ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Cristina Villalón is the Co-Founder and Lead Designer at Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón. She directs both the Interior Design and Visual Merchandising divisions while overseeing all decisions made on a day-to-day basis at the firm.
These past two years have reshaped and reinvented the hospitality industry.
The pandemic has forced hotels to change how they serve and more importantly, how they take care of their guests. Here are some innovative hotel design trends that we can expect to see in 2022!
1. A SECOND HOME
The trend of making hotel rooms feel like a home continues to increase. The days of matching décor and furniture in every hotel guestroom are quickly fading away. More recently, guests expect their accommodations to feel like a second home.
Cookie-cutter rooms and mass-produced décor feels cold and sterile, and they want to settle down somewhere that puts them at ease following a long day of travel.
2. FLEXIBILITY & COMFORT
Hotels will focus on providing their guests with a flexible and comfortable experience. There will be more ample spaces that will have flexible arrangements and multiple table options where guests will be able to maintain social distance and relax comfortably. Ergonomic furniture for example, will be added to support guests’ function & comfort while reducing the risk of muscular problems.
Designers will be able to experiment in creating different, flexible, comfortable, aesthetically appealing interiors for the world to enjoy. Tech is what will permit this newfound flexibility.
3. INCREASE IN TECH INTEGRATION
In a world where remote working and learning has become the new normal, hotels will need to be equipped with the necessary technology and furnishing to meet people’s technologic needs.
Expect to see hotel rooms and common areas with more electric outlets, faster Wi-Fi, desks, and areas that will make it easier for people to work and take meetings on the go. Fast-forwarding to a future sans COVID, expect even more tech-fueled innovations.
4. ADDED TECH SERVICES
Hospitality services have continued to make the transition from in-person to digital. There are hotel apps like Marriott Bonvoy’s mobile app that let guests message the concierge, open their hotel room with a virtual key card, schedule spa appointments, order food and have it delivered wherever they are, and more, all from their mobile devices. In 2022, hotels will continue to add tech convenience for their customers.
5. MORE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
The time people spent indoors due to COVID lockdown restrictions, has increased their desire to be outside and interacting with nature. Outdoor areas have also been proven less likely for people to be exposed to COVID-19 than indoors. For these reasons, hotels are adding more outdoor areas and experiences for their guests.
Outdoor areas created for dining, enjoying natural views, entertainment, wellness activities, and events will be designed to help keep hotel guests safer and happier. These outdoor areas will also allow people to connect with the natural environment, which helps recharge and regenerate people’s minds and bodies.
6. BIOPHILIC ELEMENTS
At the same time, hotels will be designed with plenty of natural and biophilic elements to improve health, and an overall feeling of well-being. There has been a keen focus on the important connection between people and nature because it affects our health and productivity.
More and more, designers are using daylighting techniques, natural ventilation, indoor gardens, organic building materials, nature views and water, and other natural design elements that help us connect with nature. Definitely expect to see more biophilic design elements in 2022.
7. A FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY
The hospitality industry will see more sustainable, eco-friendly practices that support and connect guests to local culture and history. Solar panels, recycled wood, organic materials, hourglass timers in showers, locally handcrafted items, and repurposed furniture are some of the trends that we will be seeing.
Hotels will ultimately focus on promoting a healthy environment for their guests by conserving energy, minimizing waste, and reducing overall carbon footprint.
As you can see, the hotel design trends that we can expect to see in 2022 mainly focus on guests’ health, wellness, comfort, and functionality. These trends also make hotels stronger and more resilient. They will become the norm and will prevail for years to come.
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