“It’s not just about designing a place anymore, it’s about designing an experience that flows from check-in to sleeping, to bathing, to dining.” -WATG, Wimberly Interiors
When you’re using hospitality trends to design for guests, you’re designing for their needs, wants, and desires. Their 2019 desires of a hotel stay are: the convenience of home with the flourish of the city they’re in. Think, the HGTV living room of their dreams with the most popular takeout within 20 blocks’ radius. But that’s just one personality.
Unreasonable? No. Not when AirBnb is literally around the corner and UberEats is on their phone. Hotel trends for 2019 are competing with every whim of highly informed, eco-conscious consumers. Understanding guest expectations and providing solutions is a fun challenge for architects and interior designers. We’re here to help with 5 hospitality products that are in for 2019.
Hotel Furniture: Think Local
Create customized rooms. Not just unique from each other, but unique to the town the hotel is in. Bring elements of the city into the room through local furniture styles. Guests want to feel the town they are in, right down to the furniture they are sitting on. Work with local craftsman to ensure the pieces’ authenticity and sustainability. When you work with them, ask: do the patterns say something about the city, even abstractly? Where you place the furniture matters: will guests be able to take in city views from where they are seated? And make sure to call out the artist. Leave the info for your client so they can include it on cards or the guest book.
Provide social spaces outside the guest room. The lobby is a good place to start, but find other areas to bring people together. People travel for different reasons, and they want somewhere to gather to work, play, read, or relax. Furniture should be comfortable and functional enough to do all of this, and arranged in places where people can gather naturally. The furniture itself should be multipurpose because of this.
Hotel Lobby Furniture: Comfortable, but Functional
In Portland, OR, Society Hotel has a coffee & wine bar ready with snacks for arriving guests. Chairs have USB ports ready for recharging.
Lobbies are transforming and beginning to take center stage. They set the mood for the hotel and 2019 hotel trends are making them more comfortable—fireplace, coffee bar with food, bookshelf stocked. Have the furniture prepared for a long, comfy sit.
Ensure each piece has functionality. Not just for lounging while waiting for a room to be cleaned, but stocked with USB ports so weary travelers can recharge.
Bring the outside in. Look at the space immediately outside the lobby and bring elements of it into the furniture you use within it. Even if it’s just architectural styles of the building. This is one more way guests feel at home in their temporary city.
Hotel Windows: Soundproof For a Restful Stay
Hospitality industry trends for 2019 include a greater focus on health and wellness. This trend presents itself in more than just food menus. If you keep focus on guest expectation, look at guest complaints. Ranked number one is: noise. Most hotel construction is currently happening in downtown areas, so noise will often come from nightlife outside the building. Use window inserts that can block up to 70% of outside noise so guests can get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re not thinking about sound design as you create your space, it’s like not thinking about energy efficiency. This is an opportunity to save your customer money by keeping complaints down and hotel occupancy up.
Hotel Solar: For Eco-Conscious Guests & Cost Conscious Clients
It might be difficult for your customer to deem the initial investment worth it, but in the end, solar panels will save your clients large amounts of money on energy bills. And it will please their customers to stay in an eco-conscious hotel. Your project may qualify for tax incentives. Find out by visiting the DOE site.
Bifacial modules are double sided, creating power from both sides of the cell. They are especially efficient on large commercial roofs, which can be painted white to reflect more light toward the cell. They are more expensive than traditional panels, but are highly durable and can be much more efficient.
Other cells like PERC and Half Cut Cells have a higher resistance to shade. These can help with properties shadowed by larger buildings or consisting of many smaller units.
Hospitality Flooring: Materials Matter
Patterns and mixed materials, which can be used to create a separation of space, are big hotel trends for 2019. Both of these are relatively easy to create with ceramic, laminate, or vinyl tiles (LVT – luxury vinyl tiles are especially popular). Ceramic tiles are more expensive, but will last longer. Laminate and vinyl are less expensive, stain resistant, and durable.
You can find sustainably made tiles like Mosa that come with the promise: “Our cradle to cradle products contribute to a healthy indoor climate and are VOC-free”. With 2019 hospitality product trends focusing on health and wellness, this VOC-free promise will give confidence to the eco-conscious traveler. It also means less waiting time after installation for VOCs to dissipate, so a higher continuous occupancy rate.
Each guest is looking for an experience. It’s your job as an architect or interior designer to figure out what experience they want and use your intuition and these inspiring hospitality products to provide it for them through design. Hospitality industry trends change year to year, so do what feels right for the space, city, and guest personality. The hotel trends for 2019 so far have been promising: more eco-consciousness, desire for social spaces and health & wellness. That sounds like something we could all use in every building.