Growing concern for the environment, health, and wellness among consumers becomes more important by the day. By exercising a preference for eco-friendly spaces, fresh and organic products and opportunities to support their guests’ active lifestyle while traveling – hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many publicize their recycling programs, use of ‘green’ cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption. Attending to the physical well-being of guests will not only be a short-term trend, but one with long-term benefits. One new hotel brand that we are particularly excited about is the Equinox Hotel. They are opening their first flagship property in 2018 in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood. Wellness-focused amenities and sustainable strategies align with the lifestyle of the hotel’s health-conscious clientele, and will certainly set the gold standard for wellness- centered hotels.
Seeking an authentic experience
Travelers seek to gain insight into new locales and come away from their trips with a strong sense of place. Properties are now integrating individual design standards that showcase local art, history of the area and regional culture. We are finding that guests want to know and learn about the area they are visiting, to experience the neighborhood as a local would. Hospitality brands will continue to tap into art and culture to break the mold, creating unique services and travel experiences.
Within our work as designers, we strive to create interior spaces that convey experiences, provide comfort and inspire. This goal evolves and changes with the trends and demands of the guest. When we look towards the future of design, we feel the industry is trending towards a more informed traveler, who values a healthy lifestyle and an authentic experience, in an environment which effortlessly caters to both. – Maria Lee
The Lobby is for work and play
Hotels are reinventing their communal spaces and lobbies to accommodate a range of activities centered around work, relaxation and play. A hotel’s front desk, concierge, business center, restaurant and lounge have typically been treated as distinct spaces. We see the value in combining these areas and notice guests are attracted towards a more integrated model that addresses all these needs at one time – offering a comfortable, convenient space in which to congregate, enjoy food and drink, socialize and conduct business.
Ultimately, we see the design industry trends of community, authenticity, and wellness as here to stay for the long-term. The way in which we design for these movements is constantly changing and evolving, as we find new and different ways to satisfy the well-informed hotel guest.