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n a world that feels more connected that ever, are we humans craving something much deeper – a closer connection both to ourselves and others? Something that feels more authentic than a retweet; more personal than a poke? While travel would seem the ideal opportunity to switch off from social media and constant email interruptions, and just get real, we still seem to spend a vast amount of time experiencing a new destination through the lens of an iPhone, and finding vacation validation through real time Instagram likes. That was the starting point for Kimpton hotels’ Stay Human project. The hope was, that with a few props and some helpful hints, each guest might connect with those who had come before and would come after; complete

‘We experience a new destination through the lens of an iphone, and find vacation validation through Instagram likes.’

Previous page: The room features a dramatic mural, painted by graffiti artist Trat. Above: A typewriter and a polaroid camera for guests to record their stories in analog form.

strangers telling their stories through the commonality of a shared space. What’s your mystery vice?

Confess something … What’s your mood? What was a defining moment in your life? Your biggest fear? A word of advice? The result, which began in LA last year, has grown to include 20 hotels across the US and Canada, including Ink 48 in Hell’s Kitchen – where room 1403, launched this summer, enjoys a spectacular skyline view of New York City, a dramatic mural (painted by graffiti artist Trat), and a few accessories to help get the conversation started. A guest book. A polaroid camera. An iPad for videos. A typewriter. What stories will be left for future guests? Only time will tell …

VIDEO DIARY

Guests were asked to select from a series of questions to answer on camera, and the results were surprisingly intimate. One guest said: “I wish every one of you to know that somewhere deep down inside, something about you is that good. Something about you is that transcendent, that interesting … just be yourself. Just enjoy the life you’ve got. Love every scrap of it with every bit of intensity and emotion and intention that you’ve got, and be as human as possible. Be as real as possible. Be as good of a human being as you possibly can.”

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