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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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

Bartender Derek Simoes mixes drinks in the newly-redesigned bar during "social hour" at Seattle’s Sheraton hotel. 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.