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.
Picture this: hostel meets The Fifth Element; small space living meets modern luxury design, that’s City Hub. Each room, affectionately called "pods", is just enough square-footage for a double bed. Despite their small space, they host everything a millennial needs and more: WiFi, audio streaming, and mood lighting that can be controlled via an app. Guests receive a wristband upon check-in that allows them to unlock their pod door. However, City Hub prides its self in more than just space efficiency. The community culture is also important. Guests have shared all over living space a communal bathroom and living room/office space. The low prices and networking opportunities make this hotel VERY attractive.
Hotel Zephyr, San Francisco
Located along the Fisherman's Wharf in the birthplace of modern technology and innovation Hotel Zephyr is home of The Zephyr Lab where developers come to test travel apps with guests on-site. In line with the Silicon Valley’s collaboration theory, the hotel’s creative outdoor space is also home of “The Camper,” an RV food truck serving up sustainable, locally-sourced foods, craft beers, and California wine. The creative space also houses a full-sized shuffleboard court, life-sized games of Connect Four and Jenga, and multiple fire pits for fire-side chats. Inside, the fun continues. There is a game room with a pool table, ping pong, and Smart tvs. Even the staff lives up to the lively atmosphere by ditching traditional hotel dress codes.
The Yotel, New York
Inspired by aircraft design, The Yotel features ‘cabins’ that are creatively designed and comfortable. But this is not what flies Millennials to this great hotel. One foot in the lobby and guests are sure to spot the difference. In line with the airline theme, checking in is easy at the self-service kiosks, followed by YOBOT, the robot, who will store your luggage in locked bins. Once guests are settled in, they can enjoy the on-site coworking space.
What amazes me is how hotels are the vision of our future homes. If you want to see how we will live in 5-10 years, step foot into leading hotels, and you have direct contact with the designs, ideals, and technologies of our future homes. We are already seeing a shift in the mindset of quality life, now speed and simplicity will overwhelmingly take precedence over space and beauty.