Hottest Trends in Hotel Décor
Here's what cutting-edge designers have in store for guest rooms, meeting space and more
by Lisa A. Grimaldi and Agatha GilmoreJanuary 1, 2013
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today is a bit of dichotomy: On one hand, properties are upping their tech offerings and amenities; on another, there's been a return to more natural designs, furniture and color schemes. Following, we feature key examples of the environments hoteliers are creating for today's travelers.Lobbies to linger in.
Hotel lobbies have gone from formal hubs that guests quickly pass through to comfortable and engaging epicenters of human interaction. At the new 463-room Conrad New York (right), modern works of art set a lively atmosphere and engage visitors in an atrium-style lobby and public areas. Among the standout pieces are Loopy Doopy, a gargantuan wall drawing by conceptual artist Sol Le Witt.Taking it to the top.
The highest floor is where hotels in cities across the United States and abroad are opening their trendiest lounges and bars. In New York City, at least six rooftop venues debuted last year. Among them, the hip Glass Bar at the 122-room Hotel Indigo Chelsea New York (right). This hot spot features a retractable roof that makes it a viable year-round, all-weather venue.