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 Hotel Haiku reviews some of the world’s coolest hotels through the lens of the Japanese traditional haiku
Hotel Haiku reviews some of the world’s coolest hotels through the lens of the Japanese traditional haiku

By Amulya Hiremath, edited by Hamzeh Alfarahneh  on 04.14.23

The world loves to fall into place in binaries — there are always two kinds of people. In travel, you might see: people who check-in baggage or are strictly carry-on, people who pre-plan to the T, and others who wake up, pack and go. When it comes to booking a hotel, you might either read sizable reviews — A Hotel Lifers read anywhere between 1000 to 1500 words on average about a hotel — or decide based on a couple of photos. Whatever category you might fall into, here is a disruptor that has animated our team and been the subject of many water cooler talks in A Hotel Life’s virtual office. 

With Hotel Haiku — No, it’s not a hotel, and don’t worry, they don’t assign rooms based on your poetry skills — Garri Rainer, a travel web entrepreneur and a creative genius in our books, reviews some of the world’s coolest hotels through the lens of the Japanese traditional haiku — a poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven, and five — and a suggestive photo from the hotel.

Banksy's Walled Off Hotel
Banksy's Walled Off Hotel

“Worst view in the world
Of graffiti-strewn concrete
From most of the rooms”

Banksy’s The Walled Off Hotel

Check out Gemma Bell’s review of The Walled Off Hotel on A Hotel Life

Rosa Muerta by Pretty Vacant Properties in Joshua Tree
Rosa Muerta by Pretty Vacant Properties in Joshua Tree

“Gothic defiance
In its desert location
A dead rose blossoms”

Goes the Haiku for Rosa Muerta, in Joshua Tree, USA, a “notel” — defined as “an exceptional, often architecturally designed, holiday and vacation rental property that draws inspiration from the design hotel phenomenon.” Apart from being an avid haiku enthusiast, Garri is a web developer and publisher best known for his site Go Glamping, which is dedicated to luxury camping. 

360º Leti nestled in the Himalayas in India
360º Leti nestled in the Himalayas in India

“Mountains wraparound
Four sumptuous cottages
Perched on a ridge”

Check out Rebecca MacGregor’s review of 360º Leti on A Hotel Life

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