HO­TEL IT LIKE IT IS

The A to Z of cool new in­no­va­tions in the world of ac­com­mo­da­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE - DILVIN YASA

AIS FOR ART AT­TRAC­TIONS

Re­mem­ber the days when your mother told you to cross the road be­cause the pres­ence of graf­fiti in­di­cated “bad peo­ple” were present? Ho­tel chains – ea­ger for a rapid depar­ture from what they call “the age of beige” – are beg­ging to dif­fer, in­creas­ingly com­mis­sion­ing lo­cal artists to im­merse trav­ellers in the lo­cal arts scene by spray­ing walls both in-room and com­mu­nal. Ex­pect to see less “clas­sic” and more “oh-so-vivid” with prop­er­ties such as Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Ho­tel Am­s­ter­dam – NDSM Wharf paving the way.

DOUBLETREE3.HIL­TON.COM

B IS FOR BATH-TIME BLISS

We could mourn the pass­ing of minia­ture soaps and sham­poo bot­tles (large, re­fill­able dis­pensers are rapidly phas­ing them out), but in­stead, we’ll choose to cel­e­brate the grow­ing trend to trans­form a simple soak in the tub into a pri­vate day spa. At La Peer Ho­tel, West Hol­ly­wood, for in­stance, guests can en­joy a bath menu with but­ler ser­vice – com­plete with cham­pagne and scattered roses.

LAPEERHOTEL.COM

C IS FOR CO-LIV­ING

Just when you thought the share econ­omy couldn’t be more share-y, here comes the news that mod­u­lar sleep­ing ar­eas in shared spa­ces are go­ing to be the next big thing for those with a mil­len­nial mind­set in par­tic­u­lar. Ac­corHo­tels’ new brand, Jo&Joe is lead­ing the charge, of­fer­ing a group liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing shared kitchens and liv­ing ar­eas, so­cial pro­gram­ming, and stay op­tions in­clud­ing mud huts and car­a­vans.

AC­CORHO­TELS.COM

D IS FOR DINKY ROOMS

Gone are the days of do­ing cart­wheels around your baby grand pi­ano. As younger trav­ellers in­sist on spend­ing more of their time so­cial­is­ing in com­mu­nal ar­eas, ho­tels are de­creas­ing their rooms’ size and putting an en­er­getic slant on spa­ces of­fered. Ex­pect to see many more mi­cro-rooms such as the ones of­fered by Moxy, and Tru by Hil­ton.

MOXY-HO­TELS.MAR­RIOTT.COM; TRU3.HIL­TON.COM

E SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY IS FOR EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY

We’re al­ready be­ing en­cour­aged to reuse our tow­els, but trav­ellers will soon see a wide range of eco-friendly prac­tices that sup­port sus­tain­abil­ity with a fo­cus on the use of so­lar pan­els, or­ganic ma­te­ri­als and re­pur­posed fur­ni­ture. A good ex­am­ple is the in­no­va­tive book­ing sys­tem at Camp Glenorchy, just out­side Queen­stown, New Zealand, which mea­sures the cor­rect amount of hot wa­ter to be stored ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of room oc­cu­pants.

THEHEADWATERS.CO.NZ

F IS FOR FAB FOOD

While it’s true in-room club sand­wiches will never go out of style,

ho­tel guests can ex­pect to see ma­jor changes to the room ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence, such as stag­gered cour­ses to keep ev­ery­thing warm, and a push towards the use of or­ganic, sus­tain­able in­gre­di­ents. At The Inn at Dos Brisas, Texas, for ex­am­ple, those en­joy­ing a lit­tle break­fast in bed can be as­sured all pro­duce is sourced from lo­cal or­ganic mar­kets only.

DOSBRISAS.COM

G IS FOR GREEN SPA­CES

Fact: Lush, green spa­ces have long been shown to de­crease stress, im­prove air qual­ity, re­duce en­ergy costs and, ac­cord­ing to one study, in­flu­ence ho­tel guests to leave more pos­i­tive re­views. With this in mind, it’s no sur­prise bio­philia (the art of bring­ing the out­side in) is on the rise. Ex­pect to see plenty of in­door wa­ter fea­tures, win­dow-side veg­e­ta­tion and rus­tic fur­nish­ings. One of the best ex­am­ples of ho­tels blur­ring the lines be­tween in­te­rior and ex­te­rior space is the ver­ti­cal gar­den and rock wall back­drop in Sin­ga­pore’s Shangri-La Lobby Lounge (as seen on our cover).

SHANGRI-LA.COM/SIN­GA­PORE

H IS FOR HUB LIFE

It’s the kind of buzz­word many of us have to Google, but as bleisure tourism (busi­ness trav­ellers who ex­tend their stay to sight­see), con­tin­ues to grow, many ho­tels are do­ing away with the in-room desks and serv­ing up shared workspace lounges in­stead. Publica Is­ro­tel in Her­zliya, Is­rael, of­fers trav­ellers a whole floor of shared space to work from should they feel so in­clined.

IS­RO­TEL.COM

I IS FOR INSTA BUTLERS

As ho­tels (and ho­tel rooms) be­come In­sta­grammable des­ti­na­tions in their own right, lux­ury prop­er­ties are putting pony-tailed photographer boyfriends out of work by of­fer­ing “Insta butlers” – trained staff who can take guests on per­son­alised “In­sta­trails”, tak­ing pic­tures at all of the

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