Hotel chains are often what they are intended to be, unremarkable, indistinguishable links clasped together in generic, thoughtless decor to suit an imagined clientele. Front Royal Hampton Inn, (Hilton Honors), broke that link both with striking color and pattern, but also by being thoughtful and daring. Someone actually had a point of view, strong ideas and got it approved by a design committee? A “Hip Hilton“?
Not sure the striking lime walls or the kaleidoscope of chocolate-brown, teal and salmon colored patterns are understandable as an harmonious collection, but they herald a change as refreshing as a Summer breeze. Clever detail … a cafe bar counter complete with table top receptacles for the tech savvy present, color coded by temperature breakfast bar items … blue for cool, red for hot … utensil containers adorned with the utensil it contained and even with a sense of humor; coffee urns labeled as gas pumps. Decaf as Unleaded, Regular as Leaded and Robust as Premium. Even this simple I.Q. test can be daunting at first light.
Then this harmonious illusion and race to the future is somewhat pulled back to reality as sharply as a released bow by the sight of the four, pick-up truck driving, men stooled at the breakfast counter in hunter camouflage and fatigues, bearded and bold and as awkward and out-of-place in this modern decor as a debutant at a frat party. Oh well. It’s the thought that counts.