service: a complete, finalized divorce in just 48 hours
. [more inside]
Various Neutral Milk Hotel Covers.
They'll probably make you want to listen to "Aeroplane" again. Some with better sound quality than others. Not all are all that great but there are some neat gems in there. Enjoy!
The opening of a hotel doesn't normally excite me like this.
But anyone who has passed near Kings Cross/St Pancras, London will quite likely share my intrigue with this extraordinary building that has been closed to the public for a generation. [more inside]
High court hangups
and There's no place like a hotel
are short humor pieces by Miles Kington featuring the Socratically uncooperative testimony of one Mr Chrysler who's accused of stealing 40,000 hangers from hotels. [more inside]
Hotel photo fakeouts.
When hotel promo photos meet reality. (via 37signals
- a FlashMob direct action for San Francisco hotel workers' right to health care by Pride At Work
, Sleep With The Right People
, and the Brass Liberation Orchestra
. [more inside]
"When my grandfather passed away last year, my family gathered to go through his belongings. He had been in the foreign service and he had filled a whole wall of his study with hotel door hangers from all his travels throughout the world. They're really beautiful, in aggregate, and I wanted to share. Enjoy."
Hoteliers reveal some of the most bizarre items
that guests have left behind.
TripAdvisor's 2009 Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels
in the USA, Asia Pacific, UK, and elsewhere. Topping the list: the Hotel Carter
, Times Square. [The Carter recently mentioned here.]
, the world's first luxury dog hotel, located in Freising, north of Munich, Germany. It opened for preview on December 9, 2008, and is to be opened to the public from December 15, 2008. The hotel can accommodate up to fourty-five dogs in nine heated dog lodges, with trained dogsitters offering full services including grooming, training, health care and exercise, twenty-four seven. Day care costs 65 euros, while an overnight stay costs 80 euros. The 20 trained dogsitters offer a seven-day, 24-hour full service for all guests. Check out these images
AirBed and Breakfast
connects people who have a spare bed (or couch, or whatever) with people who need one. Hosts can set the price (or a charity donation), throw in breakfast (or not), and refuse any guests they want. Guests can find available options by date range, location and any other criteria (e.g. WiFi), pay by credit card, and leave reviews. Not quite enough locations yet, but otherwise looks pretty useful.
San Francisco's Hugo Hotel, the current home of Brian Goggin's Defenestration,
has been seized by eminent domian and will probably be demolished.
Fear not; San Francisco has many other ancient hotels
You may know that some of the Tatooine parts
of Star Wars were filmed
in Tunisia . But did you know you can spend the night
in Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen's distinctive underground house
? In the middle of the desert, local people have taken up residence
in the 30-year-old set.
(German) is a way to
travel the world
go off the beaten track
without leaving the
of your... bus.
Some of the
are in two parts, so the accommodation trailer can be left behind for
, and some are four-wheel drive, to go
Those goofy buses remind me of the
Getting Bored is Not Allowed
at the Plaza Hotel
, at least not according to its famous fictional resident, the exhausting, spoiled and infectiously ebullient Eloise
. Sadly, though, today's news
is anything but boring: the Plaza's new owners announced plans to close the iconic hotel for 18 months, and renovate it to create private condos -- throwing hundreds of employees out of work.
It's been said that nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza: from its 1907 opening
to Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball
, the Plaza has hosted literati, glitterati, rock stars, and royalty. It has graced the screen in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's
and The Great Gatsby
, making Hollywood history when it became the first fully on-location film shoot for North by Northwest
. Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza; Dorothy Parker
got her pink slip from Vanity Fair there. Residents, at various times, included Frank Lloyd Wright, Cary Grant, and Judy Garland. Every President since Taft has stepped through its giant engraved revolving doors. Chef Boyardee
of canned-spaghetti fame got his start in its kitchens. No New York tourist's
rounds are complete without a bloody mary and some bluepoints at the Oyster Bar, a martini in the Oak Room
bar, or tea in the Palm Court
, and its French-chateau facade is a Central Park centerpiece
An employees' group
and a supporting 'Friends of the Plaza'
group have begun working to save the gracious place, with the goal of preserving not only the building and their jobs, but the very idea of the quintessential New York luxury hotel. Almost enough to make folks want the Donald back.
) brings together young artists, designers, cooks, hotel industry professionals and managers to develop and implement their own ideas.
These will be presented to the public in 3 sites (hotel, factory, warehouse) in Copenhagen for three weeks in April.
"21 Artists. 61 Rooms. 13 Countries" via
Misty Keasler's photographic essays
range from quirky views of her east Texas extended family and Japanese love hotels to unsettling essays on orphanages and the Guatemala City dump. flash. via gordon.coale.
Tiger Woods in Dubai
shagging drivers off the top of the Burj Al-Arab.
Great Small Hotels
Stumbled on this while trying to figure out where to go on a vacation. [Thanks to antsushi]
The Ice Hotel
, a working 5,000 square metre hotel made entirely of 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice.
Propeller Island City Lodge
"Universal Art Objects & Hotel"
Show called "Harassment"
results in, well, harassment! MTV and their co-conspirator, the Hard Rock Hotel, are being sued for "invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and fraud, among other things."
Only 24 more days til the Ice
opens! You may have heard of the Swedish
, well now they are building
one in Canada
. A hotel built from ice and snow, and rebuilt every year.
It looks beautiful, but I have to wonder, do they bother putting ice machines
out in the hall next to the soda machine? Are hair dryers and irons banned? Would you spend a night at an ice hotel? Just remember to pack your fur lined footie pyjamas!