hideous hotel carpets aren’t a big deal

I’m going to say something controversial: I’m not bothered by loud, vibrant hotel carpets. In fact, I rarely notice them, and I notice more than most people do in hotel meeting space.

At an event a few weeks ago, a fellow attendee commented that the carpet in the Peabody Hotel was really loud and reminded her of the carpets in Vegas convention centers. Well, I’ve never been to Vegas (I know!) but do you know what the Peabody’s carpet reminded me of? Every other hotel ballroom carpet. Maybe with a tiny bit of Florida flair.

What do you think?

So why isn’t it a big deal? First of all, if your meeting room is full of furniture you can bet that no one is going to notice. But even if the floor is visible, any room can be transformed with lighting and decor.  Look at this example:

Photo via  Superlative Events

Photo via Superlative Events

So brides and concerned planners, don’t fear the carpet! You can make it work (or you can hide it!). And I can almost guarantee that if the carpet is really that bad, the hotel staff is used to hearing about it and have some tricks to help you disguise it.

If you’re curious as to why  hotel carpets are so ugly, it’s generally because big, loud patterns hide stains and wear and tear. They also tend to create visual interest in long corridors and empty spaces. And as for the Vegas comparison – Vegas casinos apparently have some of the worst offenders, and it might just be on purpose to encourage gambling.

Complaining about ugly hotel carpets is a cottage industry – check out this Flickr site devoted to hideous carpets.

Do you hate on hideous carpets too or do you just roll with it like me? Do you have any photos of attractive hotel carpets to share?

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