Architecture & Design
Scott  Lowe
  • Architecture & Design
  • Are 'Unique', 'Timeless' and 'Memorable' Always Appropriate in Hospitality Design?
  • As this edition of Hotel Business Review studies the characteristic qualities of unique, timeless and memorable design- we began to think about the essence of these three qualities and how they are realized. We also determined that it would be a helpful exercise for everyone in the industry to consider how these elements work within business strategy for hospitality industry success - and whether they are always inherently appropriate. We hope to provoke thought in advancing an always thorough consideration of as the industry progresses in this era of vibrant hospitality growth worldwide. Read on...

Valeriano Antonioli
  • Architecture & Design
  • Creating a Landmark Hotel Through Architecture and Design
  • Hotel architecture and design is a hot topic in the hospitality industry lately, as new hotels are constantly being built around the world and existing hotels are showcasing million dollar renovations. Owners and investors are getting more involved with interior designers and architects in order to spend time discussing the hotel or brand vision before going any further. Owners and hoteliers are understanding more and more the need for smart design concepts and smart decisions in terms of renovations, as they do not happen often. Read on...

Paula J. Azevedo
  • Architecture & Design
  • Emerging Hotel Designs and Trends from South Florida
  • The Miami of today - the "It" city of art, tourism, fashion, culture and business - was really born over a decade ago, when Samuel Keller, the former director and leader of Art Basel, an internationally renowned Switzerland-based art show, had the vision to use Miami Beach as a host city for a temporary traveling Art Basel exhibition in 2002. The show did more than bring a good deal of attention to South Florida. Art Basel partnered with the city and its local institutions to create parallel programming, bringing Miami alive with galleries, street fairs and events at its convention center as attendees poured in. Read on...

Corinna  Kretschmar-Joehnk
  • Architecture & Design
  • Hotel Design for the Millennial Generation
  • Designing a hotel oriented towards Millennials, or Generation Y, means addressing the revolutionary shift in society’s “gestalt” created by the instant accessibility of information. Although people of all ages are participating in this transformation, those born in the last two decades of the 20th century are shaping how these changes materialise through their attitudes towards the accessibility of technology, sense of community, work / life balance, experiences vs. possessions, memory-making, and personalised service – all of which impact a hotel’s interior design. Read on...

Tammy S. Miller
  • Architecture & Design
  • Hotel Design Cycles
  • Design is only good if it works. Hospitality designers are charged with plenty to think about at the onset of a new project. Most importantly, what will make the space work for the clientele and bring people back. People have many diverse needs and desires when travelling but each property has to find their niche and maximize the return on their investments. Luckily, at this time, hotel redesign is being mandated everywhere. PIPs that have been on hold during the recently weak economic times are shaking loose now, and hotel designers are being called to task. The difference between a good hotel room and a great hotel room is design. A well thought out interior can enhance the travel experience, but remember this newly renovated space has to last up to twelve years. Read on...

Anthony  DiGuiseppe
  • Architecture & Design
  • Bathroom Design: Privacy or Open Plans?
  • So a man walks into bar…no lets change that, a couple walks into a hotel room and immediately they look at the bathroom and make an evaluation, what are they considering…..small, large and luxurious, is there space for my toiletries, lighting, outlets, shower size, and then there is the wc, where is it….and is the bathroom private or is it open to the rest of the room…? Well I have seen them all, as a designer and have probably made some of the same decisions other designers have done to make the bathroom special, unusual, chic, etc. Read on...

Jennifer  Skaife
  • Architecture & Design
  • Do Lobbies Even Need Hotels?
  • A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece in HotelExecutive about how the Hotel Lobby was evolving from an arrival and circulation zone with the various program elements of food and beverage outlets, business centers, and the expected array of arrival components and moving towards a self-contained destination; becoming something quite independent of the hotel itself. Read on...

David Muller
  • Architecture & Design
  • The Staging and Lighting a Hotel Executive Needs to Succeed
  • Stagecraft is an indispensable part of the statecraft hotel executives perform in a variety of venues, before a variety of attendees, on behalf of a variety of issues. For that presentation to be a success, there must a distinctive look and feel that captures the essence of what a specific hotel represents; there must be an exclusive design, and a physical expression of the same, that is breathtaking in its use of color, lighting, set pieces and other materials. Achieving that goal is a collaborative effort between a hotel executive and the experts responsible for this project. Honoring that mission is an absolute priority. Read on...

Tim King
  • Architecture & Design
  • Redesign of Mosaic Hotel in the Heart of Beverly Hills
  • The newly-redesigned Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills recently underwent a multi-million renovation and will now unveil its brand new look by August 1st. Currently, the hotel, which is designed by Luxlo and managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts. Luxlo was honored to redesign Mosaic Hotel (, a luxury boutique 49-room property managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts and located in the heart of Beverly Hills. With a long history working in the high-end residential sphere, Luxlo’s principal designer Tim King, felt he could translate the sense of belonging into the hotel experience. Read on...

Eric Rahe
  • Architecture & Design
  • Hospitality and Residential – Sharing Design and Amenities
  • Millennials aren’t just interested in having the latest tech gadgets, flexible work schedules and GMO-free foods, especially when it comes to their living arrangements. The following article by Michael R. Ytterberg, PhD., AIA of BLT Architects takes a look at the most important elements in building, design and amenities for this demographic. Whether it’s a larger, brighter, more spacious living room and higher quality finishes such as granite and quartz included within the actual living space, or a grand lobby and Internet lounges within the apartment building itself, these trends cannot be overlooked when understanding what millennials what and how to attract them. Read on...

Eric Rahe
  • Architecture & Design
  • Capitalizing on Dining Trends in Hotel Renovation and Design
  • It is no secret that how, where, and what people are eating is changing. The dining experience matters more than ever before as evidenced by the range of custom designed signature chef restaurants being created in multiple markets. The environment in which people eat, from lighting to carpet to wall coverings to proximity to other people, sets the context for the meal that either helps it sing or just satisfy. Read on...

Christopher Chua
  • Architecture & Design
  • The Agony and Ecstasy of Creating Unique Hotels
  • BLINK's philosophy revolves around the power of instinct and first impressions. So, as you might imagine, these are things we hold as sacred. But instinct isn't everything. The other ingredient to making the magic happen in hotel design (besides a great client and a very talented team) is deep, painstaking and exhaustive – not to say exhausting – research into every aspect of the project's location, culture, history and design vernacular, Research and an informed perspective — as well as being open to the flashes of inspiration and accepting that the best ideas can be those which jump into the mind first — are the backdrop against which our design process unfolds. Read on...

Eric Rahe
  • Architecture & Design
  • Amenity Design – Evolution or Obsolescence
  • Guests are back even if rate is not. New construction in select markets has returned and significant renovations are occurring across all asset types. With each new cycle there is a need to refresh current amenities and at the same time incorporate changes to make amenities relevant and appealing to your guests. One challenge for operators and designers is how to understand how recent lifestyle and demand shifts are driving change. Read on...

Heather  McKeon
  • Architecture & Design
  • Historically Inspired Hotel Design
  • As a Detroit-based designer, I have always had a strong appreciation for historic buildings and the way they are able to narrate the past through architecture. Adaptive reuse projects, which literally reuse an old site or building for a contemporary purpose other than what it was originally built or designed for, have led to the resurrection of some of my city’s most iconic landmarks. My firm has had a hand in many of those projects, and my experience working on them has only enhanced my affection for and understanding of the power and potential of adaptive reuse. Read on...

Barrie  Perks
  • Architecture & Design
  • Transforming Cincinnati’s Historic Beauty into Modern Luxury
  • In the past decade, the United States has experienced a major cultural and economic shift as downtowns become the hub of a city’s economic activity and culture once again. This trend is having major implications for how people work, eat, and play, and most importantly for our industry: how they travel. As more travelers seek the uniqueness of a city by visiting their urban core, restaurants, attractions, parks, and hotels are benefiting from this return to a destination’s roots. Read on...

OCTOBER: Revenue Management: Technology and Big Data

Gary Isenberg

Hotel room night inventory is the hotel industry’s most precious commodity. Hotel revenue management has evolved into a complex and fragmented process. Today’s onsite revenue manager is influenced greatly by four competing forces, each armed with their own set of revenue goals and objectives -- as if there are virtually four individual revenue managers, each with its own distinct interests. So many divergent purposes oftentimes leading to conflicts that, if left unchecked, can significantly damper hotel revenues and profits. Read on...

Jon Higbie

For years, hotels have housed their Revenue Management systems on their premises. This was possible because data sets were huge but manageable, and required large but not overwhelming amounts of computing power. However, these on-premise systems are a thing of the past. In the era of Big Data, the cost of building and maintaining an extensive computing infrastructure is incredibly expensive. The solution – cloud computing. The cloud allows hotels to create innovative Revenue Management applications that deliver revenue uplift and customized guest experiences. Without the cloud, hotels risk remaining handcuffed to their current Revenue Management solutions – and falling behind competitors. Read on...

Jenna Smith

You do not have to be a hospitality professional to recognize the influx and impact of new technologies in the hotel industry. Guests are becoming familiar with using virtual room keys on their smartphones to check in, and online resources like review sites and online travel agencies (OTAs) continue to shape the way consumers make decisions and book rooms. Behind the scenes, sales and marketing professionals are using new tools to communicate with guests, enhance operational efficiencies, and improve service by addressing guests’ needs and solving problems quickly and with a minimum of disruption. Read on...

Yatish Nathraj

Technology is becoming an ever more growing part of the hospitality industry and it has helped us increase efficiency for guest check-inn, simplified the night audit process and now has the opportunity to increase our revenue production. These systems need hands on calibration to ensure they are optimized for your operations. As a manager you need to understand how these systems work and what kind of return on investment your business is getting. Although some of these systems maybe mistaken as a “set it and forget it” product, these highly sophisticated tools need local expert like you and your team to analysis the data it gives you and input new data requirements. Read on...

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.