Crown Macau : The MacauTripping Review 2008
The Crown of Macau (Part 3) : Photo and Video Review of the Suites at Crown Macau
The Living/Desk Area
After a quick walk through with Violet, Crown Macau's smartly designed, retro-modern (minus the tackyness), comfortable and detailed room has left me speechless. The degree of design detail to lighting, texture, shapes, usability and color as well as highest quality craftsmanship is truly astounding.
Whereas most rooms designers would drag and drop bits of furniture into a rectangle, hoping to create ambience by proximity, color and decor, the room at Crown appears to have been designed as a total experience. The far left wall unit, desk and couch are a one piece construction, designed and built specifically for this application's needs and requirements. Crown Macau's 360° understanding of space, flow and usability - as demonstrated in the earlier installments of our review - is a true achievement in hotel design and it consistent in every part of the room, as you will see.
The room at Crown Macau had a bunch of neat usages of texture and materials that I was quite shocked to see. All lighting (top left panel) in the room is either pin-pointed directional halogen lights or recessed reflective lighting. The overall effect is one of sharp clarity for areas where detailed visibility is required and soft ambience elsewhere. The bed featured a cashmere throw at the foot of the bed. Where most hotels will either skip this altogether or use a heavy rayon or suede(ish) throw to protect comforters from dirty shoes, Crown does the exact opposite... they provide a soft, fuzzy cashmere throw that you'd be stupid to put your shoes on. Perhaps most shockingly, the living room area featured hardwood floors, practically unheard of in hotel design. A definite risk, but it is pulled off in spades.