Dispatch from Italy – Sleeping with the crocodile

Published on 12th March, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

It seems like a really good idea for a hotel: have each room designed by artists so they are all original and different. It is a growing trend, at least in Europe. I’ve stayed at them in Denmark and twice in Italy, including the last visit. These “art hotels” offer something different than the usual functional and humdrum decoration of the major chains and can make the traveller’s stay a more memorable and aesthetic experience.

Or at least that’s the theory. I arrived last week at an “Art Hotel” in Turin and in my room…
Actually, it’s probably best for you to see it for yourselves.

My travelling companion from Macmillan, Damien Lonsdale of the Italian team, fared no better. The walls and ceiling of his room were blood red, with deep plush red curtains and an extremely large mirror on the ceiling above the bed. If this wasn’t, ahem, suggestive enough there were several light pornographic photos of women from the 1920s on the wall. My camera battery had run out so I did not get any film of this one alas!

Well, at least it made enough of an impact for me to blog about it, but I’m not sure I’d want to spend a week in either. However, it might make for a different image in a business English coursebook than the usual Radisson, Sheraton, Best Western hotel room images.


  • That is hilarious! Hope you slept well…

    Amy Jost on 15 March, 2010
  • If you’re passing through Bologna, don’t forget to say hello!

    Leah Kaplan on 16 March, 2010
  • Hi Leah, I certainly will! This trip was in fact from a week or so ago and I couldn’t be there. But I hope we can meet up one day. I really enjoy your posts by the way too!

    Lindsay Clandfield on 16 March, 2010
  • Well, that’s given me a challenge! Can Germany beat Italy for hotel weirdness when you come over…? You’re in trouble now Mr Clandfield!

    Laura Hudson on 23 March, 2010
  • Great post. Speaking of Business English course books I think that the potential for Global Business is enormous. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.

    Jonathan Coxall on 16 April, 2010