Spectacular Hotel Lobbies Around the World

2013-10-30

We’ve all been there: your plane? Delayed. The taxi driver? Borderline deadly. Your language skills? Severely lacking. Your trip is just beginning, and you’re ready to hoof it back home.

Then you arrive at your hotel: You reach for your suitcase to find that it’s making its way through gilded doors in the hands of a dapper bellman. You follow inside and immediately inhabit a more peaceful world. In the case of the Four Seasons in Florence, a series of 15th-century bas-reliefs by Flemish artist Jan van der Straet encircles you. It might look like a polished museum, but you’re in the hotel’s lobby, a place where celebrations are held, aperitifs served and new guests welcomed with cocktails and room keys.

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