Professional Design & Purchasing Is a Wise Investment
By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | May 06, 2010
In the hotel industry, good design is good business - a more stylish property generates more return visits, so it's worth more now and at the time of re-sale. However, too many owners still resist hiring a professional designer and purchasing firm because they want to save money by handling the design themselves.
Yes, working with experienced FF&E specialists costs - but more importantly, it pays. Here's how.
An interior designer can be one of an owner's most valuable weapons in the "hotel wars" because today's travelers want more than a hotel stay - they expect a hotel "experience" from check-in through check-out.
For example, amenities that were considered luxuries just a few years ago are now "must have's" even in mid-priced hotels - things such as flat panel TV's, granite countertops, designer furniture, high speed internet service, high-quality bedding, high tech gadgets, and bathrooms many extras.
However, it takes an interior designer to put these special amenities into a proper context and an attractive look which achieves a balance between ambience and functionality, as well as between design innovation and brand consistency.