True story: A couple in their 60s found a room in an upscale hotel operating under an internationally recognized brand. As usual, the husband tried to set up his laptop on the desk. He searched for the outlet he was used to finding in the lamp base but found a USB port instead.
His power cord wasn’t equipped for USB, so he looked for another outlet. In the end, he had to crawl under the desk to find a place to plug in.
The point here is not that hotels shouldn’t offer plenty of easily accessible USB charging ports -- it’s that guests shouldn’t have to don their miner’s light and spelunker’s gear to find an old-fashioned outlet.
The design of the hotel’s furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) should take care of such problems and, in the long term, represent the best investment.LEARN MORE
In recent years it seems like everyone is jumping on the boutique hotel bandwagon. From private hoteliers to major franchises, everyone wants a stake in the game. This new trend in hospitality leaves the majority of us wondering what the term “boutique hotel” actually means.LEARN MORE
When it is time to order (or reorder) your hotel guestroom casegoods the decision will ultimately arise as to whether you will purchase your casegoods from a standard collection (“buying from a book”) or coming up with your own, unique design.LEARN MORE
For years you’ve worked to develop a design scheme that will showcase your hotel's theme or location. Pulling inspiration for design from an array of places.LEARN MORE
The process of manufacturing casegoods from start to finish is like a ballet when you look behind the curtain -- carefully orchestrated with a lot of moving parts, producing a beautiful end result.
When looking at the casegood produced, it can be easy to forget all of the steps that were accomplished to get there.
We’ve detailed each step that we go through to make hotel casegoods a reality.LEARN MORE
When it comes to trends in the boutique hotel business, investing in fleeting trends can spell trouble. Today’s new trend can be tomorrow’s old news. Spending a lot of money trying to keep up can mean sliding down the hole.
You want to choose trends that modern guests are seeking, but also will stand the test of time.LEARN MORE
As professionals in the hotel industry, we know that cleanliness is a top priority. In fact, the mantra of every hotel should be centered around these wise words: When you are finished cleaning – clean again!
Everything in a hotel needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, and your furniture is no exception. Just as there are a variety of different types of furniture, there are also different requirements for cleaning each of them.
Here are some tips on how to best clean veneer and laminate, two of the most popular types of hotel furniture material.LEARN MORE
According to Cushman & Wakefield, the average cost of building a hotel ranges from $115,000 to $1.5 million per room. That takes hotels at every level from midscale to luxury, including boutique projects.
This is a huge variance, and the price that’s accurate for your hotel largely depends on a few things:
● What type of experience you want to give to your guests.
● Where the hotel is.
● Design considerations desired to complement your brand.LEARN MORE
If you've begun to look for new furnishings for your hotel property, you know that there are a myriad of choices, both from U.S. manufacturers and from overseas-based furniture makers.
However, opting for furniture crafted "Made in America" is not just a patriotic slogan. Such a move can improve your appearance to potential guests, eliminate unnecessary headaches, and even impact your bottom line.LEARN MORE