Flexible Hotel Design for Today’s Needs
Resort and hotel design is rapidly changing to accommodate the ever-changing needs of today’s traveler. As such, properties are focusing on flexible hotel design that accommodates a variety of needs from function to programming throughout the property. This style of design is not only a must for the guest but also creates critical operational efficiencies for operators.
The flexible hotel design of space includes generous use of open areas with high ceilings and wide openings that give access to adjoining amenities while accommodating the transition to specific functional areas. These spaces often utilize movable planters, movable furniture, multiple levels, and a combination of task, ambient, and general lighting, and music to transform a space from day to evening functions. These amenity spaces turn lobbies into daytime lounges perfect for social interaction during the day and trendy bar areas at night. Latest designs of pool areas now include flexibility that transforms the space into backdrops for performance and specific programming and meeting functions.
Meeting spaces as well have seen a tremendous amount of change in its design. They are shedding antiquated traditional Hufcor folding doors in lieu of open spaces that integrates levels, courtyards, meeting areas, and indoor-outdoor areas that are skillfully designed to accommodate today’s business needs. Designers are complimenting large meeting areas with private spaces tucked into the overall plan allowing for a personal and comfortable feel within a larger meeting space’s needs. Larger audience areas are featuring multiple entry points so one can leave unnoticed, without disturbing the audience. Designers are also incorporating food and beverage areas into the overall experience creating opportunities for social interactions and pre-function networking through bars, lounge areas, and specialty restaurants.
Food and beverage areas are also changing to accommodate flexibility, allowing the space to host multiple meals with distinctively different characteristics through the use of lighting, music, traffic flow, and food set-up. Operationally this flexible design provides increased efficiencies by creating multiple dining destinations out of a single dining area.
Opportunities to integrate multi-use spaces must be identified early and operators should work closely with the programming team in order to fit the property’s specific needs. When done correctly in the beginning of the design stage these transformations will be successful in serving multiple purposes while being seamless to the guest. Flexible hotel design is essential to accommodate the needs of today’s properties while providing the guest with an exceptional experience.