Travel & Tourism (148)
Put your head down...in the clouds
The One by Five hotel in Paris is unique in its design. The whole hotel is meant to make guests feel like in a dream world. Every wall and floor is covered with photo-canvas full of stars and clouds, while beds, mirrors and lights give the impressions that they are floating. The overall design gives guests the feeling of an endless and surreal space.
Why it matters
The design provides a true experience for guests and goes beyond providing all the functional elements one would want or need in a hotel room. Are there other services that may be considered routine or functional that could be spiced up to make the experience worthwhile?
German online portal ‘Hotelsnapper‘ mediates between hotel owners and customers. Prospective guests dictate their preferences for their stay and the price they wish to pay. The first hotel that agrees to the customers ‘offer’ will be booked. Guests receive the best offer and hotel owners get the chance to rent out rooms that otherwise would have been empty.
LAN Airlines have created a virtual Dakar rally contested between French and Spanish bloggers. The goal is to be the first to cover the distance (virtually) from the capital of their country (Madrid or Paris) to Santiago, Chile. To make progress in the race, bloggers compete to gain the largest number of race followers on Twitter and Facebook. Race followers use "tweets” or Facebook messages to add virtual miles to the race progress of bloggers they support.