Contemporary Sophistication: Business Hotel in Lobito, Angola

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The sophisticated business traveler is always looking for newer and better places to stay. Antoni Associates provides one answer with this new concept for a streamlined business hotel in Lobito, Angola, located on beachfront property. Enter the central lobby and reception area and the first thing you’ll notice is the sleek, modern décor — and lots of curves. Oval-shaped ceiling lighting carries down to curved banquette seating and complements curved columns. Against louvered walls, couches, chairs, and round tables in neutral creams and sand colors allow travelers to take a breather and enjoy the panoramic view of the coastline through floor-to-ceiling glass. The lobby is bathed in light, both from these windows and from recessed and indirect light sources that give it a subtly cool ambience.

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Also in the lobby, a circular bar and open-air restaurant and lounge allow indoor/outdoor seating with ease. Clever lighting circles the foot of the bar and cascades in a “waterfall” fixture, one repeated in other areas in the lobby; you’ll see the hotel name on a tumbled-stone wall that reflects the light. Your room is spacious and modern, with a platform bed, window seating, a view of the ocean, and a work desk and chair in pale wood grain and white. The indoor/outdoor feeling of the lobby carries up to the rooms as well: one of your walls comprises convenient sliding doors that give you access to a terrace with an outdoor table and chairs, overlooking swaying palms and white sand. This Lobito hotel serves as a business-traveler oasis —welcome refreshment after a day in the “trenches.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).