|Source: Hotel Suppliers Show website. The hotels of tomorrow will look very different from the ones we are used to today.|
The upcoming Hotel Suppliers Show, the biggest hospitality trade fair in the Philippines, presents the top five hospitality design trends that will shape the hotel industry in coming years in the runup to the event:
Rethinking the guest room
The growth of peer-to-peer rental accommodations such as Airbnb has led traditional hospitality brands to rethink their interior design strategy, particularly for guest rooms and suites. The move towards a less rigid apartment-style bedroom will grow as lines between hotel and homes blur even further. Today, instead of standard guest room configurations, hotels are now offering multipurpose bedrooms, incorporating conversation areas and sofas for relaxing. Desks are being replaced by casual coffee tables or more compact foldaway versions that reflect a downsizing in technology.
Spurred by extended-stay hotels, the concept of adding kitchenettes and other amenities to accommodate longer-term guests has also gained traction in the international hotel industry. Expect fewer examples of across-the-board interiors and furnishings repeated in every single room. Instead, hotels will increasingly try to create more individual, hospitable environments for their guests
The lobby evolves
As hotels embrace a residential approach to design, traditional lobby concepts have been redefined. Removing traditional front desks, lobbies are being transformed into living room-like public spaces that are warm and inviting. Remote and iPad check-ins have become mainstream, eliminating the need for large reception areas and giving hotel designers greater flexibility when designing lobby areas.
There is also more effort to accommodate Millennial guests who typically spend less time in their rooms and out in the public spaces. Hotel lobbies have been crafted into social hotspots, incorporating features such as cocktail bars, self-service coffee and wine counters, libraries, individual workstations as well as co-working spaces. As the modern hotel lobby becomes a cultural destination, expect to see even more emphasis being placed on these communal areas to serve a variety of needs and social functions.
Sustainability and energy conservation
With the hospitality industry focusing on reducing its carbon footprint, we can expect more sustainable practices being implemented in hotels. This includes the use of solar panels, recycled wood and locally handcrafted and repurposed furniture that support s sustainability and connects guests to the local culture. Natural lighting and other ecofriendly features will be incorporated seamlessly into hotel design and hospitality practices.
Recycled and natural materials, while not a new concept, continue to gain ground due to their low impact on the environment. Recycled rubber, cement tiles , recycled fibres and cork are examples of sustainable flooring being used by hotel designers. These materials also provide enhanced soundproofing and energy efficiency for interiors. Support of locally handcrafted and repurposed hotel furniture will also gain in popularity. This trend will have a huge impact beyond 2017 as the industry embraces its role in reducing carbon emissions and shifts towards creating meaningful experiences for travellers.
More on-demand technologies will find their way into hotels. Hospitality operators are now increasing investments into areas like beacon technology, messaging and smart in-room entertainment. In public areas, smart walls can entertain guests with art and games, provide updates on news and weather, facilitate virtual business meetings, and offer guests tourist information on the destination.
Other technology, including 3D printing, will also give way to varied design possibilities, from upholstery and furniture to amenities and electronics. Hotels are also integrating personalised tablets into their rooms, allowing guests to control in-room operations, from lighting and temperature to blinds and entertainment, all from a single device. Work stations and charging stations can be found at various locations to ensure hotel guests have unlimited connectivity.
Over the past decade, wellness travel has been on the rise, requiring hotels to reconsider their design approach. Many hotels have upgraded their gyms, spa facilities and wellness offerings to accommodate their health-conscious guests. Air purification, energising lighting and vitamin C-infused water in showers are a few examples of how hotel groups are embracing the wellness trend.
Some hotel rooms are now designed to contain exercise equipment or include workout spaces. As guest rooms require less space with smaller desks and wall-mounted TVs, more attention will be paid to bathroom design. Luxury hotels are beginning to offer spa-style bath rooms in every suite to replace standard bathrooms. The spa bathroom includes such amenities as whirlpool and air bath tubs, massaging body jets in the shower, a steam room or spa bed. Well-established hotels are also offering new, more targeted spa experiences focusing on mindfulness rather than massages. Expect to see dedicated yoga and meditation spaces integrated into the hotel design.
Now in its eighth year, the Hotel Suppliers Show 2017 will take place at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila from 21 to 23 September. Organised by Global-Link Exhibitions Specialist, in partnership with the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), the annual exhibition provides network opportunities for leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers to meet buyers and distributors in the Philippines’ growing market of hotels, restaurants, and resorts.