Most hotels rely on a simple and practical reception area when it comes to greeting their guests, but there are others that go all out to impress and dazzle. With these hotel lobbies, guests are guided through a full-on fantasy land before they get anywhere near their rooms – it’s certainly an effective way to make a good first impression!
The ME hotel in London offers a rather unique experience when it comes to checking in. The architecture itself is reminiscent of a pyramid, albeit with a glass roof, but there is a very modern twist on the interior; during the night the lobby is lit up with ever-changing graphics projected on the walls.
The Burj Al Arab hotel is a towering achievement in design as a whole, but even broken down into its individual components, each one remains a visual treat. It all begins in the futuristic lobby, housed in a towering atrium and brought to life by an intriguing but relaxing colour scheme.
The Viceroy Anguilla lobby has gone for a stunning, natural design that wouldn’t be out of place in a fairy tale. Opting for a rich colour scheme, the lobby features furniture carved out of wood and a unique light fixture inspired by the shape of seaweed. The result is cosy but exciting.
Phulay Bay in Thaliand has arguably the most beautiful lobby on this list, in which a simple design concept has been pulled off in the most dazzling way possible. The lobby itself is on an island within a pavilion, but it is surrounded by thousands of candles and the effect of the light on the water is truly breath-taking.
The Mandarin Oriental lobby is another triumph of modern design. It began life as a bank but has since been transformed into a stunning atrium that features crystal doors and mirrored ceilings, while a floating catwalk ties it all together and adds to the futuristic feel.
The ITC Grand Chola Hotel lobby in Chennai flaunts a rather minimalist design and is all the better for it. But there are two specific elements that put it on this list; first of all is the size of the place, which is opened up further by its subtle colour scheme, but the second thing, which really brings it to life, is the inclusion of staff members waiting to greet you as you pass.
As attractive as the Al Bustan Palace lobby is, it’s the sheer scope of the room that really makes it spectacular. While the floor is sprawling and luxurious, the real treasure is what’s above it. At the top of an incredibly high ceiling sits a huge dome that houses an equally huge crystal chandelier, weighing in at 5.5 tonnes.
The ME Dubai Hotel won’t actually open its doors to the public until 2016, but if the lobby is anything to go by, guests are in for a treat. The design combines the traditional with the futuristic to create a work of art with a lobby centrepiece that looks like it came straight out of a modernist painting.
The first thing you notice about the lobby in Mexico’s La Purificadora is that it is located outside, yet it is a real sight to behold. Carved from the building’s original masonry from its days as a water-bottling plant, it features a black volcanic rock staircase with a stream down the middle and an open-air fireplace.
The lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a staggering achievement in scale, breaking the record as the largest in the world. Boasting a stylish design and featuring such additions as an eye-catching sculpture, it is the size of the place that really makes it impressive.
For the most part, the lobby of the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong is like any other, except for one thing: a vertical garden comprised of indigenous plants climbs up the wall to provide a surreally beautiful sight. It also happens to be the largest of its kind in Asia, spanning 18 metres.