How a Global Pandemic Changed the Hotel Industry Forever
New User Experience
By their sheer nature, hotels bring people together. However, individuals can expect to navigate through their hotel experience much differently than before. That’s partly because of the CDC and other agency regulations and partly consumer demand for health and safety. As a result, hotels have made changes in circulation, furniture layouts, technology, and more. With so many checkpoints normally used in hotels, hoteliers are increasing the use of technology by introducing smart check-ins and hotel keys accessed through mobile devices. Seating has been reduced and furniture layouts have been adjusted to adhere to the six-foot social distancing protocol.
Focus on Outdoor Spaces and Wellness
New Use of Material and Furniture Selections
With heightened sensitivities about cleanliness, there has been a huge emphasis on hygiene and cleanable materials. Throws and decorative pillows in guest rooms are going by the wayside to reduce the spread of germs. Instead, we are seeing a rise in the use of anti-bacterial materials, easily cleanable surfaces, LED lightbulbs, and hardwood flooring. While guest rooms almost always feature carpet flooring, we can expect to see this weeded out in some hotels due to the fact that hardwood flooring is much easier to keep clean.
Furniture Trends Post Covid