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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

Comments

  1. I think it is great that there is an increase in the level of attention to detail and design in hotel rooms at all levels, even in motel 6! Just because you pay a budget price doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay in a hotel with amenities and service reflective of the low price. This trend seems to be really taking off and I think this is especially evident in China because a lot of the large American hotel companies are just starting to tap into the market therefore all their hotel’s are new anyway and what a better way to kick-off in a new country than with sleek designs at not just high, but low prices as well.

    There is less and less competition for run-down cheap hotels and in return Asian customers expect more and are willing to pay more when they go abroad to other countries, which is good news for America. The rising of standards are beneficial to societies as a whole because in turn they will expect more of their own homes, their own streets, and their own cities. Everything is related or comes together either directly or indirectly.

    Lorenz

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  2. Thank you for the comment. I like the designs of the budget hotels in Shanghai as well. Surprisingly, many budget hotels in Shanghai are a lot cheaper than I thought ($30/$40 per night). You may have known Motel 168 http://en.motel168.com/. I think this is a good example of Shanghai economic, modern hotels.

    I actually took a hotel owner from Canton to experience the "new" hotels in Shanghai back in 2005. I think hoteliers in Shanghai are doing a exceptional job in product development.

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  3. Embassy Suites chain to launch retail website; alarm clocks, sheets, pillows for sale

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/hotelcheckin/post/2010/04/embassy-suites-hilton-chain-launches-retail-website/1

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  4. The Plaza Hotel in NYC created a new line of signature products --- "The Scent of the Plaza," including perfume, candle, fragrance and more.

    http://www.luxist.com/2010/05/01/the-scent-of-the-plaza/

    (Contributed by Danielle Markowitz)

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  5. Marriott Unveils (Courtyard) Hotel Lobby Replicas at Airports http://t.co/HI30bXM via @AddThis

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  6. Hello Dude,

    World Design Hotels is the place where you can discover and find some great design hotel and boutique hotel around the world. I would like to join you again on this blog it’s a very nice visit on this blog. It’s very attractive and effective for visitors.

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  7. If you have good hotels then you provide good hospitality.I like this term.
    Hotel Design

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  8. That is wonderful and cute pic its absolute attractive. hotel design

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