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Ms. McConnell

Emily McConnell

Spa Director, Dana Hotel and Spa

With over ten years of experience in the spa industry, Emily McConnell brings a strong background in dedicated leadership as well as aesthetics to the spa at the Dana Hotel and Spa. Ms. McConnell has previously worked as an aesthetician and a spa manager at a variety of prestigious Resort Spas in Chicago. Realizing at a young age that the spa industry was her passion, Ms. McConnell first attended Eastern Michigan University to earn a degree in Business. Shortly after college, Ms. McConnell traveled throughout Australia, Asia and Europe to research spa practices and treatments of diverse cultures. After working in the industry, Ms. McConnell decided to gain a more intimate knowledge of spa processes and operations. She went back to school to earn her Esthetic's License at Pivot Point International. She continues to use that vast knowledge and background to uphold the Dana Hotel and Spa name when it comes to quality and prestige. Ms. McConnell coordinates the development and technique of the spa treatments offered, and continuously researches new methods and products while referencing her extensive experience in esthetics.

Ms. McConnell can be contacted at 312-202-6064 or emcconnell@danahotelandspa.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.