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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We all know that from first dates but it also holds true with luxury hotels. Although the lobbies aren’t our focus point when it comes to choosing our accommodation, the lobby is our first impression of any establishment and should reflect the hotel design and the kind of experience we are about to have away from home.
Due to open in 2016, the Zaha Hadid-designed Me Dubai hotel is set to be one of the UAE’s most distinctive properties. Newly released renderings show its centerpiece will be a vast, sinuous lobby. In advance of the hotel’s completion, we look at other hotels around the world with incredible, imposing luxury lobbies.
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman, welcomes guests with a reception area that is palatial and ornate. It’s one of the best hotel projects and for sure will make you feel special when walking into this magnificent lobby.
Why should lobbies be inside? Your lobby must be a reflection of the experience that your guest is about to have and there is no better example than the Veranda, hidden in the hills that surround Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
The experience begins when visitors check in at the property’s open-air reception, before passing a tranquil pool to access their rooms.
The lobby of the Four Season George V in Paris lacks the scale of many other luxury hotels lobbies.
No, of course, they are not fake flowers. Come to see the continually refreshed floral displays that decorate the space and makes the hotel spends approximately £1 million per year on flowers. It’s priceless.
ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai would look less impressive without a procession of elegant, sari-clad staff member lined in greeting but it wouldn’t be the same. The hotel as a whole features one million square feet of hand-carved marble that one of our favorite hotel design project inspiration.
The Norman Foster-designed Me London offers to their guests one of the most immersive, interesting check-in experiences ever. Different nights, mean different graphics that are projected into the walls, from expanding grids to floating jellyfish and starscapes.
Luxury hotels are characterized by treating their guest by the most unimaginable way. Rather than checking in as normal, they’re taken to the property by water taxi and check in at the hotel‘s jetty where they are treated to hand massages and a fruit cocktail. Did you package already?
There’s a lot going on in the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 reception area. Its proximity to the airport means a constant stream of tearful partings and joyful reunions are marked here and you can have the opportunity to have a Musetti coffee out of Italy.
In Kowloon in Hong Kong, Hotel Icon houses Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden within its lobby. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the feature, which measures 18 meters in height and covers 230 square metres.
The lobby’s at Barceló La Bobadilla design may seem unusual to tourists, it is actually inspired by the Palatial architecture of Granada and near by Cordoba, when they were under the Nazrid Dynasty in the 14th century.
It’s one of the most romantic reception and is situated on an island that is surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles. You’ll find this lobby at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand.
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