Five Design Trends Transforming Hotels

With the ever-increasing evolution of design trends having shown no signs of stopping during 2017, hotels must ensure they can keep pace with the hottest trends from around the world.

It can be difficult for hotel owners to stay on top of the biggest trends, so here’s five design trends that are set to shape 2018:

Entrance areas and reception

There are two main trends happening in the entrance areas and/or receptions of hotels. The first is that, in response to the ever-changing pressures put on guests by a fast-paced and technologically-driven global lifestyle, many hotels are doing away with the traditional reception desk and instead opting for a self-service counter or machine; minimising staff interaction. The second is that - more than just a place to check-in and check-out - reception areas are now moving towards being a place to spend time.


With hotel guests, and people in general, becoming more and more focused on their health and fitness, wellness facilities are likely to take on even greater importance in hotels in years to come. Many are now updating their spa and leisure & gym facilities - which for a growing number of guests who don’t want to break their fitness regime, can be make or break. 


Arguably the No.1 trend in hotel design right now, sustainability has never been more important; with many guests looking to stay in eco-friendly hotels to balance the impact on the environment of flying to the destination. The hotel industry as a whole also wants to reduce its environmental footprint, so the use of natural construction materials and sustainable methods of powering hotels is expected to rise.


It’s not only reception areas that are looking to go high-tech. Automated systems also look set to be the future of room service ordering, gym-use, and leisure time in hotel communal areas - where screens and interactive exhibits can keep guests entertained for hours without the need for staffing.


Lastly, and perhaps the most surprising trend, is the demand from guests for a hotel to feel less like a hotel, and to offer a more familiar and homely experience. This demand has seen the design of guest suites and hotel rooms merging somewhere between the two; offering the best of both worlds.