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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Expect more wine, more light, more fun in hotel lobbies

Guests socialize in the newly-redesigned bar area during "social hour" at the Sheraton Seattle. Long treated as dead spaces that hotel guests raced through on the way to the elevator, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink.