Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Don Q Inn
'The Don Q Inn of Dodgesville aka, Small Town, Wisconsin offers theme rooms for those seeking a different kind of hotel experience. There are rooms for all sorts of loser fantasies, called FantaSuites, like sleeping in a fake hot-air balloon in the "Up, Up, and Away" Room. There is an underground tunnel you can run through. There's a room that's the entire, dilapidated inside of an &47 plane that's rammed up against the building. Then there is the "Northern Lights" room with a bed in an igloo; "Tranquility Base", is a sort of space station; "The Geisha Garden", which oddly enough has a bed and not tatami mats. But it's "The Swinger" room that really got us and we're almost too disturbed to even describe this one.
'Upon arrival when we opened the door of the room and first thing we noticed was a "gross odor" about the room - we believe it was the smell of mold and the room had lots of flies. We keep killing them but there always seemed to be another one. The room was DARK. It had a dark (almost black wood ceiling) with more of that wood on parts of the walls. The DARK carpeting was so thin we think it was outdoor carpeting and OLD. The bedspreads were also DARK and under them the beds were adorned with blankets that were at least 25 years old.' -- Hotel Chatter
Null Stern Hotel
'Null Stern Hotel is an abandoned Swiss nuclear shelter that’s been converted into a hotel. “Null Stern” translates to “zero star”, and that rating is earned because guests don’t get much more than a bed and hot water. You’ll even have to share your room with up to six other people. On the plus side a night only costs ten dollars, but this hotel isn’t designed just for travelers on a budget. Its creators are marketing it both as a social experiment and a chance for guests to get to know their fellow travelers on a more intimate level.' -- Hotelville
Haoduo Panda Hotel
'The Haoduo Panda Hotel, which lies at the foot of Emei Mountain in southwest China's Sichuan province, is the first hotel of its kind in the world. The rooms are decorated with panda pictures and cuddly toy pandas sit on the beds, tables and chairs. The staff even dress in panda costumes to entertain the guests. The hotel will officially open in May with room rates from 300 ($48) to 500 yuan per night.' -- The Independent
'The $209 million Maya Hotel located south of Cancun, slated to open in 2010. This pyramid-shaped hotel will float in the crystal clear Caribbean waters with the help of a new composite material, normally used in the defense industry, which is billed as six times lighter and ten times stronger than steel.' -- Five Star Alliance
'A hotel in Belgium is offering tourists the chance to stay in a accomodation designed to look like a colon. The CasAnus Hotel offers couples an overnight stay for 120 Euros - around £100 - complete with a double bed, shower and central heating. It was originally created by Dutch artist Joep Van Lieshout, but the structure was renovated into living quarters and now sits on the grounds of the Verbeke Foundation Art Park. The hotel is run by owners Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, who say the hotel is 'extremely popular' with couples. It is utterly silent and pitch black at night, so bring a torch if you want to creep around at night.' -- collaged
'The Tianzi Hotel in Hebei Province, China is the largest image hotel in the world. Shou, on the left, is holding a peach that contains a suite. Enter the hotel through his right foot. Built in 2000, this 10-story building depicts Fu, Lu and Shou—Chinese gods symbolizing good fortune, prosperity and longevity.' -- collaged
Waterhouse at South Bund
'Like something from a Hitchcock movie, each of the 19 rooms in this converted Shanghai warehouse hotel comes with peepholes in the walls and the door, so visitors can “spy on” guests as they pass by (or vice versa). NHDRO, the interior design firm behind the hotel, claims that this voyeuristic approach to living harks back to the traditional Shanghai residential alleyways called “longtangs” (弄堂). Among these labyrinth-like communities, neighbors would peep into each other’s houses.' -- collaged
Hotel de Sal Playa
'In the dining room of the Hotel de Sal Playa in Bolivia, the salt is always on the table. In fact, at the world's only hotel made of salt, the salt is the table. Located near the famous Uyuni salt mine in the southwestern part of the country, Hotel de Sal Playa's roof, and bar are built of salt. Even the floor is covered with salt granules.
'The hotel was built in 1993 by a salt artisan who saw a mint in the number of tourists looking for places to stay while visiting the nearby mine, which is one of the world's largest of its kind. The lodge has 15 bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a bar.
'The hotel walls are made of salt blocks stuck together with a cement-like substance made of salt and water. During rainy seasons, the walls are strengthened with new blocks, while the owners ask the guests to avoid licking the walls to prevent deterioration.' -- collaged
'Sim Jae-Duck built the $1.6 million toilet bowl-shaped Flush Hotel in order to raise awareness about cleaner sanitation around the world. This live-in restroom is over 400 square meters in size, and is located just south of Seoul, South Korea. The most amazing part about this giant toilet is not the design, but rather how much it costs to stay here for one night: $50,000. It must be said, though, that the proceeds go to provide poor countries with proper sanitation.' -- collaged
The Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht
'The Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht sits perched high above the shores of Jeongdongjin, a South Korean tourist town which, according to the South Korean government at least, has the best sunrise in all the land. Measuring in at roughly 540 feet, the cruise-ship themed resort has 211 guest rooms. Its rooms feature port holes to give an authentic experience, and the sounds of waves crashing against the boat plays out over loudspeakers. The piped soundtrack of bird calls adds to the illusion of being at sea. The resort opened in 2002 as a way to give tourists who didn't have the money to go on a cruise the experience of being on one.' -- collaged
Can Sleep Hotel
'Every August for the past 30 years, thousands of partygoers have flocked to the Dyrehaven, a magnificent beech forest next to Denmark’s Lake Skanderborg for the Skanderborg Music Festival, or Smukfest. Here, the creative juices flow just as freely as the beer. In lieu of living in a tent, some lucky attendees sleep in one of 114, two-story aluminum Royal Unibrew beer cans, enlarged to 12.5 feet high. Covered in golden, bubbly wallpaper and furnished entirely by Ikea, the first floor features a small living area and a minibar that’s replenished each day. When the dweller’s ready to turn in, he climbs the ladder to a circular double bed and pops the skylight.' -- moco-choco.com
Lloyd in the Sky with Diamonds Hotel
'The Curtis Hotel in Denver, a DoubleTree Hotel, has created a $50,000 floating bounce house hotel, billed as "the world's only floating pop-up hotel room". Guests will stay the night suspended more than 22 feet in the air in an inflatable hotel room that features a bed, a couch and a small bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. The hotel stay includes luxurious airport transportation via limousine, stocked with cocktails and munchies, a set of Swarovski binoculars, a Tiffany diamond necklace & earrings, a 60s themed party for 100 friends, and the butler service of Lloyd, the hotel's spokesrobot who will give you bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys and iPad mini loaded with the Stargazer app.' -- collaged
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn
'Indigenous owned Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn is deluxe accommodation located in Jabiru, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Darwin and ideally located for visitors to explore the north of Kakadu, including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and Magella Creek. The hotel is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in a spacious air-conditioned room, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony. After an adventurous day, dine at Escarpment Restaurant and Bar.' -- travelnt.com
Tate & Lyles Edible Hotel
'The world's first hotel made entirely from cake will welcome guests for one night only in London. More than 14 artists spent 2,000 hours baking and 900 hours decorating the hotel with over 600 kilos of sugar. It has three floors and eight rooms. Guests of the hotel will be encouraged to eat their way through windows and walls clad with 2,000 macaroons. The hotel contains a rug made from 1,081 meringues hand-stitched together.
'Sugar fanatics will also be able to chow down on windowsills built entirely from fudge, a bath filled with caramel-coated popcorn and 20 kilos of marshmallow garlands. Bedside tables at the hotel even have edible books and there is edible art on the walls.
'Guests will have the chance to enjoy a Pirates of the Caribbean room with a treasure chest full of edible pearls, ginger-spiced doubloons and cutlasses and a Mediterranean-inspired bedroom with 10 meters of edible bunting. There is also a British-inspired golden syrup sugar room and a South Pacific room with a two meter-high Easter Island statue made entirely from chocolate mud cake.' -- Opposing Views
The Nakanoshima Hotel
'Where else can one enjoy room service while on the toilet than in Japan? The Nakanoshima Hotel is a small, but luxurious, fully functioning public bathroom. Located in downtown Osaka, fenced by two rushing rivers, this one-room facility boasts an ivory-sheeted bed, a stylish desk, fresh-cut flowers and a prominent opening in the wall marked with a male figure on the right and female on the left. Through this opening, a stream of citizens flow in hopes of emptying their bladders. Stay if the idea of waking up to a cleaner mopping up urine from the tiles is intriguing to you. Crafted by Tatzu Nishi, the hotel is his celebration of the everyman’s commode. On the other hand, it is thoroughly disinfected and designed to be comfortable even though you can still hear people using the toilet in the other side of the wall.' -- Purple Travel
La Villa Hamster
'If you want to know what it’s like to live like a hamster, than look no further than La Villa Hamster. Tucked away down an unremarkable side-street near the centre of the western French city Nantes, La Villa Hamster offers guests the "unique" opportunity to live the life of a rodent. The hotel has all basic amenities essential for a rodent such as containers of organic grain, a metal water spigot activating by pushing a giant lever with your foot, and a double bed accessible only by a step ladder and a crawl space, a bathroom with a giant vat of wood chips, a giant troth for a sink and a working human-sized hamster wheel. Villa guests are also given hamster masks to wear during their stay. The owners are now looking for properties in Paris and in London with the intention of expanding the experience across the channel.' -- collaged
The Spitbank Fort Hotel
'In 1800, the Lord Palmerston, the British Prime Minister at the time, commissioned the construction of several forts at Sea Portsmouth to protect the harbor from invading French forces after the news that Napoleon III had become Emperor of France. The attacks never materialized, but the forts continued to strengthen with weapons and maintained throughout the century. Decommissioned in the 1980′s and most were sold to individuals, and one of them was transformed into a luxury hotel. The Spitbank Fort has everything one would want to enjoy the holidays. Luxury furnishings in the eight suites, impressive surroundings with pool, bar, restaurant, sauna and specially designed decks for guests to enjoy the sun.' -- loststateminor.com
p.s. Hey. An early heads up that, beginning on this coming Saturday and lasting until Tuesday, the 24th, I'll be in a period of intensive shooting and rehearsing and traveling re: Zac's and my film, and there's sure to be some collateral damage on the blog here and there during that time. Thus far, I can tell you that there won't be full-fledged p.s.es on this coming Saturday and next Monday because I'll be in Bretagne during that time for the shooting of a scene. Further updates on other local effects when the schedule becomes clearer. Also, the terrific writer Juliet Escoria, whose new book 'Black Cloud' was loved here recently, interviewed me for Fanzine, and it's now online, if you're interested. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. Thank you, Tosh. That's very, very kind. Um, I don't know, I guess I spend quite a lot of time making the blog. It's very second nature at this point. Other than the time sort of officially set aside to do the p.s. in the mornings, I kind of work on making posts off and on all the time. In between everything else I do and whenever I have spare energy and home alone time. The posts themselves can take a lot of time to make, probably more than it seems like they would. Some happen in a burst of a couple of hours. Some evolve over a week or more or so. The post today, which I guess is a pretty simple one, probably took about, I don't know, 2 1/2 to 3 hours maybe. Yeah, I too like it that, even though the blog can resemble other forms, and even though I like trying to make it resemble another form sometimes, it couldn't formulate and exist in any other confines but a blog, and specifically a Blogger blog. Anyway, yeah, thank you, Tosh. That means a lot. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, David. Yep, totally agree with you, yep. ** Kier, Hi, K. Thanks, cool, about the new music posts. You're going to Kongeparken! Oh, that news did something nice to my heart's cockles. The ride that Zac and I love so much is called Fabeldyrene. Here's a photo of it. We're actually very worried that it's been shut down or take out because, when we checked Kongeparken's site recently, it's not listed among their rides anymore. So, if you can check in on it, that would be great. It would be a total tragedy if that ride was destroyed. It's completely weird and amazing. I wrote a long fairytale-like text about it in the Scandinavian theme park book that Zac and I are working on. Anyway, wonderful that you're going to Kongeparken! I so envy you! Cool, I'd love to see your Arboretum photos. And the farm photos too, of course! How was your day? Love, me. ** Bill, Hi, B. Oh, Omar, of course. Omar of the desert. It would be swell to see him here again. It's been a long time. Thanks a bunch for the words to Chris, Bill. ** Steevee, Hi. I like the Soft Pink Truth album. I mean, it's essentially a kind of genre mashing exercise, and there's a limitation there, but it's really surprisingly fun and inventive throughout. It's pleasurable. ** HyeMin Kim, Hi. Oh, thank you so much for the translation! Do you know his work? I've only discovered it quite recently, and I think it's quite beautiful. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Ah, the hits, but I rank 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' among the greatest pop songs ever, so that's not too shabby. Even thinking about listening to Miles Davis during an MRI scan while not even knowing at all what an MRI scan feels like made me nervous. Interesting. Ooh, nice about Stephen's mix! He didn't tell me that was happening. Thank you! Everyone, courtesy of _Black_Acrylic, here's an amazing looking Soundcloud mix curated by my pal and collaborator, the great Stephen O'Malley, full of sounds and tunes from a great combo of music artists, from Angus MacLise to Joe Meek to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. It's free, and it's here, and I, duh, I highly recommend that you hear/grab it. ** Sypha, Hi. Weird about the 'pop' thing. You have your copy of 'Gone' all the way over in the USA? I still haven't gotten or even seen a copy of it yet. Grr-ish. The French postal service strikes again. Dominic Savio does seem very you, James, yes, ha ha. His apparently famous quote, oft imprinted upon his image at least, 'Death, but not sin' is a bit of a brownie point remover for me maybe? But, yeah, he has a kind of One Direction member's younger brother in a time machine thing going on. ** Keaton, Hey. Well, actually, just one little segment of one of the railings on the Pont des Arts bridge tipped over slightly. Anyway, it's the excuse that will get that bridge scrubbed clean of love lockets. People are putting them everywhere in Paris now. There are locks appearing on the little bridge over the canal right near where I live even, far, far away from the tourist realms. GbV is great, yes! The Breeders cover was nice, yeah. Don't get torn to shreds. That would suck. ** Chris Goode, Hi, Chris. Trippy, I just came to your comment as we were exchanging emails in another window of my browser. So talking to you here in the p.s. context is like, I don't know, what it will be like to talk to the inevitable Madame Tussaud's Chris Goode 'wax' figure or something. Or something a lot more clever than that. Cool, fascinating about the first day's work and the scale issues between the questions and the time frame. And, yeah, if any of those ... wait, you guys doing the thing with Chris ... want to de-shy and pop in here or do more than 'pop', that would be very interesting. Oh, cool, I will forefront your alert right now. Everyone, Chris Goode, whom, as you know, is currently engaged in a project to make a theater-piece-like-shaped thing/soulmate of this blog, has a query/message that I will now pass long to you. This is Chris: 'I know there are a number of d.l.'s past and present who are based around Coventry / Warwick / Birmingham, & if anybody for whom it was convenient wanted to come over and spend some time talking with us and hanging out that would be awesome. So if anybody wants to visit us here, just email us -- dcs AT chrisgoodeonline DOT com -- and we'll figure something out.' Yeah, hopefully we'll all get to talk later today. Cool, cool, cool. Love you beaucoup, man! ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. I actually knew that about Mr. Bonsergeant, but I was wearing my everyman hat when I typed yesterday. Oh, gosh, that joke wasn't bad. Well, not in a moral sense, at least, ha ha. To me. I used to love 'Hogan's Heroes', man, and you know what, if I ever saw an episode of it again, I might still. I got your address via FB, cool, and I'll send you mine via FB rather than here in a bit just to be symmetrical or something. Thing for me, yum! Thank you! ** Kyler, Hi, Kyler. Thanks about the interview. You're so nice. ** Derek McCormack, Hi, Derek! Yay! Dude, really, come visit Paris and I'll show you everything to do with the cool stuff I'm lucky enough to work with in the work I'm doing and the sources and everything. Yay (again) for false feelings! Or I mean for feelings that turn out to be not false after all maybe? Oh, wow, your trawl through the archives of that Fred Fried guy -- nice name -- and the history is completely fascinating! Shit! Oh, I've missed you, Derek, this is so nice! So, are you working on that book now? That's so exciting! You have to meet my dear friend Zac. He's super simpatico with your fascinations and mine, and we'll have the best conversations. Love from me back to you after being quadrupled at the very least! ** Schlix, Hi, Uli. Cool I'm glad you liked the gig. Alex G, is great. He's one of my favorite discoveries lately. Here, it's not the heat on its own that's the problem, but it's so fucking humid. You have 'Gone' too? Cool, but again, where's my copy? Harrumph. No, I didn't end up seeing Slowdive. I literally got ready to go and then my enthusiasm died. Even through I never saw them in their heyday, I just have a really hard time with reunion gigs as a general rule. I like museums, but for some reason I don't like when bands become live museums of their older work. Oh, well. I hope the heat in your hood lets up today, man. ** Okay. I went out and found visual evidence of 17 hotels that interested me in theory for some reason and decided to put said evidence on the blog, and now it's your turn to do something-or-other in its regard. See you tomorrow.
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