Before stepping inside the Ameritania, take a quick peek up at the front of its Beaux-Arts building with the four old wise-looking faces staring down at you. You will notice that the modern canopy over the front door stands in stark contrast to the style of the edifice and this juxtaposition continues in the red-dominated lobby which we highly appreciated. At the very centre, between two silver-sprayed steel columns, is a circular rug on which are four bright red wingback chairs around a heavy chrome coffee table with a tall flower arrangement. Over to the right-hand side, between the floor-to-ceiling windows, are pairs of smaller silver wingbacks each with their own red back cushion and occasional table with round sculpture. The marble-topped reception desk was manned during our visit by two delightful members of staff who proved to be both helpful and friendly. Behind them on the backlit perspex sheet are clock hands, ingeniously turning the whole thing into a giant time piece. Then, to finish off the lobby space, just to the left of the welcome desk is another, cosier seating area with high back, rubbery banquettes strewn with animal print cushions. Notice too the several well-chosen contemporary art pieces on the lobby walls.
In terms of public spaces, aside from the lobby bar (see 'Food and Drink'), the only other thing to mention would be the hotel's modest fitness centre which is equipped with several good quality machines for a full workout in a room with polka dot wallpaper.
Finding your way around the hotel is not too much of a bother with wide, clean and well lit corridors although there are no room number indications visible when stepping out one of the three elevators that serve all floors of the hotel. The silver-sprayed wooden sideboards and angular mirrors are a nice touch.