HOTEL IT LIKE IT IS
The A to Z of cool new innovations in the world of accommodation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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