Luxury Hotels


The WORST ‘themed suite’ Girlahead ever stayed in was a Wild West concept at a Sheraton in Beijing. The room was devoid of any ‘design’. It had windows with dark wood shutters instead of drapes – and there was just space for a full-size wagon, with shafts for the (invisible) horse. Go to bed time? Somehow climb into said wagon and curl up on the bedding inside.  Wake-up time? It couldn’t have come soon enough.

Now let’s LOOK GOOD. MARRIOTT MARQUIS NEW YORK, Summer-long, has a Beetlesuite, swathed in black and white with ghoulish lighting. This is to honour the cult-class Beetlejuice, now performing at the integral Marquis Theatre, and the hotel is right in the swing of the fanfare. There’s a ‘ghost with the most’ package, for instance, that comes with a polaroid camera for gothy photogs, a copy of The Handbook for the Recently Deceased to keep you awake at night, and, next morning, ghastly wake up call, and more.

There’s always so much to see in the Big Apple. Right now Frieze New York 2022 is on, running through to 22nd May.  More than 65 galleries will participate in this year’s fair, once again at The Shed – where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and bordering the Public Square and Gardens. Among the 65 galleries from 17 countries exhibiting at Frieze this year, art critic Kristina Foster suggests highlights are works by Tom Allen, Simon Fujiwara and South African William Kentridge.

Would Girlahead like to sleep in an ambience of large-size modern, or at least recent, art?  Generally, no way. This Monday, Mark Rothko’s Untitled fetched $48 million in New York Sotheby’s sale of hotelier Harry Macklowe’s ‘divorce settlement’ art. Thinking of the superb dozen-plus mega-paintings in the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the effect is depressing rather than sleep-inducing. By contrast, admittedly, the 1.5-metre colourful Rembrandts in some suites at Amsterdam’s top Leading Hotel of the World, HOTEL DE L’EUROPE sooth, and sleep comes. But those are copies.

Listen to Leading’s CEO, Shannon Knapp, here: