Whenever I go to Silicon Valley, I try to stay at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino. It is part of the Kimpton Hotel chain which usually features playful and quirky interiors. I was reminded of this place because I’m going to call it home for the next several days. I’m off to California again tomorrow.
I appreciate when a hotel and designer goes out-of-the-way to make unique interiors. It’s a visual feast and I use HDR to capture all the details. That’s why when I travel, I like to book myself into places that may look good photographically, whenever possible. That was one of the criterias that I used to select my recent Cancun spot.
For a hotel to look up to date, they need to refresh and the Cypress is a case and point. On my last trip out there in April, they completed their lobby remodel and I took the photograph above. I also wanted to show you the previous lobby design that I took three years ago. It’s not from the same angle but the fireplace, for reference, remained in the same place after the remodel.
I took that with my Canon 7D and the super wide-angle Sigma 10 – 20mm which makes it a 16mm equivalent view. I took the new Cypress with the Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm plus the wide-angle adapter which makes it a 22mm equivalent. I no longer have a super wide lens, but that’s okay for now, I’ve been shying away from that look recently.
Beyond the difference in framing, there’s quite a change in interior decor, I’d say. The new design has a lot more places to sit and ties a nearby hallway into the seating area. I’m not sure which I like better but the old design is more conventional in its unconventionality, if you know what I mean. Perhaps the new interior is more keeping with the modern and techno Silicon Valley. Which do you like better?
I’m bringing a new toy to California, which I’ll be reviewing soon. Yes, it is yet another camera but one that’s on loan to me. I’m sure my readers will find it interesting. Stay tuned.
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