From full-service bars near the front door to inspired programming like salsa dancing lessons and adult coloring book parties, these hotels are on the forefront of elevating lobbies to a social experience rather than the traditional check-in function. Travelers who are looking to be entertained with a variety of out-of-the-ordinary activities before they even reach their room should check out these hotel lobbies.
The lobby of Charleston’s old-world inspired French Quarter Inn is locally known as the hotel’s social gathering foyer. As the centerpiece for an expansive array of all-day amenities, guests can enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast, endless refreshments, freshly baked amaretto cookies, wine and cheese hour, milk and cookies and classic port wine turnover before bed. With an idyllic location in the center of historic Charleston, the French Quarter Inn is in close proximity to many of the city’s famous shops, world-class restaurants and event sites.
Experience the quality of a high-end hotel with the perks of being outside at Firelight Camps, based in Ithaca, New York. Complete with an outdoor lobby and lounge, this campground’s lobby tent boasts a bar stocked with Finger Lakes craft beverages, communal campfires, gourmet s-more roasting and bocce ball. The furnished lobby tent includes front desk reception, where you can check-in, find trail maps and learn about a range of local and regional activities from Firelight’s camp host. A locally sourced continental breakfast is served daily.
At each of the Great Wolf Lodge properties, with destinations throughout the United States and Canada, families will be howling with delight with new complimentary kids programming within the massive Grand Lobby. From a morning yoga class inspiring little ones to soar like eagles and roll around like happy bears to nightly pajama dance parties set to buzzing Top 40 hits, Great Wolf Lodge’s Grand Lobby promises fun and excitement for visitors young and old.
The appropriately named Play Room at Pod 39, New York City, introduces a comfortable social lobby hangout for visitors to sit back and people watch, have a bite to eat, challenge another patron or staff member to a game of ping pong, make friends over a game of battleship or play any of the other board games up for grabs. The colorful setting and soaring ceiling create an open layout with vintage couches, club chairs, a 25-foot long raw steel bar and a projection screening wall that fills the communal space. The two parallel rooms contain ping pong tables, walls covered in large-scale poster collages, and flat screen TVs.
Halcyon – A Hotel in Cherry Creek North, widely considered a prime Denver location, boasts splendid accommodations. Guests are welcomed to the hotel lobby by Halcyon Hosts who are jacks of all trades and can do everything from serving Aviano coffee, helping you select one of the best local pastries, or checking you in, all at the same time. The Kitchen Counter serves as the Halcyon check-in desk to remind guests that they are home. The entire lobby is very interactive with a gear lending area called Gear Garage which allows guests to dive into their desired destination through hands-on-learning of various skills and immersive adventures.