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John Tess

In the last several decades, boutique hotels have become a major part of the hospitality market. This article looks at the early development of boutique hotels on the west and east coasts during the 1980’s, and how those early concepts have been embraced by the hotel industry. Boutique hotels are a natural use for historic buildings. The history of the building (and associated neighborhood and city) can be used for thematic and design elements, while many historic buildings offer central locations advantageous to hoteliers. As part of this discussion, the article examines Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia as an example. Read on...

Lawrence Adams

In this article we explore Mass Tourism’s impact on destinations where large numbers of tourist visit the same location, often at the same time of year. We look at examples that have both positive impacts, including improved local economy and negative impacts, including environmental degradation, on a location’s ecology and culture. Many local governments, such as the Philippians, and tourism corporations, such as The Walt Disney Company, are beginning to address the negative impacts of Mass Tourism and to promote a program of sustainable tourism. Read on...

Ray Chung

As guests become only more design savvy and active on social media, hotel owners and operators need to stay on top of trends in order to stay competitive. Overall, the trend in hospitality design is toward a new definition of luxury, one that is welcoming, generous, more residential and playful. From decorative lighting with personality to richly textured fabrics, from warm brass and Old World details to a modern take on minimal structure, Ray Chung, Director of Design of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry provides five new FF&E trends that you really need to know about. Read on...

Jackson Thilenius

What are the hotels of the future? Will all the newest technology implications harm or hurt us? Jackson Thilenius of Retail Design Collaborative highlights what the future of the hotel looks like, how technology is rapidly changing our lives for the better and for the worst, and how hotels can help fill a need in the marketplace as a safe haven for consumers to "tap back in" to our true selves, senses and the wonder of life and our humanity. Read on...

Kurt Meister

Although historic hotel properties are distinct in character, repairing or replacing elements of these vintage structures offers a number of shared challenges. One need not look further than Manhattan's famed Waldorf Astoria, an extensive renovation project aimed at reinventing and preserving a landmark property and its architectural distinctiveness. And it is the preservation of those architectural elements - and their related, historic tax credits - that are central to these projects, regardless of scale. By understanding the challenges of repair and restoration, historic hotel owners and operators can better ensure the legacy they've been entrusted with will last well into the future. Read on...

David Ashen

As hoteliers and resorts rethink their retail shops in more relevant modern and inspired ways, David Ashen, founder and partner of interior design and brand consulting firm dash design, looks at how some brands are complementing and enhancing the hotel experience by creating sales venues and retail markets that connect to the property's brand and the local culture, while being meaningful to the guest. Read on...

John Tess

Brands increasingly seek ways to distinguish themselves in the marketplace by creating a "local" experience. The rehabilitation of vintage buildings offers real opportunities. The historic spaces give a window to the local past. The stories associated with the buildings create a unique guest experience and real sense of the community they are visiting. This article focuses on five case studies from around the country: The Langham in Chicago, the Crawford at Denver's Union Station, the Monaco in Washington, D.C, the Argonaut in San Francisco, and the Adelphi in Saratoga Springs. Read on...

Jackson Thilenius

In our changing hospitality and retail climate, we're seeing Pop-Ups appear on virtually every corner. But why have they become so popular and why is it important as hospitality professionals to understand their impact on our business? Let's take a look at what's driving this phenomenon and how we can embrace this new type of service demand from guests seeking an authentic destination experience as a service model. Read on...

Ray Chung

Lighting has always been an integral part of hospitality design and has never been more important—or more challenging—than it is today. Advances in technology allow for much more flexibility, just as hotels try to accommodate the changing demands of their guests. But with careful planning, these challenges can instead become opportunities to create unique and memorable guest experiences. While all parts of your hotel should feel cohesive, not all areas should have the same exact lighting. The lobby, restaurant, meeting and banquet rooms, corridors, hotel rooms and exterior spaces all have different purposes and different lighting needs. Read on...

David Ashen

There's a fine line between nodding to culture and addressing universal needs. When it comes to smart hotel design, David Ashen, founder and partner of interior design and brand consulting firm dash design, believes that owners and operators, and the designers and architects who partner with them, need to be mindful of the small details that can make or break a guests' travel experience. By looking at world trends, local architecture and cultural norms, properties can be developed as more relevant on both macro and micro levels; that is for global brands and the hotel's guests. Read on...

Jackson Thilenius

The advent of companies like Airbnb and the growth of the "sharing economy," have undoubtedly changed the hospitality industry. The question we should be asking, however, shouldn't be about if this change is simply a fad and when it will end, but rather how more traditional hotels can fit into the evolving landscape. Jackson Thilenius, principal at Retail Design Collaborative, explores how smart hospitality brands are keeping up. From boutique hotels born from giants like Hilton and Mariott to "poshtels" and out-of-the-box loyalty programs, this article offers insight into what will differentiate a successful hotel from one that will soon be forgotten. Read on...

Scott Acton

In the age of consumer experience-seeking, industries are increasingly crossing over, borrowing elements from other disciplines to create a more engaging guest experience. Scott Acton, CEO and founder of Forte Specialty Contractors, discusses how the hospitality and retail industries are capitalizing on this trend. From its beginnings with all-inclusive resorts that offer accommodation and excursions to the modern-day retailer offering build outs to engage with their products and designer brands opening hotels, hospitality and retail is only becoming more and more interconnected. Learn a few key ways to utilize the hospitality-retail concept to create the strongest ROI when designing and building for hospitality. Read on...

David Ashen

Designers and hoteliers know that while exceptional design is one component of a well-appointed property, luxury relates more closely to what guests see, touch, taste and hear. David Ashen, principal and founder of interior design and brand consulting firm dash design, shares how an elegant yet simple approach to design, moderate sensibility, exceptional service and the intangible qualities of well-considered, sensorial experiences are hallmarks of luxurious accommodations. Read on...

David Ashen

In the sea of ready options, limited service properties that define who they are get noticed. No one wants to choose a hotel by price alone and there's no need to. Because a place has reasonable prices, no longer negates the presence of good design. In fact, some guests even leave inspired to replicate the look of a hotel's public spaces or furnishings in their own homes, the hallmark of engaging, aspirational design. Like the new Hyatt Place near Cleveland, complete with spacious rooms with mini-refrigerators and free Wi-Fi; complimentary hot breakfast and Starbucks coffee; beer, wine and mixed drinks; a fitness gym; and eco-friendly heated indoor pool, today's limited service brands are pushing the envelope while staying affordable and providing guests with a memorable experience. Read on...

Scott Acton

According to IBISWorld, the theme park industry has grown strongly over the past five years to more than $18 billion at a 5.4% annual growth rate, largely driven by the operators securing intellectual property rights to major film franchises and entertainment, bringing films and characters into exciting new features and experiential rides that have been driving revenue and increasing profit margins. These theme parks have long known what intrigues customers and keeps them coming back, and smart hoteliers are now catching on to this trend. Let's take a look at how theme park attractions are impacting the hospitality industry's growth by infusing the elements of the big screen into the guest experience. Read on...

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Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.