The feeling of walking through the front door of a hotel and into the lobby is always exciting, as it’s at that moment when your holiday officially begins. But what used to be a simple thoroughfare for guests, has today evolved beyond recognition.
Today’s lobby is a multi-functional space, with eye-catching features, unusual services or fun discoveries. It’s still an area for checking in and out, but it’s also a social hub, a place to wine and dine, and even a party zone.
Hotel booking site Hotels.com reveals some of the most outstanding lobbies in hotels around the world.
The sky lobby – Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Japan
Occupying the top floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo, the hotel has a lobby that gives its guests a clear view overlooking the capital of Japan. Although sky lobbies may be found in older buildings, namely the John Hancock Centre in the US, this hotel is one of the first to be on the top floors of a skyscraper. The Mandarin Hotel Tokyo is located within walking distance to the city’s main shopping and entertainment areas.
The sensual bar lobby – W Seoul Walkerhill, Seoul, South Korea
Recognised for its simple yet luxurious design, the lobby of W Seoul Walkerhill is a sensual and interactive space that attracts younger trend seekers. Woo Bar, its signature stylish bar area, offers an exquisite interior focused on design, fashion and music. Known as the longest in South Korea, the 18m bar offers a memorable experience with its spaceship-shaped DJ booth, impressive artwork displays, egg-like chairs and other unique features.
The Instagram lobby – Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Designed to please avid users of Instagram, the 1888 Darling Harbour is a boutique hotel combining Sydney’s old world charm with contemporary and vibrant design. The Instagram theme kicks off the second you hit the lobby, as guests check in via the photo-sharing app. The real photo-action, though, takes place at the selfie stand next to the lobby bar – a giant picture frame that’s been installed for guests to take snaps and tag #1888Hotel. Their image then instantaneously appears via a live Instagram feed on screens at reception.