Earlier this year, we took a look at some of the hotel trends that guests will encounter this year including the importance of storytelling and unique decor. However, as the hospitality industry is constantly changing and adapting new ways to attract visitors, the trends are changing again. It’s an exciting process for both the hoteliers and guests who will experience these improvements. We’ve pulled together a couple of trends that we think will shape the future of the hotels within the next year or so…
Re-shaping the Guest Room
Traditionally, a guest room would often be a place for people to relax for the evening, to switch off from the outside world with the option dining and drinking in the hotels bar or restaurant. One of the biggest trends today that people are enjoying is the more casual hotel experience - think Airbnb style - open plan style rooms that offer that much more of a home from home feel. To keep on trend, hoteliers are now re-shaping their guest rooms to offer this feel to guests, and are replacing that corporate feel with sofas and stylish decor to do so. We believe that there will be a rise in the next couple of years with hotels making each guest room unique to offer guests a much more individual and personalised feel.
A focus on wellbeing
Hotels are no longer just somewhere to sleep for the evening, they are now about offering an unforgettable experience for guests outside of the bedroom. Over the last few years, there has been a significant rise on increasing well being for visitors which has included increasing the gym facilities with personal trainers on site to keep guests fit and healthy, deluxe bathrooms complete with whirlpools and rainforest showers, for example. It’s more of a lifestyle choice,and if your hotel can offer this, then guests will come. We are expecting to see more hotels adapting to this, by offering these improved health and wellbeing services in place by the end of next year.
At the moment, most hotels are ‘eco-friendly’ and do their bit to look after the environment as well as encouraging guests to do so too. However, it’s not enough and will not protect the planet in the long run. One of the biggest predictions for the hotel industry is that in time, hotels will become fully sustainable and will use energy saving equipment such as solar and geothermal energy to prevent damage.
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