When I talk about hospitality design, I normally talk about hotel rooms. Today I want to focus on some of the best hotel bars and lobbies in the world. Normally the first thing you see when you check in is the hotel lobby. Granted most of the time when you check-in there is a line if the hotel is popular. For me, the Hyatt always treats me to glass of champagne when I check in. The Hyatt knows the way to my heart and so I’m a little biased. Truth is that if I have a choice between a Hyatt and a hotel I don’t really know, I always go with the Hyatt. By the way their prime rib buffet in Lake Tahoe is to die for.
In hospitality design, when you’re creating the lobby you are creating a first impression. Now if the wait is long…you better have one heck of a gorgeous lobby. Last time I was in New York, I stayed at the Empire Hotel. I had to wait one hour for my room and they gave me a complementary martini and dinner. Now the lobby at the Empire was fine, but the restaurant and bar were amazing. In fact, the bar that I waited at was on the roof and overlooked the entire city. The Empire Hotel did me right, but still didn’t make my list. Has anyone ever been to the Refinery rooftop bar in New York City? Now my friends, that is a rooftop bar. Something about a nice rooftop bar in Manhattan, checking out a gorgeous sunset, with a glass of red wine is heaven.
So what is it gonna take to make my list? For me, I always look for things and I’ve never seen before and attention to detail. In my opinion, a hospitality designer should always be reaching into their bag of tricks and a surprise should be around every corner. To be blunt, I want an experience I can brag about. When I get home, I want to tell my friends about the amazing time I had and to check this place out. Who wants to pay money for an experience that is forgettable? You only live once so why not make it a memorable trip.
Las Vegas is one of those fun hospitality cities. You can cruise from hotel to hotel and see some of the most amazing and ostentatious things. Some of these hotels would make the most anti-selfie taker actually take a selfie.One hotel in Las Vegas did make my list. Its lobby and bar area were out of this world. It was one of those places where you thought you saw it all until you walked in. Now these are the type of places I love to stay at.
Now we get to the visuals. Here are my top lobbies/bars that I have experienced. Now I have done my share of traveling, but I haven’t traveled everywhere. So if my list leaves out your favorite spot, there’s a comment section below. Based on your comments, that’s where I might be staying next. I hope you enjoyed the article and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the visuals.