Here is the third installment of HKS Hill Glazier Studio's blog "Top 10 Design Tips to Dazzle Your Guests." This month, the focus is on guestroom design, with thoughts from Hilari Jones, Raymond Neal, and Luis Zapiain.
Research shows that hotel guests spend, on average, 60 percent of their stay in the guestroom. To create a memorable experience, a great guestroom must tread smartly between serviceability and inspiration. This all-important space must be malleable, too—a place for individuals to call their own and feel at home. HKS Hill Glazier Studio’s team has developed a series of 10 key design considerations for your next guestroom design.
- Consistency Counts. Ensure guestrooms reflect the essence of the hotel’s image and architecture through artwork, lighting, furnishings, bedding, and accessories.
- First Impressions. A vestibule entrance removes guests from shared corridors, generating a dramatic sense of arrival into the heart of the guestroom.
- It’s Sigh Time. Create a transition zone where guests can kick off their shoes, empty pockets, put down weighty bags, and hang up their jacket.
- Hey, Over Here! Develop a beautiful focal area within the room, whether it’s a large window with a view, access to an exterior space, or an intimate fireplace setting, inviting guests to delight in their surroundings.
- Bed Head. Situate the bed so that it faces the door to the room—don’t place the head of the bed within view of the guest’s arrival. Allow space on either side of the bed, and unless you’re dealing with terribly small spaces, avoid blocking windows with the bed.
- Sense and Sensibility. Create a logical flow within the room, with ample access around furniture, an uninterrupted indoor and outdoor path, and smart organization of functional room elements.
- Creature Comforts. Dedicate space or a sitting area with comfortable furnishings, such as love seats, cozy chairs and lap blankets, small tables, and reading lighting for extended reclining and lounging time.
- Crazy for my PDAs. We’d be hard-pressed these days to find a business or leisure traveler without a smart phone, laptop, e-reader, tablet, or other handheld device. Accommodate guests with hardwiring and spaces to use, store, and charge multiple devices.
- Indoor-Out. Allow sufficient depth for balcony or patio lounging and dining.
- Stow It. Provide ample closet space, attractive open storage solutions for small guestrooms and foot-of-bed space allotment for luggage—a great convenience for shorter stays.