Since 2016, hotels have been a $199.3 billion industry in the U.S. alone. With all signs pointing to continued growth, hotels constantly must evolve and consider renovating their designs. One big emerging trend has been making hotels feel more homey as consumer preference trends away from the standardized looks. Big factors to these rapid changes are companies like Airbnb and HomeAway that provide a home away from home, luring hotel occupants to an alternative, more casual experience. As a result, many hotel chains are adopting the same sense of charm in their design. Here are a few ways hotels can bring a feeling of “home” to their guests.
Creating a living room-like shared space is one take on a sense of community that may be felt in a homestead. Hotels are beginning to deviate from traditional reception areas and take this approach in their designs. Hilton Embassy Suites’ newest hotel in Boulder, Colorado created an open living room and dining room concept in their lobby, and other hotels are leveraging similar design concepts. When it comes to using TFL designs in hotel “living room” areas, we like the dramatic feel of Charles Bridge — its cool tones and dramatic motion stand out from more traditional hotel styles.
Guests who travel frequently are especially prone to enjoy activities that remind them of home. According to an article on Quartz Media citing Morgan Stanley Research, these guests are most likely to try Airbnb, reinforcing the notion that hotels should aim to cater to these preferences.
Designing spaces for activities is a great way to incorporate a home-like feel into hotels. A library stocked with popular literature and or an exercise room equipped with convenient storage cubbies, yoga mats and air diffusers can create a calming atmosphere. Arclin provides TFL designs that can help create this homey feel. Designs like Stinson Umber have the fidelity of real wood that provides a wonderful, natural accent in shelving units and desk spaces.
Guests expect to have the same at-home conveniences in their hotel rooms. For example, many hotel rooms are now equipped with several USB ports and outlets, some are even included within the furniture itself to make the design look more elegant. You can achieve that elegant look with the dark, rich design of Noce Moscato — a stunning choice for accent walls, room built-ins and sitting areas. All can help create a warm, welcoming space.
Offering updated storage solutions for long-term guests is another design feature growing in popularity. Traditional closets and drawers used to be standard, but now many hotels are opting for nooks, open closets for exposed clothing and storage underneath beds for bags.
Before you jump into your next hospitality design projects, read our article on Alternative Building Materials That Create a Luxury Look Without a Luxe Price for some more great ideas.