Hospitality Interiors

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. 

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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. 

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Greenery

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. 

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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.

 

 

Hospitality Design Influence on Guest Experience

When walking into a hotel, the very first thing that will catch your eye is the design. As guests enter the lobby of their hotel, they are absorbing the colors textures and shapes within the space. Is the style modern, industrial, traditional or is it eclectic? Perhaps there are colorful tiles with intricate patterns on the stairs, or a beautiful seating arrangement near a water feature that would make for a great photo opportunity before heading out to dinner. Great design in hospitality is meant to draw the guests into the space and create a visual narrative that they can remember long after check-out. Design is important for the owner, the brand, and the guest. With hotel owners prioritizing their guests and guest experience, they are focused more on creating hotels with great interior design. While a beautiful hotel lobby might receive a positive yelp review, a room that is built with the guest in mind, and top notch service will be awarded with a five-star review. There are two main types of hotel guests: families and business travelers, and it is important to keep their guest experience in mind when thinking of design.

 

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Family First:

When a family is traveling together, different members of the family will have different needs. If a family is traveling with a young child, or two, while at check-in, the simple offering to baby proof the room could make all the difference for the parents and children. Offering activities such as movie night for the kids with complimentary popcorn, or babysitting service, so the parents can have a relaxing night out, or even just providing the families with rooms that have more space - after all, four people, and their luggage, crowded into one guest room without the proper floor planning and furniture that offers storage solutions, might feel a bit crammed. By focusing on the family dynamic - hotel suite designs have the opportunity to accommodate the needs of guests and increase the satisfaction of their over all stay.

 

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Stress Free business:

People who travel for business, especially younger generations, such as millennials, are known to extend their business trips an extra day or two in order to enjoy and explore the destination or city they are visiting has to offer. When traveling for business, it is essential in our hotel room design process to make choices and specifications that help reduce any additional stress that could be avoided for the guest to optimize their social strategy. The best way for hotels to reduce stress is through mobile applications, keyless entry into rooms creating the convenience of having everything important in one place. Hotel room design trends have also began improving design by adding storage for suitcases that way it reduces the stress of unpacking and leaving things behind. With design elements like Apple TV and The Echo, guests have the ability to entertain colleagues if they choose to, or just relax after the day catching up on their favorite TV shows. Hotels are starting to ask us to design their bathrooms with more “spa features,” such as:  bathtubs with jets, vanities, waterfall showers, and even pairing up with high end salons to develop upscale toiletries specific to their brand. 

 

Even though these demographics are very different and each hotel guest values different experiences, as hotel designers, we can make strategic decisions in our design process to help improve the guests overall experience, no matter what their preferences are. A little goes a long way. An Apple TV with complementary popcorn, can make for a relaxing night in, when a guest is feeling tired or the weather is bad. These small touches can elevate the experience to a five-star quality 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. 

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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.

 

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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.