A hotel is your home away from home. Visitors arriving to your city by plane, train, or automobile find the comfort they need through the experience you provide. Whether vacationing, visiting for a business conference, or a last-minute reservation, guest seek only two things, conveniency and relaxation. Hospitality design is broken down into a few common areas which I like to refer to as the key elements of hospitality design.
Your hotel guests usually select their hotel by checking pictures of both the room itself and the bathroom. Though they are looking for a comfortable bed to sleep in, the second most important factor to help make their selection is the look and functionality of the bathroom. Is there good lighting so they can see at night? Is there enough counter space for all their belongings? These are vital things to keep in mind when starting your next hotel bathroom renovation. Bathrooms that shine create the right impressions, and here are a few tips help you achieve that one of a kind bathroom shine.
When it comes to selecting a hotel, guests are not only looking for comfort, they are looking for a one of a kind experience. As designers and hotel owners, what can we do to make our hotel stand out from the rest. With the rise of millennials and their needs, I truly believe we will also see a rise in locally sourced goods. Part of the experience your guests are looking for is to feel the energy of the city they are visiting. What better way to show them around than with decor from your local artists, or having your own garden for guests to interact and help care for the food they will be eating. There are many benefits of locally sourced goods, and here are a few we find to be most important.
The voice of a generation is always one that’s not difficult to hear, but sometimes difficult to understand. And sure, Millennials might get a bad reputation as a generation, but we can’t deny that they’ve got an impressive style and way of life. They bring to the table an appreciation of the old, mixed in with hope for a future of practicality and capacity. This trendy generation is breaking paradigms in all forms of interior design in general, and it’s refreshing. So here are some key characteristics and features of design concepts for the wayfarer generation.
There is nothing more bittersweet than saying goodbye to the cold winter days and welcoming the sweet spring bliss. Some have a summer closet to unpack and some are redecorating to bring out the vivid colors of summer lust. Out with the winter blues and in with the spring hues. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite trends for spring that are great to keep in mind when doing a Spring or Summer renovation.
What if your bar extended beyond the normal convenient beer in the lobby hangout? Drawing crowds of socialites, industry professionals, and anyone looking for a good time. Hotel Bars have become the new millennial social go to for a night on the town, a good drink, and good conversation. The design of your bar can only enhance the hotel’s aesthetic. The key to designing a perfect hotel bar is focusing on the energy it creates within its space, through service, functionality, and brand originality. The ambience of hotel decor with luxury seating has taking the social gathering to new heights. Hotel bars have the potential to create new a clientele independent from the hotel itself. Clients and guest enjoy the conveniency of bars for many reasons. Hotel hospitality should be able to cover every single one of them. The growing trend of savory finger food and great drinks has turned bars into a one stop shop for guest and socialites.
Many ask if residential trends ever work their way into hospitality. The answer is, yes. All design stems from the same set of trends and inspiration. The main difference between residential design and commercial is the amount of space you’re working with. I often find myself incorporating a mixture of residential trends with large scale hospitality trends, which helps create the sense of home when you walk into one of our hotels we’ve designed. Today I’ve put together some of my favorite home decor trends that are always a good idea to incorporate in your hotel design.
One of my favorite moments about working in hospitality design is when a client walks into a room, and the art selection blows them away. At first, I struggled to figure out how to do this every time. With so many rooms in a hotel, how do you make every single one breathtaking? Over time, I have developed my principles of choosing hotel art.
There's no denying millennials are making a huge impact on every industry right now, especially hospitality. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time lately thinking about how hotels are starting to cater more towards millennial travelers and what attracts their eye. In researching this topic, I put together a list of a few hotels that do this right. From Amsterdam to San Francisco, here are some great hotel designs that are targeted towards millennials.
If Valentine's Day is on your mind, you may be in search of ideas on how to make this year just as special as the last for your loved one. Well, if you're like us, we prefer the gift of travel over the usual flowers and chocolates. From the sunshine state to beautiful Vermont we've got you covered on the best romantic Valentine's Day getaways.
When I wrote last week's blog about Millennials, I found myself looking back over the bullet points and making one conclusion--nearly ALL of massive changes in the hospitality industry are driven by one dominant force: Technology. In fact, this weekend, I was doing some research online and came across a Tripadvisor review. It read, “Austin is one of the few cities with Google Fiber and I would have expected more from this hotel.” This review speaks volumes about the expectations of technology in our field--we are supposed to be ambassadors rising technological trends.
We called the Baby Boomers just that because of an influx of births after World War II and they were expected to be the biggest generation. But we have entered a time where the millennials have outgrown their parents. They've grown up with iPads in their hands, and have vastly different culture and set of values from any previous generation. Now, Millennials are the dominant consumers, especially in the hotel industry. As they sweep into our hotel lobbies, they place those values and expectations into our hands. I read an article the other day about a hotel that installed Amazon's Alexa in their rooms. Guests can use their voice alone to order an Amazon package from their hotel room and receive delivery in less than 2 hours. Yes, the Millennials are quickly changing the hotel industry. Personally, I find it exciting!
When it comes to hotel design, a washroom can sometimes become an overlooked aspect of the spaces proposal. However, I find it is important for this amenity to reflect the unique style of the hotel including the potential for the design details that can give guests a lasting impression. At first, walking into the washroom should be a comfortable experience, but then should overwhelm the senses with luxury and quiet elegance. Some of my favorite hotels have washrooms that are a get-away by themselves.
When it comes to the hospitality industry, trends can be both short-lived and everlasting. With every new year, we see new trends emerge on the scene. As 2017 begins, we know it promises to be a year of great change in the hospitality industry. So, what will this year’s trends in hotel guest experience bring? We’ve put together a list of a few of our predictions for the upcoming year of hospitality design.
When it comes to hospitality design, there is so much beyond what meets the eye. Your client is expecting you to develop a concept that will please people of all ages, people from across the world, and create an environment that's enjoyable for employees to work in. The real question is, where does one even begin? Many projects later, and much trial and error, we have a few suggestions to get your wheels turning before you start your next project.