New design trends are shaping the hospitality sector this year, to cater to guests’ requirements for comfort, wellness and multi-functional spaces. Here are 5 of the most relevant trends happening in the hotel industry in 2015:
1. Impromptu office space
The line between personal and professional life is ever more blurred, with the rise of travelling entrepreneurs or vacationers keeping an eye on their work from afar. Hotels come to meet this tendency by designing pop-up office spaces. But it goes well beyond the classic conference room, equipped with desks and chairs. Work stations will have two types of looks. One resembling a library corner or a coffee shop for the distraction-free concentration moments. And the other, a wide, open space with comfortable sofas for connecting with partners and sharing ideas. Today’s guests expect to get basic equipment in the office spaces like WiFi, printers and even games for relaxation between work sessions.
The concern for doing sustainable business continues to grow this year in the hospitality sector. Hotels will go beyond asking guests to use their towels for more than a day. Introducing larger windows to let more natural light in and thus lowering the use of energy is one such new design trend. Hospitality professionals will bring nature into the hotel rooms and in public areas through various design features. Indoor waterfalls, and natural elements like wood or stone will accompany guests’ stay, as they value more and more the natural oasis a hotel can provide in the overly crowded, noisy cities. Hotel restaurants will incorporate sustainable living too. Chefs will bring guests attractively designed dishes, made of organic, locally produced food.
3. Home away from home
Hotel rooms are being redesigned to include even more design elements in their quest to making guests feel like home. And that means more than a good comfortable bed, and a TV. iPod hooks so that travellers can play their own music, and larger lounge space in their own room are some of the new features travellers appreciate. Also, small gym equipment or yoga mats made available in the privacy of one’s hotel room are some of the star trends this year. The hospitality sector is aware of the stress levels travel can bring, and the toxic effects of constant connectivity, so they are offering wellness and relaxation features to each guest, in their private space.
4. Living (room) lobbies
Lobbies are some of the spaces within a hotel that will see a remarkable design change this year. They switch from being just a passageway to the front desk, to becoming vital living spaces of the hotel. Lobbies are gradually evolving into hybrid areas, where entire families, young couples or friends, and business people can coexist. The multifunctional lobby will include diverse areas like quieter lounge spaces, full bookcases next to small coffee rooms, maybe a large piano for soft entertainment or even a kids’ corner.
5. Freeing Technology
Technology is already an indispensable part of everyone’s life. Hospitality professionals will use it to make the guests’ stay more comfortable. Rooms will be equipped with iPads with multifunctional features, helping guests control the TV, the morning alarm, the blinds or the room temperature, all with just a finger touch. Also some of the most avant-garde hotels already introduced mobile booking. As a result they can remove the front desk altogether, freeing up space for more informal interactions between staff and the guests. Integrating technology in a smart way will improve both the hotel design and the well-being of the travellers this year.
To stay up to date with the industry, surely you’re implementing some of these major design trends for your hotel. But are you communicating to your clients about them? Are you sharing with your guests, all about the benefits they can enjoy when they stay at your hotel? Are you getting them excited to come stay for a few nights?
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