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Top of the World

December 22, 2011
Top of the WorldToday’s hotel lobby or reception is changing so fast around the world that I recommend we start creating concepts that let us welcome guests not just in a different way on the ground floor but on the top floor or rooftop. Let’s try to set up a lobby/reception or lounge area where we check-in guests in an informal setting with some character.Leading the way are New York hotels such as the Hotel Americano, which is designed with an external glass elevator so that a guest can come straight up to the rooftop rather than going through the hotel. Imagine the views as you reach the top. Nowadays, rooftops can be winterized to suit all seasons and purposes.              The idea is to create a social and cultural gathering place that combines all aspects: lobby lounge, food & beverage areas, and entertainment & recreational elements such as poolside specialty restaurants. It’s a matter of changing our approach and attitude and just being a little creative as we set the stage for a total experience. Many hotels have bars in the lobby downstairs and on the rooftop upstairs – why not join them and create a bigger impact? At the end of the day, the “lobby” is the first impression our guests receive, so let’s make it as exciting as we can. business/hotels-are-giving-their- boutiques-an-upscale-reimagining.html?_r=1 shopping

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