Illustrations by Erin Miller
If you work at Tablet, you dive into hotels. We've seen pretty much everything the hotel industry has to offer – and we know what it has not tried before. That's why we've asked our employees not to think about amazing hotels that already exist, but to imagine what kind of hotels they will expect in the future. We received a wide variety of answers, and the six most unique and entertaining submissions are listed below – including one that is so peculiar that the creator has asked to remain anonymous.
NICOLAS HAGNER – ENGINEERING
The learning hotels
Nicolas imagines a place for his hotel to learn something new. In some hotels – usually not those found on the tablet – you'll be shielded with the all-inclusive all-inclusive local experience that has no connection to your destination. But at The Learning Hotel you'll get to know the unique everyday traditions and activities of the local people, from the ordinary to the unusual.
In the Himalayan outpost, for example, you learn to herd yaks. At Hollywood, you learn how to create movie sets. For the Parisian branch there is a beekeeping on the roof. And could we interest you in Sri Lanka if you make lumberjacks with elephants? If you find it all too tough, The Learning Hotels have pop-up experiences in remote areas, where you can be a welder on an offshore platform or clear forest fires with an amphibious water bomber.
ALYSE SARTI – HOTEL PARTNERSHIPS
The Cork Hotel
Alyse imagines a hotel made entirely of cork. Before you assume that a hotel made entirely of cork could be a bit monotonous, you should first know how versatile the material is and realize how good you will feel when you know How environmentally friendly your stay is. In fact, cork could play a key role in the future of construction.
ArchDaily describes cork Cork is by nature both recyclable and renewable because it is the only tree that regenerates its bark while harvesting that bark does no harm to the tree. "They celebrate their waterproof nature, their own Resistance to flames and their resilience Virtues as an insulator NASA has even used cork for the Space Shuttle, so it's certainly good enough for a hotel!
After traveling to Sardinia, a major cork production center, Alyse discovered that cork can do just about anything and imagined using it at the Cork Hotel. Even the non-cork properties will still be 100% sustainable, with amenities in glass bottles instead of plastic, hemp towels, filtered faucets, Himalayan salt lamps, etc. And just not everything. All are "corky-brown" and offer natural Color accents such as fresh flowers (white hydrangeas, red gerbera daisies) and a touch of luxury with classic gilded mirrors create an elegant contrast to the modern atmosphere.
MITCHELL FRIEDMAN – EDITORIAL
The candlelight hotel
Mitchell submitted two ideas with a common theme that everyone loves: sparkling lights. His first idea was called The Glorm Rooms, and they set about doing the dorm's life, which Glamping did while camping. At Glorm Rooms, you can revisit your university years in a more glamorous way than the first time. The Glorm Rooms feature a subzero mini-fridge stocked with handles of premium alcohol, panna cotta shots, and remains of Michelin Star dishes for the microwave. They also offer the only thing a real dormitory can not do without: Christmas lights.
Which brings us to the more sophisticated of his two glowing ideas: The Candlelight Hotel.
The Candlelight Hotel is housed in a gothic castle lit by Baroque candelabra à la Hogwarts. The rooms are completely different, with modern interiors lit by colorful wax flames. Call in advance to find out what kind of room you like – fragrant or unperfumed, Tahitian vanilla or lemon lavender? Legendary are the bathrooms in the Candlelight Hotel. The candle flavors mingle with your colorful, fragrant water. At night, enjoy ghost stories from professional speakers and shadow puppets from seasoned puppeteers.
What makes the Candlelight Hotel so unique is the fact that it is fully committed to its concept, without being subject to the overload of kitsch that many theme hotels often suffer from. All adults have the urge to experience something as magical as The Candlelight Hotel, but usually such experiences are reserved for children only. (Which adult does not dream of removing his children and dipping his head into a ball pit or bouncy castle? The candlelight brings an all-encompassing luxury fantasy to life, without losing sight of the needs of the stylish modern traveler – and without one to be kitschy sex hotel.
ELISSA COFIELD – CUSTOMER SERVICE
As head of our customer service department, it's no wonder that Elissa's dream hotel of the future is designed to make the guest experience as seamless and personal as possible. In our ever-connected on-demand world, it's important for consumers to know exactly what they are getting and to be able to tailor them to their individual tastes. Your crusade begins with a series of luxurious cabins on the lake shore. Each guest has their own cabin as well as their own dock and raft. They also have their own outdoor hot tub for winter nights, a well stocked wine fridge and a mini bar with quality snacks.
But things get really unique here: before you arrive, you can choose from a menu of available amenities to thoroughly enhance your experience. They could choose anything from their favorite brand of shower gel and shampoo to the pillows, sheets, comforters and blankets they desire. Do you want satin cloths and cashmere blankets? No problem! Guests may also specify the exact size of bathrobes and slippers as one size may not be suitable for all. Last but not least, guests can choose their cabin so they know exactly what they are getting, what the layout and view are, and where the property is located.
Best of all, one price covers everything (including Wi-Fi).
The birthday hotel
For most, the birthday hotel is a nightmare. But for a tablet employee, it's her dream. This guy realizes how crazy their dreams sound and demands that we do not release their name. Probably a wise decision, for the person who wants to enjoy something like The Birthday Hotel, they should probably be asked to take a drug test. While it was a controversial addition to the list, we felt that the concept was so horrible that it had to be shared with the world.
The gimmick of The Birthday Hotel? It's always your birthday. The mini fridge is stocked with cupcakes and champagne. Your room is decorated with bright birthday banners. Instead of a free robe, a party hat hangs in your closet. In the elevator you are offered free sweets – because you have your birthday. You deserve it. The restaurant is especially festive, where not a minute passes without a group of happy servers being sung and clapped for another satisfied customer. Each customer in turn. Because everyone has a birthday all the time.
KAT AYD – CUSTOMER SERVICE
The Karam hotels
And finally, we end up with an altruistic touch appropriate for this season. Karam is the Arabic word for generosity, and Kat enters the holiday spirit by imagining a place for the displaced.
The Karam hotels would exist in any urban center, near a large refugee population. Kat uses Beirut, Lebanon as a test concept, and her hotel would employ almost exclusively residents of the adjacent Burj el-Barajneh and Shatila refugee camps. And they would not only be co-workers – the culture and tradition of the refugees would feed into the fabric of the hotel and its neighborhood, creating a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding communities. A large part of the hotel profits would also be used for the development of infrastructure in the camps. This is the kind of socially conscious hotel idea that we would like to see more in this world.
We wish you and you a nice holiday of all here on Tablet. See you in 2019, where we will hopefully discover some of the hotels that are as exciting as the ones mentioned above.