The lobby of a hotel is the heart of the building. Although a hotel is, by default, composed of small private rooms, the lobby forms a shared, public space. In addition to welcoming guests to their temporary home, the lobby must act a communal living room, foyer and sometimes even office or dining room. It must accommodate a variety of guests without being impersonal. The following hotel lobbies manage to achieve this balance perfectly, all without sacrificing style.
One thing that we all want in a hotel is luxury. This room, from the Grand Hotel in Sri Lanka, feels tastefully indulgent. Small details, like the silk pillows and dramatic chandelier, create a sense of opulence without feeling too formal.
The lobby of the Riad Darchamaa hotel is located in this breezy inner courtyard. The tall arches, glass doorway and small reflecting pool produce an open, airy quality. Doors around the courtyard lead to the guestrooms, making this lobby a relaxing, shared space that is truly the centre of the hotel.
In the Sofia Casa Vacanze, the lobby combines reception and dining. The hotel's modern, minimalist decor creates elegance and keeps the space from feeling crowded or overwhelming. One wall, however, makes a forceful statement. The colours of the bear mural fit in well with the wooden, rustic room, allowing the hotel guests to enjoy breakfast in the peacefulness of nature.
Hotel decorators have the opportunity to make stylistic choices that we might shy away from in our own homes. Here, a white-tiled lobby offers the perfect setting for startling, red accents. The gold trim on the other furniture compliments the red's warm tones, making this space in the Red South Beach Hotel both playful and welcoming.
Often, the best hotel design integrates the beauty of the surrounding area. At Hotel Sahrai in Morocco, the lobby's glass walls ensure that the stunning view remains the main event. The lights of the city are echoed in the many candles and lamps, which are themselves reflected in the room's ceiling, infusing the hotel with an evening glow.