Cocktails and canapés, dinner at The Dead Dolls House and a 30-second hotel review – it was quite a night.
First stop: Hotels.com HQ …
Office envy? Yeah, me too.
The whole wall behind the main desk was covered with the staff’s travelling photos. I love this idea, I definitely want to recreate something like this in my own home/workspace.
A Moulin Rouge-themed meeting room. Every conference room in the building has its own theme – such a cool concept!
During our tour of the offices, even the PR manager admitted to getting lost every now and again (even though she’s worked there for 2 years). The building is huge!
A peach Bellini and a mini (faux) Céline. One day it’ll be the real deal but for now, I’m pretty impressed with this dupe from YesStyle.
The canteen – complete with tabletop iPads.
A grainy photo of the dinner setup at The Dead Dolls House. It was too dark to get any good photos which is such a shame, it had a gothic interior and the decor was absolutely beautiful.
In case you didn’t know, checking the selfie lighting in a hotel bathroom is a top priority …
Meanwhile, Cat was happy to road-test the king-sized mattress.
As some of you might remember from my snapchat story, last week I had last-minute plans to review and “unroom” a hotel, following an email that popped up in my inbox the afternoon before the event. Luckily I was free and jumped at the chance to be involved in such a unique campaign, dragging Cat along with me for the ride.
It was a pretty packed 12-hour itinerary, I have to be honest. First stop was Hotels.com HQ in Angel; a vast and expansive building with a modern and playful interior. On our tour of the offices, we were shown a selection of meeting rooms, each with different themes such as ‘Africa’ (with safari animal art adorning the walls) and ‘Moulin Rouge’, as you can see in one of the above photos. Xbox stations and ping pong tables sit in quiet corners, as employees are encouraged to engage in interactive gaming in order to become better acquainted with their colleagues. iPads sit atop the canteen tables. Basically, the brand wanted to create a fun work environment, alleviating potential stress for all those that work there on a daily basis. Yep – I’ll keep you posted on vacancies …
While we were there, we were served delicious peach Bellinis and an array of canapés before sitting down for our briefing about the campaign. The concept of “unrooming” was derived from YouTube’s “unboxing” where content creators unwrap/unbox their deliveries and hauls, sharing and reviewing the contents with their viewers. Similarly, unrooming is sharing and reviewing a hotel room (with a rating out of 5), in a very short (maximum 90 seconds, preferably 30) video tour of the room’s facilities. Rather than read a page-long paragraph on TripAdvisor and look at carefully-angled professional photos, you can simply watch a short, unedited video tour. Clever, huh?
So, after a delicious dinner at The Dead Dolls House in Islington (where the chef kindly provided me with a tailor-made 2 course vegan meal in spite of the whole menu being meat/dairy based) and one too many Pimms cocktails, we were driven to our hotels. I stayed at the Marriott in Maida Vale. Unfortunately as the service was a little slow at dinner, we didn’t arrive until almost midnight – so we were tired and perhaps not our most sober selves. But I filmed the video just as soon as we were shown to our room, which you can view on my Twitter here.
Overall, I rated the room a 4/5. It was incredibly spacious, had a gorgeous king-sized bed, was very clean and as proven in the photo above, had pretty good selfie lighting too (a blogger’s necessity). I’ve previously stayed in Marriott hotels where the lighting is really yellow but I was relieved and impressed to find that this particular hotel room wasn’t quite as yellow-toned as the others. Oh, and we road-tested the cocktail bar and the room service too (crudités and houmous with hot chocolate at 2am, why not?) – which got a thumbs up from us so all in all, a pleasant and very enjoyable stay.
I have to say, I think the concept of unrooming is pretty genius and I hope to see more of these short video reviews when I’m browsing hotels myself!
Love, Beth xo.
A massive thank you to Hotels.com, Frank PR and of course the Marriott in Maida Vale for hosting us and allowing me to be a part of such a fun little project.