The hotel that aims to make us more 'human'

Kimpton Hotels has launched its 'Stay Human' project, which aims to foster human connections.

In four of the brand's hotels in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Amsterdam, one room in each outpost has been decorated to encourage past, present and future guests to connect with each other, byleaving messages, recommending restaurants and bars – and even watering plants in the room.

Each room differs in theme, but each has ‘idea of the day’ cards suggesting challenges and experiences that guests can do to engage in human connections in the host city during their stay.

The rooms also have an instant camera and guestbook, for leaving messages and recommendations for future guests.

In the Kimpton Fitzroy, London guests are encouraged to write their messages on a wall mural (opens in new tab) and reconnect with people they have lost touch with by writing letters on a typewriter.

The hotel will even post your letters for you.

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Over at the Kimpton De Witt, Amsterdam, guests can choose a scent for their room, have a custom cocktail (opens in new tab) created based on their mood – and are invited to tend to the in-room plants.

The Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh is kitted out with a loom, where guests can test their creativity by co-creating a tapestry, while those staying at Kimpton Blythswood Square, Glasgow (ranked number one city in the world for friendliness by Time Out) are encouraged to indulge in random acts of kindness and mark it on a map (opens in new tab) of the city, with the idea to inspire other guests to do the same.

Whether it's a gimmick or a good idea remains to be seen, but we hope it's the latter.

Part of the InterContinental Hotel Group, Kimpton Stay Human Project rooms can be booked from now until the end of the year.

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Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites


A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.