LESS IS MORE
‘Micro-hotels’ are small in size but big on functionality
With millennials changing up travelling style, so-called “micro-hotels” – inspired by Japanese sleeping pods – are growing in number and giving spacious suites a run for their money. Characterised by compact, modular rooms furnished with just the essentials, plus oversized communal areas suited for both leisure and work, this hotel concept has caught the attention of global hospitality groups. Hilton’s newest brand Motto ( hilton.com/en/motto) is a hostel-inspired stay cleverly designed with wall-beds and functional furniture, the first set to open in 2020 in London’s Marylebone, with American cities such as Savannah, Boston,
San Diego and Washington, DC to follow. Originators of the trend are expanding to keep up with
demand – Arlo Hotels’ ( arlohotels.com) third outpost in New York, Arlo Midtown, is due to open this year, while European group citizenM ( citizenm.com), which lays claim
to the world’s tallest modular hotel with the recently opened citizenM Bowery, is planning to build a dozen more properties in North America in the next two years, starting with Seattle’s first micro-hotel, Seattle South Lake Union, this year. Marriot’s playful brand Moxy ( moxy-hotels.marriott. com), boasting New York’s largest indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and pet-friendly rooms, will open 11 new properties in Europe and seven more in America this year. Maybe size
does matter – just not in the way you think.
Clockwise from top left: A communal recreation area and a guest room in Moxy Downtown; bunk beds in a Motto hotel; Moxy’s spacesaving design details