Hotel New York in Rotterdam embedded between high rises. It used to be the passengers terminal for the Holland – Amerika Line.
This is Post # 1,000 of this blog.
Apt subject. as the making of this hotel in Rotterdam inspired me to create my small hotel / B & B Haagsche Suites in The Hague later.
The highest highrise here is the Montevideo building by Francine Houben.
Left Highrise is WorldPortCenter by Norman Foster.
When in Copenhagen, you have at least to drive, bike or walk past Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, København, a piece of Gesamt Architecture designed between 1956 and 1960 by one of Danish starchitects, Arne Jacobsen. Arne also designed a lot of the Interior. Think Egg chair and Swan Chair. Unfortunately there is only one hotel room (Room 606) left in the original style. However you can opt to sleep in it if you want and if you can afford it. It is expensive!
Built as the SAS Royal Hotel, the hotel was renamed the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in 1994, when SAS bought a share in the foreign division of Radisson hotels. When SAS sold their share in 2009, it was renamed as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, København
Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door.
This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord….
The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location?
Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920…
Booking.com Seems the Sole Candidate to become a .hotels Registrar
A twitter friend pointed me to a French site Tendance Hotellerie that found out Booking.com is the sole candidate to distribute the dot.hotels top level domain when ICANN signs off on Booking.com’s application.
If that will be the case, it is clear to me that other hotels or hotel chains will not be able to obtain any .hotels extension anymore, because I simply doubt that when Booking.com B.V. gets the registrant status It will grant any hotel chain a .hotels extension.
This seems not in line with the aims of ICANN with the new TLD’s to offer the users more choice, more competition and to make the internet more transparent.
Here is the application of Booking.com B.V.
Even from the application it is clear that Booking.com wants to control this whole TLD:
Given the fact that the Applicant is a hotel reservation agent, it has a vested interest in giving its visitors and clients a clear and predictable naming scheme in the .hotels gTLD. Since visitors and clients are mainly looking for hotel
reservations on the basis of their geographic destination, the Applicant may
indeed develop plans in order to register domain names that exclusively contain
geographic names (country names, city names, names of regions, etc.).
However, if such domain names will be registered, the Applicant will do so
considering the following confines:
(i) these domain names will be exclusively registered in the name of the
Applicant ⁄ Registry Operator, and not in the name of a third party that is not controlled by the Applicant ⁄ Registry Operator, unless agreed upon otherwise with the authority competent for giving its consent in accordance with
Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement;
(ii) where consents are required prior to the registration and use of a domain
name referred to and in accordance with Specification 5 of the Registry
Agreement, the Applicant will obtain such consents before actually registering,
delegating and using these domain names…..
It is clear for instance hilton.hotels will be registered by booking.com B.V. and not be available for Hilton to register….
Yes! As an independent hotel owner I object and I will file an objection.
By coincidence ICAN’s Twitter account @ICANN mentioned a link to file objections today.
Objections can be filed on several grounds. Here is a Icann Brochure that makes it a bit more clear.
When Domotica in your Hotel Fails…
…You may get this reaction as Geek & Poke describe The Internet of Things. Off course it is a lesser inconvenience.
Post Inspired by Hofstijl, a Dutch language blog I contribute to.