Grand hotel lobbies will transport you. They are portalsto another world; another time.
I love hotels of all kinds. I’ve been fortunate to have stayed in hundreds around the globe. Everything from 5-star to Oh my!
Grand hotel lobbies have fascinated me since I was five. Mom deposited me in a musty, green-velvet, wing-backed chair in a cavernous waiting area of the now demolished Dallas Hotel. Watching people come and go fascinated me. Arriving and departing guest’s luggage was especially intriguing. I imagined ladies hat boxes held black evening hats or bright yellow straw sun bonnets. A man’s valise would hold his dinner jacket and white tie. All my fantasies came from the silver screen. Images of glamorous travelers off to exotic ports and grand hotel lobbies.
Outside the Dallas Hotel’s revolving door traffic and people bustled in a cacophony of street noise. Inside the dark cool lobby, sound was absorbed by heavy drapes, dusty tapestries, velvet and brocade furnishings, and carpets. People spoke in quiet tones at the front desk.
Today, sitting in a hotel lobby with a cup of tea or cocktail is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. Enjoy these 14 lobbies from my travels.