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8 Hotel Lobbies for Striking the Deal

  • Puli Shanghai

    The Bowery Hotel, New York

  • Puli Shanghai

    The PuLi Hotel, Shanghai

  • Chateau Marmont

    Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood

  • Templar Hotel

    Templar Hotel, Toronto

  • fasano

    Fasano, São Paulo

  • Pershing Hall

    Pershing Hall, Paris

  • The Capitol

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo

  • St Pancras

    St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

October, 2012

Even the most zanily animated PowerPoint presentation can’t liven up a dull hotel conference room. For a more modern meeting, leave your laser pointer in 1992 and bring your tablet to these inspired hotel lobbies.


The Bowery Hotel, New York
Favored by New York’s downtown creative types and those who do business with them, the Bowery’s lobby features furniture that begs to be settled into — surprisingly well-suited to business deals. Meetings are more likely to be held over cocktails than coffee.
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The PuLi, Shanghai
Not your typical Asian 5-star business hotel, the PuLi offers a distinctly sedate ambiance. Though centrally located in downtown Shanghai, the lobby’s views look out to the trees of Jing’an Park, while the library and lounge bars, with more than eighty whiskeys on offer, ensure a celebratory beverage is at hand.
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Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood
The lobby of Chateau Marmont has legendary cachet. If your project isn’t green-lit, you can just move in, hole up, and enjoy blowing your seed money in good company.
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Templar Hotel, Toronto
When negotiations hit a stalemate, you can always look up through the ceiling of the Templar’s Monk Lounge and spy the swimmers practicing their strokes in the glass-bottomed pool above.
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Fasano, São Paulo
With its lobby full of caramel leather armchairs and gold travertine fireplaces, the Fasano transmits a sense of refined dignity immediately upon entry. Add a jazz band and a lobby bar filled with the city’s most stylish denizens, and there’s little reason to meet anywhere else.
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Pershing Hall, Paris
This former mansion in Paris’s 8th is quiet and serene, but it’s the centerpiece of the hotel — the inner courtyard, featuring a hundred-foot vertical garden — which lends a calming backdrop (not to mention fresh oxygen) to potential power struggles.
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Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo
Right in central Tokyo, the atrium lobby at the Capitol seems configured to support the hushed tones. The view, seen through floor-to-ceiling windows, is of the hotel’s lush garden.
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St. Pancras, London
Being attached to the Eurostar train station earns the St. Pancras top convenience honors, but it’s the lobby’s grand vaulted ceilings and dramatic gothic style that likely propel its guests towards bolder plans.
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