When thinking of “the best” of hotel interior design, there are many factors to consider. We take great efforts to pull standards from the people that matter most: your customers, your employees, and your contractors. Creating the best design for your hotel means considering each of their needs individually, so all of your stakeholders walk away with a positive experience.
Your guests should always on the forefront of your mind. After all, the hotel industry is about offering hospitality to any guest who walks through your doors. Hospitality boils down to reception, hosting, and entertainment.
The best design starts with a well-thought-out reception. I am not talking about a desk. I am referring to a sense of being welcomed. Firstly, if the reception desk is placed far from the front doors, then you need to design a space close to the doors where staff can greet guests and answer any questions. A patterned rug leading the guest from the door to the front desk will add to the lobby’s visual appeal.
Reception is all about creating this welcoming ambiance. A lobby should never be dimly lit with dull-colored carpet. Instead, you should aim to create a first impression that is both lively and friendly. Natural light and soothing lines are simple but elegant details. Mixed metals and trendy rose gold and silver color schemes reflect natural and artificial light, creating a very bright and warm essence upon entering the lobby.
Hosting means making guests feel at home. The best hotel design creates rooms with all of the functionality of home (comfortable beds and sofas, a desk to work, high-speed internet, etc.) and all of the luxury of being away (an over-sized tub, lush rugs that feel soft under your feet, breathtaking views).
Hotels should also include a lobby with functionality and style in mind. The multipurpose lobby has become the living room of the hotel. Guests are spending more time than ever in the lobby, engaging in more social interactions with other guests. Large lobbies allow for several smaller areas designated for conversation, business, relaxation, etc.
When you are away from home, away from friends, family, and your daily life, it's important to stay entertained. While some hotels have the luxury of entertaining guests with sports and shows. More boutique hotels can also keep guests entertained with lively bars, spaces for live music, and pool-side games. The perfect hotel interior design creates designated spaces for various types of guest entertainment and optimizes those spaces for the best experiences.
Employees are more productive when they have an adequate workspace that reflects their daily needs. So many designers place so much of an emphasis on the guests that they overlook significant aspects of employee functionality. At Paradigm Design, we feel it is necessary to consider each job and its requirements within a particular space.
For example, receptionists spend the whole day on their feet. While it may look beautiful to have marble floors throughout the lobby, their feet will be killing them by the end of the day. Instead, opt for equally beautiful and durable, but more flexible materials behind the desk. Additionally, staff members need to move quickly in an out of spaces. Offer multiple entry and exit points for any high-traffic workspace, so staff can easily get from point A to point B without worrying about obstacles.
Finally, contractors sometimes run the show. A hotel always has multiple shipments per day, endless amounts of couriers, and sometimes caterers and event planners. The best hotel interior design makes their lives easier by considering their movements. Provide adequate loading docks and ramps, make hallways wide and obstacle-free where necessary. Have designated places where they can count inventory and sign paperwork.
This level of efficiency for guests, employees, and contractors doesn’t always correlate with being environmentally friendly. However, our principal in design is to create spaces that are not only functional and beautiful but also sustainable and eco-friendly. For this reason, the final ingredient for the best hotel interior design is to ensure designers make an effort to use sturdy, renewable, or recycled materials. Be sure also to ask your designer what effort he or she is making to save you energy and resources.
Because "the best" is so subjective, we cannot say we are the best hospitality designers. However, our philosophy is to provide the best designs to suit the needs of everyone in your hotel. We would love to know more about your hotel and the needs of your guests, employees, and customers to offer suggestions on how you can create an unforgettable hospitality experience with your design.