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Hotel Provides “Sleep Art” as the Ultimate Luxury for Guests


For many people, art is considered a luxury. Investors all over the world pay vast sums of money for single works of art created by revered artists. Individuals on a smaller budget may not have much money to invest in art, but often these people will reserve funds for trips to the museum. When looked at from this perspective, it may be safe to assume that art is a luxury for some people.

Ibis, a European hotel chain, has taken luxury to the next level by introducing a robotic arm that creates paintings based on hotel guest’s sleep patterns. It’s clear that Ibis believes its guests will consider it a treat to receive personalized art — that’s why the hotel chain has invested in the amazing robotic arm ‘artist’.

The robotic arm, which has been named “Sleepy”, was originally intended to be used in factories for packaging and manufacturing. Ibis gave the robotic arm something of a makeover, making its motions smooth and precise. The amazing thing about Sleepy is that he creates personalized works of art for hotel guests as they sleep.

It’s reported that Sleepy gets his inspiration for artwork from sensors that are attached to guests’ beds. On each bed there are about 80 sensors. These sensors “measure pressure, heat, and sound to compose a visual interpretation of the energy and motion of sleep.” When guests awake in the morning, most are probably excited to view a piece of art that represents their sleep patterns.

The acrylic paintings created by Sleepy give an honest review of someone’s “sleep personality.” For example, if someone is a restless sleeper, that will show up in the painting Sleepy creates. If another person is very peaceful, that will be made apparent as well.

Ibis is demonstrating its belief in the idea that art goes hand-in-hand with luxury. To Ibis, art is even a part of great customer service. This European hotel chain is doing all it can to provide guests with an experience they will never forget. Sleepy, the robotic arm ‘artist’, is setting Ibis apart and helping the hotel chain to make guests feel like royalty.



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Do Not Disturb Signs: Putting a Sweet Twist on a Clear Message

Do Not Disturb

The words, “Do Not Disturb” have never sounded so sweet, or looked so unique.

Hotels and other lodging destinations are becoming more creative about how they approach this straight-forward message. And they aren’t the only ones; these signs are no longer exclusive to places where people rest their heads for a night or two. Artistic versions of these signs are appearing everywhere. Specialty shops, Ebay, and even Etsy has entire art sections dedicated to putting a sweet twist on the universal thought — leave me alone!

Wackiest Hotel Do-Not-Disturb Signs

Le Parker Meridien in New York

While these signs make some chuckle, to others they are tools for marketing. There is even one man who has made collecting a hobby of collecting this signage. Edoardo Flores, is a retired civil servant from Italy. He has the largest collection and online database of “Do Not Disturb” signs. On his website, he states how his addiction collection “started by chance with a ‘do not disturb’ sign taken as a souvenir from a hotel in Pakistan.” He continues to say that his collection is inching close to 6,800 signs from over 180 countries. He still collects these souvenirs and is happy to talk to anyone who shares his interest, or has come across a classic door sign. You can e-mail Edoardo at dndcollector@gmail.com. Also, peruse through much of the  “Do Not Disturb” sign collection on his Flickr account.

Do Not Disturb

The Dylan in Dublin Ireland

Traditionally, a “Do Not Disturb” sign has been placed on the doorknob to let others know they should not enter. This is why they are most often seen in hotels or locations of public lodging. It is a nice way to let staff members, like housekeeping, know that they are not to enter a guest’s domain. In some hotels, rather than having a “Do Not Disturb” sign, they have a “Make Up the Room” sign, or a “Privacy Please” note to inform staff they are not to enter.

Another polite approach to granting or refusing one access is to apply a little creativity to the message. Hotels all over the world have use this technique to advance the straight-forward message with subtlety. In 2008, Embassy Suites held a contest to see who would soften the “Do Not Disturb” message by adding some humor. Over 7,000 people submitted ideas. The following 3 slogans won:

For some time now, creative slogans and artistic designs have been used to soften the straight-forward message, “Do Not Disturb.” If you want to see an endless arrangement of these creative techniques, view ABC News Travel Special called, “Do Not Disturb Me!!!

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