Here is a snippet of photos of some of the hospitality projects of theirs that I really like:
I love the play on cool and warm tones and the transparency of the acrylic panels.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo
Hazelton Hotel Yorkville
The overall scheme was green on green on beige on brown on green. It was somewhat soothing, although the round hunter green leather ottoman seemed a little out of place with the light, boxy lounge chair. The artwork was also hung too high. I did however like the case goods quite a bit. They had nice simple lines, and looked very well made. I liked the wood end table by the lounge chair the most as it was different in it's shape.
The bathroom was a little dissapointing as well. The mint green painted vanity apron was chipping in places, and the bathtub surround was obviously salvaged from the previous re-incarnation. Lighting was underwhelming, and the double shower heads, while a great concept, were somewhat dirty and stained.
Overall the experience was a little bit of a let down. Maybe I was expecting too much, I don't know. Service was friendly though, and although dated, most parts were clean. The nightly rate was $249.00 US per night.
I give this property six mini shampoos out of 10.
The Microtel brand of hotels is a growing chain in the United States. This is the least extreme of the "micro hotels" shown, as they are still a relatively decent sized rooms, only slightly smaller than the average North American hotel room size (Lots of built ins like window benches instead of lounge chairs, wall hung night tables, etc.). They also have regular sized windows. My parents have stayed in one of these hotels while travelling on the road to and from their winter home, and it provides and in-expensive refuge for the night. I thought it was important to show this hotel, as it is the beginning of a safe transition and acceptance into a new concept slowly being embraced by the fairly conservative North American Market.
Compact, modern,clean rooms....and did I mention compact? But then again if I'm in London or New York or Berlin, how much time would I spend in my room?I think I could still see myself staying in any one of the types of rooms above. As long as the bed is comfortable, the conveniences are all there and finishes and fixtures are new and clean, I’d be happy. As long as it doesn’t start to feel like a camper, or a sterile and uninspiring shoe box like this one reminds me of: