Friday, June 5, 2009
But enough justification. The short story is that a vacation was long overdue and Dave and I decided to do it big this time and go abroad. Since Dave's only trip to Europe was a work trip to Paris last year, I thought the UK/Ireland was a good place to begin his international travels, especially since both of us are of primarily English, Irish (and Scottish) descent. Besides, while I've been to London/Southern England several times over the years, I have not yet visited Ireland and am excited to see the Emerald Isle.
The g was designed by Galway-native and couture milliner Philip Treacy (whose probably most famous in the States for designing the towering green hat Sarah Jessica Parker donned at The Sex and the City movie premiere in London). If you look closely, many of the rooms at The g showcase the undulating, gravity-defying sculptural shapes that Treacy's hats are famous for.
The bespoke concierge desk in particular looks a lot like an oversized version of one of Treacy's hats. The desk is covered in white Venetian plaster, and is reminiscent of a giant seashell, which is a subtle theme that Treacy plays with throughout the hotel as a nod to Galway's location on Ireland's wild and woolly west coast. The walls and floor are black glass, allowing the desk-turned-art installation to take center stage.
The g's [in]famous Pink Salon. Yes it's crazy and something you'd never want in your own home, but it's also undeniably fabulous. With its Andy Warhol-inspired pink camouflage print chairs and black and white vortex rug, it's a contemporary reimagining of the psychedelic 60's. Admittedly a subtle detail in a not-so-subtle room, the white coral mirror is a standout here for me design-wise. In fact, I'd love to have an identical mirror in my new dining room (how great would that look against the Drawing Room Blue?).
The more formal of the two lounges, this second lounge's demure and modern color palette of creams and metallics keeps the serious furniture from looking too staid. The plush velvets and silks, combined with the mirrored tables and metallic-leafed woods make this room utterly sophisticated. The huge installation of large silver balls manages to accomplish two dueling purposes by both highlighting the dramatically high ceilings and visually filling in all that space to create a more intimate setting for quiet conversations over cocktails. This is an adult room, but one that doesn't take itself too seriously.
The bar and adjoining Blue Lounge are probably my favorite rooms in the hotel. With its dark blue walls, plush velvet chairs, gilt trimwork and stunning mirrored bar, it feels a bit old Hollywood Regency meets modern glam -- very Kelly Wearstler-esque, don't you think? I plan on spending some time here sipping on a cocktail while waiting on our table at The g's acclaimed Italian restaurant, the Matz at The g.