Hotel Lobbies

Hotel lobbies are the first thing that we see when we enter into a hotel. Over time, lobbies have become a place to gather, mingle, work, and more. Surpassing the typical front desk and entry way, we are now in the era where getting together and hanging out in a public area of the hotel is desired. Also, the more remote jobs there are, the more people want to work from pubic areas because they need a more social atmosphere. Here are a few trends that hotel lobbies are incorporating to impress their guests.

Foliage Inspo

Hotel lobbies are now incomplete without plants, foliage, greenery, etc. Hospitality has always tried to keep the guests comfortable by providing a stress-free environment. Biophilic spaces throughout the hotel is becoming a crucial part of hotel design, especially when it comes to the very first impression of the hotel. If you want guests in a happy and good mood, consider using this trend. You never know, it might just give your guests the urge to refer you!

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Gather in Comfort

Since the lobby is now a place where groups go for business meetings or just family meetings, why not make it as comfortable as possible. Of course, you don’t want people to take naps on the furniture, but it wouldn’t hurt if they cozied up! At the same time, it is even better if the furniture is trendy in design as well. Branch out and get a comfy, cozy leather chair set or two and see how long it takes until someone comes along and takes a photo in it. The look alone will attract people to the lobby.

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Cozy Up

Every year this happens, the seasons change! Having an awesome fireplace in the lobby can be awe inspiring and will have guests fighting over a spot next it. Well, not literally fighting, but it will definitely be the first place new guests will go while waiting to check in to their rooms. The hotels in colder places of the world already have fireplaces and sometimes they are in the guest rooms as well. There’s nothing like a nice fireplace to sit next to when you come in from snowy weather or even just a cool 50ºF. Oh, not to mention this is another place for the perfect winter photo.

 

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Lighting

Lighting is everything when it comes to lobbies. It’s imperative that there is plenty, but not too much. It needs to be bright, but not blinding. Sometimes this is hard to tackle, but most of the time if you put in the right type of bulb and fixtures, it takes care of itself. There’s nothing worse than walking into a hotel late at night and feeling like you need to be wearing sunglasses! Lights that are too bright or too dim can create a sense of uncomfortability and guests do not like that feeling. No one does. Massive chandeliers or unique sconces are perfect for brightening up the place, not to mention classing up the place as well!

Hotel Bars

Hotel bars have come quite a long way. Only a few years ago, hotel bars were there for the exhausted business traveller, ready to have a night cap and call it a night. People were not too keen on utilizing the hotel bar, especially because it was always so generic and unwelcoming. This is not the case anymore. Hotels are doing their best to create a culture around the bar area, attracting more outside customers who are not staying at the hotel. This drives up business and also makes guests feel like sticking around to socialize and enjoy the environment.

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Full Length

Full length hotel bars are beginning to take a leap out front. This is mostly occurring in more urban areas where the population is bigger such as New York City, Washington D.C., etc. What’s the reason? We think it’s because hotel bars are now attracting clientele that is not staying at the hotel as well as current guests. This is incredible because there was a huge disconnect with this clientele in the past and it seems that hotels have start to figure it out. Getting business from guests and others is what all hotel bars wish to achieve. Large, full length bars are built to handle larger crowds and high-end crafted drinks.

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Combining Rooms

This might seem a bit obvious, but some hotels do not wish to commingle the bar area and the lounge area. Sometimes this has to do with the clientele, but for smaller more family oriented hotels, this is the perfect combo. Adults usually need a cold one (or two) after a long day traveling with children, but might not want to leave the kids upstairs in the room. The combo let’s the kids come to the bar area without having them sit at the bar. It’s the perfect situation for parents and kids. It’s also good for a more professional business meeting. Not everyone likes to sit directly at the bar, so having a more lobby sitting option is for the best.

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Inside or Outside?

This is a personal favorite hotel bar option of ours. It’s perfect in the Spring and Summer, sometimes longer depending where the hotel is, and can be closed off for the cooler times of the year. Open outdoor seating that can be converted into indoor seating is the appealing to all parties. It’s the ideal situation for a celebration like graduation, bridal shower, birthday party, etc. because it caters to everyone’s needs. Although you can’t always please everyone, this option is probably the closest you’re going to get when it comes to a hotel bar.

 

 

Rooftop, Please!

This is such a desired style of hotel bar. People that want to go to a rooftop bar don’t realize it, but the majority of the time, that bar is owned by a hotel. Guests that aren’t staying at the hotel have second dibs most of the time, so staying at the hotel with the rooftop bar has its perks. From business meetings, to casual dates, to bachelorette parties, this bar style is one of the most craved in the world. At this point we would be surprised if it is the number one bar style that people want to try, maybe a close call with a speakeasy!

Design and Function: Why is Function in Hotel Design So Important?

Design, especially interior hotel design, can make a company look extremely professional or have the opposite effect. Sometimes walking into a hotel with a misunderstood design could put off guests and make them feel a bit uneasy. Design is one of the most important things to consider when deciding the functionality of a room let alone the entire hotel. Here are a few ways to make sure that the design will help the space function to its best capability.

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Flow

The way furniture and decor is grouped will indeed influence how customers and guests are going to move throughout the space. We have all been in the situation of trying to scoot around tight areas and poorly placed decor and furniture pieces. This is a priority when it comes to flow and comfort. No one wants to walk into a room and feel overcrowded. On the other hand, a space that is entirely too empty can feel ominous. This usually happens in the lobby area of a hotel or in the hallways. It is crucial to create a physical and visual sense of welcome that will continue bringing back guests.

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Visual Balance

Speaking of visual, balance is another important design feature that helps the function of the hotel. It is mostly about the relationship between the pieces in the room along with their location that help create this visual balance. Try to imagine walking into your room at the hotel and seeing that everything is on the right side of the room. The left side is completely empty. Not only would you be concerned about why, but it would instantly create a sense of anxiety and concern. Of course everyone is different in the way it affects them, but no guest wants to get the vibe that their on a ship and it’s going down! A great way to create a balance in a space is grouping the larger items with the smaller ones. If there are too many large items in one area and small in the other, it will look and feel awkward for everyone around.

 

Branding

This could be the most important thing to consider with hotel design in regards to function. The hotel has a story to tell, and people can either buy into it or not. It all depends on how well the company’s brand is represented in the design. The colors of the hotel are crucial to implement as well as the style (modern, vintage, etc.). From the furniture to the art to the lighting, everything should align with the culture, theme, and brand of the hotel. This tactic will not only improve the guest’s knowledge of the hotel, the brand awareness will be inevitable. Without branding it will appear as if random pieces have been thrown into a room and create a sense of chaos throughout the hotel’s design. Obviously, the typical guest won’t notice too much if a piece of art is random, but the best guests appreciate when design is well thought out.

Design Trends We Love for Travel

When travel is involved, hotels are usually at the top of their game. That is why they were created in the first place, so keeping up with the newest and latest design trends is a priority.

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Minimalism

With more people wanting travel, the hotel room is not a major priority for guests. As long as the bed in comfortable and they feel safe, many travelers are okay with a small, minimal bedroom. For this reason, the number of travelers using AirBnB is skyrocketing because it is more affordable. Hotels in travel destinations are realizing that their potential business is going somewhere else, so they have started taking measures to get more guests into the hotel. Making the rooms smaller and providing only essentials not only creates more space to add in more rooms, but also allows the price of the room to decrease in turn attain more guests!

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Local Vibes

When traveling and stay, hotel are designing their guest experiences to reflect the local culture. With more options of tours and insight on “where the locals go”, guests can get a good idea of what areas to go to and what sights to see. Travelers are not usually interested in going to overcrowded places just to get a terrible view of a monument. Hotels have started giving clues and hints as to what time of day is best to go to which attractions as well as local hot spots to check out. Everyone wants to feel like they are getting the best experience, not just the “tourist-y” one!

 

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Mandatory Tech

With the amount of people traveling and the rate that technology is improving and changing, hotels have to have a bit more than just WiFi. We all remember a time when finding an outlet in the room to charge anything was rare. Well now there are chargers on the lamps, bed frames, walls, bathrooms, hallways, beneath the bar, etc. You won’t be able to find an area in a luxury hotel that is not designed to have multiple outlets. Everything is technological these days, so convenience is incredibly important. Not to mention these outlets include USB ports as well, you know...just in case.

 

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Cuisine

Many travelers, when journeying to another location or country want to have the experience of the culture they immerse themselves in. Luckily, hotels have begun to realize that having local cuisine is a huge part of a luxury design experience for all of the guests. Travelers want to understand the taste and the reason why each region they visit utilizes certain types of food. It’s not just about eating what the locals are eating, it’s about learning the history and culture around where the traditions come from and why the style of food is important to their experience. Many hotels are incorporating chefs and shaping restaurants in their locations so guests can stay in and get that luxe experience while inside the hotel!

How Hotel Design is Emerging and Changing

 Hotel design is constantly emerging and changing. This is a nonstop process that has been taking place ever since the first hotels popped up on the market. Travelers are constantly expecting the newest things and will not put up with anything less. Fortunately, hotels have always understood this because you know what they say, “The customer is always right.” From function to design features, hotels have been stepping up their games year after year to meet expectations.

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More Functional

Functionality consists of many different things, as you can check out in our other blog here {link}, but we’ll try to make it short. Flow: Hotels have starting taking into consideration how one room leads into the next and the feel along the way. No more empty feeling spaces or overcrowded spaces. The time for randomness is out and the time for thoughtfulness design is in. Balance: The rooms will provide a sense of visual balance to ensure that guests are comfortable, welcome, and at ease. Decor: Art, sculptures, etc. are now going along with branding and style of each hotel.

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Outdoor Lounging

Outdoor pools have always been a thing, but now comfort is more important than ever. Hotels are urging people to stay there and relax all day opposed to just for a few hours. Not only are they adding in extremely comfortable seating options, hotel are putting in bar areas as well as a server to provide “poolside service” at all hours of the day. Some hotels are even adding in the option to turn the area into a night time bar and lounge area for adults after hours. Of course, no swimming at night, but cocktails are encouraged.

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More Foliage

There was a time when indoor plants were not so popularly used in hotels, especially in the guest rooms. One reason is that they get to be high maintenance if they’re in every room. Now, hotels are willing to take that extra step to make sure that guests are enjoying all of the rooms they enter. Plants and foliage is known to give a person all of the feels in regards to relaxation, home-y vibes. The nature feel that plants give when they are indoors helps bring a room together, while giving a sense of outdoor and “one with nature”.

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More Comfort + Luxury

Worried more about style than comfort, some hotels have started to slack on what’s most important. While looking great is absolutely a priority, if a guest cannot sit in a chair or lay in bed without fidgeting, the purpose is obsolete. Yes, style should be considered, but more design companies are taking into consideration comfort more and more. Guests want to be able to be pleasantly surprised when taking a seat in an amazingly trendy chair and feel relaxed! Luxury, high-end hotels sometimes get caught up worried more about style, but the newer boutique hotels are placing comfort just as high on the priority list.

Luxury Hotel Design Trends to Watch Out For in 2019

With more and more hotels upgrading and making improvements, luxury hotels are needing to step up their game. In 2019 be prepared to see many more facilities with updated rooms and spaces filled with environmentally friendly design, technology, and more. Luxury hotels have to stay ahead of the game, providing guests with the best and most worthwhile experiences available. Check out what lux hotel design trends you should watch out for in 2019.

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More Tech, Please!

Technology, of course. This will always be a top priority on every hotel’s list from now on. With the many advances in the past few years, it’s hard not to implement new tech features into hotel design. High-tech amenities will now be going beyond the typical in-room iPads and Wi-Fi access. We’re predicting that smart rooms will be the next big thing in luxury hotel design. With different features in the testing stages, guests will have the ability to dim the lights, turn on the TV and even adjust the temperature with a touch on their smartphone! What about voice activation? All of these are just to make sure that the guests have a custom and personalized experience, not to mention it makes life easier on the hotel employees.

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Pared Down Common Spaces

Paring rooms to create more common spaces is the new normal. Open spaces create a sense of welcome for guests and is all the rave with millennials. While older generations are used to taking their work to their rooms and working in solace, millennials crave a community feel while being able to work on their own at the same time. Shared spaces are becoming more common due to this fact and it makes sense. On the other hand, guest rooms are getting smaller thanks to both the desires of younger travelers as well as rising real estate costs.

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Going Green

In addition to hotels reusing towels and installing automatic lights, luxury hotels have begun to branch out in a bigger effort to be green. Taking energy conservation and sustainability to new heights, some high end hotels have started using solar panels to conserve energy. Others have added greenhouses to the property, sometimes on the roof, to attempt in supplying their own vegetables and herbs for kitchen needs. We will also see more practices that support sustainability and connect guests to the local culture and history.

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Feeling Luxury

Hotel design will always have a some component of visual luxury, but as the years go by, luxury hotels will focus more on comfortability and feeling good in a space opposed to just looking gorgeous. The vibes a guest feels in every room is becoming exceedingly more important than an aesthetically pleasing place to sleep. Feeling this luxury also comes with an increase in excellent service and convenience. Hotel spaces and furniture will be designed to both look and feel luxurious.

 

Architecture + Hotel Design Trends

Architecture and Hotel interior design trends seems to walk right alongside each other. When a hotel is built, there is always an outlook to make sure that the vibe, theme, and overall look needs to be exactly right for what the hotel wants the guest to feel when arriving. From the front door to the pool, architects are there to make sure everything is built and runs smoothly. Once that’s taken care of, the next step is developing the interior design. Good thing they play well off of one another.

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Sleek, Round and Modern

When there is a special theme or look for the hotel, it is much easier to figure out the interior. Let’s say that the outside of the hotel and many parts of the interior architecture is a rounded edge. That would make it extremely easy to decorate and decide what the furniture items should look like. Once the hotel brand comes into play, you can apply that information to help with the colors as well! If you notice in the above photo, clearly there is a modern, rounded architecture layout that is taking place. Through in a bit of square furniture in there to balance it out and the look is already less overwhelming.

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Au Natural

This organic, wooden influence is becoming more popular. Not only is is easier and more efficient, it saves time and money as well. If a hotel is truly interested in creating an upcycled, natural vibe, use recycled wood from old houses or buildings. Incorporate wood and foliage throughout the hotel to make sure the vibe is calm and serene. Panelling the walls with wooden palettes seems to be a trendy move and also makes the space feel even more natural and organic. Oh, and of course you have to have wooden floors!

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Brick by Brick

This architecture influence can be absolutely stunning. There is so much potential when it comes to using brick. The wall behind the bed can be made out of brick, you can use faux bring wall coverings, or use real stones and brick to create an underground feel. Some bars are using stone and brick on walls, building only half way up and finishing out the rest with drywall. It gives the space an old-timey vibe while creating an almost “speakeasy” atmosphere. Although stone is used to bring age upon a space, it can also bring a sense of longing and adventure to guests.

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Wicker and Wood

Now this combo is perfect for hotels that have many outdoor areas. Outdoor architecture is important, especially if there is water close by. Build a large patio area for guests to lounge around and enjoy the ocean breeze. Cabanas should be built as well if sunshine gets a bit intense, this will allow more freedom for guest to lounge and enjoy the sun without the overheating or sunburn. Wicker is a perfect material for outdoors because it lasts a while and the color doesn’t fade! Keep some of the seating cushioned, but be sure to mix it up.

Luxury Lifestyle

So many different things in the fashion and lifestyle industries tend to help drive certain trends in the design industry. It has always been this way and will continue to do so. When industries begin to influence each other, the world starts working better together. Let’s see what recent influences are driving hotel interior design ideas.

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Art

Art can make or break any room or space. Many luxury hotels pride themselves on buying and acquiring all types of expensive pieces and displaying them throughout the hotel. Art is a great way to express a brand and will effectively give a hotel a reputation at the least. Making sure that the art is genuine and worthwhile is crucial is creating a luxury brand reputation. Obviously if you want to just fill some space, it is not suggested to start buying random expensive pieces of art. Keeping to a theme will help develop the brand more efficiently.

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Fashion

Fashion has been an influence on luxury lifestyle and design since, well forever! From mix matched patterns, to solid color themes, to retro mad men 60’s styles, the fashion world and the interior design world have been best friends. Whether it was the fashion industry that sparked an idea in the interior design world or vice versa, they play well together and always have. For example, a zebra print rug in a hotel suite. Now, are we completely sure which industry struck gold with this idea first? No. However, it’s not a big deal to find out who had the idea first, all we need to know is that it works and it will be used forever in both industries.

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Seasons

Season will always and forever effect how luxury hotels are created. Hotels that are built in tropical regions such as Turks and Caicos will undoubtedly have an outdoor pool, lounge areas outside and possibly an outdoor shower if your villa is secluded enough! There would be no need for design features such as a fireplace or animal fur throw for the cold weather. If a place in this region did not have the outdoor amenities, it would most likely fall through and be out of business. People travel to areas of the world at specific times of the year to experience certain aspects of the season, hence the word vacation!

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Unique Experience

With many more hotels turning their focus to quality experiences, quirky design and local cultural touches, a guest’s experience has become almost impossible to turn out average. Some are calling this focus on the unique experience, “Accessible Luxury”. The casualization of the luxury sector and the growth in market demand from an experience-hungry and aspirational has begun to help turn the tide in regards to typical brand standards. The culture around hotels is beginning to turn away from standardized looks and boring uniforms. People want to see a similar theme throughout hotels, yet get a unique experience whenever they stay in different locations of the same hotel branch. It’s a little harder to please this type of guest, but it is also so much fun to fit into that niche market!

Top Influential Hotel Brands

There are many hotel brands, but none can measure up to these top luxury brands which have been around for longer than we have!

  The Peninsula, UK, Photo Credit: Your Travel Group

The Peninsula, UK, Photo Credit: Your Travel Group

The Peninsula Hotels

As one of the world’s oldest luxury brands, Peninsula has been on the rise since opening in 1866. Although there are just ten locations, each location is in a major world city which allows them to appeal and attract clientele that is a bit out of their league. In every location you could make the argument that that location is the best above the rest, but the original home will always remain in Hong Kong. This location has a fleet of Rolls Royce vehicles, which due to this reputation, the hotel was awarded its very own color, Peninsula Green. Just a few hallmarks of Peninsula hotels include exquisite fine dining options, grand lobbies and unbeatable service. In fact, the Beverly Hill location was the first of its kind, offering 24 hour stays making check-in and check-out times irrelevant.

  The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton

The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton

Possibly the best known brand in the luxury hotel industry, Ritz-Carlton has been making waves for a century. Starting with Cesar Ritz, the "king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings," the Ritz and Carlton hotels were opened in Paris and London. Today, the company continues “putting on the Ritz” with over 85 hotels and resorts in almost 30 nations. Perhaps what the Ritz-Carlton is especially known for is the excellent club lounges, at least in the United States. This practice is a lot less common in Asia. In places such as Cleveland, Charlotte, New Orleans and St. Louis, they seem to monopolize the region due to the lack of any other luxury hotel options in the area. With that being said, their presence in Europe is much smaller while completely avoiding major cities such as London, Paris, and Rome (except for partner hotels).

  The Bar Area, Photo Credit: The Fairmont - Rey Juan Carlos

The Bar Area, Photo Credit: The Fairmont - Rey Juan Carlos

Fairmont

Fairmont is a huge international brand with hotels in 20 countries and its claim to fame is having grand historic properties. Some of these location include a world wide iconic mountain resort, Banff Springs, Chateau Montebello in Quebec, and Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. Prior to  merging under the Fairmont name, the Fairmont side of the family had its own similar icons, including the century old Fairmont San Francisco. Since the merger they have added many new locations sitting at the top of their collection in regards to luxury. These include St. Andrews Bay golf resort in Scotland, which is a huge destination for men, and Chateau Whistler ski resort. Both incredibly located and beautiful.

  Park Hyatt Seoul, Photo Credit: Taste of Coex

Park Hyatt Seoul, Photo Credit: Taste of Coex

Park Hyatt

Out of the many tiers of the Hyatt Hotel Company, Park properties is at the top. Park Hyatt appeals to the high end of both business and leisure travelers. Beside the identity the brand keeps with displaying valuable art all around the hotels, it seems that Park favors keeping the guests on their toes. With a variety of city hotels, resorts and styles, pinpointing the so called style of the brand is not so easy. Some of the properties are in restored grand historic buildings in incredible destinations like Buenos Aires, Vienna and Paris, while other locations in Asia are in exceptional high rise towers. A good business practice that Park Hyatt has adopted is adding locations where other luxury brands have overlooked, including Mendoza, China’s Changbaishan ski resort, and Zanzibar! Due to the amount of tourism every year, having locations in up and coming places is an extremely smart business plan.

Inspirations + Ideas

Over the past 20 years, hotels have been branching out to continue to up their game. The trend has gone from being uniform and consistent in style, to unique and different for each location. Many upscale and luxury hotels are able to do this and charge a pretty penny to help bring guests the best and most special experience possible.  There are many different trends happening at the moment and here are a few of our favorites.

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Above and Beyond

Who doesn’t want that rooftop view? Most guests and even guests that aren’t staying the hotel will come to the rooftop lounge area just for the experience. Adding in a bar is going to help with business as well as small eats. When it comes to furniture, make sure it is comfortable. This means couches and small tables to keep drinks and plates on. No one wants to be on top of a building sitting on an uncomfortable seat. Also, build the walls high and make them glass! This provides a sense of safety as well as adventure. Guests will love the fact that they can still sit and see a sunset or the view of a urban city.

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Dark and Cool

Yes, we all know about the light and dreamy spaces, but there is another way! To create a space that seems mysterious, yet soothing, paint the walls a dark color like charcoal and contrast the walls with white furniture. Although you want to make the room seem cool, this does not mean you should not have plenty of light. Get creative to create the necessary lighting because no one likes doing their hair or putting on makeup in the dark. That usually doesn’t turn out well. This theme works best in the bathroom because of the calming and safe vibe it gives guests.

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Modern and Classy Spa

Spas are a whole other story. There are many ways to create a welcoming and soothing spa environment. Although an outdoor spa is beautiful, weather is something you absolutely cannot control, so try to keep everything indoor. In addition, go ahead and put a relaxing salt pool in the middle of it. It will bring a sense of community, yet give guests the option of having a solo experience if they wish. Add in plenty of widows so that nature can make an appearance and provide that serene and relaxed space that spa goers crave. Wood and greenery are always great ways to create this environment, so get creative and maybe layer the ceiling with wooden panels!

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Seating with a View

Rooftops are not the only places that have a view. If the hotel is near the water, play to your advantage. Again, use those glass walls so guests get the most out of their seats. Place plenty of dining tables and chairs in a designated outdoor area. This will attract guests that are staying at the hotel and ones that are from around the community. The more the merrier, right?

Travel + Trends

Travel around the world is at an all time high. This is partially due to the fact that many jobs can be done remotely, freeing people from having to stay locked down to one part of the world. This year, many new trends are emerging for those with the travel bug and the means to do so.

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Middle East

The growth in Middle East traveling has recently surpassed the big time destinations such as Europe and South America and it is not slowing down anytime soon. According to a recent poll from the World Tourism Organization, the Middle East is the fastest growing travel region and the Palestines are leading that growth with 57.8% growth of international visitors. There was a time when travel to the Middle East was looked down upon from the United States, but times have changed and culture & history are waiting to be discovered.

 

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Solo Travel

There has been a boom in solo travelers. No longer are the days when you need a partner or group of friends to travel with. Many people are taking it upon themselves to travel and explore on their own, leaving them more opportunity to meet new people and dive into the culture. There are even more incentives now to travel by yourself with some hotels giving discounts to these travelers. Travel companies are creating travel products to not only cater to the solo traveler, but to celebrate them. There has not been a better time to travel by yourself than now!

 

Winter is the New Summer

Winter time is now a sought after travel period. With winter festivals taking place worldwide as well as the seasonal difference on the other side of the equator, more families and other travelers are choosing to explore areas of the world during the winter. The Christmas markets in Germany alone will take your breath away, not to mention skiing in the Swiss Alps or experiencing winter time in Paris. The snow atop European castles will make you want to save your traveling for the winter time.

 

Experience

The time has passed where an extreme adrenaline rush is required in order for a vacation to be considered adventurous. Travelers are now eager to based their experience of adventure in regards to immersing themselves into new and different cultures. This could be anything from taking cooking classes, to going on wine tastings, and more. There’s so much more to learn about a country and its people, so hanging out with the locals, trying new foods, and being a part of traditions is the best way to create that memorable experience when traveling.

 

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Off the Beaten Path

Places like Paris, Rome, London, etc. are becoming extremely over populated with tourism. Meanwhile places like Tiger’s Nest Temple in Bhutan has yet to truly be marveled at. Most people will never be able to discover the road less traveled because they are so busy trying to play catch up with what the rest of the travel world is doing. Fortunately, avid travelers are realizing this and taking it to a new level by going off the beaten path. This does not mean walk into the wilderness by yourself because it’s adventurous. We’re talking about going to places that are not very common and have not been over explored. It’s definitely a new trend, so we expect many more “not-so-popular” places will be making appearances on Social Media soon.

Empowering Design

When thinking about empowerment, we can’t help but imagining strong support, thought processes, uniqueness, and more. There are many ways to help empower design and create the standard of making design the success that it is today.

 

Support

Design is more than just materials and ideas. It takes a team to put forth the effort to make sure interior design takes off. Many people think that because a name is associated with a place that it was that one designer who did it all. That is usually never the case. A designer needs support from outside sources as well as team members to help put all of the pieces together. This can range from finding a piece of furniture to making to that the furniture matches the color scheme of the design. There are many ways to create and ensure empowering design and the support of others is a key to it all.

 

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Research

Empowering design can, most of the time, come from an original design; however, sometimes it comes from doing research. Research is a great way to not only find more ideas, but to make sure that an idea is as original as you think it is. Imagine coming up with an entire piece of furniture, material, color, etc. and come to find that it was already created years ago. Not only is that a waste of money, but it is a huge waste of time as well and time is one thing you can never make more of. Do you due diligence and confirm originality before proceeding. Once you do so, the research empowers that specific design making it more desirable than ever.

 

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Create a Culture

Interior design is not just decorating, although that is a fun part of it. There is a certain culture that lingers around the design world and without it, design would not be the industry it is today. A culture in an industry and/or workplace can easily make or break design. It is increasingly more empowering when everyone on a team is on board with ideas, as well as how to work with each other. Most people cannot work well with others if the environment is hostile and belittling. This mean that the culture around your designers and even clientele has to be consistent. Define the culture and start empowering the designer around and within you!

 

Encourage Vision

The vision is quite possibly the most empowering part of empowering design. If you cannot see where you want to go with a space, building, piece of furniture, etc., then the vision is either lost or was never there. The vision is what guides one to define where the design needs to go. How you get there is another story, but without a destination in mind, designers can get stuck wondering and wandering, looking for an answer to what they should be working towards. Get the vision written in stone and utilize trusted team members to help lay it out.

Architecture + Design

With the urgency for authenticity and unique ideas on the rise, designers have been working tirelessly on how to achieve those things. Brand new ideas seem to be more rare, but technology is constantly changing, opening doors to new ways of design and more ideas of how to build. There is a competition called the Radical Innovation competition that asks designers, architects, students and hoteliers, to bring to the table innovative hospitality concepts. Although there can only be one winner, all of the ideas seem to bring a different and well thought out idea to the design world.

 

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Water

Ever heard of hydroponics? If not, you should probably make yourself aware pretty soon. Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Think about if you were able to provide all of the food including fruits, vegetables, and even fish as well as recycle rainwater to supply a hotel. Hydroponics gives life to this idea providing ways to grow and supplement the food and water for hotels. Although this method has not been researched to its entirety, the idea is incredible and has the potential to help society limit the use of gas in the future.

 

 Rendering by Aprilli Design Studio that includes pods that transfer visitors to and from long-distance destinations.

Rendering by Aprilli Design Studio that includes pods that transfer visitors to and from long-distance destinations.

Travel

Imagine a pod that transferred you from the airport to the hotel without ever having to leave the pod. In this rendering, Aprilli Design Studio proposed the idea of using a different form of transportation. Once you arrive at the airport, the pod would pick you up, take you to the hotel and connect to the room, leaving you to do as you please along the journey and not have to worry. This includes taking a nap, reading, making a meal, etc. Whatever you may need to be doing that a typical ride in a vehicle would inhibit. The fact that the pod would connect to the hotel eliminates any other middlemen, becoming more efficient and reliable in regards to arrival time. Just a side note, these pods can also double as a personal vehicle throughout the trip.

Health

Mental and physical health seems to be on the up and up in society today, especially in the United States. A design firm in Italy submitted a design for a hotel meant to be a safe haven for single parents and children going through family changes and issues. Partnering with psychologists, the firm was able to create multiple therapeutic areas around the hotel that could be used by individuals or groups for different issues. The haven was to be covered in plants while being built into the landscape. Cross-ventilation incorporated into the design also got rid of the need for thermal insulation. It is a known fact that foliage, when placed correctly, can provided and cozy and comfort level that decreases stress and increases happiness. No wonder they would place this hotel in northern Italy among a beautiful landscape.

 

Luxury Lifestyle

What is considered a Luxury Lifestyle? Nowadays hotels might have a different idea of what people might consider luxurious. Recently, the idea of being unique and authentic has begun to take over the hotel interior design world and guests are all about it. Luckily, interior design is always changing, adjusting, and conforming to new and upcoming trends.

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All About Experience

Experiences create memories, so why not make the experience unforgettable? With the materialistic trend moving more towards creating experiences, people have started putting more value in the time they had opposed to the items they bought. So how does that affect designers? To make a long story short, hotel owners are craving to not only see samples of wallpaper and fabric swatches, they want to see the future hotel and rooms themselves. This reason alone is why 3D visualization has become a large element of design presentation nowadays. It is truly incredible how realistic it can look, providing the initial good or bad experience for the client.

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Uniqueness

There has been a massive shift from using big name brands for interior decor to now using and supporting more local artists. The idea behind this is not only to provide a unique look, but to also show the support and love to artists in the area. Boutique hotels are doing a great job with this and it is much more apparent in the interior design. Shopping at luxury furniture shops will provide you with impeccable options, but you can also find those pieces whether you are shopping in New York, Los Angeles, or Paris. How long can something be considered “luxurious” if it does not have a sense of uniqueness or rarity behind it? This explains why vintage pieces are making a huge comeback as well!

 Recycled wooden bed frame

Recycled wooden bed frame

Sustainability

Awareness for preserving the environment is more prominent than it has ever been before. Luxury means more than just providing high-end furniture and design. Guests what to know and understand that hotels are taking measures to not only accommodate them, but also ensuring that it is being run in a somewhat environmentally friendly way. Soon, people will be boycotting hotels that are not taking responsibility for their part in the Earth’s pollution. Not only in regards to the functioning of the hotel, but the furniture will be evaluated as well. Using upcycled furniture or pieces recycled from old buildings and houses can be a great way to start making the change!

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Character/Story

Maintaining the storyline and character of a space is easier said than done. Sometimes designers can get caught up in what the newest trend is and can end up replacing parts of the design that told a story about the space. For example, if hotels in New Orleans started utilizing the news modern or contemporary design trends, the French characteristics would be lost as well as the history. It is important to understand where the space originated and why, otherwise the design could lose it’s authenticity.

 

The Adult Friendly Hotel Game Room

Let’s be honest, we are all kids at heart. Game rooms for adults are starting to pop up all over the United States. Why should the children get to have all of the fun? These rooms are perfect for parents, young professionals and the older crowds as well. Because they are catered towards adults, there are many games and activities for all ages. Not to mention the bonus of having the option to order drinks and food as well! Here are a few games and amenities offered in some of the coolest game rooms we know of.

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Board Games

Keeping it classic, board games are always a favorite. If anything, it makes adults feel nostalgic about their childhood. From Scrabble to Operation to the more adult rated games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, there is no shortage of games to choose from. One “board” game that has been on many hotels and bars radars is Giant Jenga. They are usually hand built and can be 4 to 5 feet high! You definitely don’t want to be in the way when that thing falls over!

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Shuffleboard

A newer addition to game rooms, practically taking over for foosball, table shuffleboard is taking game rooms by storm. You’ll need to bring in sand for the board, but other than that it is not very messy or hard to maintain. It’s better than the big version of shuffleboard that is usually played on the ground with pushing sticks because it takes up less room and is easier to relocate if necessary! Quite the exciting addition we think.

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Video Games

Some people say dogs are a man’s best friends...but we think it’s video games! Hotel adult game rooms are now including video games, but that doesn’t mean nintendo only. We’re talking Wii and other interactive game consoles that allow for different group members to compete against each other. It’s just as inclusive as board games and you never know, maybe there is a board game you can play virtually in the game room as well!

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Billiards and Darts

These two options complete the game room. What game room doesn’t have at least darts or billiards. It’s a fun way to have more than two people participating and depending on the group, you can always make it interesting with a little playful gambling! There’s nothing better than a pool table and some friendly competition.

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Food & Drinks

Ah, yes. The best part of the game room! Not only do you have games for fun, food and drinks are available too! Alcoholic beverages along with some bar food makes it feel as if you’re out at the bar with some friends. This factor keeps guests occupied and makes them feel more comfortable with staying in. Getting guests to stay and dine on the property has been a challenge for hotels, especially for lunch and dinner. This option gives people an even bigger incentive to do so along with occupying their time with the available games!

Historic Hotel Renovation: How To Maintain The History

When it comes to renovations, there are many obstacles that come up, especially for a hotel. Now, think about a hotel that is over 100 years old! Yes, a century. Renovating something that aged can be quite a task, not to mention maintaining the history. Making changes throughout a Historic Hotel without ruining the feel and character is not easy by any means, but there are many things that can be done to do so.

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Be Customer Driven

First and foremost, the hotel has to be customer driven. Without consideration of how guests will receive the renovations, many things can go wrong. Make sure to do a survey, questionnaire, etc. to get an idea of the things guests truly enjoy about the hotel. This could be certain theme, the vibe, specific rooms in the hotel, or even the elevators. The list goes on. A renovation requires sensitivity to reoccurring and/or sentimental guests or those who worry about how a renovation can change the hotel.

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Honor the History

The history is obviously a crucial part to think about and maintain throughout the renovation. Think about it. Imagine going to stay an an old and charming hotel in New Orleans or Paris and enjoying the french style and history all around the hotel. Now imagine coming back to that hotel after it has been renovated and seeing that it has been completely remodeled with a new modern theme. The entire reason you went back is because of the way the history and design of the hotel spoke to you and made you feel. Now it is just like every other new hotel on the market. Honor the history while updating the broken and weathered parts of the hotel.

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Do Not Underestimate the Renovations

This is a tip that most architects and others can attest to. Most hotels will set a budget, but as soon as renovations start they realized that much more needs to be done. Increase the budget. If the budget stays the same and you settle on updating or fixing certain things that are necessary, it might corrupt the integrity of the hotel. Plus, you’ll need more regular maintenance all over the hotel to make sure those projects that weren’t started do not disrupt the ones that were. Make sure to account for all things that could possibly go wrong because with older buildings, those things will most likely happen! Better safe than sorry!

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Rely on Experts

When museums receive paintings, they rely on experts to restore the paintings carefully and precisely. Understand that it will not be your typical construction company that will know what to do. Find a company that specializes in older artifacts and architecture. This will be crucial when it comes to assuring the character, integrity, and life of the building. One wrong move and many things can go wrong in a Historical Hotel. Find someone or some company that has plenty of experience with historical buildings and stick with them. You’ll need regular monthly maintenance for the hotel once renovations are done. This will help elongated the process of needed new renovations!

The In-Room Kitchen

Hotels are including more and more amenities for guest rooms. Beside the common mini fridge and microwave, some hotels are now building kitchens into their suites. Of course it is not always a full kitchen, but most are big and equipped enough to make a meal for a family. Groups that are traveling might want to throw together some snacks or breakfast, or even make every meal together in the kitchen while hanging out in the room. Whatever the choice, having a kitchen makes dining that much easier for guests.

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Cottage

When going on vacations with family, it is nice to have a room/suite that also includes a cooking place. This is the best because there is also a refrigerator to keep different veggies, proteins, and more. The cottage style is great. Cottage styles are extremely common when for beach areas, lakeside hotels and even places where there is a lot of snow. The kitchen in these hotel rooms are always located right next to the living room, usually open with no dividing walls. This is so much better when trying to cook and spend time with family.

 

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Modern

A modern take on a hotel suite with a kitchen seems to be pretty common in the high-end hotels. Keep in mind that not all rooms have a kitchen, so when they do, it is equipped to the nines. High-end hotels charge a good deal more to have access to this amenity, so many families are expecting a fully functional kitchen. If not, then they would have to call for room service from the hotel kitchen and then what’s the point of having a kitchen? Modern kitchens have the sleek and rounded look. From the light covers to the island table, everything is clean and crisp.

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Simple

Now the simple style in-room kitchen speaks for itself. It’s nothing fancy yet has all of the essentials. This usually means that the layout is convenient and the design is minimal. Without putting too much effort towards making the kitchen aesthetically pleasing, the hotel focuses more on the functionality of the kitchen. Guests that maybe just want the convenience to make their own breakfast and maybe sandwiches for lunch. Most of the time these simplistic kitchens are perfect for a couple or group of friends that aren’t too involved in the cooking, but might want to save some money by cooking “at home”.

 

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Rustic/Industrial

A popular design for in-room kitchens seem to be Rustic/Industrial. Mixing wooden palettes with metals like iron, copper, or gold colored furniture. This design and style gives a cool and homey feel for guests. The trend itself is elegant and timeless. It can go with almost any style and makes a guest feel more comfortable in that space opposed to feeling too stuffy and formal.

 

Fortunately in-room kitchens are not very common. We say fortunately because it is one of the amenities that is a high commodity when searching for a hotel. Hotels that have in-room kitchens in some of their rooms are covering a niche that not all hotels can. Well done.