Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fancy Hotel Syndrome

Why is it that "high-end" properties in everyday hotel chains try to emulate the splendour of a Roman villa or the style of a French chateau? Without fail, they get it wrong. Ornate fast bleeds into excess, style into schmaltz.

Please, Marriott, give up. Develop a look that better fits the 21st century. Bin the swagged curtains and ugly patterned carpets. Lose the overblown furnishings and wood panelling. And above all, please junk the spewing flamingos. We thank you. And yes, this is a theme I'll be returning to ....

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