Top hotel design trends in 2020

Like all modern businesses, hotels need to adapt to changing customer expectations and trends. This includes conscious design trends such as eco-friendliness and a focus on mental health and well-being.

We spoke to our sister show team at the Independent Hotel Show* to get their insight in to the top hotel design trends for 2020. Here are six hotel trends they highlighted to look out for in 2020...Wellbeing by design

Well-being by design

Few people could argue that a lack of sleep is bad for your health. So with 93% of travellers claiming to suffer from jet-lag, it should be important for hoteliers to ensure guests are getting much-needed rest during their stay.

This focus on well-being and relaxation is influencing many hotel designs. With features such as air purification filters, mood lighting, soundproofing, wellness rooms and health concierges becoming commonplace.

The fusion of nature and luxury

Fusion 2It stands to reason that if you are willing to travel the world, then you probably care about it too. This is why many hotel designers are adopting eco-conscious designs using sustainable materials in their production. This is then further combined with environmentally friendly energy alternative, such as wind and solar power to heat water and provide electricity.

Pair all of this with nature-inspired designs, such as indoor waterfalls in the lobby, all-weather roof terraces and exotic plants around every corner. Then you’ve truly brought the beauty of the great outdoors inside.

Locally inspired designLocal Design

Many hotel designers are drawing upon the local area for inspiration in their designs. This can include distinctive characteristics from the natural landscape, recognisable colours/patterns and inspiration from local foods.

This blurring of location and design allows the story of the location to be told and questions to be asked. Such as who lived there? What happened there? What makes the location unique?

With a bit of luck, this connection with the local area will extend further. Such as being able to order local food deliveries direct to your room. Or being able to choose local services such as dry cleaning direct from the hotel concierge.

Your home away from home

Home Away From HomeSome designers are experimenting with the replication of residential elements in their hotel designs. This can involve simple changes such as using the neutral colours featured in most modern homes. To the incorporation of residential furniture such as sofas and dining tables in hotel rooms.

Other welcome features include modern amenities, such as coffee machines, charging stations and kitchens with home-style appliances. All of which helps to dull the feeling of being away from home by bringing the common creature comforts of your home along with you. 

The personal touchThe Personal Touch

Another popular trend is to create memorable experiences for guests through personalised amenities. This can include personalised hotel products and greetings, as well as room layouts adjusted to preference.

These hotel personalisation features are often popular with younger guests from the millennial generation. Many of whom have become accustomed to being able to personalise everything – from their smartphones to their bodies – with ease.

Smarter hotel rooms

IHS18 Day 2 Edit 2048 0985 464A0244Tech-savvy guests are eager to lap up modern features such as being able to text reception rather than calling. Or using their mobile phones instead of key cards for room entry. Pair this with voice control for lighting, air conditioning and TV controls. As well as being able to connect to your subscribed content, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Then you’re truly ticking the boxes of today's modern hotel guest.

The hospitality industry is rapidly evolving. So hoteliers will need to discover new and creative ways to meet the expectations of their guests. This is particularly true for travelling millennials who often have higher expectations than their budget allows!

 Are these trends you would like to incorporate in to your hotel? 

You can meet 100's of hotel, restaurant & catering suppliers showcasing their latest products to improve the look and feel of your business at HRC (formerly Hotelympia) from 3-5 March 2020.

View the 2020 exhibitor list here

*This article was written by the Independent Hotel ShowIndependent Hotel Show, is the only industry event dedicated entirely to the need of luxury and boutique hoteliers and takes place from the 5-6 October 2020. Find out more about our sister event here.