LESS IS MORE

‘Mi­cro-ho­tels’ are small in size but big on func­tion­al­ity

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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

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