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Hotel Lobbies are the first thing we see as we walk-in a hotel so the lobby has great importance in setting the tone for the rest of the building, being the gateway for the hotel stay. Over the years, hotel lobbies have started to become more than just a mere entryway: filled with terraces, bars, libraries and more, the lobbies become the heart of a property, becoming more than a convenient location to ask questions at the front desk.
1.The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
This amazing hotel has been undergoing renovations ever since 1896 resulting in a thoroughly modern and dynamic beachfront destination. The lobby has a hand-painted ceiling and a new carpet pattern, added during the refurbishing of 2019 by Tiany Design, showcasing a garden of lilies, amaranths, irises and other typical Southern Florida blooms.
2.Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
The Four Seasons Budapest is known for being an art nouveau masterpiece and is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. The lobby underwent a renovation, showing a new look in 2020, and still retaining the same beautiful aesthetic and added a social hub – Múzsa – that includes a circular bar and banquet seating, a library, a private meeting room and a tasting room.
3.Bulgari Hotel, Shanghai
The Bulgari Hotel Shanghai sets the standard for luxury accommodation in one of China’s most cosmopolitan cities. Staying true to the Bulgari brand, the Shanghai Hotel showcases a little piece of Italy in its design. This hotel’s lobby has double-height windows overlooking the garden, with dark marble floors, glass and bronze Pantheon screens, a fireplace and black-and-white Dolce Vita-era photographs.
4.Eclipse at Half Moon, Jamaica
Eclipse at Half Moon is one of the most luxurious destinations in the Caribbean with the privileged location of a 10 min drive from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. The Eclipse at Half Moon’s lobby has an unobstructed ocean view. This lobby has white shutters, colourful accents, hand-woven light fixtures, rattan and wood furniture.
5.The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The 1893 hotel’s lobby continues to impress with its original grandeur. Roam through the long marigold hall, lined with sparkling crystal chandeliers, mosaic flooring and gilded pillars, to reach the legendary Sazerac Bar, where the namesake cocktail was invented.
6.Terranea Resort, Los Angeles
Terranea lures the guests in with sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. The Mediterranean-inspired lobby has a wall of windows that open onto a spectacular terrace, where the guests can go to feel the fresh breeze, hear the crashing waves and glimpse dolphins, sea lions and whales.
7.The Miami Beach EDITION
The Miami Beach lobby has a tropical chich aesthetic with monochrome white marble floors, polished white pearl Venetian plaster walls and white furnishings with pops of gold and green tones and rows of potted palm trees. At night the floor lamps and candles give the lobby an inviting and hot vibe.
8.Villa d’Este, Lago di Como
The Villa d’Este lobby used to welcome horses and carriages for those in the royal apartments upstairs. Nowadays is a social hub for the hotel guests, with marble columns, domed ceilings, arched doorways and windows, customised moquette and a lake-facing terrace.
9.Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Lebanon
A forest was made inside this lobby. These olive trees, a symbol of heritage in the Middle East, are more than 200 years old and hail from Lebanon. The trees are fossilised with hand-painted leaves made of silk, providing a memorable display.
The sophisticated new lobby, submerged in Italian marble, debuted in March 2020. Its beige and navy furniture is refined and modern, vivid paintings bring vibrancy, oversized windows let in plenty of light and a 4,000-piece crystal chandelier provides a dose of lavishness. The adjacent aquamarine-and-white lounge is where the guests can find breakfast, French pastries, coffee, afternoon tea and evening drinks.
11.The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
Southern hospitality meets Spanish-colonial elegance in this magnificent lobby. Three stories high, it forms the centrepiece of the property and has arches, clerestory windows and French doors that open onto the terrace. Denominated the Colonial Lounge, the area of the Cloister Hotel provides an inviting place to relax with some freshly made sweet tea.
12.The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Virginia
The Jefferson Hotel’s lobby is resplendent with towering columns, a stained-glass ceiling, the original marble floors and ornate plaster features. Its most distinctive attribute is its staircase. The 36 steps have provided a grand entrance for newlyweds, dignitaries and many notables since the hotel’s 1895 opening.
The Morpheus hotel lobby looks like it was plucked from the future. The hotel’s unique exoskeleton architecture is mimicked inside the lobby, which is large enough to house a double Ferris wheel. Oversized geometric shapes house a tea lounge and patisserie and also cover some walls. The amorphous seating throughout resembles pieces of art.
14.Conrad Downtown, New York
The Conrad Downtown vivifies its lobby with contemporary art, carefully selected. Sol LeWitt’s 15-story Loopy Doopy mural shines blue onto Monica Ponce de Leon’s hanging Veils. The latter comprises suspended tubular triangles and rectangles on a veil of strings, which distort the dangling shapes into curving lines.
15.The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort’s lobby is inspired in the city of Venice, with a golden sculpture of an armillary sphere at the centre, an instrument that was once used by astronomers in the Renaissance. The lobby has hand-painted ceiling frescoes illustrating Venetian paints, columns of Botticino marble, and graphic marble flooring.
16.Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
The sky-high 38th-story lobby affords incredible views of Tokyo’s skyline. The guests linger in the tranquil wood-filled space to gaze at Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji through the wall-sized windows. In the lobby, the guests can also be treated to the luxury restaurants that Mandarin Tokyo has to offer.
17.Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
In this svelte retreat’s low-lit lobby, the guests’ eyes gravitate toward the wooden shutter walls, which swing open to let in cool breezes, filter the light and provide glimpses of the infinity pool and the ocean beyond. Elsewhere, the Asian-influenced minimalist lobby incorporates stone, wood and replicated Mayan hieroglyphs in a nod to its heritage.
18.The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam
This Baroque-meets-Rococo seventh-floor lobby envelops the guests in opulence. Bold items overflow, like a chandelier of arabesque eggs, a purple ostrich leather sofa with shiny gilded trim and an amethyst stone, matching purple throne chairs with bronze patina and 22-karat gold-leaf detailing and a malachite clock with hand-chiselled lead crystal and 24-karat gold accents.
19.Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
In the middle of the tropical two-story, alfresco hotel lobby, a majestic fig tree seems to float above the canals that run through the gated Mayakoba community.
20.Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
The soaring lobby conjures up the lost city of Atlantis with a sea-inspired sculpture, glass master Dale Chihuly’s first Middle East installation. Made of more than 3,000 blown-glass pieces, the artwork is surrounded by a reflection pool, eight fish columns and murals by Spanish artist Albino Gonzalez, a leading interpreter of ancient mythology.
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