Hospitality Design

Modern Hotel Bar Design

Modern Hotel Bar Design

Modern design is design that is clean, minimal, and often times has flare or inspiration from the 1920-1950s. By using it as the design focus for the bar and restaurant design ideas, it lets you keep the bar area simple, and not overdo it. Showcasing the necessities, but in a way that will still stick out to your guests. 


With a Touch of Mother Nature:

With a modern take on minimalism hotel bars are left bare, figuratively and quiet literally too. Keeping to a natural palette, the only element of color that is seen is through the incorporation of indoor plants. Some bar interiors even get as creative to make it seem as you are sipping on your cosmopolitan in a garden, with great, green vines draped around the bar. Others keep to a simpler look with touches of wood for accent and a planter or two at the bar.



The ultimate image of a modern bar interior is all white furniture, giving the room so much negative space. The negative space also works to open up the room and give it an air of lightness. While having an all-white aesthetic to your design, it really lets the colors of the food stand out and opens up the experience for the guests that are at the bar.  An all-white bar interior is sure to be a show stopper, and guaranteed to turn a few heads!


Deep Texture and Warmth:

The other side of the coin to modern design is the use of deep textured wood that adds a sense of warmth to any room. The deep and rich colors work to add in depth, and give the room a more mature look. But to avoid a look that could be considered too mature, hotels are adding in different industrial textures, still keeps it modern, but allows for more creativity and freedom with the design.


Hotel bar interiors are like the kitchen of a home, there is constant movement and in many ways is the stomach of the hotel. It is where guests meet up before heading out for the night, or meet with a business guest, or just pass by to get a quick snack. It is important to consider all the different occasions that it’ll be used for, and how the modern design will embrace it all. 

Luxury Lobby Trends

Luxury Lobby Trends


When guests go to stay in hotels they are looking to have unique experiences, from the amenities, guest service, and design aspect, they are looking for that something, that jena se qua. Something that when they go back home they can share with their friends and family, and this something should begin the minute they step into your hotel, with the lobby. Luxury hotels know this, and that is why we often find ourselves looking to them for design inspiration. Luxury hotel lobby décor has that “wow factor,” and here is how they have done it. 


Views For 2017

Luxury hotels can have the benefit of already being in a great location, and this works to their benefit when thinking of design. A nice view in the lobby can be a big selling point for some guests. Walking in and seeing a city skyline or a well-designed garden can begin any trip with the right mindset. Luxury hotel interior design plays up their natural light and location benefits, it’s all about knowing your strengths and playing to those. 



It is no surprise that the Pantone color for 2017 was “Greenery,” and since then the rise of indoor plants has gained popularity. Luxury hotels and other design firms are turning to indoor plants to give the room energy and life. Indoor plants not only help to clean the air and release endorphins, but if they are well kept they add a nice aesthetic to the room. Luxury interior design use indoor plants as a focal point in their lobby rather than subtle details that can be missed. Luxury hotels work to bring the outdoor in and to give it an all-encompassing feel. No matter the size of the plants it can work as a benefit to create and inviting atmosphere. 


Unique Layout

Luxury hotels have worked in the element of surprise in their design. When you walk into a luxury hotel lobby, you might expect to walk in a see the standard hotel layout design, and the reception desk being the first thing you see, and while sometimes that might be the case, it is beginning to shift more. Now luxury hotel lobby designs are creating layouts that include a reception desk that is further off to the side and a restaurant that is the first thing you see or even bringing in elements of water. Such as, pods or waterfalls to add to a comfortable and inviting environment.

Luxury hotels exist to ensure a hotel experience that is sure to leave you stunned and amazed, as well as inspiration for other hotels.



Experiential Hotel Design

What is Experiential Design?

Experiential design is design that has a voice. With one glimpse, a guest can walk into your hotel and know what elements of design are your focus, where you draw inspiration from, and what the brand represents. Experiential Design is a hospitality design trend that is meant to add to the hotel experience & create a visual narrative for hotel guests that leaves a memorable impression.


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Experiential Design is the way that hotels work to bring their story to life via design. Hotels that have a strong sense of history, whether it is from being in a restoration building or their surrounding city just has a strong sense of pride, it can be brought in with design elements. Examples of strong historic design would be through exposed brick, bringing in furniture that has elements that reflected upon the historic time period of the original building or culture of the city it resides, and focal design points: fireplaces, atriums, and courtyards. For Millennial generations a strong connection with local cultures and locals is important to them while traveling, and through the use of experiential design, the hotel interior design is able to reflect that. Whether it is bringing in local artists and having their art reflected in the rooms or through the cuisine in the restaurants, especially if it is local sourced, or holding events with the local communities can work to make the connection.


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Health is becoming an increasingly important topic around the world. Guests are looking to keep their healthy lifestyle while still on vacation. By using Experiential Design, you can build the idea of health and wellness into your brand by having a luxury hotel design state of the art gym that is open at all hours, and even fitness and meditation classes, for guests seeking a more guided workout. Keeping greenery in and around the hotel also works to bring in a sense of comfort and overall wellness especially if it works to block out any additional city noise or lights.

 When Experiential Design is used correctly it can work to build loyal guests because it creates a sense of connection and connecting with your hotel. Experiential Design brings to life your message, of hospitality and design, and lets guests live that message as their reality during their stay.



Are Millennials The New Traveler and Are They Shaping the Hospitality Industry?

Are Millennials The New Traveler and are they Shaping the Hospitality Industry?


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The millennial generation, aged 20-36 years old, who as they are getting older, graduating college, beginning their careers, and moving up in the workforce have already begun to have impacts on the economy. However, if trends keep moving the way they are currently, one thing is for sure, travel is of the upmost importance to the millennial generation. Many millennials are even quoted saying they placing saving money to travel over saving money to buy a car, or if they had more money they would spend it on travel. While still a relatively young generation, many are still single and without kids, so their desires and the way they travel is very different from past generations, and that is beginning to have an impact on the hospitality and design industry. 


Rise in Secondary Locations:

With the abundance of social media in their lives, and the ability to share all of their experiences and information with their friends. Millennials are always looking for new adventures that way, their social media image doesn’t become a cookie cutter replica of everyone else’s posts. The hospitality and travel industry are noticing the spike in travel preferences for secondary cities that have less normative tourist experiences. Hotels have been looking to secondary cities such as Washington DC, Rameswaram, and The Azores to give millennial travelers a unique travel destination that is more grounded in local culture than focused on tourist. Much of the rise of secondary cities also comes from companies like Airbnb, which gave millennials the opportunity to travel anywhere, and rent a room. The appeal that the secondary cities have for millennials comes from their desire to understand the culture, taste local cuisine, and even befriend a local or two, to really get immersed in the cities.



Innovative Amenities:

Millennials want opportunities to explore the cultures best and while many of them have been turning to active lifestyles the hospitality and design industry has taken notice. In an effort to attract more millennial guests’ hotels have been partnering up with local chefs to alternative and cook in the hotel restaurant, some have gone even as far as to hold farmer’s markets in a way to let guests purchase local produce or other souvenirs. Some hotels have found that something as simple as offering vegan and local treats in the mini bar is what millennials are looking for and appreciate. While millennials love adventurous activities they often don’t travel with gear, so hotels have begun to rent hiking and mountain biking gear, while partnering with local tour guides to give millennials views and adventures that are individualistic based on skill and time of day.


When traveling millennials are looking to make a more personal connection with their destination. Rather than it just be white sheets and guided tours, the millennial traveler is looking to learn and experience the culture in a way that feels like they got their money’s worth and photos to prove it.