hospitality

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.

 

 

TIPS FOR HOTEL BAR DESIGN

TIPS FOR HOTEL BAR DESIGN

What if your bar extended beyond the normal convenient beer in the lobby hangout? Drawing crowds of socialites, industry professionals, and anyone looking for a good time. Hotel Bars have become the new millennial social go to for a night on the town, a good drink, and good conversation. The design of your bar can only enhance the hotel’s aesthetic. The key to designing a perfect hotel bar is focusing on the energy it creates within its space, through service, functionality, and brand originality. The ambience of hotel decor with luxury seating has taking the social gathering to new heights. Hotel bars have the potential to create new a clientele independent from the hotel itself. Clients and guest enjoy the conveniency of bars for many reasons. Hotel hospitality should be able to cover every single one of them. The growing trend of savory finger food and great drinks has turned bars into a one stop shop for guest and socialites.

TECHNOLOGY LEADS THE WAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

TECHNOLOGY LEADS THE WAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

When I wrote last week's blog about Millennials, I found myself looking back over the bullet points and making one conclusion--nearly ALL of massive changes in the hospitality industry are driven by one dominant force: Technology. In fact, this weekend, I was doing some research online and came across a Tripadvisor review. It read, “Austin is one of the few cities with Google Fiber and I would have expected more from this hotel.” This review speaks volumes about the expectations of technology in our field--we are supposed to be ambassadors rising technological trends.

IS MILLENNIAL DESIGN SHAPING HOTEL DESIGN?

IS MILLENNIAL DESIGN SHAPING HOTEL DESIGN?

We called the Baby Boomers just that because of an influx of births after World War II and they were expected to be the biggest generation. But we have entered a time where the millennials have outgrown their parents. They've grown up with iPads in their hands, and have vastly different culture and set of values from any previous generation. Now, Millennials are the dominant consumers, especially in the hotel industry. As they sweep into our hotel lobbies, they place those values and expectations into our hands. I read an article the other day about a hotel that installed Amazon's Alexa in their rooms. Guests can use their voice alone to order an Amazon package from their hotel room and receive delivery in less than 2 hours. Yes, the Millennials are quickly changing the hotel industry. Personally, I find it exciting!

OUTSHINING OTHER HOTELS WITH WASHROOM DESIGN DETAILS

OUTSHINING OTHER HOTELS WITH WASHROOM DESIGN DETAILS

When it comes to hotel design, a washroom can sometimes become an overlooked aspect of the spaces proposal. However, I find it is important for this amenity to reflect the unique style of the hotel including the potential for the design details that can give guests a lasting impression. At first, walking into the washroom should be a comfortable experience, but then should overwhelm the senses with luxury and quiet elegance. Some of my favorite hotels have washrooms that are a get-away by themselves.

HOSPITALITY TRENDS FOR THE NEW YEAR

HOSPITALITY TRENDS FOR THE NEW YEAR

When it comes to the hospitality industry, trends can be both short-lived and everlasting. With every new year, we see new trends emerge on the scene. As 2017 begins, we know it promises to be a year of great change in the hospitality industry. So, what will this year’s trends in hotel guest experience bring? We’ve put together a list of a few of our predictions for the upcoming year of hospitality design.

MORE THAN AESTHETIC: KEY ELEMENTS OF HOSPITALITY DESIGN

MORE THAN AESTHETIC: KEY ELEMENTS OF HOSPITALITY DESIGN

When it comes to hospitality design, there is so much beyond what meets the eye. Your client is expecting you to develop a concept that will please people of all ages, people from across the world, and create an environment that's enjoyable for employees to work in. The real question is, where does one even begin? Many projects later, and much trial and error, we have a few suggestions to get your wheels turning before you start your next project.