So what makes a hotel stay fun?
There are a lot of ways for a hotel to make your experience memorable. Sometimes, when we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we can elevate an experience and create something worth talking about. The Wildwood Inn is pretty overt (and part of my past life long before FRCH) – and may not be to everyone’s taste. However, fun can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
The Library Hotel takes a slightly more serious approach. Using books as a theme the guest rooms and public spaces create a story to which the guest can relate. Using the Dewey Decimal System allows the hotel to branch out into rooms dedicated to particular topics such as Architecture, History, and Romance. This allows the guest to pick his or her favorite kind of fun.
Another method is simply to not take yourself too seriously. The Montagu uses a brilliant marketing pitch to sell small rooms. By foregoing S/M/L designations, they add a lot of character and elevate their brand through clever copy. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay in a Swanky Room?
One last idea. “Shock and Awe” can definitely get your attention, and certainly add to the fun factor. The Andaz San Diego is a very nice luxury hotel in a historic urban building. The suites are lovely, but the Star Suite will leave you…well…speechless. Maybe not your cup of tea, but the dancing pole and king bunk beds won’t be easy to forget. Fun indeed.