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 core essentials of hospitality design.

The main lobby and common area design are very important for your guest. Access should be your main focus for this area. It should feel welcoming and leave a lasting impression on your first time visitors. Keep in mind your floor plan so you can plan accordingly to accommodate the many needs of your guests.

Check in centers shouldn’t be more than 15ft from the entrance. Proper seating for guest awaiting check ins, Uber/Lyft arrivals, or shuttles to the airport are very important to consider. WIFI in your lobby is only added convenience. Common areas, should provide easy access to bathrooms, spacious seating, and outlets for guest looking to send a few emails. Keep your lobby and common areas accessible, provide services available to make the guest experience just as pleasing as their room

Guest rooms provide a moment to just relax, take in the view from the window, and embrace the many convenient amenities serving you during your stay. This area should focus on creating the ambience that is conducive to rest and comfort. Now most hotels are aesthetically different but depending on the style you choose from minimal and modern, to elegant and plush, every person should feel like they are at home. Your décor should define the feeling of what it is like to stay in your hotel. Your room should offer color tones pleasing to the eye, a welcoming layout, and thoughtful design elements that will make your guest immediately feel at ease.

Business centers and conference rooms are important for your traveling workers and politicians. Convenient access to computers, printers, and the internet are key services to the needs of these guest. Privacy is valued with closed office style spaces for sales calls or deal closing. Conferences rooms are the icing on the cake for business meetings, presentations, and seminars. Proper amount of seating and clear access to restrooms are a major factor for your guests and non-guest privileges. Access for guest to work and build their business during their stay plays a huge roll in traveling experience.

Restaurant and bars within your hotel keep the guest experience fulfilled by the top of the line meals and top shelf alcohol and spirits. Guests having their needs covered from breakfast, lunch, and dinner is important to them.

Entertainment areas are popular destinations for weddings, parties, conventions, and other events. Take advantage of this market by focusing your hotel design energy on the look and function of your entertainment spaces. Creating a social area keeps the life and energy flowing through the entertainment area. Your design should consider the color scheme, the flow of the rooms, and the features that can help to enhance the entertainment experiences for different clients so that each can enjoy your hotel within their own needs.