IDEAS THAT WORK Sept. 25

Photo courtesy of Fogo Island Inn.

Photo courtesy of Fogo Island Inn.

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, features the For the Love of Cod itinerary, which  includes an Island Orientation with a Community Host, all meals, a fishing expedition with a handline fishing lesson, and full use of the Inn's facilities. A
three-night minimum stay applies. Guests who wish to complement their fishing
expedition with a traditional ocean-to-table outport boil-up featuring the
day’s catch may reserve time with a Community Host for an additional cost.

The Westin Copley Place in Boston has recently installed bright red cubicle seating outside its conference rooms — for those few minutes between sessions when attendees have to check back with the office.

For a gathering with a literary twist, books can provide a base for serving dishes. This photo is from a gathering at the Westin Copley Place by Marriott — fittingly located across the street from the Boston Public Library, which contains approximately 19 million volumes and electronic resources, making it the second-largest public library in the United States behind only the Library of Congress.

Who says elevators have to be bland, utilitarian spaces?  For example, elevators at the Moxy Denver Cherry Creek are wrapped with themed photos, like ice cubes in a cocktail glass (above). And elevators at the Moxy Minneapolis Uptown feature coloured lighting in the elevator cabs. 

Customizable design options and improved technology are elevating the hotel elevator experience, but installation and operational challenges still can slow down progress without proper planning, HotelNewsNow reported recently.

“Lighting solutions are the more successful applications because of the ease of execution as well as from an investment and maintenance standpoint,” said Aliya Khan, VP of global design strategies for Marriott International.

“I think the moment you need to involve maintenance too heavily, it becomes a different model,” she said. “So our goal is how do we do something that’s low-cost, high-impact, ideally something that’s volumetric so it quickly grabs you in the experience.”