Moris Moreno
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    First impressions are crucial. We all know that from first dates, but it also holds true with hotels. Forget boring reception desks, these lavish lobbies go beyond the norm, aiming to impress from first sight.<p> Miami's iconic <a href="http://www.fontainebleau.com/" target="external">Fontainebleau</a> is all about style and that is clear to guests the moment they step foot in the lobby.
    Moris Moreno
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The lobby of <a href="http://www.royalmansour.com/" target="external">Royal Mansour Marrakech</a> follows the design of a traditional Moroccan house with an open-air courtyard around a pool of water. It is also guests' first experience with the incredible hand-done tile work throughout the hotel. Impressively lit with "floating" rings of lights, it is a serene and elegant entrance. At night and in cooler weather, the temperature of the space is controlled by a "ceiling of air" so that the roof can remain open.
    Courtesy The Royal Mansour Marrakech
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.therooseveltneworleans.com/" target="external">Roosevelt New Orleans</a>, a Waldorf Astoria hotel re-opened in July 2009 following a $170 million restoration. The 117-year-old property, shuttered since Hurricane Katrina. The grand lobby spans a city-block and includes the original mosaic tile and detailed architecture from years past.
    Courtesy Roosevelt New Orleans
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Built in 1766, <a href="http://www.thehomestead.com/" target="external">The Homestead resort</a> in Hot Springs, Va. is considered by many the birthplace of southern hospitality and still serves a traditional high tea in the Great Hall lobby today.
    Courtesy The Homestead
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The lobby of the <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Berlin/Default.htm" target="external">Ritz Carlton Berlin</a> manages to balance European grandeur and classic style with all the modern amenities of today's urban hotels.
    Courtesy Ritz Carlton Berlin
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The Wow factor is in play when entering the <a href="http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/" target="external">Waldorf Astoria Orlando</a> with its cool marble floors shining, a dramatic domed ceiling soaring and a magnificent clock posed front and center to continue the tradition of meeting at the Waldorf clock.
    Courtesy Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Striking a balance between the luxurious and the uncultivated, the Living Room at the <a href="http://www.wvieques.com/" target="external">W Vieques</a> showcases a meticulous attention to detail and craft. The dialogue between the designed interiors and the natural setting creates an eclectic combination that extends from the surrounding landscape to create a sense of contrast with the interior furnishings.
    Courtesy W Vieques
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/property/rdb" target="external">Raffles Dubai</a> stands almost as tall at the Great Pyramids. The great Egyptian theme carries over to the lobby where six large columns bear engraved hieroglyphs telling thousands of years of mankind's history, including the epic battles between the Romans and the Greeks.
    Courtesy Raffles Dubai
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The Cove at Atlantis on <a href="http://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/" target="external"> Paradise Island</a> in the Bahamas features a stunning, open air lobby and extended breezeway. The soaring, two-story space is accented with trickling fountains, lush gardens and dramatic chandeliers that opens directly up to the ocean.
    Courtesy Cove Atlantis
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/destinations/dubai/burj-al-arab/" target="external">Burj Al Arab</a> in Dubai is home to the world's tallest atrium at more than 590 feet. Waterfalls, elaborate colors and more gold leaf than you could ever imagine decorate the lobby of this hotel, often considered the world's more luxurious.
    Courtesy Burj Al Arab
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    One of the grandest and most-historic hotels, the <a href="http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/property/rhs" target="external"> Raffles Singapore</a> still amazes guests with its impressive, old-fashioned lobby.
    Courtesy Raffles Singapore
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.mandarinoriental.com/rivieramaya/" target="external">Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya</a>, about 30 minutes south of Cancun, welcomes guests with its impressive palapa lobby surrounded by reflecting pools on all sides. The towering lobby is a beautiful space with open views over the resort towards the sea and the surrounding tropical greenery. Talk about a grand way to arrive.
    Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya
  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chirh-the-blackstone-a-chicago-renaissance-hotel/" target="external">The Blackstone</a> hotel in Chicago features swirling rainbow colored carpet and gold couches amid original iron railings with the letter "B" engraved from the original structure. Somehow, it manages to seamlessly mix the old and new.
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  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The lobby of the <a href="http://www.libertyhotel.com/" target="external">Liberty Hotel</a> in Boston is a five story atrium that was once the epicenter of the cruciform-shaped Charles Street Jail. The lobby features three levels of catwalks encircling the room, chain-link chandeliers, original exposed brick and a two-story mosaic custom made for the hotel.
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  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    <a href="http://www.thenines.com/" target="external">The Nines</a> hotel in Portland, Ore. is housed on the top nine floors of a former Macy's building. Designers hollowed out the middle section to give a soaring lobby atrium with rooms all around, giving an amazing point of view from both the lobby looking up, and the top floor looking down.
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  • World's Most-Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    <a href="http://www.lemeurice.com/" target="external">Le Meurice</a>, part of the Dorchester Collection, embodies the 'French genius of the art of living.' So it's no wonder that when Philippe Starck was brought on to update all public spaces, he added some whimsical touches to set the timeless Paris hotel apart.
    Peter Hebeisen
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Donned in a classic ivory façade, the elegant exterior of <a href="http://www.ritzmadrid.com/web/orit/hotel_ritz_madrid.jsp" target="external">Hotel Ritz Madrid</a> is just an appetizer to the beauty that waits beyond the threshold. Constructed when King Alfonso XII helmed Spain, the lobby's royal heritage is as crystal clear as the chandelier hanging overhead. The polished marble floors, grand staircase and Corinthian-style pillars give its entrance a truly spectacular feel.
    Hotel Ritz Madrid
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.thepuli.com/en/" target="external">The PuLi Hotel and Spa</a> in Shanghai aims to mix modern design with touches of historic cultural references. Large window help it feature tranquil views of Jing'An Park.
    PuLi Hotel and Spa
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Upon entering New York's <a href=" http://www.dreamny.com/" target="external">Dream Hotel</a>, guests are greeted with whimsically contemporary and elegant design elements, transporting visitors into a world brimming with avant-garde surrealism. The lobby is filled with wistful memorabilia, a diverse mix of statues and artifacts that together create a dream-like environment. A grand column converted into an aquarium runs from the first two floors, adding a sense of tranquility.
    Dream Hotel
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The main lodge at <a href="http://www.molori.com/" target="external">Molori Safari Lodge</a> in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa serves as a unique reception area for guests. Along with the usual sofas and sitting areas, the space is specially designed to with its open-air outside-meets-in aesthetic – all the better for enjoying the surrounding African bush.
    Molori Safari Lodge
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island, as well as some of the best martinis in town, the famed Lobby Lounge at the <a href="http://hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/honic/index.shtml" target="external">Intercontinental Hong Kong</a> is the place to be and be seen. Glass panels take up the south walls, providing a spectacularly unobstructed perspective of the most vibrantly colored city in the world. Guests can enjoy tea and snacks over an unforgettable sunset while lingering a bit longer to take in the nightly "Symphony of Lights" laser show from Kowloon's supreme vantage point.
    Intercontinental Hong Kong
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    Entering the 14-story atrium lobby of the <a href="http://www.oberoihotels.com/" target="external">Oberoi</a> in Mumbai guests are treated to grand views of the sea and city skyline. The eye-catching cherry red piano draws guests in, transforming the majestic room into a place for solace over tea or Champagne. White marble from the Greek island of Thassos complements the ivory and forest green silk couches.
    Oberoi
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The lobby of <a href="http://www.mamounia.com/fr/index.php" target="external">La Mamounia</a> in Marrakech, Morocco aims to harness the mood of an Oriental palace and the power of traditional Moorish architecture and craftsmanship. Upon entrance, one's senses are subtly seduced by the essence of cedar and dates (the hotel's signature scent), while Baccarat crystal chandeliers hanging from a hand-painted, wooden ceiling and traditional Moroccan lanterns illuminate the room.
    La Mamounia
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia, <a href="http://www.grandhoteleurope.com/web/stpetersburg/grand_hotel_europe.jsp" target="external">Grand Hotel Europe</a>, beautifully combines a Neo-Baroque façade with an Art Nouveau interior. Decorated in turn-of-the-century style, its grand lobby has welcomed many iconic celebrities: Italian poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra liked it so much he spent several hours each day in the lobby during his 10-day visit – greeting guests, talking to journalists, and making sketches of the staff. The lobby's focal point is a VIP photo gallery, attracting passersby to photos of stars and celebrities, presidents and ambassadors, princes and princesses.
    Grand Hotel Europe
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The elegantly understated lobby at <a href="http://www.lasalcobas.com/" target="external">Las Alcobas</a> refines the art of hospitality in Mexico City. Upon entering, guests are presented with a breathtaking view of the captivating centerpiece -- a rosewood-and-steel grand staircase connecting all seven floors. A traditional Mayan pattern is strewn throughout the hotel with the first glimpse appearing upon check-in.
    Las Alcobas
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    Located south of Cancun along Mexico's famed Riviera Maya coast, <a href="http://www.banyantree.com/en/mayakoba/overview" target="external">Banyan Tree Mayakoba</a> welcomes guests with an open-air lobby with sweeping vistas of its villas, pool, golf course and beach in the distance. Eastern influences are juxtaposed with Mexican-inspired furnishings among natural surroundings to induce a sanctuary for the senses.
    Banyan Tree Mayakoba
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    <a href="http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/toronto/thompson-toronto" target="external">Thompson Toronto's</a> lobby offers an artistically edgy, avant-garde motif -- a sublime gateway to the sexy and luxurious guestrooms above. Upon entering the coal-black lobby, first to strike on the visual hit-list is the simple white-on-black sketch of the city's urban skyline. Plush orange and silver chairs graced with strategically "tossed" purple and charcoal accent pillows enhance the room's welcoming atmosphere. Hardwood floors give rise to matching reception desks situated below the most interesting of lighting schemes: cut-out staggered squares and oblong rectangles flush at ceiling level, further illuminating the star patterned lights hanging in this edgy entrance hall.
    Thompson Toronto
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    The <a href="http://www.thecrane.com/" target="external">Crane Residential Resort</a> in Barbados doesn't have a conventional lobby. Instead a collection of shops, restaurants and movie theater serve as a hub to the complex. The area is modeled after Barbadian villages of the 18th-century.
    Crane Residential Resort
  • Lavish Hotel Lobbies

    A perfect blend of 18th century style and 21st century comfort, the <a href="http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/charleston_place_introduction.jsp" target="external">Charleston Place Hotel</a> is famous for its classic charm and southern hospitality which greet guests upon entering the grand hotel's lobby. A magnificent 12-foot, 3,000-piece hand-blown Venetian chandelier, weighing in at 2.5 tons, in the centerpiece of the lobby, with two Georgian open-arm staircases surrounding it. A strategically-designed domed ceiling means that the lobby's acoustics allow guests to carry on a conversation in a faint whisper, even from opposite staircases.
    Charleston Place Hotel
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