Hotel trends for 2016

trend 20161. Hotel restaurants get interesting

Michelin stars and hotels have long been an apposite pairing (Paris and London hold constellations), but in 2016, many hotels are saying goodbye to cloches and cheese carts and turning the idea of a resident hotel restaurant on its head.

Following Rene Redzepi’s successful Noma residency at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo last year, chefs of similar acclaim are setting up temporarily at hotels. Grant Achatz, three Michelin-starred chef at Chicago’s Alinea, will take over at the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, while Albert Adrià, of the inimitable elBulli in Spain, will host a 50-day dining concept at London’s Café Royal.

Over in Dubai, the new Palazzo Versace opens restaurant Enigma in January, where the chefs will change four times a year. Likewise, east London hotspot the Town Hall Hotel is planning to host a rotating list of global mixologists at their award-winning cocktail bar Peg + Patriot, alongside their existing ‘bed and beverage’ offering, whereby rooms are stocked with homemade cocktails straight from the bar.

A dish from Enigma, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s

The secret lives of hotel pillows

1. That annoying pillow tag? It fought smallpox

piThe tags attached to pillows and comforters in the United States that list the exact percentages of fills, be they foam or down?According to the International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials, it’s known as a law label.

While it might seem like government red tape, it’s actually a product of the 1800s when some less-than-scrupulous business people were stuffing their pillows and mattresses with old hospital blankets that might have carried smallpox and tuberculosis.

Sleep tight. And smallpox free!

2. Your hotel pillow is probably younger than the one you have at home

According to Kris Beck at Hilton Worldwide, a synthetic pillow lasts approximately 18 to 24 months when cared for and laundered properly, while a down or feather pillow can last 24 to 36 months.

Keith Pierce from Wyndham says that pillows at Microtel locations — the budget arm of the Wyndham Hotel Group — last less than 24 months, with properties replacing a third of their inventory every 6 to 8 months.

Modern hotels with funky furniture

modern hotel withI-Suite, Italy: If you’re looking for an uber-modern, art-chic hotel with futuristic, experimental design and luxe features, i-Suite is hard to top. Squeaky-clean white walls, floors and furniture with a sleek and smooth aesthetic spill throughout the hotel’s lobby to the pod-like guest rooms and retro-futuristic outdoor garden and pool spaces. From the panoramic views from the top-floor spa (featuring rain rooms, saunas and multiple temperature pools), to the gourmet seafood restaurant, to the rooms focused on decor over functionality, this 55-room property is built for hip-minded couples who value the experience of aestheticsBased on the straightforward idea that “less is more,” modern design focuses on creating more with, well, less — by using simplicity, minimalism and geometry. Popular elements of modern design include clean interiors with unadorned walls, minimal decor accents (or none at all), natural materials, raised furniture and bare floors. Basically, modern designers believe you shouldn’t have to tart up a place in order for it to look fabulous — and considering some of the opulent, ostentatious and sometimes downright gaudy decor we’ve seen in

Saving Money On Hotels

How difficult is it to save money on your next trip? Well, one of the many ways is to look at hotel deals. You will be surprised by the options that you can get through when you start to work with booking the right accommodations. Saving money on hotels isn’t difficult. It’s all a matter of how you look at them, and where you decide to stay. Hotel deals aren’t hard to find, if you know what to look into. As you start to navigate what options are available in the cities that you are going to go into. The following tips will help you gain the upper hand in your quest to save money and see the world.

Don’t Dismiss Hostels and Simple Destinations

A lot of people assume that you won’t get a good spot if you decide on going with a hostel or a single star rated option. What you don’t realize is that many of these places offer the same amenities that you would expect from chains. You could get a room, a bathroom, and a bit of privacy. If your goal is to just sleep

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Visit London’s water attractions near hotels near Victoria to see best of the City

London is a visitor’s paradise, with more than 1,200 land-worthy attractions for tourists to visit annually. But, the city also as a number of at attractions that are just as interesting to visit on or in the water. Guests staying in the Vauxhall hotel in London or hotels near Waterloo, or in hotels near Victoria must have heard of London’s famous London Eye, only five minutes from Waterloo Station.

However, guests may not realize London also has some of the best riverboat cruises not far from the Vauxhall Hotel in London. Kick off a visit to London aboard one of London’s party boats that cruises the Thames River. What better way to see London’s Tate Museum, the splendor that was once Batter Sea Power Station?

It may be easy to overlook the Southold Pier, once a grand, historic pier between London Bridge and Great Yarmouth. A length of 623 feet today, the pier was once one of the shortest piers in history, after sections of the pier were destroyed. What are interesting about this pier are the funny, inspiring messages in plaques that line the hand railing and

Marriott International expands footprint in Europe

Marriott International in Europe will double in size once its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts is complete.  In Europe, the company will reach over 123,000 opened or signed rooms when Marriott’s 61,000 open rooms join with Starwood’s 40,500 open rooms and the combined pipeline of 21,500 rooms.

Starwood’s luxury brands, including St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels, will also complement Marriott’s luxury brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION and JW Marriott.  The newly acquired luxury brands will complement Marriott’s existing offering in the economy and mid-tier sector, including Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels and Courtyard Hotels, yielding 22 lodging brands across Europe from economy to luxury.

Amy McPherson, president and managing director, Marriott International, Europe commented, “It’s been an extraordinary time for Marriott.  We signed over 10,000 new rooms in 2015 for the first time in our history, doubling in size since 2010.  Added to this unprecedented growth was the announcement of our Starwood acquisition which is expected to close in mid-2016.  Our momentum is incredible.”

Marriott’s Autograph Collection, a collection of independent hotels and the industry’s fastest growing full-service brand, should open four hotels in 2016 including two Roomers hotels in Germany.  AC Hotels, the urban European design hotel brand, which has

What A Four Star Rating from Forbes Means for a Boutique Hotel

Forbes Travel Guide released its 58th annual list of star rating recipients last month, recognizing the best hotels and resorts around the world.

So what does it mean to earn a crown from Forbes?

“It’s not only important to us, but it is also important to our guests that we have the stamp of approval from a media outlet as important as Forbes,” said Jonathan Plutzik, principal owner and chairman of the Betsy-South Beach, an upscale boutique hotel located in Miami Beach, Florida.

The Betsy-South Beach first received Forbes Travel Guide’s coveted four-star rating back in 2013, and is currently one of just more than 400 hotels around the world to boast the rating.

Forbes defines four-star rated hotels as “exceptional properties, offering high levels of service and quality of facility to match.”

While Plutzik noted the hotel’s focus has shifted to exceeding its current standards in wake of receiving the honor, he said the “reaction to receiving the award has naturally been a combination of tremendous pride and sense of relief.”

In addition to bringing pride and relief to a hotel and its staff, receiving the Forbes Travel Guide’s four-star rating is crucial in that it boosts outside interest in the property.

A prestigious award like

Examining Travelers’ Hotel Loyalty Program Preferences

Despite the perception, when it comes to travelers’ preferences and behaviors regarding hotel loyalty programs, millennials aren’t much different than older generations.

According to a new PwC consumer survey of more than 1,000 business and leisure travelers titled “What’s Driving Customer Loyalty for Today’s Hotel Brands?,” millennial travelers — defined in the study as travelers between the ages of 21 and 29 — belong to three loyalty programs on average, compared to 3.6 for travelers aged 30 and up.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found that business travelers, regardless of generation, tend to have more loyalty programs than compared to their leisure traveler counterpart.

What’s more, the study found that business travelers redeem their loyalty points more often than leisure travelers, cashing in one to three times last year 52 percent of the time compared to 58 percent of leisure travelers who didn’t redeem points at all.

While millennials were slightly more likely to redeem points three or more times last year than other generations, they were also more likely to not redeem their points at all.

When choosing a loyalty program, business and leisure travelers agree that perceived point value is the biggest motivation.

Starwood’s newest independent brand expands footprint in Europe.

Tribute Portfolio announced its indie arrival in France with the addition of two Parisian properties, Le Metropolitan and Le Dokhan’s, located close together in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, the properties mark yet another entry into a coveted market for global travelers by the brand, further propelling its rapid expansion in the first year.

Launched in April 2015 as Starwood’s 10th brand, Tribute Portfolio is a collection of exceptional independent hotels and resorts, promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members and guests alike the ability to “Stay Independent.”

“When we surveyed our SPG members back at launch, nearly 70-percent expressed a desire to have a Tribute Portfolio property in Paris so they could have independent hotel experience when visiting this iconic city,” saidDave Marr, Global Brand Leader for Tribute Portfolio. “Filled with immense style and culture, Paris is the perfect fit for the Tribute Portfolio brand’s indie flair, and we are delighted to debut the brand in France with these two beautifully designed hotels.”

Le Metropolitan, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Designed by French architect Francois Champsaur, Le Metropolitan’s elegant and modern aesthetic brings the essence of Paris to life in a traditional 19th Century Haussmann-style building. The rooms and suites feature a soothing color palette complemented by hardwood floors, beautiful local artwork and inspiring views over the city. Guests can relax in the hotel’s

Hotels Industry Trends for 2016

It’s been an interesting year for the hotel industry in 2015, with mergers and acquisitions reaching new levels and big hotel chains getting even bigger. Just think of Marriott International acquiring Starwood Hotels and Resorts, giving this new entity a portfolio of more than 30 hotel brands. Or AccorHotels gobbling Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel. And there are rumors for more consolidation in 2016, with Intercontinental Hotels apparently up for grabs for a sale or merger, so the new year promises a few more surprises…

Not to mention the movements being observed within online distribution, as Expedia acquired HomeAway after snapping up Travelocity and Orbitz earlier in 2015. Priceline was relatively calm on the M&A front in the past year, so perhaps we can expect more action in 2016? More on this: Priceline, Expedia and the future of OTA

Hotel Trends for 2016

But how are travelers behaving and what can we expect for the next year? The folks at Killarney Hotels created this cool infographic that summarizes many findings and observations about the global hotel industry, in particular as we head into 2016. Personally, I would underline the following trends:

  • Mobile devices & apps will enable personalized guest services. Mobile transcends all aspects of

3 Hotel Technology Trends for 2016

Trend 1: Transformation in Hotel Online Search

Just as hotels become used to SEO and the seemingly unstoppable supremacy of OTAs, Google decides to get serious and disrupt the market. The tech giant’s domination of online search threatens to completely overhaul hotel search and booking. With the introduction of enhanced search results and expanded direct commission based bookings; will guests flock in their droves to book via Google or will the pulling power of the likes of and Expedia keep guests loyal? The question for hoteliers is, how will this impact commission rates and is it an opportunity to improve direct bookings or as some commentators suggest, another erosion of the hotel industry’s booking power? It remains to be seen how Google will use their masses of data to offer personalised integrated search and what Amazon really intend to do in the market, but this is certainly a new battle in the direct bookings war.

Trend 2: Balancing Providing with Enabling Guest In-Room Technology

Gone are the days of hotels providing the latest in-room technology for guests, the watch word on all hotelier’s lips is for 2016 is ‘enablement’. Mobile devices are

Top 10 Hotel Trends for 2016

2016 promises to be the most profitable year our industry has ever seen due to strong rate growth, minimal supply impact, low interest rates and oil prices and a somewhat minimal impact from disruptors like Airbnb, living wage bills and health care costs. As we do every year, following are the trends that will help you maximize your business opportunities in the year ahead.

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Consolidation is only just beginning: The Marriott acquisition of

Five Hotel Trends for 2016

You just can’t catch a break in the hospitality industry. Even at a time when hotel occupancy rates are soaring in many domestic markets, disruptive forces like the sharing economy, the emerging millennial market, and changing tastes in food and beverage are forcing hospitality industry leaders to rethink the way they do business.

That was the theme among many speakers at the recent Hotel Experience trade show held here at the Javits Center.

Here are five big trends that kept coming up on the trade-show floor.

1. The sharing economy strengthens

Dan Berger, CEO of Social Tables, a meeting software developer, predicted that in the future hotels will cater mostly to the luxury and group market, while business and leisure transient travel will migrate to sharing accommodations like Airbnb. PKF Hospitality Consulting president Mark Woodworth agreed that sharing accommodation entrepreneurs present a real threat to traditional hotels. Woodworth said that in some markets significant percentages of Airbnb accommodations already are operated by a small number of professional managers – and are earning much higher revenue than other hosts. “These are sophisticated hosts using tools like yield management, just like hotel companies,” he said.

From Airlines to Hotels a Quest to Help You Sleep

At Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, new beds allow guests to play Goldilocks and choose one of three mattress toppers, from soft to firm, that feels just right.

In the air, Etihad Airways — after almost two years of research with the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology in Abu Dhabi — just introduced a sleep program that includes all-natural mattresses, mood lighting, noise-canceling headphones, pillow mist and calming pulse-point oil.

And at sea, Celebrity Cruises has outfitted some suites with mattresses that can be adjusted at the whim of a passenger.

Perhaps you’ve been too bleary-eyed to notice, but sleep is a trendy topic. And no wonder. We’re hardly getting any.

“Everyone in our country is sleeping an hour and a half less than they did last generation,” said Russell A. Sanna, the executive director of Harvard Medical School’s division of sleep medicine.

“Sleep is the enemy of capitalism,” he added, noting that you can’t produce or consume when you’re asleep. Add to that dictum a growing dependency on technology, including laptops, tablets and smartphones — tools Dr. Sanna calls “sleep stealers” because we cozy up with them at night and blue

The most read hotel marketing articles of 2015

Every year publishes a review of the most read articles in the past year. Going through the list is somewhat of a treasure trove for hotel marketers and revenue managers.

NB: This is a guest post by Martin Soler, chief marketing officer of SnapShot.

It may not predict future trends but it certainly helps us understand what the industry is focusing on and how we might strategically react.

What made the overall top-50 list?

The End of Rate Parity caught everyone’s attention

Some 17% of the most popular articles were related to the unfolding story of rate parity and how it is being taken down. Many are targeting, which I would say isn’t totally fair as rate parity isn’t their invention.

Surely some people stand to gain or loose from this. The fact is, rate parity isn’t a natural equilibrium and nature has a tendency to change things like this.

Direct Bookings are as popular as ever

Hotels love direct bookings and this is more obvious than ever. I don’t recall a year where direct bookings were more popular than in 2015.

Interestingly enough does

Check In to Japans Creepy Robot Hotel

Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic, but startlingly human-like, members of staff. Now scientists are working on them being able to sweat and have goose-bumps.

The robot will check you in, take your bags, and escort you to your room in a new Japanese hotel that hopes to free itself of human employees.

The Henn-na Hotel, set in the middle of a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, will become the first robot-staffed hotel when it opens this summer. These metal-and-silicone employees will speak and understand Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English, ensuring that tourists near and far can interact with the startlingly human-like maids, receptionists, and porters. They look human, if a little addicted to Botox and fillers.

The plans, announced by the Japanese government at the end of January, show off a prototype check-in counter lined with identical female bots.

They will be built by a Japanese robotics company called Kokoro, so-named for a famous book about the transition of society from traditional to modern. This particular model—the Actroid—has been in development since 2003.

Three different versions

New Japanese hotel has robot staff and no room keys

A new hotel that is staffed with robots has opened in Japan. The Henn-na Hotel (which translates as “Strange Hotel”), is part of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park complex in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. Guests can also access their rooms via face-recognition, and are able to control room amenities via tablets.

The Henn-na Hotel was designed by Kawazoe Lab, the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, and Kajima Corporation. As well as aiming to provide a pleasant and comfortable stay for guests, the hotel was designed to be cost-effective, modern, environmentally-friendly and fun.

Robots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and out. According to the Henn-na Hotel, it’s possible to hold a conversation with the “warm” and “friendly” robots while they get on with their work. Alternatively, self-service check-in and check-out eliminates the need to go to the front desk or to wait in line.

There are porter robots employed to carry luggage to and from rooms, and cleaning robots employed to keep the hotel spotless of their own accord. There is also a robot employed in the cloak room. Objects up to the size of small bags can be handed over and the

5 trends shaping guest experiences in 2015

Mobile, millennials and technology will be among the trends that take center stage during 2015, panelists said during a webinar.REPORT FROM THE U.S.—The trends that will dominate 2015 look a lot like the trends that dominated in 2014, panelists said during a webinar on Thursday.

Mobile, millennials, health and wellness, business travel and supply are all likely to be talking points in the industry during 2015, the panelists said during the online panel “The guest experience: Top trends to look for in 2015.”

  1. Millennials

Hotel companies scurried during 2014 to cater to the up-and-coming millennial generation. Brands, such as Marriott International’s rollout of Moxy, have been trying to capture this increasingly traveling demographic.

Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, said her company’s new Tommie brand, while not aimed specifically at millennials, was designed for people who have a more youthful attitude toward travel.

She said the brand, which will open its first property next summer in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, will have a more “affordable price” for younger travelers.

“Research shows millennials define luxury by functionality over price tag,” she said. “Millennials are inclusive by nature and want to learn and grow by meeting others through travel.”

Anthony Ingham, VP of luxury

Top 5 Trends in Hotels

In the coming year, hotels will focus on enhancing guest experience through convenience and wellness initiatives, RevPAR improvement through direct bookings, and ancillary revenue streams. Hotels that innovate in response to evolving consumer preferences will find success in driving growth and profitability in 2015.  Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) offers its top five predictions for hotels in 2015.

Introducing self-service and mobile check-in

Consumers widely use ATMs instead of tellers at banks and check-in for flights online – why not extend that same convenience to hotel stays? Leading hotel chains are experimenting with self-service check-in initiatives, including Marriott’s check-in kiosks and Starwood’s keyless entry via mobile devices. Potential advantages from these programs include more consistent upsell opportunities, labor savings, and, perhaps most importantly, alignment of the hotel experience with guests’ increasing preference for convenience. However, the impact of reducing face-to-face interactions with hotel staff on guest satisfaction and return bookings is likely to vary by guest segment (e.g., business vs. leisure).  Given the associated risk, hotel executives will benefit from testing self-service check-in initiatives in a subset of hotels or markets prior to broad implementation.

Motivating guests to book direct through

Not all bookings are created equal, and hotel chains are exploring