Once regarded as a simple thoroughfare for guests and often a subdued, lifeless empty space, the hotel lobby has evolved into a multi-functional and often a magical 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, a party zone and even a remote office. The biggest changes have come thanks to advances in technology, as today’s modern lobby must be Instagram-ready and offer connectivity at every turn.
Hotels.com has revealed to us some of the most outstanding, quirky and wonderful hotel lobbies that showcase some of the best lobby features that never existed a quarter of a century ago.
The Playground Lobby – 4 star Barcelo Malaga
This is a lobby that you can slide into in style. The Barcelo Malaga is a designer hotel in the heart of Malaga, with a cutting-edge lobby area you have to see to believe. The main attraction is the giant stainless steel slide known as the EDHA (meaning “sliding structure for daring humans” in Spanish). This impressive slide takes guests straight from the first floor to the hotel’s trendy B-Lounge bar. It’s perfect if you’re in a hurry for a tasty cocktail.
The Coffee Connoisseur Lobby – 5 star Lux Belle Mare, Mauritius
The second you step into the luxurious open-air lobby of the Lux Belle Mare in Mauritius, you know you’re in paradise. The serene setting has a stunning water feature, relaxed seating area and an unexpected but delightful waft of coffee in the air as you step inside. This is because the lobby is also home to Café Lux, an impressive coffee bar where every day you can enjoy coffee tastings from trained Baristas and even watch the coffee beans being roasted, before they’re shipped off to other hotels on the island.
The Garden Lobby – 5 star Hotel ICON, Hong Kong
Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden designed by world-famous botanist, Patrick Blanc, can be found towering above the lobby space of Hotel Icon, in Hong Kong’s lively Kowloon district. At this super stylish hotel, greenery meets a great view, as the indoor garden, which features over 8,000 plants, acts as the entrance to the lobby café Green, a sleek place to grab a bite amidst the bustling city.