First impressions are everything. When I meet a person for the first time, the first thing I notice is their smile and character. When I enter a hotel for the first time, the lobby should leave the same lasting first impression.
Hotel bars are a vital part of the experience at a luxury hotel destination. It is a common area where guests can meet to enjoy a few cocktails, relax and enjoy the company of others after a tiring day. I find that it is important to provide your guests with a bar experience unlike any other, and those design factors should be fluid and constantly changing. From aesthetic to functionality, the hotel bar design must leave the guest in awe, longing for their next visit.
The Texas summer season is winding down, and customers are looking for exciting last-minute destinations before the kids return to school. Many guests turn to Google and booking websites for hotel suggestions. The word “hotel" has become an incredibly broad concept encompassing a wide spectrum of hospitality establishments. In the industry, we use better classifiers, but do not assume guests know the difference. When searching for accommodations, our clients often come across terminology that alludes them.
Contemporary travelers expect a luxury hotel destination to provide an experience they cannot find anywhere else. In the past, luxury hotels more easily provided accommodations superior to those a guest would experience in their homes. With today’s modern technological advancements, the average household has—in many senses—caught up to the hospitality industry. We struggle to keep up with the constantly fluctuating tastes and desires of the 2017 millennial consumer.
As with any restaurant, the essential ingredients to offer a great experience are comfort, service, and food. Whether you are remodeling or building your hotel restaurant from scratch, you have to design the hotel restaurant with these in mind. Since dining experience is the focus, I want to talk about five of the most important parts that make up comfort and service.
It is official. Summer is here. With the sunny weather comes tan skin, and breezy, warm days. With 4th of July approaching, everyone is thinking about sipping a cool drink in the sunset or enjoying a fruit salad outside for an afternoon snack. During the winter, going outside is the last thing out our minds. Now, we just cannot get enough.
The Hotel industry continues to grow worldwide. As it does, hotels keep renovating their spaces and opening new chains in new destinations. However, in order to stay competitive, owners and designers must take into consideration your customer’s preferences. Everybody notices a good service, but guests are also fascinated by hotels with beautiful and welcoming interior designs. That’s why it is important to take care of every single detail, and of course finding the perfect floorings is crucial.
Our home bathroom rituals are different than in hotels. At home, we are content with a shower, toilet, and small sink. While it might be nice to have lovely decorations, home bathrooms are relatively plain. Then why is it we expect hotel bathrooms to be elegant and elaborate? It is because they have a different function. At home, the bathroom is a necessary station through the path of everyday life. When traveling, we are not on that daily routine, and we seek comfort, pampering, and excitement. The hotel bathroom is in many ways a place of entertainment which alters and enlarges its function.
This Chilean getaway is surrounded by the breathtaking views of a gorgeous national park, Torres del Paine. Guests not only have an incredible view but access to their own ATV for exploring. Architect, Felipe Assadi focused on a design that blends in harmony with the natural surrounding. A network of nature trails links each cabin to common social areas.
It’s always fun to talk about current trends and see which other designers and experts are enjoying the same things. Again, we’re in an industry that has hundreds of new designs presented day after day, so it’s important to stay informed and current. The business of hospitality design, especially, is constantly evolving to keep up with the outside world. Some may think when working on large commercial design projects you must stay more contemporary, but I am a firm believer in bringing fun and exciting new ideas to every design project I work on. This week I’m exploring the many different wall textures I love to work with and I’ve broken down a few to share with you today.
Hotel experiences are different in every city you go to. From local to luxury, comfortable living in your hotel is a must. The guestroom is an oasis where hoteliers strive to create a home away from home. As a hospitality designer, we aim to please guests with top-notch bedding, high-thread count linens, and nature-inspired drapery. With a range of innovative guestroom bedding designs, it’s easy to get carried away with trends, but one thing is certain, when it comes to bedding and linens, classic and sophisticated is the recipe for success. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when selecting bedding for your hotel.
As the term “luxury travel” continues to be defined, we watch as the hospitality industry brings the guest experience to new heights. Welcome “new luxury”. The term new luxury navigates the vocabularies of those who believe that experience is taking becoming more valued than consumption. This new way to travel focuses on experience, they are the places we never forget. Places that spark curiosity, deep cultural exchange, and hold authenticity in high regards.
When it comes to furniture, leather is associated with top-of-the-line, premier products. Leather represents luxury and good taste. Since the earliest days of man, leather has been a deeply valued commodity that continues to remain extremely desirable. Every design deserves a good leather accent, I mean who doesn't love leather. So we've rounded up some of our favorite luxe leather moments from our many hospitality projects to share with you.
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.