More about Hotel Design?!

Yesterday, we discussed hotel design. Today, we are going to continue.

Yahoo!Finance reported Courtyard celebrates the brand’s 100th hotel with a “refreshing business lobby” (as shown in the video). The new lobby has more functional space and a cozier feel, in which guests may spend more time and get more accomplishments.

The Wall Street Journal suggests hotel design is a global trend. According to Dianna Wong, an entrepreneur of an architecture and design firm, hotel design will play a more important role than before, especially in the Asian market. She foresees more open bathrooms in guestrooms because more people travel alone and they want the “spa experience.” In addition, more aesthetic design is expected because design is associated with brand images.

More extreme? The Westin Hotels will open its “wellness store” at Amazon.com on March 1st. Westin’s sister brand W Hotels just hired a “Fashion Director” to oversee W’s hotel design and decors (http://linchikwok.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-would-you-like-to-work-as-fashion.html). Starwood attempts to sell “hotel style” in a retail venue.

No wonder hotel design becomes more and more important. It seems hotel design not only helps hoteliers distinguish their products from others, it also generates more revenues.

References:
The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703315004575072780387205298.html
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/travel/hotels/2010-02-18-westin-amazon-store_N.htm
Yahoo!Finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Courtyard-by-Marriott-prnews-341263262.html?x=0&.v=1
Video was downloaded from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mB05QhrG2s

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